EDAM (an acronym for Experimental Dance and Music) was formed in 1982 by seven independent artists: Peter Bingham, Jay Hirabayashi, Lola MacLaughlin, Jennifer Mascall, Peter Ryan, Barbara Bourget and Ahmed Hassan. In 1989, Peter Bingham became the company’s sole Artistic Director.
Bingham is one of the pioneers of Contact Improvisation, a dance form that emphasizes flow and the cooperative exchange of weight between partners. The “touch and tumble” of Contact is a hallmark of much of Peter’s choreography, lending both athleticism and graceful elegance to his partnering and ensemble work.
Bingham has created over 50 choreographed works and performed in hundreds of improvised performances in theatres, dance festivals and universities across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
EDAM is renowned for its enduring commitment to presenting dance improvisation as an art form. Many key figures in the Contact world have performed at EDAM’s Studio Theatre, including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Lisa Nelson, KJ Holmes, Karen Nelson, Simone Forti and Andrew Harwood.
EDAM encourages collaborative creative productions and showcases work by local dance artists. Each season the Company produces a number of shows at its Studio Theatre, premiering new work by guest artists.
Monday to Friday morning with Bingham 10am-12pm
Friday evening with Olivia Shaffer 6:30-8pm
Sunday afternoon with Anne Cooper 12-2pm
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 7-9pm