Original Works


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Life Cycle of a Malignant Debate (work in progress)

August 2019

We are curious about the other, suspicious about the other, we converse with the other, attempt to convert the other. This duet, created in collaboration with the cast Sarah Hopkin and Geoffrey Dollar, is the result of the first creation period for an ORez project, generously offered by the Ottawa Dance Directive. Photo by Trung Le, courtesy of TAKE UP SPACE. More information

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You're Never Fully Dressed

August 2019

…without a smile. A contemporary dance solo exploring the phenomenon of people (mostly women) smiling at the people (mostly men) who sexually harass them. Smiling as a defence mechanism. This solo performed by Alya Graham premiered at inaugural edition of the Uproar Arts Festival. Photo by Stéphanie Houle. More information


Love Locks

June 2019

The sequel to The Key to Time Travel (see below), Love Locks is a dive into the memories of a lost relationship, both joyful and heartbreaking. This contemporary dance trio was created thanks to the support of the City of Ottawa. Photo by Jake Morrison. More information


We Three

September 2018

A trio of witches. Created for and presented at the 27th Alberta Dance Festival in Calgary, Alberta. The collaborating performers are Sarah Curts, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, and Heather Thomson. The piece was choreographed to music by the Canadian composer Nicole Lizée. Photo courtesy of photographer Andre Goulet and Dancers’ Studio West. More information

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The Key to Time Travel

September 2017

The Key to Time Travel explores tangible concepts of time travel through a theatrical contemporary dance duet. The original piece was created for and presented as a part of the Dark Horse Dance Projects showcase. The extension, Love Locks (see above) was created in 2019 thanks to the financial support of the City of Ottawa. Photo by Marianne Duval. More information

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Do You Want to Live Forever?

June 2017

“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. A love story about immortality told through dance, poetry, and magic. This work premiered at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival. More information

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Faster Presents


A collaboration with the band, FASTER, Allison Elizabeth Burns worked as a choreographer, dancer, clown and puppeteer to create a full-length production, FASTER Presents: The Elephant in the Room. The work has been presented in a variety of different manifestations and performances in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Edmonton.