Episode 1 - Interview Dance Artist Amber Funk Barton

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About Amber Funk Barton:
Amber Funk Barton is contemporary dance artist, born and raised in Vancouver.  She received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a professional dance artist in Vancouver and has danced for various companies and choreographers, including: Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray.  She has also been featured as a guest artist with Company 605. Over the past year, Amber has performed in Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night which recently received a Jessie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.   

As a choreographer Amber has had her work presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada which includes a commission from the National Arts Centre and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales and the NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA.  Her work has also extended into theatre where she has choreographed for Horseshoes and Hand Grenade’s This Stays in the Room which received the Critics’ Choice for Innovation from the Jessie Richardson Awards and led to her collaboration with theatre director Mindy Parfitt of their two women play am a.  Recent and current projects include the creation of Silas for Joe INK, Studio 58’s production of Mortified, #whatnow for Alley Theatre, Miscellaneous Productions and the creation of Firebird for Ballet Kelowna in 2019.     

Amber is the inaugural recipient of The Dance Centre’s Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award.  She was also awarded the Holy Body Tattoo Emerging Artist Award in addition to sharing a People’s Choice Award with Shay Kuebler in the creation of their collaborative work Status Quo commissioned for the Dancing on the Edge Festival. Amber is also one of the few Canadians to receive a danceWEB contemporary dance scholarship to study and attend the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria.  

Amber has been a guest teacher of contemporary dance for Drive Dance Centre’s Scholarship Program, Harbour Dance, iNDUSTRY Dance Training Program, the Training Society of Vancouver (Working Class), Arts Umbrella, Victoria Academy of Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Polymer Dance, Richmond Academy of Dance, Avant Dance Company and Caulfield School of Dance, where she currently teaches on staff.  Amber has been invited to set works for the students of Dancestreams, Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella, Pro Arte Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts, Coastal City Ballet and Helix Dance Company. In 2016, Amber launched #dancehappy an outreach initiative through her company that offers free dance class once a month to people of all abilities and ages.   

About Tara:

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director and writer. Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, she is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer "who defies categorization on any level"(The Georgia Straight).

Tara is celebrated nationally and internationally for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. The string of celebrated full-length solo shows to her credit includes bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember, and she partners regularly on multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary-bending ensemble creations. When she isn’t creating innovative movement for theatre, Tara performs around the world- highlights include DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, and High Performance Rodeo/Calgary. Recent works include The Body Project (premiering 2020/21 season) The River with dance artist Miriam Colvin and artist and activist Molly Wickham (premiering 2021 in Wet'suwet'en Territory), empty.swimming.pool with Italian dance/performance artist Silvia Gribaudi, (Castiglioncello, Bassano, Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, B.C.), how to be (Vancouver, B.C.) , and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember (currently touring). TTara lives on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)/East Vancouver with her partner composer Marc Stewart.

 © 2019 Tara Cheyenne Performance


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