Natasha Torres-Garner - Winnipeg Arts Ambassador (Dance)
Dance performance, Transient Exposition - Friday, November 5 at 12:45 pm and Saturday, November 6 at 12:45 pm.
Location: Underground of Winnipeg Square [Portage & Main]
Meet Guide at 12:30 in the Front Lobby of the Fort Garry Hotel to walk over.
Limited participation. Sign up is required at registration table.
As an accomplished Winnipeg dance performer, Natasha Torres-Garner worked with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers as a company dancer for 6 years and has performed in a number of projects as an independent dancer. Her independent experience has given her the opportunity to work with Montreal’s Fortier Danse Création, Bill Coleman (Toronto),in repertoire by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montreal), as well as with Winnipeg's TRIP Dance Company.
Torres-Garner is also a founding member and the Organization Director of Young Lungs Dance Exchange, a Winnipeg-based community organization offering performance and choreographic opportunity to emerging dance artists. As the Organization Director, she is responsible, with the assistance of the board of directors, for the planning and dissemination of each season based on the needs and desires of the membership.
As a choreographer she has presented half- and full-length works locally and internationally. In 2007 she created Spay, which was performed at Winnipeg’s Rachel Browne Theatre and Regina’s New Dance Horizons. In 2008 Natasha created a full evening work in collaboration with shotAG of Dresden, Germany. The winter of 2009 allowed her the opportunity to work on her first half-length solo performance, Real, which was performed at Winnipeg’s cre8ery in April, 2009. In the fall of 2009 she created a new half length work entitled a way in, performed by The Toronto Dance Theatre at Toronto's Winchester Theatre. Throughout Torres-Garner’s experience she has received mentorship from senior choreographers Rachel Browne, Davida Monk, Serge Bennetan, Karen Kuzak, and Tom Stroud.
Choreographed and performed by Natasha Torres-Garner in collaboration with dancer Ali Robson and costumes designed and constructed by Claire Friesen.
Transient Exposition is a duet performance featuring Natasha Torres-Garner and Ali Robson in downtown’s Winnipeg Square and Skywalks. The area is a pedestrian thoroughfare primarily used by those employed downtown. The space is filled with people during the lunch hour of a weekday, but comes to a silent screeching halt in the evenings and weekends. Though the population is high in the lunch hour, the level of creativity and interaction is minimal. Those who are there are using it for the hiding spot it provides from our harsh winters, and/or a short cut in their daily travel. Eye contact, interaction, reflection and expression is hard to come by around these parts. In the Transient Exposition, Torres-Garner aims to defy these assumptions, and for a brief moment light a spark for those passing by. This performance travels, and we will be making our way to the hallway leading to the Millennium library, where the Carol Shield’s auditorium is located.