Andréa De Keijzer
Andréa de Keijzer is a performance, photography and video artist from born in Mexico City, raised in Costa Rica and Toronto and currently living in Montréal. Her most recent projects involve This ritual is not an accident (2015), Ozone Tear, Nuclear Thyroid (2013-2015), Our Last Picture (2013-2014), Le cerf, ou moi qui cède à l’espace (2013), Wolves & Selves (2012), The Self Love Ball (2011/2012) and From concentrate (2012). Andréa’s latest work This, myself, one after another, will premier at the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) in October 2015.
Her work has been presented in Toronto at Dance made in Canada, HATCH 2013, Art Spin, Dancemakers, and Nuit Blanche, in Montréal at Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Quartiers Danses and as part of The 3rd Floor Projects, in Colombia at Festival Grado Cero and in Italy at DanzaFlux, amongst others.
She has received support from Canada Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and was recently first winner of a new mentorship program for choreographers from diverse cultural backgrounds offered by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the MAI.
In 2012, Andréa co-founded with Ariane Boulet, Joannie Douville and Gabriel Vignola Je suis Julio, a multidisciplinary production company supporting their creative and pedagogical work.
What I know is this: I find great pleasure in the intimate stories that surround me. If I have materials I will find a use for them. I like to begin with something rather than nothing. I rather collaborate than work alone. I imagine that with the art I make I am healing small fissures in the pavement of our lives.
From 2012 to 2014 I lived in a medical labyrinth after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and labral tears in both hips. I had five surgeries, sixty hours in waiting rooms and seven months of rest. I learned to work with the metabolism of my being, to make space and to wait, I thought a lot about the ethics of choreographic risks, and I tried my to use the ingredients given to me. In this time, I created Ozone Tear, Nuclear Thryoid, a performance and photo essay that collected of objects, stories, images and actions from my experience with a labral tear, thryoid cancer and surgery, and This ritual is not an accident (co-created with Erin Robinsong), a response to the slow-motion accident we find ourselves in.
I am influenced by my studies in contemporary dance, kinesiology, the Axis Syllabus, my video and photography work, urban farming, pottery and meditation. In my works I hope curate environments and live encounters that provide a means for both audience, performers and myself to resensitize, to come back to our skins. During my creative processes I listen for the form and medium each idea requires. My previous projects have ranged from films, to black box performances, to community rituals, to participatory dance parties, to workshops, to, most recently, a business that sells things that are not things.