Dance In Vancouver Talks and Events

Dance In Vancouver 2017

Talks and Events


Film Screening: F-O-R-M @ DIV
Wednesday-Saturday November 22-25, 10am-9pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St - Level 7

Festival Of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M) is a Vancouver-based youth International Movement on Screen festival, celebrating the body in motion through film. Over the past two years, F-O-R-M has screened 60 short films from around the globe and commissioned 10 Canadian shorts all created by youth ages 15-25. These films have showcased a variety of movement forms such as dance, surfing, skateboarding and physical theatre. F-O-R-M is led under the artistic direction of Sophia Wolfe with the support of Company 605 and Kristina Lemieux. The films screening through DIV are a selection of commissions from the past two years of the festival. They are:

Faux Solo by Nancy Lee and Ralph Escamillan (2016)
Children Of Tayaka by Katie Coolidge (2016)
Winterfeldplatz and elsewhere by Francesca Frewer, Hector Palacois and Daniel O'Shea (2016)
Bonum by Sabrina Naz Comanescu (2017)
Home by Rachel McNamee (2017)
Spaceman's Word for Irritating Disturbances by Jamie Robinson (2017)
Mother's Map by Heather Lamoureux (2017)

The films will play on a loop throughout the day. Running time for all seven films is approx 45 minutes

Artist/Presenter Eat + Greet/Walk + Talk
Various times and locations

A chance for presenters to talk dance with local artists over food/coffee/drinks at some favourite eateries and watering holes, or while walking to/from different venues and events. Sign up in the Board Room on Level 6 of Scotiabank Dance Centre: sign ups close 2 hours prior to each session/5pm the day before morning sessions. Spaces limited.

Sammy Chien/photo Roy Hoh

Studio Showing: Sammy Chien + Olivia C. Davies/Home: Our Way Collective
Wednesday November 22, 2.30-3.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St: Birmingham Studio

Flow(er) (working title) is a work-in-progress co-creation project between Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien (Chimerik似不像). It seeks to integrate Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China, as well as Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body in order to shift its movement and flow, in a contemporary new media dance performance presentation integrating with digital technologies. This project deals with the context of migration, immigration issues, modernization, ethnic heritage, cultural & race politics and decolonization. One of our goal in this project is to bridge the new immigrant/Chinese speaking community with the European settler community and making traditional art more accessible to the wider audiences today.

Choreographer Olivia C. Davies will screen a video and talk about Gathering the Fire, a moving poem and dynamic site-specific activation for the heart of the Downtown East Side created with storyteller Rosemary Georgeson. Themes of refuge, redemption, and honoring are woven together through spoken word and dance. The work is a collective creation of shared story-telling that is simultaneously an installation and a live performance of women taking space and making place.  

Discussion: Why shrink the world?
Wednesday November 22, 4-5.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St: Birmingham Studio

Why are global dialogue, exchange, collaboration and awareness important to the creative process? Come and hear from Dance In Vancouver guest curator Adam Hayward and three guest New Zealand dance artists, Jack Gray, Julia Harvie and Claire O’Neil, on why opportunities for encounters such as this are important to their practice and share your own thoughts on the relevance and importance, or not, of the idea of worldwide connections to your creative process.

Foolish Operations Tricoter photo Anita Bonnarens

Event: Foolish Operations/Julie Lebel Tricoter
Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art Telemetry Redux
Thursday November 23, 1.15-2.30pm
SFU Woodwards Atrium, 149 West Hastings St

Tricoter re-creates the spirit of a knitting circle . The dance winds and unwinds through and around the public who are arranged in the round. Yarn is integrated into the choreography and weaves an architecture that links public and place to the dancer. While dancing the yarn gets tangled in a large knot of bright colours – the memories that knitting occupy in our own family history re-emerge. Tricoter is experienced through play, curiosity, and exploration of belonging to a community. Showings at 1.15pm and 2pm.

In Telemetry Redux, Shay Kuebler and tap dancer Danny Nielsen team up to further explore concepts and ideas first explored in the full-length work Telemetry, including radio sciences, how the body translates and transmits information, and the simple connection of body and sound/sound and body. Showings at 1.30pm and 2.15pm

Raven Spirit Dance

Keynote: Bob Baker and Michelle Olson
Thursday November 23, 3-4pm
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

Bob Baker (Squamish Ancestral name is S7aplek, Hawaiian name is Lanakila) is co-founder and Spokesperson for Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song) the most reputable Dance Group of the Squamish Nation. Michelle Olson is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. Her work as a performer and creator embraces dance, choreography, theatre, storytelling and community development.

Conversation: Building Meaningful Relationships 
Thursday November 23, 4-5.30pm
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

How are meaningful relationships built between presenters and Indigenous artists?  What is the depth of these relationships and how can bone-deep change shift the infrastructures we work in to better support Indigenous expression in the arts community? This discussion between attendees and panelists Cole Alvis (Métis-Irish/English heritage from the Turtle Mountains in Manitoba), Lindsay Lachance (Anishinaabe ancestry), Joyce Rosario (PuSh Festival) and Donna Spencer (Firehall Arts Centre) will walk us through a consideration of our responsibilities as presenters with our curatorial visions and how this contributes to our evolving community and artistic landscape. Moderator: Holly Bright, Crimson Coast Dance Society, Snuneymuxw Territory, Nanaimo, BC.


Event: Boombox Blue Crush
Thursday November 23, 7-7.30pm
Friday November 24, 7-7.30pm
Saturday November 25, 6-6.30pm
Off-site: transportation provided for presenters

Boombox is a 53 foot long semi-truck trailer converted in to a work and performance space in winter 2016 by three young artists (Ileanna Cheladyn, Katie Lowen and Diego Romero), which has housed the work of 15+ artists to date. Blue Crush began as an investigation of skin, organic and plastic, and its ability to engulf, conceal, and reveal. It explores the subversion of desire and the body in flux. The plastic moves with unpredictable nuance allowing for new structural forms to emerge while abstracting the relational motives between the characters. Created and performed by Katie Lowen and Zahra Shahab.

Capacity is limited and presenters must register in advance. Meet in the Scotiabank Dance Centre lobby: bus departs promptly at 6.30pm (Thurs + Fri), 5.30pm (Sat).

TomoeArts/photo Alfonso Arnold

Studio Showings: TomoeArts + Company 605
Friday November 24, 2.10-3.10pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street: Birmingham Studio

TomoeArts' Weaver Woman is a dance-theatre performance based on a contemporary Korean short story, with movement using nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance); music composed for Chinese instruments, voice and percussion, and spoken text from the original story in English and Korean. Weaver Woman is based on a contemporary retelling of a popular Chinese myth of the weaver girl and the cowherd. This story depicts a woman in a modern apartment looking out her window waiting for her husband, and the reader travels through her eyes, memory and imagination. 
Choreographed and performed
by TomoeArts’ Artistic Director Colleen Lanki, working 
in collaboration with dancer-
actor Matthew Romantini.

Company 605 shares excerpts from the mixed program In Circulation. Each of these works circles around the interests of 605’s artists: individuals united, a shared experience held between separate bodies, moving as one. Albatross (2016) is a duet created through an international collaboration with Brussels-based artist German Jauregui. Vital Few (2016) utilizes mechanisms of constant codependence and interrelation between six dancers. The yet-to-be-titled new work distills the company’s current research around movement looping and repetition, exploring its inevitable transformation and deterioration over time. Note: presenters may also sign up to see the full program in performance at the Shadbolt Centre, Wed-Sat at 8pm.

Discussion: Why do you curate?
Friday November 24, 3.15-4pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St: Birmingham Studio

On the surface a simple question but what happens when we truly and honestly think on this? We compel you to come and share your thoughts; as a presenter, artist, producer, festival director, venue manager, member of the public, in response to this seemingly simple statement.

Why do you curate?

Fiscally, egotistically, economically, qualitatively, sheepishly, literally, conservatively, provocatively, irresponsibly, blindly, thoughtfully, collectively, individualistically, riskily, the list could and does go on.

Come along to this moderated session and be willing to answer the question.

Hosted by DIV curator Adam Hayward, and moderated by Brenda Leadlay, Executive Director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

Raven Spirit Dance/photo Chris Randle

Film Screening: Confluence
Friday November 24, 4-4.30pm

Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

Confluence is the gathering of Indigenous women in the rehearsal room and through the creative process we find meaningful connections to build scaffolding in which to hang our thoughts, desires and impulses as Indigenous dance artists. 
Featuring Collaborating Artists: Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Starr Muranko, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson
Picture, Direction & Edit by: Ulla Laidlaw 

Conversation: How you do anything is how you do everything - value-guided practice
Friday November 24, 4.30-6pm
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

What values does one hold in the creative process and how does that shape the outer expression of the work created? Artists will share how their values (personal/collective/cultural) influence the way in which they work and shape their performances.
Panelists: Yvette Nolan, Su-Feh Lee, Ulla Laidlaw, Yvonne Chartrand. Moderator: Michelle Olson.

Olivia C Davies/photo Wendy D

Sharing: Works in Development 
Saturday November 25, 3-4pm
KW Studios at SFU Woodwards, 111 West Hastings St

This is a sharing of works in progress by Vancouver Indigenous dance artists, featuring: Dynise Brisson, Olivia C. Davies, Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Jessica McMann and Michelle Olson.

Conversation: Indigenous Creative Process
Saturday November 25, 4-5.30pm
KW Studios at SFU Woodwards, 111 West Hastings St

What values do our bodies carry into our art, what  processes do we employ to create, and in what frameworks do we present our work?  The artists from the works in development will be sharing their insight on these questions.

Panelists: Michelle Olson, Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Olivia C. Davies, Jessica McMann, Dynise Brisson.

Studio Showing: Shay Kuebler Radical System Art
Saturday November 25, 9.30-10pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St: Birmingham Studio

Utilizing a blend of dance, theatre and martial arts, Telemetry (excerpt) looks to voice how the human body is an antenna and satellite for sound, energy, and memory. Through this reception, how the body translates and transmits this information into a new purely physical form. Telemetry places an emphasis on the physical translation of radio sciences and radio systems, with interactive lighting and a physical language influenced by of tap, swing, jazz and house dancing.

Dance Histories Project

Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1
Wednesday-Saturday November 22-25
Scotiabank Dance Centre lobby, 677 Davie St

"Almost three years ago, we set out to make a project about the past, present and future of our dance community. As we know, history is never fixed - it is subjective, fragmented, and continuously moving. As dance artists, our histories are often written for us, rarely written by us. What would it mean to be the authors of our own contexts?

"Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1, is, as of November 2017, a fragmented and decentralized work, housed in The Dance Centre, and in the bodies of the community that moves through, with, around, and against this space. It is a choreography of words and thoughts, a sprawling, living installation, a research project with no governing hypothesis and no anticipated conclusion. Drawing from interviews with a range of Vancouver dance artists, the project consciously investigates the slippage between fact and fiction, the ways in which much of this history is shared, but also remembered differently--in ways that are distinctly emplaced and individually embodied. Recognizing this, we invite you to meet the work, and its various distributed component parts, on your own terms and in your own time, moving through the project and having it move through you."

- Justine A. Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Alexa Mardon
Lobby installation designed and built by Natalie Purschwitz