Body Surfing with Andrew Tay
Body Surfing Sessions
This class offers playful physical and sensorial experiences designed to encourage strategies for the body and choreography to emerge. Drawing on influences from nightclub culture, magical thinking and party aesthetics, these sessions additionally serve as a way to consider the energetic systems of care, support and community that are created when we dance together.
Andrew Tay is the new director of Toronto Dance Theatre. He is a hybrid choreographer, performance curator and DJ. In 2005 he co-founded Wants&Needs danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. Since then, they have produced the wildly popular dance events Short & Sweet and Piss in the Pool which take place in non-traditional venues throughout Montreal. His works Fame Prayer / EATING (winner Risk and Innovation Summerworks Performance Festival) and Make Banana Cry (Co-authored with Stephen Thompson) have been presented at the M.A.I and Theatre La Chapelle (MTL) , as well as at festivals like Fierce and Nottdance (UK) and continue to tour internationally in 2022. He is known for bringing unconventional thinking to dance companies and institutions, and has facilitated dozens of critical thinking and discussion events centered around relevant issues within dance and performance scene. In 2017 he was named the first Artistic Curator of the Centre de Creation O Vertigo (CCOV) Montreal, Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.