Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of hum, is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music who is based in Toronto. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw and sensual performance work. She has performed the works of various Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers (including Tedd Robinson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera, and Phillip Barker) and has performed widely as an improviser both in dance and music. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991. Awards include the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award in Dance and the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She's gone away. Most recently Susanna was the recipient of the Canada Council's Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton award for Outstanding Acheivement in the field of Dance. Compelling raw synesthesia. The Susanna achievement: dynamic, intimate moving utterance. Flump, flump! Her music seeps through the forehead, picks up crumbs. Can't distinguish the plant from her left yodel. Slipping skin mumbles to keep all warm.

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