EDAM is a contemporary dance company under the artistic directorship
of Peter Bingham. EDAM's mandate is to provide a stable and fertile environment
for the development of contemporary dance. The Company is deeply committed
to the investigation of movement itself as an expressive art form. EDAM
supports many possibilities for creative expression within the kinetic
arts through the creation and production of choreography and through the
practice and presentation of the art of improvisation. In addition to
producing its own work, EDAM presents the work of guest choreographers
and encourages collaborative projects with artists working in other disciplines.
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 his 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
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.