IMAGOmoves was established in San Diego, US, in 2005 under the artistic direction of choreographer Yolande Snaith. IMAGOmoves assembled groups of artists and dancers based in San Diego, to create performance works on a project to project basis. Since its inception IMAGOmoves presented a range of work created for a variety of performance spaces, from San Diego’s urban down town SUSHI Visual and Performing Arts, Bar Basic, the Geoffrey Theater Off Broadway and Blurred Borders Festival, to art galleries including Space4art and more conventional dance contexts including the UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance’s Dance Series. The company also performed in Los Angeles, Tijuana, and Cluj, Romania.
One dictionary definition of IMAGO reads: 'final and perfect stage of insect after all metamorphosis’.
IMAGOmoves was committed to creating collaborative performance works that crossed disciplines, media and boundaries, to foster synthesis between the artistic languages of movement, visual imagery, text, music and sound. As the name suggests, the work embraced the process of metamorphoses, from the initial germ of an idea to the emergence of the developed work in the presence of an audience. The company’s creative process and performance vocabularies were informed by contemporary dance and theatre practices, often merging compositional scores with set choreography, crafting disparate elements into a seamless whole. The performance space served as a container for visually striking and physically charged behavioral worlds with their own internal logic and movement language, inviting multiple readings, associations and resonant experience.
Another definition of IMAGO reads: 'an idealized mental image of another person or the self’'.
IMAGOmoves reached out to audiences across a diverse demographic, by embracing the potential that different sites and spaces offered in community locations, urban sites, city centers, gallery spaces as well as more conventional performance spaces.
Each project brought together an ensemble of performers, composers and designers in a highly collaborative dance making process, artfully shaping material to create work that was acutely observed, detailed, thought provoking and deeply engaging.