PDA is a improvisational based arts collective whose goal is to create innovative, multidisciplinary and collaborative creations with authenticity and physicality.
We not only create new movement but see improvisational methods as a way of freeing the body from habitual movement patterns.
We are interested in the creation of movement and visual arts that express our engagement with others, our relationship to our environment and to ourselves. We also explore movement in relation to visual imagery, sound and space.
PDA creates, produces and performs for audiences in non-traditional venues to make arts accessible and enriching to all.
Originally from London, ON, Hannah has been performing and training in contemporary dance in Canada and abroad for the past eight years. From 2011-2015, Hannah was training and performing with Dasein Dance Theatre (London, Canada), under the artistic direction of Lacey Smith. In 2015, she traveled to Italy to participate in a one-year intensive dance training program through the Leggere Strutture Art Factory International. Following this program, Hannah worked professionally with Compagnia Balafori (Milan, Italy), a dance-theatre company under the artistic direction of Alessandra Costa, and Compagnia DNA (Bologna, Italy), under the artistic direction of Elisa Pagani. In January, 2017, Hannah attended the Disha Dance International Dance Gathering in Kochi, India – a two-week contemporary and Indian dance intensive led by artistic director Saju Hari and sisters Sade and Kristina Alleyne (Akram Khan Company). Currently, back home in London, Hannah teaches guest workshops and creates choreography for companies and schools across the city. Her upcoming projects include: choreographing Seussical The Musical (London District Christian High School; Mar. 2019), choreographing Curtains: The Musical (Original Kids Theatre Company; Mar. 2019), and choreographing and performing in Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2 (Calithumpian Theatre Company, Nov. 2019). She also acts as the co-artistic director of Public Displays of Art, and is so excited to spread her love and joy of movement across the city of London, Ontario!
Niki Carr began her journey with dance at a very young and quickly fell in love. At the age of 10, she began training more seriously and performed with a youth company here in London, ON called the Children's Dance Project. After high school, she continued her professional dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the privilege of working with many professional dance artists and choreographers such as Peggy Baker, Christopher House, Darryl Tracey, Heidi Strauss and many more. After graduation, she worked professionally for the company of Toronto Dance Theatre before returning back to London to train and work with Dasein Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Lacey Smith. Along with her excitement to be dancing again here in London, you can find Niki @at_the_mat teaching Pilates around the city helping others to find their passion for movement.
Ruth Douthwright is a dance artist and movement educator. She currently runs programs in local schools, museums and arts organizations with LAIR- London Artist in Residence.
For over a decade Ruth has collaborated in research, practice and education with the International Axis Syllabus community and The Body Braid movement projects teaching internationally in universities, dance schools, companies, conferences and festivals. Graduate from LADMMI- École de danse contemporaine de Montréal with parallel studies in Body Mind Centering & Continuum, continued studies at Laban (London UK), The Body Weather Farm and The Kyoto Arts Centre (Japan).
Ruth danced with ABCDC 2003-2008, L’Inattendue Compagnie 2006-2008, Dasein Dance Theatre 2014-2016. Ongoing research and performance in Ecological Bodying with Strange Strangers Collective: Kevin O’Connor and Billy Douthwright: Caboose 2010, Confluence 2011 re-storying 2014 and Understories 2015.
Michaela is a photographer, multimedia artist and Yoga/Movement instructor based in London Ontario. Photography and the arts have been a large part of her life for the past 25 years. She attended the Bealart program as well as the photography program at Fanshawe College. After graduating from Fanshawe she received advanced standing into the photography arts program at the Ontario College of Art and Design (graduating in 2000). Her photography business began in 2003 after the birth of her first son. Michaela Devine Photography is focused primarily on portraits and creative commercial work. The personal work that she is currently working on is movement based and expressive. Working within a multimedia exploration of photography, drawing, painting and performance.
Dorit Osher, MA, MSW, RSW is a psychotherapist, dancer, educator and creator. She has worked as a professional contemporary dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company in TelAviv, Israel, and as an independent dance artist in London (UK), Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and South Africa. Dorit is a Clinical Social Worker who works as a psychotherapist with a focus in somatic psychology. She is interested in the creation of movement that evolves from improvisational movement/dance and is curious about developing movement that captures the complexity and expression of our humanity.
PDA collaborates with movement, sound and visual artists. We perform in unique and public spaces
Kevin O'Connor (PHD, UC Davis Performative Studies)
Montana Summers (Indigenous dance artist)
Brandy Ostrosser-Coghlin (Guest Artist)
Avery Hall (Guest Artist)
Connor McPhail (Guest Artist)
Allana Simon (Guest Artist)