Open Space

a week of installation performances at Dancemakers

June 19 to 23, 2013



Co-produced by battery opera performance

Conceived by Lee Su-Feh

Designed by Jesse Garlick

Assisted by Justine Chambers

With Brandy Leary, Alexa Mardo, Supriya Nayak, Barak adé Soleil, & Brian Solomon

“A playful, yet also meditative experience.”
— Festival TransAmériques (2017)

In her inaugural Residency year, we showed the Toronto Première of Lee Su-Feh's Dance Machine, a kinetic sculpture that is transformable into multiple configurations. The public was invited to enter this family-friendly installation and share tasks, play, and work with the artists who act as hosts and facilitators.  An embodied experience that has the potential to inspire deep rest as well as mindful play, the Dance Machine is simply a beautiful dynamic object to witness from multiple perspectives. Dance Machine premiered at Festival TransAmériques in 2017, and it is now being shown across Canada.



With Antony Hamilton

Installation Design: antony hamilton & John Dickson

“There are moments when you query whether it is man or machine that you are witnessing.”
— Australian Stage (2017)

A new work from Antony Hamilton who is in his final Residency Year at Dancemakers. His first two years saw him develop Natural Orders which we showed as a Work in Progress in June 2016, with Antony bringing it to completion in June 2017, to audience and critical acclaim.  



Lee Su-Feh is Dancemakers’ 2017-2020 Resident Artist. Credits include Children’s Theatre with Janet Pillai, traditional Malay and contemporary dance with Marion D’Cruz in Malaysia, contemporary dance with Lari Leong in Paris, contact improvisation with Peter Bingham in Vancouver; and many years of Chinese martial arts. Before arriving in Vancouver in 1988, she lived in Paris, London, Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1998, Su-Feh won the Prix de Jeune Auteur of the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-St. Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. In theatre, she has worked as a choreographer with directors such as Marc Diamond, Donna Spencer and most recently DD Kugler and Steven Hill. She has been nominated twice for a Jessie Award. In 2012, her solo work The Whole Beast won the BOH Cameronian Award for Outstanding Choreography in Malaysia. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded the Isadora Award and the Lola Award respectively, by the Dance Centre in Vancouver, in recognition of her contribution to the dance milieu through her work as choreographer, dancer, teacher, dramaturge and all-around shit disturber. In 1995, she co-founded battery opera performance with David McIntosh with whom she has been collaborating ever since she met him in Kota Baru in 1985.

About Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton is Dancemakers’ 2015-2018 Resident Artist. A Melbourne, Australian-based choreographer, his multi-award winning performances involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design. Antony’s last Toronto works were in 2017 when he developed Natural Orders for Dancemakers, and showed MEETING at Canadian Stage Company which garnered him a 2017 Dora nod for Outstanding Production. His major commissions include Crazy Times (Sydney Dance Company, 2017), Sentinel (Skanes Dansteater, 2016), Keep Everything (Chunky Move 2012), RGB (ADT 2010), Black Project 3 (Lyon Opera Ballet, 2010) and I Like This (co-directed by Byron Perry for Chunky Move 2008). Antony was inaugural recipient of the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, the Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012 and the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. In 2014 he was the guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria and was Honorary Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. in 2013. Antony has received three Helpmann Award nominations for Best Ballet or Dance Work, winning in 2013 for Black Project 1 & 2. He has also received numerous Green Room Awards including two each for Black Project 1 & 2 (2012) and MEETING (2016).