Category: Artists-in-Residence

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Artists-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence Olivia C. Davies has curated Matriarchs Uprising: Indigenous Women Dancing Stories of Transformation, a program of performances, workshops and talks June 20-22.  Our Lindsay Curtis asked her about the highlights and the inspiration behind it. LC: Tell us about Matriarchs Uprising OD: This festival showcases work by Indigenous women who create and perform contemporary... Read more
Posted on January 8, 2019 in Artists-in-Residence

Company 605 has a major Dance Centre residency this season which includes artistic dialogues and community-building initiatives as well as the premiere of a new work on January 21. Our Lindsay Curtis talked to Co-Artistic Directors Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin about their work, the residency, and life as working parents. LC: Your residency is very extensive: tell us about your artistic goals,... Read more

Renowned flamenco artist Rosario Ancer has been one of our Artists-in-Residence this season. We sat down with Rosario to ask her about her current project, La Monarca. The Dance Centre (TDC): What inspired the creation of La Monarca? Rosario Ancer (RA): People have often asked what drives me, and to tell you the truth I can never answer this question. La Monarca begins an exploration of this... Read more

We caught up with choreographer and opera director Idan Cohen to learn more about his research and new work being developed during our DanceLab interdisciplinary research program: The Dance Centre (TDC): What is your background? Idan Cohen (IC): I was born and raised in Israel, and started my artistic journey as a young child, playing piano in concerts around the country. Around the time... Read more

We sat down with Dance Centre Artist-in Residence Colleen Lanki of TomoeArts to learn about classical Japanese dance as she prepares for her upcoming show, lecture demo and workshop. The Dance Centre (TDC): What are some defining elements of classical Japanese dance? Colleen Lanki (CL): Japanese classical dance is the dance of the kabuki theatre and of the geisha. It is performed to shamisen... Read more

We caught up with Margaret Grenier to discuss the work she is developing during our DanceLab interdisciplinary research program: The Dance Centre (TDC): Describe your role and work with the Dancers of Damelahamid.  Margaret Grenier (MG): I grew up within the company of the Dancers of Damelahamid, which was established in 1967, as a dancer and singer. For the past 15 years I have taken... Read more

In this guest post, Naomi Brand writes about the work she is developing during our DanceLab interdisciplinary research program: This week I begin the exciting task of transforming a project from a hypothetical endeavour that has existed only in my imagination (and grant proposals) to a real-life activity. The project is called Translations and it is an ambitious collaboration between me, All... Read more

Leading up to Ancestralizing the Present on June 10, the event’s curator (and Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence) Dr. Mique’l Dangeli breaks down four fundamental aspects necessary in generating a more complex understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations Dance. The Northwest Coast is one of the most diverse regions of Indigenous people in North America. The cultural and linguistic... Read more

In this guest post, Barbara Adler writes about Spooky Action at a Distance, her upcoming collaboration with Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Lesley Telford: Quantum entanglement describes a state where particles are so deeply entwined they share the same existence. The science isn't exactly intuitive. In fact, it is so counter-intuitive to our familiar ways of thinking that Albert Einstein... Read more

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, introduces empty.swimming.pool – a new collaboration with Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi which premieres February 16-18, presented by The Dance Centre and the Chutzpah! Festival. Silvia Gribaudi and I met for the first time in 2012 in Edinburgh. Almost 5 years later we have worked together in 4 cities on two continents. We... Read more

Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director of V’ni Dansi and one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season, introduces the 11th Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration which takes place on November 12: In the summer of 2003 I met prominent senior Métis artist and elder, Maria Campbell at Batoche, Saskatchewan. We immediately made a strong connection and I asked her to be my... Read more

Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director of V’ni Dansi and one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season, traces the inspirations and creative process behind her upcoming work Eagle Spirit: Dreams and visions are the impetus behind my new work Eagle Spirit. Before my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I had a dream about her body being extremely disfigured. After she passed,... Read more

Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Julianne Chapple writes about the development of her work the edges of things are ill defined, coming up as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival July 10-11: I set out to make a formal study. I like to set up strict perimeters for myself. No faces. No eyes. No emotion. No story. Can I create something that is engaging while stripping away the extraneous? I... Read more

The Dance Histories Project is an initiative of Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers, writer/dance artist Alexa Mardon and SFU professor Peter Dickinson, which investigates the recent history of contemporary dance in Vancouver.  This shared email dialogue illuminates the origins of the project and some of its rich ideas and themes: Justine A. Chambers May 2 to Peter,... Read more
Posted on April 6, 2016 in Artists-in-Residence

In this guest post, Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Julianne Chapple considers some of the processes and ideas in her research - and robots: “Unlike his avant-garde colleagues, Schlemmer did not succumb to euphoria about progress, but rather looked for the new human being in the new era: less as an utopian promise than as a search for meaning in the fragmented, disjointed world that... Read more

Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers explains the origin and purpose of The Talking Thinking Dancing Body, and the importance of trust and speaking out: The Didactic Text battery opera performance's Talking Thinking Dancing Body (TTDB) is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic process. Initiated in 2012 by Lee Su-Feh, it encourages... Read more
Posted on February 17, 2016 in Artists-in-Residence

In recent weeks Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers has been working on We’re Making a Band, a research project devised with musician Ben Brown, and here she shares some of the ideas, images and artists involved: We’re Making a Band is a research project developed by Ben Brown and me. Our original proposition was about the idiomatic movements of drummers,... Read more
Posted on September 30, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Artistic Director of Co.ERASGA, shares his experience co-creating Unwrapping Culture with Thai Khon master Pichet Klunchun: I began to study with Pichet Klunchun in the fall of 2013 in order to understand his work method and the classical Thai dance, Khon. Originating in the 16th century, Khon is a form of Thai stage dance performance, which was... Read more

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance and one of The Dance Centre’s artists-in-residence this season, introduces the new work she is creating in collaboration with Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi: Back in 2012, when my son was not yet 1, we were fortunate to be invited to perform my solo bANGER at Dance Base in Edinburgh during the mammoth Fringe... Read more
Posted on May 20, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Co.ERASGA, is one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season. In this guest post he introduces Unwrapping Culture, the work he is creating during his residency with Thailand’s Pichet Klunchun, which premieres this fall: Co.ERASGA’s artistic vision for dance spans borders and continents. Inherent to the... Read more
Posted on January 20, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Delia Brett, Co-Artistic Director of MACHiNENOiSY and Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence this season, shares some of the thoughts, images and ideas behind Time Machine, a new work featuring an ensemble of professional dancers and children: why ask for a shape, something to discern, why not forgive yourself of  facts and rest like a child with its toes soft in its hand I enjoy a challenge. Children... Read more