Part-time Instructor, Theatre
Part-time Instructor, Contemporary Dance
Researcher and choreographer, it’s after having flirted with chemistry that Florence decided to pursue in vivo her experiences on the matter that moves us. Her fields of research encompass sensory connections, stage presence, micro-politics of the dancing body and memory-identity. Recipient of many grants, Florence’s choreographic works have been presented on national and international dance platforms (Montréal, Québec City, Toronto, London (Ontario), Guelph, Madrid,New-York, Puerto Rico).
In 2000 she completed her Master’s degree in Dance at l’Université du Québec à Montréal exploring the creative process through the sensorial relationship of the body with the planet and others.Since then she continues to explore that «chemistry of the senses» through her choreographic works and research. With her creation mute / sense veu / en silence – named Best Choreography 2006 by Hour’s Best - she uses the map of her political origins as a metaphor to investigate different methods of communication with her dancers. Her more recent creations include in-perfections – solo sans territoire created at the Cultural Space Georges-Émile-Lapalme, the choreographic installation Transparent Shift that invites the audience to view the dance from under a plexiglass stage; the conference-performance Isabel de Mariani – walking affects where every step was modulated by the inflexion of the voice of a testimony from an Argentinian Grandmother of Plaza de Mayo; and Poetica de la Relacion performed in the interior patio of El Arsenal Museum (San Juan, Puerto Rico). She is right now working on the project Choreo-haptic Encounters, fostering in-betweenness to revisit notions of identity-alterity. Meanwhile she is also assisting choreographers Maria Kefirova and Isabel Mohn in their artistic process.
Since 2010, she has been sharing her sensory research and giving workshops in international seminars and congresses (Montreal, Buenos Aires, Yokohama and Vienna) unfolding and questioning the practice and kinaesthetic knowledge from a socio-political and embodied perspective as well as the translatability from embodiment into digital media. In July 2017 she will pursue investigations and exchanges with the new Embodied Research Working Group in Sao Paulo (IFTR 2017), with the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani in Buenos Aires promoting inter-disciplinary dialogues between the artistic and the academic, and will end her South America journey in Brasilia working with the theatre company Teatro do Instante.
Florence Figols also collaborates in theatre; she worked as a performer and choreographer with directors Barbara Poggemiller, Michael Springate, Harry Standjofski and Paula de Vancocelos. She has been teaching since 1999 in the Contemporary Dance Department of her Alma Mater Concordia University. As a teacher, she is more concerned with informing than forming; she tries to build through her classes a "body of experiences and knowledge" as much as a “body of awareness- consciousness.”