Biography

Photo: Justine Chambers

Photo: Justine Chambers

Artist Statement:

My current work is an investigation of perceptions around being and becoming. I devise blind and imaginative systems of navigation. I have collected ways of accessing the different senses available to the performer and audience. What I hope to foster is a quality of open focus with sensitivity towards fluctuations such as changes of vibe, changes of spatial configuration, and shifting interpretations.

These interests are part of a family of themes present in some of my other works. In 2014 I created a series of performances called – Reality that access a cross section of subjective realities. In Rock Steady, (2010) the initiating principle was energy, which created a maximalist aesthetic in its multiple exaggerated forms. My newest group choreography: Infinity Doughnut is an exploration of change arrived at through interconnection and sensitivity.

Biography

Katie Ward lives and works in Montreal, in 2011 she founded Compagnie Katie Ward. In 2014 Katie presented her new ensemble work – Infinity Doughnut in St John’s Nfld and in Montreal, upcoming performances will be in Nottingham Uk at Dance4 and at Bishop’s Theatre in Lennoxville Québec. Infinity Doughnut was awarded creation residencies at Dance4 – (UK) and in Créteil (FR). In 2014 and January 2015 she also presented her brand new 40 minute solo – Reality at Casa Del Popolo – Montreal; at Fluid festival in Calgary and at Kinetic studio in Halifax. Her last creation, Rock Steady, was created and performed in Montreal, in France and in the UK.

Katie has several other creations under her belt including Hawks and Doves (Tangente, 2007), The Thrills: Wilderness Retreat (Tangente, 2005) and Collapsible Uprisings (Salle André-Pagé, 2004).

Katie was co-founder of the artists group – The Choreographers. From 2008-2011 they co created and presented two works: Man and Mouse and Oh! Canada.

Katie studied contemporary dance and at Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dance, physical theatre at Primus Theatre, and choreography, visual art and art history at Concordia University. Other formative studies were with Stephanie Skura, Chrysa Parkinson and Eric Franklin. In 2013 Katie taught creative process in the Department of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University.