Founded in 2008, the response. is a project based contemporary dance company dedicated to challenging how contemporary dance can be made, shown and perceived. It is a home for its founder and artistic director, Amber Funk Barton, to create new work that balances artistic resonance and physical spectacle. Inspiration for the company is the ability of the human body; its physical potential and its emotional make-up. Works created by the response. blend contemporary technique with the athleticism and energy of urban culture. Works aim to go beyond the focus of form to create cinematic experiences using the body to create pictures, images and shapes which, evidentially, evoke a response.
the response. is spearheaded by a sole individual’s desire to share her stories with the world. The company encourages individuality of its participants, working with dancers who are versatile in their training and distinct in their personal movement. Interpreters of the company are ever changing due to the nature of the work being created.
the response. is a company distinguishable by the vulnerability and sensitivity portrayed in its works. Its creations are inspired by imperfection, mistakes and regret. It presents ordinary, recognizable characters and emotions in imaginary landscapes. The company desires not only to ignite people’s imagination but also to induce an emotional connection to what audiences experience, see, feel and hear. the response. keenly aspires towards long term growth and establishment as it strives to have a reoccurring presence in its community, specifically providing opportunities for aspiring, emerging and professional dance artists in Vancouver and British Columbia.