I founded The Go To Company in 2015 out of a desire to create dance theatre that uses a choreographic process to reflect the ideals of socially conscious art. The company premiered our first work, Desiccated, at the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival. The piece explored the ramifications of the earth’s declining fresh water supply and integrated a live vocalist, set design, and projections. Desiccated went on to be commissioned for « Gaïa » during COP 21, a high-profile international exhibition in Paris, France that celebrates women and the environment’s protection; to date, Desiccated has had four different showings. Locally, the show was applauded for “its powerful message and flawless execution...[an] all-time favourite SummerWorks dance production.” (Mooney on Theatre).
Part of The Go To Company’s mandate is to showcase diversity by representing Canada’s rich cultural landscape. As the founder of the company, I am a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working within film, dance creation, and performance. I draw on my experiences as a woman of mixed race (Mi'kmaq/African/settler heritage), as well as my BFA (2012), to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through interactive art. With a core belief that great art is transformational and should be accessible to all, The Go To Company creates performances that promote conversation between and among audiences and performers.
In July 2016, The Go To Company presented two works at the Toronto Fringe Festival. RATED R was a potent, socially charged double bill. The duet RElaps was a glimpse, on an interpersonal level, into the cyclical patterns to which two people find themselves returning. RElaps served as a counterpoint to, and microcosm of, RANKED: a sextet that investigated the assumptions we make in society about who has power and privilege. This production received outstanding press, with evidenceradio calling it “a powerful show,” and Mooney on Theater describing me “as an emerging interdisciplinary artist focusing on important and relevant cultural issues. If this is the work she is producing at the beginning of her artistic journey then it will be exciting to witness what Evans will produce throughout the rest of her career.” RElaps was then programmed at Native Earth Performing Arts Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival in November of 2016.
Collaboration is a key component of how I work and the projects I choose. In 2017, my company was commissioned to create work for partner organizations for the first time. In September 2017 Urbanvessel commissioned a work for a site-specific Arts in the Parks multidisciplinary show and in October – November 2017 the Toronto Concert Orchestra commissioned a work for their Voice of a Nation showcase and tour.
The company created our first immersive work, PATHS, as part of the 2017 SummerWorks festival, where we invited audiences to wander through a maze with characters and rooms inspired by the four elements. It was set up so that people could choose their own adventure, staying and witnessing a certain moment for as long as they wished. This work led me to artistically consider how space can be used and the ways audiences can engage with dance more intimately, which informed my desire to create more immersive works that focus on audience experience.
In February 2018 DanceWorks partnered with the Go To Company to present Prevailing Voices, a double bill featuring link, our company’s first solo work. link is a warrior dance about the blockades we come across in life, focusing on the idea of forging ahead and asking the question; “What is my generation fighting for or against?”.
As of April 2018 The Go To Company is in research for our first full-length piece called In The Abyss to be presented in fall 2019. It looks at the scientific fact as well as the beautiful metaphor that we are all made of stardust.