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CPA - Consistent PArtial Attention

The development of this series was generously funded by:
The Canada Council for The Arts 
& Manitoba Arts Council


The CPA project received research support from:
Centre Q - Centre for Questionning  (Quyon, Quebec)
Young Lungs Dance Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba)


Created with the support of resources available through:

Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Winnipeg Film Group (Winnipeg, Manitoba)


Special thank you to School of Contemporary Dancers, Tedd Robinson (for consultations at Centre Q), Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan (mentors during the Young Lungs research series) and Carol Ann Bohrn (dancer during the Young Lungs research residency).


World Premiere

Asper Centre For Theatre & Film

February 18 - 20, 2016 - 8PM


Concept / Direction:


Freya Björg Olafson


Researched & Performed with:  

Lise McMillan &  James Phillips


Lighting Design: Hugh Conacher

Costume: Wanda Farian

75 minute performance



Showing of work in developement

Rachel Browne Theatre | Nov 2014 | Winnipeg

Centre Q - Centre for Questionning 

July 2015 | Quyon, Quebec



REsearch REsidencies

Young Lungs Dance Exchange

Nov 2014 | Winnipeg


Centre Q - Centre for Questionning 

July 2015 | Quyon, Quebec


Collective Corps presents Intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson’s new performance work CPA [Consistent Partial Attention].  The performance offers a paradoxical meditation on what it means to be present in our contemporary screen-obsessed world. In partnership with dancers; Lise McMillan of Winnipeg and James Phillips of Montreal, Olafson constructs an experience which interrogates the impact of technology on our bodies and psyches.     


Developed through digital collage the CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] performance is guided by a video score of pre-existing / found Internet footage of individuals improvising in their homes.  The performers sight read the choreographic score by referencing diverse sources and monitors. While the performers have familiarity with the digital dances, they can never fully know their ‘choreography’. Thereby CPA sustains as an exercise in ‘nowness’; the performers engage as interfaces in act of realtime translation of data / movement vocabulary from the video score. Through the rich confluence of sources we experience dance as a vernacular, learned language, permeating and crossing communities, provoking consideration upon the evolution of dance in the age of the internet. 

CPA - Consistent Partial Attention is available for presentation and touring in Canada and abroad.

The CPA project has been initiated through Collective Corps - a newly founded unincorporated collective - comprised of performers / dancers Freya Björg Olafson (Winnipeg), James Phillips (Montreal) and Lise McMillan (Winnipeg). 

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Freya Björg Olafson


Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her work has been presented internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals and conferences. Throughout her career, she has benefitted from residencies, most notably through the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York (EMPAC). In 2014, Freya was nominated for the National Media Arts Prize from the Independent Media Arts Alliance by Video Pool Media Arts Center.  She completed her professional dance training through the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, School of Contemporary Dancers and Springboard Danse Montréal. She holds an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute / Donau Universität (Krems, Austria).


Concept / Direction

Aaron Michael Paul


Aaron Michael Paul began his early dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After six years in the Professional Division, Aaron continued his studies at the School of Contemporary Dancers. Aaron has had the opportunity to perform works by Stephanie Ballard, Odette Heyn Projects, Constance Cooke, Drive Dance, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Tedd Robinson, and Paul Andre Fortier. Aaron is has been an apprentice with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for their 2015 - 2017 seasons.

Researcher / Performer

Lise McMillan

Researcher / Performer


Lise is an independent dance artist based in Steinbach, Manitoba. Lise has performed in Canada and abroad with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-2014) in works by Sasha Ivanochko, Susie Burpee, Serge Bennathan, Brent Lott, and Rachel Browne. Independent work includes Sinha Danse, C. Medina Dance (Austria), Delfos Danza (Mexico) and several independent creators such as Johanna Riley, Alex Elliott, and Treasure Waddell. She is one third of Collective Corps with Freya Olafson, and James Philips and has produced and commissioned works by Serge Bennathan, Susie Burpee and Lesandra Dodson.  Her own work “Current Affair” was presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange in the 2014 Production Series.  Lise is the co-director of TheDancePost, an organization serving Winnipeg’s dance milieu and was selected by Canada Council for the Arts to attend IETM’s 2015 and 2016 Spring Plenaries.  Lise holds her B.A Honours Degree in Dance, and is a graduate of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers.  

James Jansen


James Jansen is a video artist, VJ and lighting designer, who holds a BFA in Video from the University of Manitoba. His credits include design for the WJT's productionsAngels in America: Perestroika,  Good Intentions, and Ivanov;  Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ Entreux Deux Mondesand CRUTCH; Adhere and Deny's The Bedbug and Trumpets and Raspberries; Incompletely Strangled’s Such Creatures;and Rebecca Sawdon’s Surfacing. He is currently the Production Manager of WCD, Technical Director of both Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival and Adhere+Deny, as well as a producer for their new initiative Council of Three. 

Lighting Designer

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