LEADING FROM BESIDE
A Celebration of Community Engaged Dance
Symposium September 16-17, 2016
Exhibition September 10-21, 2016
Exhibition Opening & Keynote Speaker September 15, 7pm
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Made in BC and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation present Leading from Beside, a celebration of current, community-engaged dance, including an exhibition, panel discussions, movement workshops, and dialogue circles.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, September 15
Exhibition Opening and Keynote speaker Luca Silvestrini, Protein (UK)
7pm to 9pm
Celebrate the many creative models for community engagement through dance. This exhibition features historical and contemporary community-engaged dance projects from across the Vancouver Park Board with the support of Made in BC – Dance on Tour. Photography, video, testimonials and more explore the work of professional dance artists and community members of all ages, cultures and dance abilities who collaborate to create and perform together. A keynote talk by Luca Silvestrini, artistic director of Protein (UK), opening the Leading From Beside Symposium, rounds out the evening of celebration.
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17
10am to 4pm
Explore the many models for community-engaged dance through panel discussions, workshops, performances, dialogue circles and more. For artists, organizers, programmers, educators, administrators and community movers interested in creating and performing dance as they build community together.
Friday, September 16
Registration and coffee
Acknowledgement of Place and Welcome
Movement Warm Up
Caroline Liffmann leads a short session to wake up brains and bodies
Leading From Beside: Community Engaged Dance in Recreation
Vancouver Park Board Arts Programmers Marie Lopes and Cyndy Chwelos unpack their research from their recent paper Leading from Beside: Community Engaged Arts in Recreation. Their work broadly explores community engaged dance in recreation; from the productive intersections of leisure theory and community-engaged arts discourse, to a nuts and bolts, on the ground analysis of the successes, challenges and learnings emerging from community-engaged artist in residence projects across the Vancouver Park Board.
Dance at a Glance
5 minute performances by community engaged dance ensembles led by professional artists including:
All Bodies Dance, Foolish Operations Ensemble, Polymer Dance , V’ni Dansi, and a video excerpt of Le Grand Continental by Sylvain Émard Danse.
LUNCH: Beautiful Soup
In the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s Mock Turtle, we offer beautiful soup ‘waiting in a hot tureen’. Mull over the morning with a warm bowl and a fresh roll.
Workshops: Experience Community Engaged Dance
It’s time to get a move on. Participate in an introductory community engaged dance workshop and discuss your experience in a debrief with artists and fellow participants. Workshop leaders include: Naomi Brand, Mirae Rosner, Olivia C. Davies, Caroline Liffmann and Julie Lebel.
The Big Check-in
Questions? Observations? Disruptions? Inspirations? Reflections?
Bring it on.
Panel Discussion: Strategic Partnering and Increasing Capacity
Accessible and engaging community engaged dance is exploding in popularity in Vancouver. How do we build on existing practices, explore new models and do more of this work? Panelists include: Am Johal SFU Vancity’s Office of Community Engagement; Joel Klein, Made in BC; Margaret Naylor, The Arts and Health Project; Julie Poskitt, BC Arts Council and Judith Marcuse, International Centre of Art for Social Change
Evaluations, Networking, Closing
Saturday, Setpember 17
Acknowledgement of Place and Welcome
Movement Warm Up
Luca Silvestrini leads a short session to wake up brains and bodies
Panel: Inclusive Dance – Models of Practice
This panel of professional dance artist explores existing models and practices in community-engaged dance and the necessity for new and changing models of practice. We complicate the questions – how is dance inclusive? Who gets to dance? What gets overlooked? What constitutes success?…and more. Speakers: Naomi Brand, Miriam Colvin, Margaret Grenier, Karen Jamieson, Miriam Esquintin, Alvin Erasga Tolentino
LUNCH: Beautiful Soup 2
Same sentiment, different beautiful soup.
The afternoon is a large invitation to symposium attendees and the general public to choose from an array of 6 community engaged dance workshops with diverse approaches, styles and disciplines and get moving!
Open to all ages and abilities, no experience necessary.
Everybody Dance Together
Join Caroline Liffmann, Anna Kraulis, Lara Barclay and community dancers to learn and perform a short excerpt of ensemble choreography from Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental.
Evaluation, networking and farewells
COLLECTED, TRACES, AND, STILL HERE
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Leading From Beside participants receive a special discount ticket of $20.
To redeem this special discount ticket rate please contact Co.Erasga in advance of the show dates here
Further show details at Co. ERASGA
The Fee for the Symposium is $25
(this includes 2 days of activities and two light lunches).
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During the event we will have a photographer and videographer on site to help capture the event for archival purposes and to help promote further community-engaged activities. Each participant will be asked to sign a waiver at registration. Please see below links.
A group block has been arranged at the Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown, 1110 Howe Street. These rooms are available Sept 15, 16 & 17 at $185 (CAD) (+ taxes) per night, subject to availability.
This offer is available until August 28.
To book please click on the button below. The group code ‘MAD’ is automatically entered when following this link (click ‘more options’ to see details). If you need to speak to someone in person please call 800-663-9151 and identify yourself as being with ‘Made in BC Leading From Beside’ when making a reservation and when checking into the hotel.Holiday Inn
Le Grand Continental®, Press Kit (in English). All the information you need if you’d like to bring this project to your community!
Everybody Dance, a listing of ongoing community engaged dance in the Greater Vancouver.
Residencies, a listing of BC community engaged dance projects available for touring.
Radio Interview, at CBC’s North by Northwest, about Community Engaged Dance and Leading form Beside, prepared by Brittany Duggan.
Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca studied dance and performing arts at Bologna University and Laban (London). Luca has worked with Maxine Doyle’s First Person, Catherine Seymour Dance Company, Lea Anderson and The Featherstonehaughs, Rose’s Thoughts, Bock & Vincenzi, Sarah Rubidge, Joanna Portolou, Ruth Segalis and Aletta Collins.
His choreography dates from 1997 when he co-founded Protein. As Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by deep connection with the everyday. His personality is stamped on large-scale cross-generational and participatory events, including the world record-breaking Big Dance Class, Eat London (which won a Visit London Gold Award) and Big World Dance 2010, both of which took place in Trafalgar Square. He has created full-length intergenerational productions in Valenciennes, Athens, Barcelona, Greenwich and Turin; and has taught and presented Protein’s participatory work at schools and conferences in Singapore, Spain, Italy and Japan.
In addition to his work for Protein, Luca has created work for the Royal Opera House, Transitions Dance Company, CandoCo, Bare Bones, Intoto, From Here To Maturity, Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells, Sankalpalm and HeadSpace Dance. Theatre and opera credits include work for English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award and was one of the first recipients of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006). In 2012 Luca and Protein were presented with a New Connections Award by the British Council in Italy for the valuable contribution made in developing closer relations between the UK and Italy.
To have a taste of Luca Silvestrini’s practice, have a look at the documentary on his project (In)Visible Dancing
PANELISTS AND ARTISTS
Naomi Brand is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer. Originally from Toronto, Naomi danced for 10 years in Calgary, before coming to Vancouver in 2013. She holds a BA (Dance) and an MFA (Drama) from the University of Calgary. Naomi has cultivated a unique artistic practice that spans work with professional artists, to community-engaged work with diverse populations. Her choreography has been featured in numerous venues and festivals across Canada as well as in Poland, Italy and Uruguay. She is an associate artist with projet bk, a contributing writer with The Dance Current and the co-founder of the All Bodies Dance Project. Naomi has received numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.
Yvonne Chartrand is an award winning contemporary choreographer and dancer as well as a national award-winning master Métis jigger whose ancestors come from the Métis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba. She began performing with the traditional Métis dance group The Gabriel Dumont Dancers in Winnipeg (1986) and began work in contemporary dance in the same year, while attending the University of Manitoba Fine Arts Program. She has since trained in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Banff. She graduated from the Main Dance Place apprenticeship program in Vancouver in 1998, where she apprenticed with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company. She has worked with choreographers Paula Ross, Katherine Labelle, Ania Storoscszuk Georgina Martinez, Helen Walkley, Michelle Olson and Robin Poitras. She is a co-founder of Raven Spirit Dance Company. Yvonne attended the Aboriginal Dance Project at The Banff Centre and trained with Margo Kane’s Full Circle Ensemble.
Yvonne is the Artistic Director of Compaigni V’ni Dansi (founded in 2000 with Mariko Kage), whose name translates as “Come and Dance” in Michif. Dancers perform traditional Métis dance under the name of the Louis Riel Métis Dancers and contemporary dance works as V’ni Dansi. The Louis Riel Métis Dancers have had the pleasure of performing for events locally and nationally and internationally. In 1999, with the assistance of a First People’s Cultural Foundation grant, Yvonne created Marguerite, a contemporary dance solo that honours Métis womens lives. Her most recent work Cooking It Up Métis, a dance-theatre piece inspired by the First Nations and European ancestry of the Métis, where four young dancers at Back to Batoche Days campsite share stories and dances. They recently toured throughout BC and are planning another school tour in the fall of 2016.
Cyndy Chwelos is a programmer on the Vancouver Park Board Arts, Culture & Engagement team, working out of the Roundhouse Community Centre. She holds a Masters in Art Education, Early Childhood Education and Montessori International Teaching Certificates and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Cyndy has worked for the Vancouver Park Board for four years as the Arts Programmer at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and Sunset Community Centre. She currently teaches Arts and Culture courses in the Langara Recreation Program and in 2016, she co-authored Leading from Beside: Community Engaged Arts in Recreation with Marie Lopes – an applied research report for Langara College, Recreation Studies. Cyndy has worked with ArtStarts in Schools, curated the Britannia Art Gallery, and been a pottery instructor at the Roundhouse and Riley Park Community centres.
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Miriam Colvin is an independent dance artist based out of Smithers BC. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in dance and psychology. She spent six years performing, teaching and creating dances in Minneapolis, MN before coming to Canada in 2004. Miriam established Myriad Dance Projects to create a platform for launching performances, initiating residencies and inviting her local community into engagement with movement. She works to integrate dance in its many forms into community, collaborating to make meaningful art with dancers, visual artists, musicians and people who just love to move. She has a passion for all avenues of improvisation and collective creation. Her dances have been presented in Washington, Boston, Minneapolis, Ottawa , Vancouver and Smithers. Recent projects include: expanding circles, an Arts-Based Community Development Project, Findings/Trouvailles with Julie Lebel and the Roundhouse Community Dancers and Into the Current: communities exploring our water and fis.
Miriam Esquitin’s extensive professional dance path started in Mexico and has carried on in Paris, Edmonton and Vancouver. She has danced with Kathy Ochoa, Tamara Bliss, Leticia Vera, Sunny Savoy, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Brian Webb, and dozens more. She holds a Certificate in Contemporary Dance Instruction and a MA in Anthropology, and has taught for almost a decade in community-based dance troupes. She guides an open creative process, based on improvisation, exploring genuine movement and in dialogue with the space.
Margaret Grenier is of Gitxsan and Cree ancestry. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid, a company that is dedicated to reviving Gitxsan dance traditions and presenting Aboriginal dance. She choreographed and produced the full length works Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007 which toured internationally to New Zealand in 2008 and the 2010 World Expo in China. She choreographed and produced Visitors Who Never Left as a site specific work in 2009. Here newest work Spirit Transforming 2012 reflects contemporary perspectives in her traditional form. Margaret has produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. She has presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education on Aboriginal identity and dance in Australia in 2008, Peru in 2011 and Hawaii in 2014. Margaret holds a MA in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. from McGill University.
The Dancers of Damelahamid is founded upon over four decades of extensive work of song restoration. According to Gitxsan history, Damelahamid is the original city where their first ancestors were placed on earth. For countless generations Gitxsan songs and dances have been performed in the feast hall and played an integral part in defining art and culture. The Dancers of Damelahamid emerged in the 1960s out of an urgency to ensure that the knowledge of their ancestors was not lost, and to uphold the ancient cultural wealth of their family’s lineage. Over the forty years that followed, a changed society created the context for the dances to survive through a new role, shared through public performance. Since 2004, the Dancers of Damelahamid has established itself as a professional dance company that has self-produced newly choreographed dance works, while asserting time honoured practice.
Karen Jamieson holds a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, and began dancing at Simon Fraser University. Her major dance training was in New York with Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Alfredo Corvino and Maggie Black. She performed with Yvonne Rainer and Phyllus Lamhut, and toured with Alwin Nikolais. Returning to Vancouver, she co-initiated the experimental movement collective, Terminal City Dance Research, and established Karen Jamieson Dance in 1983. She received the Chalmers award, Canada’s principal choreographic award and the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award. Her work Sisyphus is recognized as one of the 10 Choreographic Masterworks of the 20th Century and she has been acknowledged nationally for her groundbreaking work in community-engaged and cross-cultural dance, specifically for: the 1991 work Gawa Gyani, the 2005 collaboration with the people of Skidegate, Haida Gwaii and the current/ongoing collaborative creations with the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The company has toured nationally and internationally and to date Karen has created 96 original dance works. The foundation of her current practice integrates Vijnana yoga and principles of tensegrity anatomy with contemporary dance. Current concerns are: passing on a lifetime of work to younger artists, co-creating a duet with Margaret Grenier of Dancers of Damelahamid, Light Breaking Through BROKEN, to be premiered in 2017 and creating new work with the community dancers of the Downtown Eastside, the Carnegie Dance Troupe.
Am Johal works at the Vancity Office of Community Engagement in the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit. He has previously worked on the Vancouver Agreement in urban economic and social development. Am was the co-founder of UBC’s Humanities 101 program and Chair of the Impact on Communities Coalition. He has been an advisor to two provincial cabinet ministers representing Transportation and Highways and Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers. He holds undergraduate degrees in human kinetics (UBC) and commerce (Royal Roads University), an MA in international economic relations from the Institute for Social and European Studies in Hungary and is currently a part-time PhD student in Communication and Media Philosophy at European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Julie Lebel is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community-engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. She holds a BA in Dance from Université du Québec à Montréal and has been based in Vancouver since 2005. Her choreography was shown at Tangente in Montréal, Pulse at the Dance Centre in Vancouver and Series 8:08 Season Finale in Toronto. Recent projects include Findings/Trouvailles a residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers, Foolish Operations Ensemble, a group of parents dancing with their young children and Tricoter, a short form solo for unusual spaces performed within a knitting circle, part of the new Arts Outside professional development program by Made in BC – Dance on Tour. Julie studies under the mentorship of Nina Martin – Texas (Ensemble Thinking), Karen Jamieson – Vancouver (embodied facilitation, Energy Body practice and cross-cultural learning), Patricia Reedy (Luna Dance Institute, CA, relationship based dance curriculum) and Kate Sutherland (Vancouver, group facilitation).
Caroline Liffmann is a contemporary performance maker, and has worked in Vancouver as a choreographer and creator since 2003. A graduate of McMaster University and MainDance, Caroline draws on more than 20 years of movement studies, as well as training in group facilitation, trauma sensitivity and conflict resolution. As a dance educator, facilitator and organizer Caroline has led projects in community centres, galleries, schools and neighbourhoods with organizations such as Joe Ink, Sylvain Emard Danse, the Roundhouse Community Dancers, and the Little Chamber Music Series That Could. Since 2009, Caroline has worked as an arts educator with children, youth and families at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and from 2008-2013 she also coordinated dance outreach projects with Made in BC- Dance on Tour, working with communities around the province. Currently she coordinates the Arts & Health Project: Healthy Aging Through the Arts, a seniors’ arts initiative that is in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Marie Lopes is an arts educator and administrator with over 20 years of experience working in art galleries, museums and arts organizations, creating exhibitions and programs that facilitate engagement and public discourse in the arts. Following graduate studies in Art History at Wayne State University (Detroit MI), she was Curator of Education at the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Edmonton Art Gallery. In Vancouver since 1999, she has worked at the Burnaby Art Gallery, ArtStarts in School and the Vancouver Art Gallery, where she was a Public Programs coordinator and Head of Public Programs. During her time at the VAG she originated FUSE, the gallery’s popular interdisciplinary performance event as well as conferences and symposia that included Massive Change Visionaries featuring Charlie Rose, Bruce Mau, and Alvin Toeffler, KRAZY Talk with Art Spiegelman and WACK: The Symposium a historic convergence of feminist artists and theorists including Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler, and many others. At the Vancouver Park Board as a Programmer in Arts, Culture & Engagement, Marie’s focus is on working with artists to develop community-engaged projects, as well as community partnerships with arts organizations across diverse disciplines. In 2016 she co-authored Leading from Beside: Community Engaged Arts in Recreation with Cyndy Chwelos, an applied research report for Langara College, Recreation Studies
Judith Marcuse is one of Canada’s senior artist/producers with a career spanning over 40 years of work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies; many projects for film and television; and has produced seven large-scale arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured nationally and internationally for over 15 years, while also creating innovative community and youth programs. A pioneer in the field of arts for social change, her work is internationally-recognized. The youth-centred, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, included workshops, live touring and film productions, and community outreach. In 2006, Marcuse produced EARTH: The World Urban Festival during the U.N.’s World Urban Forum, hosting performances and exhibitions of socially-engaged artists from around the world and audiences of some 20,000 people. She is the recipient of Canada’s two major choreography awards – the Chalmers and the Lee – and holds an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University and the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in Dance in 2009. She is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Judith is the Founder and Co-director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (established 2008), a partnership between Judith Marcuse Projects and Simon Fraser University, where she is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education and Artist in Residence. She presently leads the ASC! Project, a 5-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded national research project on art for social change, the first study of its kind in Canada.
Margaret Naylor is an artist, arts educator, and arts administrator. Her art practice extends over 30 years and her work has been exhibited in galleries and other public venues in British Columbia and Ontario. Her work explores “pathways” through the social and cultural territories of position and identity, exploring the possibility of re-working social structures that determine identity and self-awareness. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art & Design and the University College of the Fraser Valley. She has written an arts walking tour for kids and led workshops for children and teens. Margaret is a programmer on Vancouver Park Board Arts, Culture & Engagement team and is the recent coordinator of the Arts and Health Project: Healthy Aging through the Arts, a city-wide seniors’ arts initiative that is a partnership between the Park Board and Vancouver Coastal Health. The project is a working collaboration of seniors and professional artists with outcomes centered on creative practice, health and community development. Margaret holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UBC, a BFA from University of Victoria and a BA in American Literature from the University of Saskatchewan.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Asian/Canadian dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino creates work that intricately illustrates human experiences of light and darkness and the complex relationship between nature and humanity. His choreography challenges notions of hybridity revealing the private and public territory in traditional and contemporary cross-cultural dialogue. Born in Manila, Philippines, he moved to Canada in 1983. He received professional art and dance training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, York University (Toronto), SUNY Purchase New York), Limon Institute (New York) and through on-going training with dance and art educators from all over the world. Alvin is an active choreographer, dancer, teacher, designer and a visual artist who has danced in Vancouver with EDAM, Karen Jamieson Dance, Kinesis Dance, Kokoro Dance, LoLa Dance and Mascall Dance. In 2000, he founded Co.ERASGA, a dance company dedicated to the research, creations and presentation of contemporary dance with an emphasis in exploration and collaboration with multi- media art and artists. He has created an impressive body of full-length performance and video work that has been presented nationally and internationally. In 2010, Alvin was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for dance in recognition of his contributions to the field and to Vancouver’s cultural communities.
WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES
All Bodies Dance Project
Bringing together standing dancers with dancers in wheelchairs and with mobility aids, All Bodies Dance Project challenges the idea of the ‘normal’ dancing body with an integrated dance approach that is accessible to all bodies, giving artistic voice to an inclusive community. Through this exploration, All Bodies Dance works to find common ground, redefine the notion of inclusion and establish a collaborative art-making practice that values the distinct contributions of individuals of diverse abilities. Lead by Naomi Brand, Mirae Rosner and Sarah Lapp, The All Bodies Dance Project is for anyone with or without a disability who is interested in exploring movement as a means of creative expression. In mixed ability dance, differences become creative strengths as participants explore the choreographic possibilities of wheelchairs, crutches, and canes, and celebrate diverse ways of moving and perceiving.
Dance and Narrative
Olivia C. Davies is an independent dance artist and choreographer whose work investigates the body’s dynamic ability to transmit narrative. She honours her mixed Welsh, Metis, Anishnawbe heritage in her contemporary Aboriginal dance-theatre practice. Olivia is founding member of the somewhere there collective, creating avant-garde site-specific performances with other performing artists, and in 2006, she co-founded MataDanze Collective where she co-created numerous revolutionary dance-theatre works. Storytelling through movement has always been a form of inspiration for work; she has adapted writings by E.E. Cummings, Khalil Gibran, Julie JC Peters, Rainer Maria Rilke and Carmen Aguirre. Davies has interpreted work by Body Narratives Collective, Starrwind Productions, Maura Garcia Dance and most recently, as a member of Circadia Indigena Aboriginal Arts Collective at the 2016 Canada Dance Festival with Byron Chief-Moon, JP Longboat and Luglio Romero in “Greed/REsolve”. Her independent choreography has been presented by Harbourfront Centre, CoexisDance Duet Series, Nuit Blanche Festival, BC Buds Festival, Dancing on the Edge, Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, Talking Stick Festival, and Beyond Words at The Chan Centre. Davies works as rehearsal director with Subscura Collective, and facilitates “Weaving Stories of Transformation” workshops with MataDanze Collective, creating safe spaces where women are empowered through
Dance Troupe Practice
Dance Troupe Practice is a movement based performance collective, creating work that combines dance, voice, video, and installation. Committed to a deep exploration of the moving body and creative collaboration, they work to connect community interests and their own artists’ practices, to explore the connections between dance and everyday life in unexpected places. Led by Afuwa , Emiko Morita, Emilio Rojas, Jenny Lee Craig, Juli Rees, Luciana D’Anunciação, Mirae Rosner, prOphecy sun, Robert Leveroos, and Zoe Kreye., DTP believes that powerful new dance works emerge from a commitment to collective process that fosters trust, personal expression and relationship.
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Community Verve offers a meaningful dance practice and performance opportunities to non-professional dancers who want to make dance art about our natural environment. Led by Eleanor Hendriks, they work to create space for exploring environmental awareness through movement and dance and to develop community dances for ecoliteracy. Given the pressures of our fast-paced modern existence, the need for understanding the environment, the individual body body and each other is more vital than ever. Dancing together is a way to formalize and represent connectivity to the living world, and essentially, to celebrate a shared rhythm which is humanity.
Foolish operations: Dancing the Parenting
Parents, caregivers, children ages 0-4 yrs old, and professional dance artists comes together in practice and performance. Facilitated by artist Julie Lebel, Foolish operations co-creates work that celebrates what it means to dance with small children rather than assuming that adults must always lead, direct and teach. Their work explores the coming together of the family self and the creative self, the creative capacities of babies and young children as collaborators, and ideas of ‘appropriate behavior’ while making art. Shifting the power dynamic to collaborate with young children as partners in creative expression, this project asks: What impact could young children have on culture if we attentively treat them like they belong just the way they are?
MACHiNENOiSY is a contemporary dance company that fosters the research and creation of performances that transcend traditional notions of dance and theatre. Artistic Directors Delia Brett and Daelik have a long and unique history of working together as dancers, teachers and creators both in North America and Europe. They have a shared interest in theatre, art and with the post-modern artistic discipline, Contact Improvisation and its auxiliary practices. MACHiNENOiSY collaborates with diverse artists working in all disciplines and with the international dance community. Their multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to dance making has democratized their creation process. They see dance as an art form capable of merging the spiritual with the theatrical, the sensual with the conceptual. Their unique approach has marked them as innovators and courageous rule breakers. MACHiNENOiSY’s work has been presented throughout Vancouver and Canada and has toured to Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, and the US.
Polymer Dance is a contemporary dance troupe for non-professional dancers over the age of 16. Polymer offers weekly classes mixing technical training and improvisation for beginners and intermediate/advanced non-professional dancers with at least three years of experience. Led by Miriam Esquitín and Kristina Lemieux, Polymer collaborates with other community dance and arts groups, city events and professional artists, providing performing opportunities at a mix of traditional and non-traditional venues a few times a year.
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