The anchors of Justine A. Chambers movement based practice are found in collaborative creation, close observation, and the idea of choreography as living archive. She is concerned with a choreography of the everyday; with the unintentional dances, as she describes them “that are already there.” Her recent choreographic projects include: One hundred more, tailfeather, for all of us, it could have been like this, ten thousand times and one hundred more, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Semi-precious: the faceting of a gemstone only appears complete and critical; Enters and Exits and COPY.
Chambers’ work has been hosted at: Nanaimo Art Gallery, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Mile Zero Dance Society, Festival of New Dance, Agora de la danse, Canada Dance Festival, Dance in Vancouver, Dance Saskatchewan, Dancing on the Edge Festival, New Dance Horizons, The Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Western Front.
Chambers is a founding member of project bk, artist in residence at artist run centre 221A (2017), a selected artist for the Visiting Dance Artist Program at the National Arts Centre (2019-2020), one of three choreographer’s in the Yulanda Faris Choreographer’s Program (2017-2018), associate artist and artist in residence to The Dance Centre (2015-2017),
Justine has collaborated on projects with:
Digital video artist Josh Hite: COPY: a movement based installation, Incoming, Green Boot Print (The Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Code Lab and 350.org), Choreography Walk (2015: Vancouver, 2019: Hong Kong, 2019: Vancouver).
Choreographer and dancer Laurie Young: One hundred more
Visual artist Natalie Purschwitz and sound artist Anju Singh: Co-facilitation of Trackings and Trappings – Summer Institute at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
Sound artist Elisa Ferrari: EMF Movement Studies.
Dance Artist Alexa Solveig Mardon and scholar Peter Dickinson: Our Present Dance Histories
Visual artist Evann Siebens: Homemade Again.
Dance artist Claudia Fancello: Light Was The Night: Night Shifting.
Contemporary Gamelan Composer Michael Tenzer: Sphinx (Tour of Bali 2013)
Visual artist Jen Weih: Stack of Moves (Wrong Waves Festival 2013)
Visual artists Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy: Is there anything at all left to do be done at all (Trinity Square Video)
Dance artist Deanna Peters: One + the Other (The Cultch and New Dance Horizons)
Chambers, Sadira Rodrigues and battery opera’s Su Feh Lee co-facilitate the monthly forum The Talking Thinking Dancing Body; a conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic processes.
As a dancer, she has worked with a number of choreographers both nationally and abroad. Including: ame henderson, sasha ivanochko, battery opera, adelheid dance projects, Company 605, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Oded Graf and Yossi Berg, Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance.
Chambers teaches contemporary dance technique at Arts Umbrella, Working Class, Toronto Community Love-In, Modus Operandi Training Program and Ballet BC. Justine is currently engaged as an artistic monitor for the work of Mardon + Mitsuhashi, and Amanda Acorn.
Chambers is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.