Allison Elizabeth Burns creates relevant and visceral work, to build conversation about important concerns of today’s world. She revels in exploring the borderland between reality and magic, playing with fantasy themes tied to real-life dilemmas. She draws inspiration from over a decade of contemporary dance experience, her ballet and modern foundation, a variety of other movement training including social and urban dance, and collaboration with theatre artists and musicians.
Beyond sculpting movement, Allison believes that choreography inherently includes a broader vision that is supported by collaboration. She works with composers and musicians to create original scores, and improvised sets. She is commissioned to choreograph and consult for theatre and multidisciplinary projects - including Evolution Theatre, 9th Hour Theatre, and Odyssey Theatre.
Her choreographic work has been presented at the 2019 Uproar Arts Festival, Princess Productions' 2019 dance: made in canada festival, random acts of dance's 2019 Your Dance Fest, the 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival in 2018, and the 2017 Dark Horse Dance Projects. Her work has also been presented in the Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa Fringe Festivals (2010-2019).
Photo by Stéphanie Houle, featuring Alya Graham
“It’s unusual to walk into a room and experience beauty, but Do You Want To Live Forever? is an exercise in the sublime [...] I was captivated.”
- David Currie, Apt613
Allison has recently had the pleasure of dancing for Siôned Watkins with the Orchestra at the National Arts Centre. A guest artist with the Propeller Dance Company (2017-2018), Allison has danced for choreographers Renata Soutter and Liz Winkelaar. She danced in a site-specific performance for choreographer Noémie Lafrance in 2017, and for Jérôme Bel's Gala at the 2016 Festival TransAmériques. She was a collaborating performer for Choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert's company, pour corps et lumière / for body and light, from 2012-2015 and toured North America in 2014 and 2015 with the show Coming and Going (New York, Montréal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, Gabriola, Vancouver and Durham). The show was also presented as a part of Centaur Theatre’s 2015 Wildside Festival and Tangente's 2013-2014 season.
Photo by Pat Holloway, featuring Allison Elizabeth Burns and Alya Graham
“Her work has an emotional depth that conveys momentous meaning and narrative catharsis.”
- Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols, actor/creator
Awards & Grants
Creation and Production Funding for Professional Artists｜2018 & 2020 City of Ottawa Arts Funding Program
Arts Across Canada Travel Grant, Dance Artist｜2019 Canada Council for the Arts
Youth in Culture Pilot Program｜2016 & 2017 Award Recipient - City of Ottawa
Freestanding Room Award - Nomination ｜Enough Already - 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival
Most Promising English Company - Nomination ｜Enough Already - 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival
Freebie Award｜FASTER Presents: The Elephant in the Room - 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival
Best of Fest ｜The Duck Wife - 2010 Ottawa Fringe Festival
Outstanding Performance Ensemble｜ The Duck Wife - 2010 Ottawa Fringe Festival
Spirit of the Fringe Award ｜Diverge - 2008 Montreal Fringe Festival