Lo Fi Dance Theory

Lo Fi Dance Theory, still from Move Freely

Wynn Holmes works fuse dance, theatre, film, and music, and reflect on how movement, performance, and sound exist within complex systems and ecologies, folklore, and pop-culture. Coming from a Celtic-Canadian family, Holmes spent her youth and teens as a competitive Irish dancer and then made her way into the professional performance world under the guidance of New York hip hop choreographer Rhapsody James. Fusing folk and street-dance structures, Holmes’ choreographies are manipulated and abstracted through a contemporary lens by the performers she collaborates with, creating works known for their rebellious nature, rhythmic vitality, and punk spirit. Her work and teachings are also an expression of her lifelong interest in music and body-mind practices. In 2014, Holmes was introduced to Jessica Fecarotta’s approach to embodied anatomy and dance inspired by the Lilian Arlen Method, which propelled Holmes’ further fascination with movement research and somatic studies. Holmes continues to deepen these practices under the guidance of Jessica Fecarotta and since 2019 has been studying Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge. Holmes is the director of Lo Fi Dance Theory, an organization comprised of a contemporary dance company, an international class series, and a research platform that unites dance artists and multidisciplinary collaborators with the public. Creating a community of exchange that fosters dance-centered experiences across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Canada and internationally, LFDT’s projects, classes, community outreach, and educational activities aim to push the boundaries between the arts and humanities and between social phenomena and kinetic possibility.

Move Freely
The Ciné-Corps film Move Freely is a documentary exploring dance as a life force within the marginalized Roma community in Belgrade, Serbia. This project brings together choreographer/director Wynn Holmes, cinematographer Andrew Amorim, and journalist Julia Kidder with a focus on Roma youth as they transcend imposed boundaries through dance and performance.