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Posted on February 24, 2015 in General
Choreographic Workshop with Berlin's Gabi Beier

Renowned dramaturge Gabi Beier, Artistic and Executive Director of ada Studio in Berlin, has been working with emerging dance artists on the planning, creation and production of new works in a two-week immersive experience, first in Victoria and now in Vancouver. The resulting dance works can be seen at a free studio showing at Scotiabank Dance Centre on February 27:

"Recently I heard a colleague say about my work with emerging choreographers that it was immersive. And I had just asked myself if my work is actually specifically aimed at emerging choreographers. Can't what I do be applied also for established choreographers? Since I'm a dramaturge, I see myself primarily as one of the first spectators. I ask questions. I describe what I perceive. The artist is free to include these issues in his/her further work. I have become used to working with emerging artists over the years. I run a studio stage for contemporary dance in Berlin that focuses on works by emerging choreographers. I often have the feeling that the young artists need someone to give them assistance. Or confidence. This doesn't mean suggestions like how to bring a piece on the stage (I'm not a choreographer!), but interventions. We are also working on all that belongs to a public performance like writing press releases and texts for the evening programs, the development of framing statements that give the public the frame for the work, the preparation of talk-backs. One of the most important elements of my work is the establishing of structured feedback, both between artists, and between artists and audience. I warmly invite you to join us!"

-Gabi Beier

Gabi Beier Workshop Studio Showing: Friday February 27, 2015 at 4pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver. Free admission.

Works by:
Julianne Chapple
Michael Kong
Dyana Sonik-Henderson
Stacey Horton, Brandy Baybutt + Treena Stubel

The Gabi Beier workshop is presented through a partnership with Dance Victoria’s 2015 LOLA Projects .

The Vancouver choreographers:

Julianne Chapple has presented her choreography at Dances for a Small Stage, Festival Launch, 12 Minutes Max, BC Buds Spring Arts Fair, Drift Arts Festival, SWARM Art Walk (Vancouver), 60X60 Dance (Montreal), Risky Business Rebel Yells (Toronto), Tipperary Dance Festival (Ireland) and Nah Dran (Berlin). She has created work in residence at The Landing Dance Centre, 33 Officina Creativa (Italy), and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and she was one of six choreographers chosen to participate in the Co:Lab project at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Julianne has been awarded scholarships to participate in Co. Erasga's exchanges program with Peggy Baker, EDAM Dance's contact training program with Peter Bingham, the Tipperary Dance Lab with Christian Ubl, Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli and Today in the Theatre, with lighting designers Rob Sondergaard and Alan Brodie. She has also trained with Crystal Pite and Pol Heyvaert through Theatre Replacement's New Aesthetics Intensive; Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Chase and Ron Stewart through the Cultch's Ignite program; and Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond through their program Modus Operandi.

Michael Kong grew up in Victoria and moved to Vancouver to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University for dance performance and choreography. Additional training includes the Martha Graham School in New York City, Modus Operandi with Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Michael has developed an interest in choreography with his two latest creations yourfaceinsideout and this hallow space has a corridor. Recently he has worked with choreographers Vanessa Goodman, Cheryl Prophet, Noam Gagnon, Shay Kuebler, and Daisy Thompson, Judith Garay’s Dancers Dancing, Paras Terezakis’ Kinesis Dance somatheatro, and Katie DeVries.

The Victoria choreographers:

Dyana Sonik-Henderson is an instructor, choreographer, and the Artistic Director of Victoria-based dance company Broken Rhythms. Her productions Spark, Grim and SEVEN have been performed at the YOU Show, the Victoria Fringe Festivals 2012-2014, and the 2013 Island Fringe Festivals. This summer Broken Rhythms will be bringing its “Pick of the Fringe” winning show SEVEN to Edmonton for Fringe 2015. Dyana has been hired to set choreography for national Canadian dance companies, been commissioned to collaborate with artists and continues to work with her company on creative projects.  Most recent choreographic projects include Wired for Bounce (Jan 2014), Ink for Ghosts of Rorschach art showing (July 2014,) and Clash for LOLA Project International (Jan/Feb 2015).

Stacey Horton has been creating dances for over 15 years. A graduate in Dance and Theatre from Simon Fraser University, Stacey has a multi-disciplinary approach to making and performing original works. Her work has been presented by Dance Victoria, Bounce and Suddenly Dance Theatre in Victoria; Dancing on the Edge and Gambling Soles Productions in Vancouver; Calgary's Dance Explosions and Seattle's Under Construction Series. Her dance films Self Storage and Hazina have screened in film festivals in Canada, the USA, Australia and Canary Islands. Stacey performs as a member of the triPOD Dance Collective in Victoria.

Brandy Baybutt has performed with such companies as Mascall Dance and Kokoro Dance, and at the Vancouver International Dance festival and On the Boards in Seattle. Her work has been shown at The Metro,The McPherson Theatre, Bounce (Victoria Event Centre and Dance Victoria), Upstairs Dances, and in Vancouver at 12 Minutes Max. She has had the opportunity of working with Lynda Raino, Lori Hamar (Suddenly Dance Theatre), Constance Cooke, Ballet Victoria, and tripod Collective. She was on faculty at the Lynda Raino Dance Studio from 2003 until 2013. Brandy graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2000.

Treena Stubel has created and performed her original dance theatre works at festivals in Canada and abroad.  Choreography for theatre includes:  Henry VI, Richard III, Falstaff (Bard on the Beach), Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks and As You Like It, (Blue Bridge Repertory), and Ride The Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville, Dora Award for Best Touring Production, nomination, Toronto Broadway Award for Best Original Choreography).  Other appearances:  Traitor (Dance Victoria and The Dance Centre), Nemesis in Vanessa (Pacific Opera Victoria), Fay in the award-winning film Near Silence, Courtyard For a Bird (Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival), and Agnes B (Belfry Spark Festival, Suddenly Dance Theatre).  She trained in dance and numerous movement disciplines throughout Canada and abroad and holds a BFA in Theatre and an MFA in Lecoq Physical Theatre from LISPA in London, UK.  In 2009, she founded the award winning Bounce Dance Cabaret to support the creation of new work.  She is the recipient of two Monday Magazine Awards and a Chrystal Award.


Photos from top to bottom: Julianne Chapple, Gabi Beier, Michael Kong in the studio (photo The Dance Centre); Julianne Chapple's the edges of things are ill defined (photo Julianne Chapple); Dyana Sonik-Henderson's Clash (photo Matthew Graham).

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