Justine A. Chambers

Family Dinner

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Family Dinner © Photo: Yvonne Chew
Dance Contemporary
“The performers are so skilled, and Chambers’ observations so pointed, that in future it’s going to be hard for this viewer to regard dining as anything other than a performance, unconsciously choreographed by the participants.” Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Family Dinner is a choreographic exploration of shared meals and conversation. In this immersive and intimate dining experience, the dancers seated around a table, perform a choreographic score alongside the audience at a private dinner held at a special location.

With a movement vocabulary derived from social cues, gestures and familiar dinner conversation, the work functions as a palimpsest (a creation technique where each performance is written upon the one before). Family dining rituals are gathered from performers and guests. Personal stories and physical memories are recalled and reinterpreted leaving a trace of each evening, and each guest, within the shared vocabulary of the performance. The culmination of hundreds of shared evenings, Family Dinner brings the guest right into the heart of performance .

Justine A. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk, and current artist and residence and associate artist to The Dance Centre in Vancouver. Her interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining of dance performance. She is drawn to the movement of all bodies, and is focused on the dances that are already there: the social choreographies present in the everyday.

Ticket includes 3-course dinner with wine pairing, personal dietary restrictions observed. Only 8 tickets available to each performance. Call 613-947-7000 x576.

Performance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Family Dinner © Photo: Yvonne Chew
Family Dinner © Photo: Yvonne Chew


  • Featuring Conceived by:
    Justine Chambers
  • Featuring Created in collaboration with:
    Alison Denham
    Kate Franklin
    Lisa Gelley
    Aryo Khakpour
    Josh Martin
    Billy Marchenski