Johanna Bundon is an independent Saskatchewan artist, presently living and working in Regina. Johanna’s practice includes choreography, performance, and a physical approach to theatre creation. Her choreography has been presented within the Prairie Dance Circuit, New Dance Horizons House of Dance Series, the Globe Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, Performance Creation Canada, and most recently as a part of the National Arts Centre’s Prairie Scene Festival in Ottawa. Johanna is a 2005 graduate of LADMMI: Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montréal, Globe Theatre’s 2008 Actor Conservatory, and is currently pursuing a BA in Arts & Culture at the University of Regina.
I am interested in work that has a tone of intimacy, that leaves bare the relationships at play within both process and performance. I want to create spaces that communicate gratitude towards, and the necessity of, an audience. And I am drawn to a dance that honours narrative — or at least satisfies my own desire to relate dance to language.
Language is a steady source of inspiration within my process. I find myself looking to words to shape the form of the body and narrative to inform the trajectories within space. Similarly, I am interested in the work of writing/scribing as it informs choreography and presently find myself investigating speaking as an extension of dancing.
My work, both in process and performance, is increasingly informed by improvisation and the values that I believe are integral to it. I value die-hard acceptance, deep listening, and trust towards both collaborators and audience. These elements, along with a commitment to ‘be in the question’, are the guiding principles that I try to activate within studio practice and performance.