Olivia C. Davies

O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies

CoexisDance Western Edition 1
Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 8pm
Faris Family Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St, Vancouver
Pay-what-you-can: suggested $10

Improvised dance and music meet on stage in CoexisDance, an evening of live improvisational duets featuring local dancers and musicians. Curated by Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Olivia C. Davies, CoexisDance brings together six pairs of dance artists and musicians who will share short improvised duets in an intimate evening of performances which culminates in a group jam. The dance artists and musicians are:

  • Contemporary dance artist Emmalena Fredriksson and composer/sound artist Ben Wylie*
  • Aerial dance artist Emily Long and singer Marisa Etchart
  • Contemporary dance artist Julia Carr and singer/visual artist Carol Sawyer
  • Contemporary dance artist Lori Hamar and violinist Joshua Zubot
  • Butoh dancer Salome Nieto and guitarist/composer Jeff Younger
  • Contemporary dance artist Sophie Brassard and guitarist/percussionist Rémi Thibault

This is the first Western Canadian edition of CoexisDance, which was pioneered in Toronto by Colin Anthony in 2006 with the format ‘no more than two dancers, no more than two musicians, at least one of each.’  Davies says, “The format can encompass multiple interpretations of improvisational scores that are nurtured through short creation residencies for each duet to get to know one another and foster trust prior to performance. The resulting scores are re-imagined in the formal theatre space to welcome audiences to experience the outcome of the duet.”

*replacing Alex Mah


Contemporary dance artist Olivia C. Davies has established a multifaceted practice which honours her mixed blood-Anishnaabe heritage, and is grounded in feminism, social justice, and our relationship to the land and our environment. 

As part of a major Dance Centre residency this season, Olivia C. Davies will curate a program of public events including:

CoexisDance (December 22, 2018), a performance series of improvised duets for dancers and musicians;
Home: Our Way (March 22-April 12, 2019), women’s creative writing and dance workshops exploring the idea of Home in the body;
Matriarchs Uprising (June 20-22, 2019) a weekend of performances, events and circle conversations focusing on women in the arts and highlighting work by contemporary female artists.

Full details to be announced.

Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program

Photo by David C. Wong