Festival Film Package

Flow Tide  |  Shion Skye Carter

Vicarious Time  |  Stand Up Dance/Meagan O'Shea

Dazzle  |  Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple

Become, this earthly plane  |  Kelly McInnes

Straight, No Chaser  |  Olivia C. Davies/O.Dela Arts

APE & APE (3.0)  |  Tara Cheyenne Performance/Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

MOI - the partitions  |  Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler

“1:1:1” (phase one)  |  Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford

Two  |  Wen Wei Dance

TUNING  |  Vanessa Goodman

The Threshing Floor  |  Rob Kitsos

ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist?  |  Immigrant Lessons

Limb(e)s  |  Company Ci

Bodies  |  push/FOLD

the sea of my tomorrows  |  Meredith Kalaman

Spells For Chinatown  |  Dumb Instrument Dance

by means of each other  |  Generous Mess

Fire06  |  OURO Collective

Streaming via Vimeo


The 33rd Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival is proud to present a unique collection of dance films all neatly packaged in one place for only $25!


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Flow Tide

Shion Skye Carter

Flow Tide” is an independent video project created by two Vancouver-based artists, dancer Shion Skye Carter and Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu. Collaborating from their respective homes during COVID-19 pandemic, the two artists bring their artistic practices together from a distance. In this unique collaboration, the artists explore the intrinsic relationship between contemporary dance and the centuries-old tradition of calligraphy. Shion embodies the movement of the calligraphy brush, creating a sensation of the liquid ink flowing through her body as she dances, while Kisyuu’s dance takes place through her brush. Each brushstroke adds a call to which the dancer responds, taking the form of an abstract conversation. This conversation from a distance becomes a representation of Kisyuu and Shion’s connections to their Japanese roots, to their art forms, and to one another.

Choreographer | Creator: Shion Skye Carter
Composer: Stefan Nazarevich
Performers: Shion Skye Carter, Kisyuu
Cinematographer: Stefan Nazarevich
Composer: Stefan Nazarevich

Shion Skye Carter
Shion Skye Carter is a dance artist originally from Tajimi, Japan, and based in Vancouver, Canada. Through choreography hybridized with calligraphy, video, and sculptural objects, her work celebrates the intersection of her ethnographic and queer identities, in connection with herheritage. As co-founder of olive theory, an interdisciplinary duo with musician Stefan Nazarevich, she collaborates to experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation art, and live sound. In both her independent work and as olive theory, Shion has performed across Canada and worked as artist-in-residence at What Lab and Left of Main in Vancouver, as well as LEÑA Artist Residency on Galiano Island, BC. Her recently produced short films have been screened at festivals globally, including SHUT IN DANCE Film Festival (USA), House is Me by Purespace (Turkey), Dance Days Chania (Greece), and Moving Images Dance Festival (Cyprus). As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), plastic orchid factory, and Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance). She holds a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and is the 2021 recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award.

Born and raised in Japan, Kisyuu started learning calligraphy when she was seven and was given a calligraphy master name “Kisyuu” from her master Kosyuu Kobayashi at the age of 18. She earned numerous awards from calligraphy competitions both in Japan and Canada. Since moving to Canada in 2007, she has been working on her calligraphy installations, workshops, lessons, exhibitions, live performances and commissioned art works. She has been performing in collaboration with various types of artists. She has also worked on projects with different companies such as Microsoft, Shiseido, 20th Century Fox, Toyota and Netflix. She writes both traditional and modern freestyle calligraphy – a brush and sumi-ink are her tools to express her true self. Through her calligraphy art, she wishes to create peace, both inner and outer.

Instagram: @shionskye, @kisyuu_calligraphy, @stefannazarevich

Shion Skye Carter

Vicarious Time

Stand Up Dance/Meagan O'Shea

An incantation, an exploration of time, a radical suspension of disbelief, long-distance healing, a collective migration. The precarity of life, pondering courage in the face of all that scares us. A quest to bring beauty into focus. The reciprocal exchange of space we take up in the universe.

Choreographer | Creator: Meagan O’Shea
Composer: Laura Tack
Performers:  Meagan O’Shea
Producer: Baptiste Neis
Director: Baptise Neis/Linnea Swan
Video & Sound Editor: Linnea Swan
Cinematographer: Thelon Oeming
Sound Mixer: Linnea Swan
Dramaturg: Andrea Spaziani

Baptise Neis
Baptiste Neis is a Newfoundland film, puppet and theatre maker, interested in the stories of women, past, present and future. She is also raising two amazing daughters.

Linnea Swan
Linnea Swan is an award winning dance / theatre / film artist. Her multi platform video work includes dance films and documentaries, video to accompany live performance, and promotional videos. Her work has been commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, Chartier Danse, The Dietrich Group, kloetzel&co., CADA, and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre among others; and has been screened at festivals and independent screenings around the world.

Meagan O’Shea
Meagan O’Shea is a queer, Canadian choreographer and performer, based in Berlin. She makes “Uplifting,energetic and totally out of the ordinary” performances that examine ideas from unexpected angles, jumping between forms seeking to unite disparateideas. Meagan created Stand Up Dance as a platform to amplify her vision and build capacity to support the work of otherartists and communities, as well as her own. Stand Up Dance embarks on vital projects in multiple forms.

Facebook: meaganoshea.90 & Stand Up Dance
Instagram: @standupdance

Stand Up Dance/Meagan O'Shea


Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple

World Premiere

Facial recognition technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Our likenesses are already archived online, scraped and stored by countless companies and governments. Is there an escape from ever-present digital observation? And must we become more machine-like to achieve it?

Choreographer | Creator: Julianne Chapple
Composer: Julianne Chapple
Performers: Tamar Tabori
Videography: Ed Spence

Tamar Zehava Tabori
Tamar Zehava Tabori is an emerging dance and video artist, currently residing on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples; the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She pursued consistent technical training throughout her childhood and adolescence before graduating with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Montreal’s Concordia University. She is interested in the
documentation of dance, having done archival work for organizations such as Kaeja d’Dance, and at present holds the position of Youth Curator for F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement). Tamar maintains an active engagement with the dance community, locally, nationally, and internationally, using digital platforms as sites of creative exchange and connectivity. She has been involved in various interdisciplinary dance productions across Canada, performing on stage and on screen, and has received commissions for both production and instruction roles. While on the East coast, she participated in residencies with and performed for Petrikor Danse, at established Montreal venues such as the MAI, Circuitest, and Monument-National. Her experimental short films have been screened at festivals such as F-O R-M, NorthWest Film Forum’s Local Sightings, Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Art Volt: Watch and Listen, and Moving Images ScreenDance Festival. As an artist, she seeks to intrigue and engage, exploring the tension between the ephemeral dancing body and the ostensible permanence of digital landscapes.

Julianne Chapple
Julianne Chapple’s performance and video work has been presented across Canada, as well as in Italy, Ireland, Germany, the USA and the UK. Notable presentations include the Echo Echo festival of Dance and Movement (Northern Ireland), Vivo Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Offta (Montreal) and Movement Research at Judson Church (New York). Chapple was awarded the 2017 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and the 2020 Chrystal Dance Prize. She is artistic director of Vancouverbased dance company Future Leisure, co-producer of the Shooting Gallery Performance Series and a member of the women-led media artists collective, The Work Group.

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Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple

Become, this earthly plane

Kelly McInnes

World Premiere

A ritual of evolution and life cycles, Become, this earthly plane ponders where we come from and where we’re going. It revels in the magic of how we create ourselves and the constant that is change. It is an invitation to remember and a wish for life.

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Kelly McInnes
Composer: Alex Mah
Cinematographer / Editor: Luciana D’Anunciação

Kelly McInnes
Gratefully based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Kelly McInnes works as a choreographer, performer and facilitator. Kelly’s choreographic practice is concerned with embodying the socio-political and imagining ways of being that inspire collective healing. Her work explores complex relationships of body, community and earth. Community-engagement is integral to Kelly’s practice. She is director and co-facilitator of Epoch Youth Project and is currently facilitator and artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers.

Alex Mah
Alex Mah is a composer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. His scores use verbal notation to deal with ideas of indeterminacy, performer choices, and the sensing body. He is the company composer for EDAM Dance and regularly collaborates with The Biting School and Olivia Shaffer. Alex holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours in Music) from Simon Fraser University (2014) and, in 2018 he completed a Master of Research Composition (Distinction) under James Saunders at Bath Spa University (U.K.). As a composer he has worked with Antoine Beuger of Wandelweiser, as well as, Music on Main, Turning Point Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Richard Reed Parry, Quasar quatuor de saxophones, Quatuor Bozzini, Trio Atem, and Plus Minus Ensemble. He has participated in festivals, workshops, and performed across Canada, and in Germany, Denmark, and the U.K., and has studied composition privately with Antoine Beuger (2015, 2017). Past residencies have included What Lab (Vancouver), The Porthleven Prize 2018 (U.K.), KLANGRAUM 2015/17/18 (Germany), a year-long residency with EDAM Dance, The Banff Centre, and Unit/Pitt Gallery. Alex’s work has been supported by Bath Spa University, The Bath Sparks Fund, and the BC Arts Council.

Facebook: @kelly.mcinnes.7
Instagram: @k_e_l_l_y____, @luchi_freire, @astillsound

Kelly McInnes

Straight, No Chaser

Olivia C. Davies/O.Dela Arts

World Premiere of Work-In-Progress

Converging time-space in search of the truth. Gathering strength in the spirit realm of matriarch blood memory, simultaneously embodying mother-daughter-grandmother. Weaving legacy braids for the unborn child. Shaking foundations to let loose the healing salve. Rattling the skeletons in her closet one word, one breath, one heartbeat at a time. ‘Straight, No Chaser’ is a new solo performance work currently in development by Olivia C. Davies. Inspired by Olivia’s recent shift into motherhood, the project is a semi-autobiographical dance-theatre, hybrid performance, filmed in studio at the Dance Centre in Vancouver and along the Kitchisippi (The Great River) in the Ottawa Valley.

Choreographer | Creator | Director | Performer: Olivia C. Davies
Producer: O.Dela Arts
Composer: Michael Red edited by Olivia C. Davies
Cinematographer: Cameron Montgomery, Chris Randle
Dramaturg: Artistic Mentor, Raina Von Waldenburg
Music: Echo Chamber by Michael Red edited by Olivia C. Davies
Additional Words: Olivia C. Davies
Artistic Mentor: Raïna Von Waldenburg
Camera: Chris Randle (Vancouver)
Camera: Studio Dream Share Team; Cameron Montgomery, Joshua Murphy, Tys Burger (Pembroke)
****Dedicated to Daisy***

Additional Credits: Special thanks to the Scotiabank Dance Centre, New Native Theatre, and Native Earth Performing Arts for development support.

Choreographer / Performer
Olivia C. Davies is a Contemporary Indigenous artist who creates and collaborates across multiple platforms including choreography, creative writing, film, improvisation, and sound design. Davies’ body of work explores the emotional and political relationships between people and places, often investigating the body’s dynamic ability to transmit narrative, seeking to traverse boundaries and challenge social prejudice by conveying concepts and impressions that open different ways to experience the world. Her work has been presented in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec since 2011. She is the Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts, the Matriarchs Uprising Festival, and is a founding member of the Crow’s Nest Collective (Vancouver), MataDanze Collective (Toronto) and Circadia Indigena Arts Collective (Ottawa). She honours her mixed Anishinaabe, French Canadian, Finnish and Welsh heritage in her work.

Artistic Mentor / Director
Raïna Von Waldenburg recently moved to Vancouver from NYC in 2012. Raïna was full-time faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she taught a physical approach to acting based on Jerzy Grotowski at the Experimental Theatre Wing for the past 17 years. She has been faculty at Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, and the Art Institute of Vancouver. Raïna received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, and her BFA in acting from New York University. Raïna’s solo show Oysters Orgasms Obituaries at La MaMa E.T.C (NYC) received the 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for “Outstanding Solo Performance”, and the 2014 Persephone Award for “Innovative solo performance using the physical work of Grotowski”. Raïna’s directing/devising/original solo credits in Vancouver: My Friend Andrea (The Cultch), 12 Minute Madness at the rEvolver Festival (The Cultch) and Fringe Festival (Firehall Arts Centre); 50 Words (in an apartment519 East Georgia Street); and UFV and Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre’s production of a devised work Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)Conciliation (Coqualeetza Longhouse, Chilliwack and Reach Gallery, Abbotsford). Raïna has performed in the experimental downtown NYC theatre scene, and has facilitated artists in developing original work and devising material for performance for thirty years. Raïna has also worked in film, is a published poet, and mother.

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Olivia C. Davies/O.Dela Arts

APE & APE (3.0)

Tara Cheyenne Performance


Canadian Premiere

A comedic dance film exploration of our evolution, and the the human struggle to connect with each other in an increasingly digital landscape; And as we grown increasingly more addicted to our phones and devices…Especially during a pandemic. With gratitude we acknowledge this work was created and filmed on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). Based on the stage performance “I CAN’T REMEMBER THE WORD FOR I CAN’T REMEMBER” created and performed by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Choreographer/Performer: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Allison Beda
Composer/Sound Mixer: Marc Stewart
Screenplay: Allison Beda & Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Adapted from the stage show “I Can’t Remember The Word For I can’t Remember” by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Allison Beda
Artist/Director/Producer Allison Beda often poetically explores the intersection of cinema, dance and “narrative” (which is sometimes documentary), resulting in bold and unique work. Ms. Beda’s award winning work screens internationally at festivals, in theaters, on television, in art galleries, on billboards, in the metro and even at the Olympic games. She is the Artistic Director of A Muse Productions and has a penchant for delightfully, deliriously flawed characters, and loves telling funny, thought-provoking and subversively feminist stories about women.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer, and artistic director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, working across disciplines in film, dance, theatre, and experimental performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level”.

Instagram: @amuseallison
Twitter: @allisonbeda
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Instagram: @taracheyennetcp, @taracheyenneperformance, @taracheyennefriedenberg

Ape 3.0

Canadian Premiere

A surreal site-specific public performance and exploration of our human evolution, and the human struggle to connect with each other in an increasingly digital landscape.

This work will eventually be part of a larger work and installation based on a series of public performances also dealing with themes of memory loss, aging parents, motherhood and identity.

With gratitude we acknowledge this work was created and filmed on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).

Adapted from the stage show “I Can’t Remember The Word for ‘I Can’t Remember’” by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Choreographer/Performer: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Director/Producer/Director/Cinematographer: Allison Beda
Composer/Sound Mixer: Marc Stewart
Costume: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Janet Mervin
Screenplay: Allison Beda & Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Editor: Allison Beda
Adapted from the stage show “I Can’t Remember The Word For I can’t Remember” by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

Allison Beda
Artist/Writer/Director Allison Beda delves into passion, obsession and the deeply personal. Her bold and unique work poetically explores the intersection of cinema, dance and “narrative” (which is sometimes documentary). As A Muse Productions’ artistic director, Allison creates internationally exhibited and awarded subversively feminist stories about deliriously flawed characters.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer, and artistic director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, working across disciplines in film, dance, theatre, and experimental performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level”.

Instagram: @amuseallison
Twitter: @allisonbeda
Tik Tok:

Instagram: @taracheyennetcp, @taracheyenneperformance, @taracheyennefriedenberg

Tara Cheyenne Performance

MOI - the partitions

Radical System Arts/Shay Kuebler


MOI – the partitions continues an exploration around social isolation and loneliness. Radical System Art initially started researching this topic 2019 and then continued research via digital means through 2020. MOI – the partitions reflects on social isolation and loneliness by looking into our modern way of life, our changing values, our use of technology and the growth of artificial intelligence.

Choreographer | Creator: Shay Kuebler & Performers
Composer: Shay Kuebler
Performers: Keiran Bohay, Aiden Cass, Sarah Hutton, Shay Kuebler, Tia Kushniruk, Nicole Pavia, Nicholas Ventura and Calder White.
Producer: Radical System Art
Director: Shay Kuebler
Lighting Designer: Rob Sondergaard
Sound Mixer: Shay Kuebler
Dramaturg: Abbey Dutton
Additional Credits: Manager Brent Belsher & Belsher Arts Management
Music credits and samples:
Maybe this time by Michael Murphy
Gbagada Gbogodo by Fela Kuti
Always & Forever by Heatwave
Ow. by Stephan Moccio
Sleep by Godspeed! You Black Emperor
Static by Godspeed! You Black Emperor
Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens
Minuet for Cheap Piano Number One by A winged Victory For The Sullen

Shay Kuebler – Artistic Director, Sound Composer & Performer
Shay began his artistic development at the age of 5 with dramatic arts and martial arts in Shito-Ryu Karate. His early artistic growth would lead to dance and a versatile background in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Ballet. He continues to develop and further his artistic practice through travel and intensive study, which has included study in music, theatre, dance and martial arts in the USA, Brazil, Japan and China. As a performer, he has worked in the fields of Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Circus Arts, Film and Theatre. He has performed for numerous companies across Canada, USA and The UK, including Kidd Pivot, Holy Body Tattoo, Pachimama Theatre, Line 1 and Company 605. He has choreographed and directed works for The American Dance Festival, CitieBallet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Moment Factory and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. In Vancouver, he was co-founder of The 605 Collective, and as the founder and Artistic Director of Shay Kuebler Radical System Art, he has produced and directed four full-evening dance works that have toured nationally and internationally: Karoshi, Glory, Telemetry, Feasting on Famine and Epilogos. In 2010, he received the Holy Body Tattoo emerging artist award and in 2014 received The Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging dance artist from the City of Vancouver.

Keiran Bohay
Keiran was raised in the small town of Wainwright, Alberta. At age 8 he began training in tap, eventually taking on other various dance styles such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. At the age of 13 he took a brief break from dance to perform in The Citadel Theatre’s production of Peter Pan and Oliver!, giving him his first taste of professional work. Throughout his time in Vancouver he has gone on to Choreograph Tap, Contemporary, Broadway, and Jazz for local Vancouver training programs such as ITP (Intensive Training Program), Source Dance Company, and Aviary. He has performed Musical Theatre with the Arts Club (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Contemporary work with Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Art (Telemetry), and has gone on to dance in many hit tv series and movies (CW’s the Flash, Disney’s Descendants 2, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, CW’s No Tomorrow etc.)

Aiden Cass
Born in North Vancouver B.C. Aiden first channeled his high energy into a Hip Hop class at aged 10 and quickly discovered a strong passion for movement, music, performance and community. He began his training with North Shore Academy of Dance, eventually joining NSADs Half Day Program. After graduation, Aiden continued to focus on maturing his artistic craft by joining Modus Operandi in 2015. Since his time training with MO, Aiden has worked with the likes of Emmalena Fredriksson, Out Innerspace Dance Company, Radical System Art Dance Company and Kinesis Dance Sometheatro; as well as many other artists in the Vancouver community.

Sarah Hutton
Sarah Hutton (she/her) was raised in Hanna, Alberta where she early on discovered her love for movement. She moved to Vancouver in 2013 to pursue her passion for jazz, tap, street dance, and contemporary, joining The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. In 2016, she was chosen for a scholarship at EDAM Dance under Peter Bingham, where she studied Contact Improvisation. Her new curiosities led her to continue her training at Modus Operandi Contemporary Training Program, under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin. She graduated in 2020 with the support of three successful Training Scholarships from the BC Arts Council. She has had the pleasure to perform and/or collaborate for; Paras Terezakis (Kinesis Dance), Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen (Outinnerspace Dance Theatre), Vancouver Fashion Week, Julie-anne Saroyan (Dances for a Small Stage), Kyle Toy, Heather Dotto, and Joanne Pesusich. Sarah recently completed Peggy Baker Dance Project’s Emerging Artists Program. Sarah continues to explore her choreographic practice independently and also collaborates with her partner, Aiden Cass. Most recently, her work was performed at The Dance Centre’s Holiday Party in 2019 and at Dance Victoria’s Artist in Residence Showing “Rough Cuts” in October 2020. Sarah is privileged to live and dance as a guest on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.

Tia Kushniruk
Tia Ashley Kushniruk is a Queer Woman of Chinese-Eastern European settler heritage from the Treaty 6 Territory of Edmonton AB. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil and a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey for Toy Guns Dance Theatre. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) in 2017 and received the Kathryn Ash Scholarship (2016). She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton, Paul Andre-Fortier, Peggy Baker, Aria Evans, Hanna Kiel, Christopher House, Shay Kuebler, Christianne Ullmark, and Jasmyn Fyffe – touring Nationally in Canada and Internationally to Israel, U.S.A, Colombia, China, and France. Tia’s work has been presented by STDT’s Student Council (Toronto, 2014-2017), Edmonton Dance Theatre’s Dancing in the Park (Edmonton, 2016), and Festival Internacional Nomada (El Salvador, 2020). She is an illustrator, animator and writer, practising performance during COVID-19 by doing Stand-Up comedy in her hometown of Edmonton AB. Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014.

Nick Ventura
Born in Guatemala, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nicolas began his artistic development through a multidisciplinary approach of weekly acting, music and dance classes. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, followed by his career in dance which began in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nicolas is a former dancer of Batsheva, where he performed for 3 years with the ensemble, under the direction of Ohad Naharin. Since 2015, Nicolas has collaborated and worked with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Roy Assaf, Talia Beck, Idan Sharabi and more.

Calder White
Calder White is a freelance dance artist based between Vancouver and Toronto. Calder grew up in the Niagara Region where he studied competitive dance for eight years before joining Toronto’s Canadian ContemporaryDance Theatre in 2011 and spending three seasons with the company. He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Sylvie Bouchard (BouchardDanse), Colin Connor (José Limón Dance Foundation), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and Alexander Whitley(Alexander Whitley Dance Company). Calder holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, where he was fortunate to study under Bebe Miller, Crystal Perkins, and Eddie Taketa, while also choreographing and presenting his own work in and around Columbus, Ohio. Calder is currently in his second season with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art (Vancouver) and is working as an apprentice with Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto).

Nicole Pavia – Company Apprentice
Born and raised in West Kelowna, Nicole started training in gymnastics at four years old. After competing in gymnastics for several years she chose to shift her time and energy towards dance, using gymnastics as a foundation for her movement. She trained at Lake Country School of Dance studying jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and lyrical with mentors Heather Dotto, Paul Otterbien, Sabrina Phillips, Liz Tookey, Loretta Lachner, and Vicki View. In 2017, Nicole performed with Team Canada Hip Hop and was a soloist at the IDO World Championships. In addition, Nicole has attended summer intensives by Josh Beamish, Radical System Art, Modus Operandi, and others. Overtime, her interest in contemporary dance expanded leading her to train with Modus Operandi (under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin) in Vancouver BC. Nicole is presently a student at MO and has been for the past 3 years. Through her education, Nicole has had the opportunity to learn from choreographers Vanessa Goodman, Idan Cohen, Billy Marchenski, Josh Beamish, Shay Kuebler, and many other artists from the dance community. Nicole has also performed works by Alanna Kraajeveld, Company 605, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Kate Franklin, and Justine Chambers through Modus Operandi.

Abbey Dutton – Rehearsal direction and dramaturgy
Abbey is a Vancouver based dancer, actor and singer, working as both an educator and professional performer. She is an Honours graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, as well as Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP) and The Source Dance Company. She has worked independently and commercially on stage and screen for companies such Conair, Del Taco, BC Dairy, Acuvue, Asus and more.  She has appeared in episodes of iZombie and The Detour, as well as The Disney Channel’s “Freaky Friday” and The Hallmark Channel’s “The Wedding Dance”. She’s a level 1 trained life coach and yoga instructor, and currently is expanding her training into energy healing. She worked as a dramaturge with RSA on projects “Epilogos” and “Telemetry”. She is continually studying to expand her education in movement, theatre and leadership, and is so happy to be able to utilize those skills to assist RSA with this important work.

Rob Sondergaard – Light design
Robert has been working as a lighting designer for over two decades in all genres of the entertainment industry.  His design credits span from Dance, Theatre and Opera to World Class Ceremonies, Film, Television and Rock & Roll. Robert has designed for numerous dance companies including Kidd Pivot, Company 605, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, Luzern Theatre, and Movent.  He has collaborated with some of the worlds top choreographers including Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton, Donald Sales, Dana Gingras, Peter Chu, Lisa Gelley, Josh Martin and now, Shay Kuebler. His work with Crystal Pite on A Picture of You Falling was nominated for a Knights of Illumination Award. In theatre, Robert has designed for The Arts Club, Royal City Musical Theatre, URP, Align Entertainment and Burnaby Lyric Opera.  He has won 2 Ovation awards and has numerous other nominations.    He also had the opportunity to work with world-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas on the Arts Club/Canadian Stage production of Helen Lawrence, which toured Canada, Scotland, Germany, Belgium and the USA. Robert is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

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To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion. 
Radical System Arts/Shay Kuebler

“1:1:1” (phase one)

Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford


Inverso is in its first stages of research for our new work: “1:1:1”, which explores perception distortion and the neurological effects of living through a screen. How does our mind play tricks on us in the digital realm? Where can we find harmony in a space that imposes the unreal as real? The dancers are stuck in a set perpendicular relationship as a means to investigate displacement, illusion, and ultimately, the importance of real human contact after a prolonged sense of lack.

Choreographer | Creator: Lesley Telford
Composer: Ferrari, Purcell
Performers: Stéphanie Cyr+ Kiera Hill

Lesley Telford
Lesley Telford is a choreographer, educator and the artistic director of Inverso Productions and Performance Research Project. She is grateful to live and work on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh people. Her recent work incorporates text, visual art and science and has been described as “tapping into deep recesses of our emotional and intellectual landscapes”. Lesley danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Compañia Nacional de Danza and Netherlands Dans Theater 1. As a choreographer, she has created works for Ballet BC, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2, Compañia Nacional de Danza 2, Ballet Vorpommern, Butler Ballet, International Project for Dance in Rome (DAF), University of Utah and Arts Umbrella Dance Company, among others. Through Inverso, she choreographed and produced 2 full evening works: Brittle Failure and Spooky Action. Her independent work has been presented throughout Europe and Western Canada. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Production from the University of Salzburg. Inverso is presently creating a new work, “1:1:1” and this upcoming season also includes commissions for Ballet BC and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is thrilled to be back in the theatre with audiences after this long hiatus.

Stéphanie Cyr
Stéphanie Cyr is an independent dance artist, tender gender bender and enthusiastic playlist maker. The stories they tell are heavily influenced by pop + internet culture from a personal queer perspective. Often playing with scale, sci-fi and the everyday, they make dances for objects and bodies while using alternative spaces and materials to explore fluxes of intimacy and perception. They’ve had the pleasure of working nationally and internationally with imPerfect Dancers Company, Andrea Peña & Artists, Inverso Productions, TWObigsteps collective, Action at a Distance, Future Leisure, David Harvey, Justine A. Chambers, Les Productions Figlio, The Public Swoon, Ne.Sans Opera and Dance and Wen Wei Dance, among others. They’ve presented work at Sawdust Collector, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Tremors Festival at Rumble Theatre, Shooting Gallery Performance Series #9, Café Concert #38, in peoples’ homes and was recently commissioned to create a new digital work for rEvolver Festival. Steph is also a project assistant and program manager at Made in BC – Dance on Tour.

Kiera Hill
Kiera is an independent dance artist who currently resides and practices her art on the unceded and ancestral territories of the: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Kiera completed her professional training at Arts Umbrella in 2012 under the direction of Artemis Gordon. Upon graduating, she apprenticed with Ballet BC for a season before joining Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. For four years she toured extensively with BJM, performing internationally and across Canada. Kiera returned home to Vancouver to join Ballet BC as a full company member from 2017-2020. She has had the privilege of performing the works of William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Azure Barton, Emily Molnar and Medhi Walerski among others. Kiera is delighted and grateful to be part of this project with Inverso Productions and to be performing for a live audience again!

Instagram: @lesley.telford, @inversoproductions

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion. 
Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford


Wen Wei Dance

Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang in collaboration with the performers, TWO is a reflection on the nuances of human connection. The recent period of prolonged social distance stretched and twisted the fabric of relationships, while uniting the community in our experience. The duet is a dialogue between the dancers — longing for closeness and connection that overcomes division. The movements convey deeply relatable feelings, while highlighting the resilient nature of humanity. As the whole planet slowed, in many ways the pandemic was a metaphor for life, or at least of some of its manifestations: the unknown, love, loss, friendship, identity, fear and distance.

Choreographer | Creator| Director: Wen Wei Wang
Composer: Stefan Nazarevich
Performers: Justin Calvadores, Calder White
Producer: Wen Wei Dance
Cinematographer: Daria Mikhaylyuk
Additional Credits: Wen Wei Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support from our funders:
Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and City of Vancouver Cultural Services.
A special thanks to Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs.

Wen Wei Dance
Wen Wei Dance’s work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by the evolution of personal identity, and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social, cultural and personal development. Wen Wei Dance creates provocative performances of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility.  With a highly individual style, Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise choreography with stunning visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world.

Since 2003 the company has created a repertoire of full-length works including Ying Yun, Dialogue, Made in China, 7th Sense, Cock-Pit (Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award winner), Under the Skin (co-created with the Beijing Modern Dance Company), Three Sixty Five, Unbound (Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography winner), One Man’s, and Tao. Wen Wei Dance has performed these acclaimed works across Canada and at festivals around the world, including Canada Dance Festival, International Contemporary Dance Festival in Colombia, and the Venice Biennale in Italy.

Wen Wei Wang
Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, followed by seven years dancing with Ballet BC. In 2000, he received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and since then has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballet Jorgen, North West Dance Projects, the Vancouver and San Francisco Operas, and Ballet Jazz de Montreal. Wang received the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography, the 2009 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, the 2013 Chrystal Dance Prize, and a 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award.

In 2003, he founded Wen Wei Dance and has since choreographed eleven full-length works for the company.

Wen Wei Wang is an Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre and since 2018, Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton.

Justin Calvadores
Justin Calvadores began his dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. He then trained at the Arts Umbrella Graduate program under the direction of Artemis Gordon. At Arts Umbrella he performed works by Fernando Magadan, Crystal Pite, Marie Chouinard, among others. Justin toured with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company throughout Europe, where he performed works and excerpts by Mats Ek, Fernando Magadan, and Emmanuel Gat in the ITS Festival. He also performed Chorus by Lesley Telford in the Nederlands Dans Theater’s Shortcuts XL’17. Justin joined Ballet BC as an apprentice for the 2017/18 season under the direction of Emily Molnar. As an apprentice, Justin performed and toured works by Sharon Eyal, Emily Molnar, and Medhi Walerski. Most recently Justin participated in a choreographic residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts with Alan Lucien Oyen in setting a modern production of Hamlet.

Calder White
Calder White is a freelance dance artist based between Vancouver and Toronto. Calder grew up in the Niagara Region where he studied competitive dance for eight years before joining Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre from 2011-2014. He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Sylvie Bouchard (BouchardDanse), Colin Connor(José Limón Dance Foundation), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company). Calder holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, where he was fortunate to study under Bebe Miller, Crystal Perkins, and Eddie Taketa, while also choreographing and presenting his own work in and around Columbus, Ohio. His choreographic interests lay in story-telling, memory-making, and the effects of video documentation on self-image. Calder is currently a company member with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art (Vancouver) and Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto).


To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion.
Wen Wei Dance


Vanessa Goodman

Excerpt of a full-length work set to premiere in Feb 2022

Tuning” is a new duet commissioned by Alexis Fletcher created and directed by Vanessa Goodman featuring dance artists Alexis Fletcher and Ted Littlemore. This new work focuses on how we tune to one another. In “Tuning” the performers create a live sonic and physical atmosphere using their voices to amplify the conversations of the body.

Alexis Fletcher has commissioned this work for herself and Ted Littlemore. Vanessa Goodman is the creator of this duet for the two artists.

Choreographer | Creator Name: Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with the performing artists.

Composer: Vanessa Goodman and the performing artists

Ted Littlemore
Ted Littlemore is a Musician, Dance Artist, and one of Vancouver’s most celebrated Drag Performers. After graduating from McGill University with a B.A. in Psychology, and a double minor in Music Theory and Economics, Ted shifted his studies to the field of dance, studying in Vancouver, B.C., New York City, Shanghai, London, and Berlin. He graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program in June 2018, and has continued his training in various intensives and workshops, including Arts Umbrella, Gaga Intensives, and Springboard Danse Montréal.
Since graduating, Ted has collaborated and performed with Action at a Distance, Compagnie Vision Impure, FakeKnot, Joshua Beamish/MOVE THE COMPANY, Kate Franklin, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Ne.Sans Dance Company, Tara Cheyenne Performance, and the Vancouver Opera. Ted is also a founding member, choreographer, and dancer in the collective CAMP.
In addition to his work with other companies, Ted also teaches and sets work regularly across the Lower Mainland, often fusing contemporary dance with his accompanying career in drag. Ted started drag in 2013 to explore the intersection of his musical, theatrical, and dance backgrounds. Performing as Mila Dramatic, he (/she!) took the title of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar in 2016, and now performs frequently at local drag venues. Through drag, he has also begun to hone his skills as a stylist, with a particular interest in reimagining found materials to create avant-garde, conceptual looks. You can follow Ted/Mila at @MilaDramatic on Instagram, or at

Alexis Fletcher
A dance artist, creator, and producer, I have danced with Ballet BC for 14 years under the directorship of both John Allen and Emily Molnar. Now independent, I hold the position of Artist in Residence. My creations have been supported by Dancing on the Edge, InFrinGing Festival, New Works, Vernon Performing Arts Centre, The Gordon Smith Foundation, BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. In 2019, I was a BC Artist in Residence at Chutzpah! Festival, and in 2019 and 2020 I was in residence at Dance Victoria.

With Ballet BC I  was part of the core group of dancers, led by Emily Molnar, who built the internationally recognized, creation-based company it is today, sharing our work on world stages such as Sadler’s Wells, Jacob’s Pillow, Canada’s National Arts Centre, The Joyce Theatre NY, BAM, Theatre Grec, Movimentos Festival, among many others.

As a producer, I have co-created a multidisciplinary performance space and series with my husband, Sylvain Senez, at our home in Vancouver. On our  outdoor stage we curate and present annual performance events, entitled The Dance Deck. This series has been running since 2015. We also host art film nights inside our house as a way of supporting independent filmmakers.

As a dance artist I am fascinated by how exploring the movement potential of the human body becomes a way of accessing the inner landscapes of our spirits and psyches, and this is the primary motivation behind my own physical practice and choreographic interests. I believe that dance is a unique vehicle with which to share, research, and discuss our humanity.

I acknowledge, with gratitude, my privilege to be working and creating on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Vanessa Goodman
Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives, works and creates on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of Action at a Distance Dance Society. Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. She has received several awards and honours, including The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2013); The Yulanda M. Faris Scholarship (2017/18); The Chrystal Dance Prize (2019); The Schultz Endowment from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2019); and the “Space to Fail” program (2019/20) in New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver.

Vanessa’s work has been presented in Vancouver by DanceHouse, SFU Woodwards, Music on Main, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Presentations further afield include the Fluid Festival (Calgary), Kinetic Studio (Halifax), The Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto), On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), Offset Dance Fest (Brooklyn), Switch Lab (Bucharest),  L1 Festival (Budapest), Estorgenuis (New York), BioFriction/ FACTT (Lisbon) and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Brazil).

Vanessa has been artist-in-residence at Cutivamos Cultura/BioFriction (Portugal), The Dance Centre, Dance Victoria, Harbourfront Centre, The Shadbolt Centre and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where she was also on faculty. Recently, Vanessa presented work and was a facilitator for Trinity Laban’s 2020 Co-Lab Project (London). Commissions include Springboard Dansé Montréal, the plastic orchid factory (with Ame Henderson), Votive Dance, Lamon Dance, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class.

This season’s collaborations include new works with artists Scott Morgan (Loscil); Caroline Shaw (USA); and Simona Deaconescu (Romania).

Instagram: @actiondistance / @alexisstarfletcher / @miladramatic
Twitter: @actondistnace

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion. 
Vanessa Goodman

The Threshing Floor

Rob Kitsos

World Premiere

The Threshing Floor is a performance work that animates the vibrations of sound through a fusion of movement, light and projected reflections.  Set to a score by Mauricio Pauly (The Threshing Floor), multiple microphones are used on different surfaces and instruments and manipulated performatively by the musicians. Through choreographic sequences and scores, projected images and light, the work attempts to envelop us in a multimodal experience within the textures and surfaces of the bodies and space.

A COVID Commission work.

Choreographer | Creator: Rob Kitsos and Performers
Composer: Mauricio Pauly
Performers: Ryan Jackson and Anya Saugstad
Film Artist: Beau Han Bridge

Rob Kitsos
Dance artist Rob Kitsos lives and works on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlí̓lwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam) First Nations.  He has performed across the United States, Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Venezuela and Hong Kong.  As a choreographer, Rob has created over 100 original works, many of which include collaborations with artists from a range of disciplines.  He has studied movement theatre in New York and Ecole Jacques Lacoq, performed as a drummer in a rock band in New York City and worked with many dance companies and artists internationally.  In addition to making new work, Rob has been teaching dance in universities for twenty-five years including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Washington, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Simon Fraser University.  He teaches contemporary dance, composition, repertory, dance aesthetics, improvisation in performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Beau Han Bridge
Beau Han Bridge is a Chinese Canadian director and producer of film and theatre. In 2017, he created Midtwenties Theatre Society, a non-profit theatre company based in Vancouver, BC, to produce original plays that focus on contemporary-millennial stories and coming-of-age themes. Since then, Beau has produced several plays, micro-budget short films, dance films, and has been attending SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts as a film student since 2019. As of 2021, he was most recently awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada graduate scholarship and an Ontario graduate scholarship to develop an original Chinese Canadian thesis film, to which he will serve as writer and director for, when he begins his MFA at York University in Toronto, ON, for Fall 2021.

Mauricio Pauly
Mauricio Pauly makes music for mixed ensembles, working with expressive amplification and electronics as an integrated performance element. He also makes music for theatre; most notably Athina Rachel Tsangari’s production of Lulu at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. He is currently developing a new theatrical project in collaboration with Vancouver-based Theatre Replacement that will premiere at PUSH 2022. Mauricio was a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Civitella Ranieri, in Umbria, Italy, as well as composer in residence at Villa Romana in Florence, Italy.  His most recent release, Charred Edifice Shining is the fruit of a 10-year collaboration with UK-based ensemble, Distractfold. Mauricio is an assistant professor at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver.

Anya Saugstad
Anya Saugstad is a dancer and choreographer living and working on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlí̓lwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam) First Nations, colonially known as Vancouver BC. Anya trained at ArtsUmbrella in the pre professional training program, and also holds a BFA with honours in Dance from Simon Fraser University. Anya has danced with Inverso Productions under the direction of Lesley Telford. She has interned with Action At a Distance under Vanessa Goodman, and with Amber Funk Barton and her company the response. Anya also creates her own live and digital performance works that foster space for women to tell their stories through movement. She has been able to grow her choreographic work through mentorships with the Performance Research Program, The San Fransisco Conservatory of Dance, and Made in BC. Anya has choreographed works for Simon Fraser University, Vines Art Festival, SplitScreen (Boombox), F-O-R-M, and Mt Pleasant Collective, among others.

Ryan Jackson
Ryan Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist based on unceded, ancestral, and occupied xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ lands. The primary modalities he explores in his practice are dance and theatre, interested in the emergent possibilities of blurring and converging forms. Recent and recurring lines of inquiry in his work include the body as/part of ecosystem, the stickiness of memory, and improvisation as decomposition. Ryan is intrigued by the ways in which movement work can also be movement work: how dance/embodiment help us to feel liberated within our own bodies and extend to the visioning and building of liberated worlds.  He’s had the pleasure of performing works by Niuboi and Mary Grace McNally and learning from artists such as Jermaine Spivey, Spencer Theberge, Erica Sobol, Tilman O’Donnell, Adi Salant, David Harvey, and Medhi Walerski. His work has been showcased through Nextfest, F**k It, and DANSOX. Ryan is incredibly grateful to be part of Dancing on the Edge for the first time and hopes to continue to grow in community here.

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion. 
Rob Kitsos

ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist?

Immigrant Lessons

Is a dance theatre journey into a past that leaves echoes in the present. Witness six diverse young voices, as they dive into their unique stories, and journey through intersections of identity, to uncover the similarities, together through the mediums of: dance, theatre, voice, spoken word, and archives of the memories passed down. We voyage through histories of migration, separation, sacrifice, assimilation, unwavering hope despite all odds, and the ripples of the ones before us, guiding us through to the present. How do we sift away the debris of generations ago? How do we stand in the truths of how it has affected us in the present? How do we hold space for one another as we peel back the layers of traumas passed down? How do we coexist?

A COVID Commission work.

Creative Direction: Kevin Fraser (He/Him/They/Them)
Interpreters/Cast: Sophia Gamboa, Sevrin Emnacen Boyd, Simran Sachar, Tegvaran Singh, Hayden Pereira, Joshua Cameron
Dramaturge/Mentor: Justine Chambers
Mentors: Tonye Aganaba (Voice), Jillian Christmas (Creative writing/spoken word), Omari Newton (Theatre)
Director of Photography: Bradley Stuckel
Lighting Design: Andie Lloyd
1st AC: Titouan Fournier
2nd AC: Tyler O
Sound: Nina Lee
Music Composition: Amine Bouzaher, Jordan Lemoine
Stage Manager: Vanessa Yuen

Established in 2016, Immigrant Lessons is a Vancouver- based, international multidisciplinary art collective. Immigrant Lessons shifts and morphs, honouring change and transition, investigation and rebellion. Immigrant Lessons’ exists in multiplicity as an arthouse, Research/creation Lab, youth artist incubator, interdisciplinary performance troupe, which utilizes and explores the mediums of: dance/movement, theatre, film, photography, spoken word, creative writing, music, fashion, visual media, and visual design. This collective creates, plays, and currently is based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As underground artists and street dancers, The Collective would also like to express deep love and gratitude for the innovations of black and latinx people and black culture. The collective is directed/founded by Queer Black multidisciplinary artist, Kevin Fraser. It’s core artistic associates include: Sophia Gamboa, Sevrin Emnacen-Boyd, Simran Sachar, Joshua Cameron, Tegvaran Singh, and Hayden Pereira. In addition to its core members, Immigrant Lessons’ regularly brings in guest mentors, collaborators, and interpreters for its umbrella of work, research, exploration, and collaborations. With a shared love of movement and art, Immigrant Lessons incorporates their extensive street dance/underground arts background, experimental practice, contemporary ideology, multidisciplinary skill set, and the investigation of societal norms and intersections to give voice and visibility to marginalized and oppressed communities/individuals. Immigrant Lessons aims to: heal, inspire, excite, inform, motivate, and uplift. Since its inception, Immigrant Lessons has become a household name within Western Canada. The eclectic, multifaceted nature of the Collective rings true, in the wide array of performances and collaborative work that they have been grateful to take part in. The work of Immigrant lessons has been presented at; Vancouver Street Dance Festival, Safe and Sound Music Festival, Talking Stick Festival, Vines Art Festival, Basscoast Music Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Fatcat Children’s Festival, Junofest, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Indian Summer Festival, Push Festival, Festival of Recorded Movement, Manila Fringe Festival, Nelson Mural Festival, Infringing Dance Festival. he Collective has a deep belief in the power of uplifting community through collaborative process and presentation. Ongoing collaborators include; Granville Island Society, New Works Presentation and Management, Rumble Theatre, The Massey Theatre, and The Anvil Centre. Currently, Immigrant Lessons is in creation mode on their sophomore album, titled “O R I G I N S/ How Do We Coexist?” In addition to this, the collective has now begun to explore alternative avenues in which to give back to the community through youth engagement and workshops. Immigrant Lessons are the artists in residence at the “ We Are Multitudes” bipoc residency at The Massey Theatre and The Anvil Centre with mentorship and support by; Jessica Schneider, Khari McClelland, and Justine A. Chambers.

Kevin Fraser
Kevin Fraser is a Jamaican born international Dancer, Performance Artist, Actor, Event Host, Stylist, and Creative Director currently residing in Vancouver, BC. With a career in the arts that has spanned 13 years, former House of Dangerkat protegé has performed, instructed, competed, modeled in: New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Helsinki, Stockholm, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Manila, and throughout China. He has performed with dance companies and collectives such as: House of Dangerkat (NYC), MixMix Dance Collective (Toronto), W&M Physical Theatre (Calgary), Project Soul (Vancouver), Illfx Entertainment (Calgary), FakeKnot ( Vancouver), Riatoss Productions ( Toronto), and Joy Titan (China). Kevin is well versed in many street dance forms including; hip hop , vogue, waacking, dancehall, and house. Kevin has also trained in “classical” dance forms as a former student of Ryerson University’s BFa Performance Dance program. During his time at Ryerson University he trained in: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African, Contemporary Ballet, Improv, Voice, Drama, and Musical Theatre. He has worked with International performance/dance artists: Mandy Moore ( La La Land), Jillian Meyers ( La La Land, Janet Jackson), Jeff Mortensen ( Descendants), Louise Hradsky ( Descendants), Kenny Ortega ( Micheal Jackson, Disney), Fatima Robinson (Aaliyah) , Charm Ledonna ( Kendrick Lamar), Jamal Sims ( Micheal Jackson), Kelly Konno (Janet Jackson), Heather Laura Gray ( Riverdale), Kaiti Dangerkat ( House of Dangerkat), and Kevin has also been featured in performances for: MTV Canada, Much Music, Universal Records, Mad Decent Records, Major Lazer, Fool’s Gold Records, Ed Banger Records, New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, to name a few. Kevin is the founder and director of the dance/art/activist collective, IMMIGRANT LESSONS, as well as the Co founder of the collective, The Coven. Kevin Is also currently a recurring cast member on the new NBC television series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. As the creative director of art/activist collective, “ Immigrant Lessons” and the Co founder queer art collective “ The Coven”, his mission and dream is to create more opportunities for marginalized and oppressed communities, giving youth platforms to foster their creativity, as well examining decolonial art practice to uplift, connect, and heal communities. His art practice, studies, and interests encompass: reimagining how different cultures and communities collide, the duality between the preservation and evolution of culture through movement, fashion, music, and discourse with cultural leaders/reconnecting to history/ and cultural immersion, investigating and dismantling Eurocentric ideas of creating work/ high art vs low art/ the body as a political vessel/the witnessing of art and work created by QT-BIPOC individuals and communities, as well as how do we reshape how we hold space for the lived experience in particular to marginalized and oppressed communities, Immigrant Lessons is currently taking part in the “ We Are Multitudes” creative residency a The Massey Theatre/The Anvil Centre facilitated by Jessica Schneider, Khari McClelland, and Justine A. Chambers. Kevin Fraser would like to acknowledge Justine Chambers as primary mentor to himself and the collective for this residency process and hopefully beyond!

Simran Sachar
Simran Sachar (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary dance artist, writer, actor and second generation East Indian/Punjabi immigrant born in Canada. Finding herself through the work of decolonization. She’s been dancing since she was 3 years old: Ballet, tap, jazz and modern. At 18 she began Hip hop, heels, and has started exploring other street styles such as: Waacking. With Simran’s understanding in various dance forms, she is a melting pot. For Simran, the biggest responsibility of an artist in her eyes is: to honour every phase of herself with full honesty. Making Simran one of the most authentic and unique dance artists of her generation. Rather than labelling her movement to a single style, she recognizes the multiple places her foundation stems from and therefore never abandons foundation, but rearranges it. She believes there is always an underlying reason, beyond technique or training, to why people move the way they do, and that reason has to do with the lives they live, ancestry, and the openness in their hearts. She has trained and performed in multiple shows across the Philippines, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. She is an alumni of various creative programs and collectives across North America such as the world-renowned: Gypsy Project. Her latest achievements include performing at Fringe Manila, with Immigrant Lessons as an interpreter in the latest work titled: Origins. Simran has created various commissioned full-length works. Her film entitled: “No Alarms” was chosen to be presented for “Isol-art,” by Teddy Tedholm and Sara Richman. Most recently, “LUNACY” premiered at FORM ( Festival of Recorded Movement), to which the film won the Official Selection of the 2020 Audience Choice Award.

Sophia Gamboa
Sophia “SOSA” Gamboa is a Filipina born and raised artist and a first-generation immigrant residing in the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil Watuth Nations. At age 13, she moved to Vancouver, Canada where she was discovered. From there, Sophia embarked on her journey of becoming a full pledged performing artist. Sophia currently trains in a plethora of styles including Hip Hop, House, Dancehall, Popping and Afro fusion. She is well versed in freestyle dance and has won and judged battles all over the lower mainland. In 2016, Sophia became a cast member of Vancouver’s first authentic Dancehall theatre production under the direction of Ketch di’ Vybz’ Mikhail Moris and Judy Madaraz. During that production, she was noticed by Kevin Fraser who invited her to become a member of Vancouver’s leading art collective Immigrant Lessons. With Immigrant Lessons, she has reconnected herself to her Filipina roots and explored what it means to be a POC artist in western society. In addition, Sophia has traveled and performed on international stages such as RAW Artist Emerge Fashion Show in Los Angeles, California and Manila Fringe Festival. Furthermore, she has traveled to New York City to learn from the originators and pioneers of Street dance. Through her most recent work with Immigrant Lessons, Sophia explores identity and the complexities of coexisting. This has ignited her to unravel her purpose as an artist, student and leader in her own community by teaching dance to BIPOC youths for free. In her classes, she shares her experience of navigating through the arts as a woman of color. Sophia is also the founder of a non-profit organization called “The Barangay Project Society”. The Barangay Project provides a safe and nurturing space for all marginalized voices to connect, heal and celebrate through the lenses of art. Sophia dreams to build a home for the street kids in Manila, Philippines where she was born and raised. She is determined to provide free education through dance and art to BIPOC youths while inspiring “love, peace, unity and having fun”. Her goal is to guide, raise and nurture the next generation of young artists to be brave. She hopes to inspire youth to speak out against marginalization and staying true to themselves.

Sevrin Emnacen- Boyd
Sevrin “Sevi” Emnacen-Boyd is a half filipino b-boy, all-styles dancer, and an enthusiast of all things rhythmic and expressive. Seeking to push forward the spirit of the youthful Vancouver street dance scene, Sevi’s style has become attuned to musical details and bizarre movements uncommonly explored in breaking. His keen eye for the outside and the overlooked has not only allowed him to expand on the conceptual limits of breakdancing, but also to help build bridges with dancers and artists emerging from a variety of different styles and backgrounds. He is an active member of the Vancouver street dance community, eager to play a role in building what is quickly becoming a prominent force in the local art scene. He has organized a number of youth dance battles with the City of Surrey and currently judges, performs, and teaches across Canada. Sevi is a philosophy major at the University of British Columbia, hoping to merge the creative aspects of freestyle dance with the works of late 20th century continental philosophy. Sevi is also a renowned competitor in the international breakdance scene and has traveled to many creative corners of the world including Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York City, and Manila. He is currently an active member in the Now Or Never Crew, Scndrlz, Immigrant Lessons, and Think Twice Japan.

Joshua Cameron
Josh Cameron, is a 4th generation settler born in Vancouver, BC on the unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqat, and Tsawwassen First Nations. He began his dance journey as a bboy in 2008, able to pursue Breaking and a wide variety of street dance as a hobby and then career thanks to the Black and Latinx pioneers who created these styles. With his interdisciplinary street dance background, energetic style and keen ear for musicality, Josh has earned titles at All Style and Breaking competitions across western Canada and the United States. Josh is currently focused on pursuing more multidisciplinary stage and film work, using these as a vessel to investigate themes of identity and social justice. He is an active member of Immigrant Lessons, and under the creative direction of Kevin Fraser, the collective is developing a full-length production entitled “ ORIGINS/ How Do We Coexist”, set to premiere in 2021.

Hayden Pereira
Hayden “Mammon” Pereira is a indian experimental street artist and has been cultivated towards movement as his primary form of expression. Born and raised in Surrey British Columbia, Hayden has trained in the street dance styles: krump, hip hop, and b-boying, where he is primarily a battle dancer. He is affiliated with Immigrant Lessons, a professional dance collective created to promote cultural pluralism. He joined in 2020 and thus was mentored by Kevin Fraser. Through immigrant lessons, Hayden has been exposed to art in many art mediums such as dance, theatre, music, fashion, media and video production. Hayden is also the creative director of his own collective PYRE arts where they explore a plethora of art mediums and prioritize giving youth the opportunity to explore the art world. Furthermore, Hayden has taken classes from Arash Kapoor, Nicolas Ventura, Omari Newton He strives to educate himself on the culture he is a guest of and finds new ways to express himself through art. He is really focused on trying to make art that is organic to him . Hayden is a young dancer that is just looking for an education in art.

Tegvaran Sooch-Singh
Tegvaran Sooch aka “Junior Wreckage” from the Illest Illusionz crew is a first generation immigrant from India. He started dancing at the age of 16 when he joined a dance class at his school. He competed in many school level competitions with his school choreography and Break team. The amount of support he got from the dance community made him fall in love with dance.He started off by learning the foundations of Break from his peers and quickly realized that it was not for him. Since then, Teg has pursued training in KRUMP from Kofi “Wreckage” Amoah (first person to bring Krump in British Columbia) and Hip-Hop from various dancers like Natasha Gorrie and Sophia Sosa Gamboa. He has also taken classes from Baby TightEyez, Konkrete and The Flooridians. In 2019, he got a chance to be a part of the first ever BC Lions “Hype Team”. This was his first time performing in front of a huge crowd as a professional dancer. This job also helped him land many other local gigs like performing for the City Of Surrey’s Tree Lighting event and showcasing at Breakout presented by Surrey School District. He also got invited to the Elite Freestyle Intensive by AJ Megaman and got to train with Brelin Andreus and Hans Abelard Pierre from The Flooridains crew. Later that year, he was given the opportunity to join Immigrant Lessons led by Kevin Fraser and learn from one of the best dancers in the community. This brought him one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional dancer. After joining them, not only has he refined his dancing skills but also has learned a lot about the issues going on in the world relating to people of color. Teg uses his dance as a language to tell stories and express his emotions. He draws inspiration from the energy of people around him, super-villains and anime! He tries to combine experimental concepts and foundation in unconventional ways to create movement and dance.

Vanessa Yuen
Vanessa Lefan Yuen(樂凡)is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in rural northern Taiwan. Inspired by taiwanese folk lore, chinese literature, japanese anime, and the natural world around her, she began exploring music, visual arts, writing, and movement as forms of storytelling and expression. She immigrated to Turtle Island in 2006, where she became fluent in english and started to write poetry, essays, short stories, and songs to express and process her experiences. Art has always been a source of healing and comfort for her, and this realization was amplified when she experienced the profound power of icaros and shamanic music during plant medicine ceremonies. After having the opportunity to share songs as prayer in medicine circles in her travels, she is inspired to create art with the intention of personal and collective healing. She further explored this path of healing modalities by completing a diploma in holistic counselling at Rhodes Wellness College. In 2019 she toured Taiwan, British Columbia, then Japan with Buckman Coe for the album “Gathering Storm” as a vocalist and flautist. After returning to BC in the fall of 2019, Vanessa performed with artists including Corrina Keeling, Tonye Aganaba, and Dey Rose. In 2020 as planned tours and live shows were postponed and cancelled, Vanessa began exploring ways to combine her various artforms in multimedia short films featuring spoken word poetry, dance, music, and visual arts. In her work “do you understand?” She uses this interdisciplinary mode of story telling to recount her connections to her Taiwanese ancestry and her immigration story. She is currently in the process of recording her first album, and also working with the artist collective Immigrant Lessons directed by Kevin Fraser.

Immigrant Lessons


Company Ci

World Premiere of Dance Film

Limb(e)s is a contemporary aerial dance that explores the limbo after loss. Jeremiah Hughes and Gabrielle Martin draw from their experience in circus and dance to question what it means to hold onto or let go of one in our “darkest hour”. Using two bodies, rope cradles and elevation, Limb(e)s unfolds to the haunting music of composer Nicolas Bernier, in a dystopian landscape brought to life by lighting designer Sophie Tang and cinematographer Jessica Han. The result is a hypnotic, destabilizing narrative full of mourning, distant hope, and eerie beauty.

Choreographer | Creator: Gabrielle Martin & Jeremiah Hughes
Composer: Nicolas Bernier
Performers: Gabrielle Martin & Jeremiah Hughes

Gabrielle Martin
Gabrielle Martin is a choreographer and contemporary and aerial dancer, originally from Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. As a choreographer, she is in perpetual study of tenacious, defiant bodies and those autonomic states that rapture the body. She obtained her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009) and presented her choreography at festivals across Canada and in the US from 2009-2011. The body’s ephemeral subversion of gravity drew her to aerial dance; Gabrielle performed over 1,400 shows internationally as an aerial acrobat and dancer with Cavalia (2011-2015), and as a principal character and aerial soloist with Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight (2015-2019). In 2019, she presented Limb(e)s, an aerial dance-theatre piece she co-choreographed under Ci, at Montreal Complètement Cirque and Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Assembly Festival. Gabrielle completed a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (France) in 2020.

Jeremiah Hughes
Jeremiah Hughes began his training in competitive dance at the Canadian Dance Company (Toronto). After a decade of competing internationally, he expanded his craft with acting and singing at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts (Toronto). He was a featured soloist on both So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada and went on to complete an internship at the Broadway Dance Center (NYC). Jeremiah has performed with artists such as Bruno Mars, Meatloaf, and Taylor Swift, and in large-scale shows such as: PEEPSHOW, JUBILEE!, Britain’s Got Talent, Franco Dragone’s LE REVE and Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS. From 2015-2019, he toured as the lead male character of Ralu in Cirque Du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight. With Ci, he co-created Limb(e)s and performed as a dance and aerial artist in the presentations at Montréal Complètement Cirque and at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Assembly Festival (2019).

Instagram: cie_ci_co

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion.
Company Ci



Canadian Premiere

Known for its immersive moodscapes, abstract storytelling, and momentum-based dance performance, push/FOLD presents “Bodies“—performance works and film productions curated for DotE 2021. Led by multi-disciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, “Bodies” peers into push/FOLD’s body of work spanning fast-paced duets and tensile partnering, virtual and dance for film productions, and meditative soundscores. Experience the breadth of Samuel’s signature movement style Visceral Movement Theory™ in this evening-length production.

Choreographer | Creator| Director| Cinemetographer| Production Designer| Lighting Designer| Set Designer| Sound Mixer| Dramaturg: Samuel Hobbs
Samuel Hobbs – “Ash,” “Early,” “Wolf”
Anna Tivel – “One Thousand & One”
Performers Name(s): Liane Burns, Jessica Evans, Heather Hindes, Samuel Hobbs, Briley Jozwiak, Ashley Morton, Holly Shaw
Producer: push/FOLD
1st Assistant Camera: Holly Shaw
Production Manager: Briley Jozwiak

Samuel Hobbs (Artistic Director, Composer-Choreographer)
Samuel Hobbs is a multi-disciplinary artist in Dance, Art, and Music and is the Artistic Director for the Portland, Oregon-based dance company push/FOLD and the Union PDX – Festival of Contemporary Dance. Known for their unique athletic style, abstract storytelling, and evocative sound scores, Samuel has professionally composed and choreographed ten works since 2014, founding push/FOLD as a non-profit arts organization in 2016. Samuel has self-produced two evening-length productions, including the Union PDX – Festival of Contemporary Dance, and co-producing three others. Samuel has set works on various Portland artists and companies, including Polaris Dance Theater and Oregon Ballet Theatre’s OBT2, and teaches masterclasses and workshops within the Northwest at universities and dance schools. This year, push/FOLD debuts internationally both virtually at the Dancing on the Edge Festival and in-person in Mexico City, Mexico this August (Samuel’s 2018 evening-length work, ‘Early’).

Samuel centers Dance, Art, and movement education around concepts of Strength, Power, and Identity, utilizing their eclectic background to shape the artistic processes and approach to movement. After a series of career-threatening injuries between 2008 and 2010, Samuel created the Visceral Movement Theory™ (VMT) technique that fuses their biomechanics and osteopathic therapy background with their athletics and dance training. Career longevity and the healthy expression of power in movement are fundamental to Samuel’s practice, art, and VMT. VMT is the movement-partnering language of push/FOLD.

Samuel has performed nationally and internationally Street, West African, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance since 2005, teaching nationally and internationally dance and partnering since 2008. Samuel’s performance career includes performances at two World Expositions, leading roles in Classical Ballet productions, and performances with Lauren Edson, Éowyn Barrett, Rainbow Dance Theatre, Minh Tran & Co., and BodyVox.

Before dance, Samuel was a university track athlete studying Math and Computer Science at the University of Oregon and then Western Oregon University; graduating in 2007 with a Bachelors in Science in The Arts, studying Music, Illustration, Sculpture, and Dance. Outside of dance, Samuel works with the public as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist in their private practice in Portland, Oregon.

 Anna Tivel – (Composer for ‘One Thousand and One’)
Anna Tivel is an American singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon. She has released four studio albums on Portland-based Fluff & Gravy Records. Her 2017 album Small Believer received positive reviews and was named a “Top 10 underheard album of 2017” by Ann Powers of NPR. In 2019, NPR called her album The Question “one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019”; it was also listed by Paste as one of “10 essential folk albums from 2019”.

Rolling Stone listed her as a standout performer at the 2019 AmericanaFest in Nashville, writing “In a week of countless songsmiths showcasing their attempt at that exact type of singer-songwriter storytelling, Tivel’s winding, largely chorus-less tales shined and shimmered.” The magazine also named the lead single from The Question, “Fenceline”, a “song you need to know”.

Tivel was born in La Conner, Washington and grew up in a musical family, learning violin and fiddle as a child. After moving to Portland at age 18, she developed an interest in songwriting and began to write and perform her own material. Many of her songs are vignettes about the lives and struggles of ordinary people; she said in an interview “I’m drawn over and over to the small stories of people (myself included) just trying to get by, to do a little better, to feel some sort of beauty in an ugly world.” Tivel’s songs are often somber in tone as she has said that she “just [doesn’t] trust happy songs as much”.

 Liane Burns (Dancer)
Originally from California, Liane Burns began her dance training in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, and was later exposed to modern dance while attending Chapman University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2011. In 2012, Liane spent a year in postgraduate studies in Jerusalem, Israel while apprenticing with Israeli Amir Kolben Dance Company. In 2013 Liane moved to the Bay Area where she performed and created work as a company member and collaborator with San Francisco based companies FACT/SF and Detour Dance, along with other independent artists. Liane has created and performed work both nationally and internationally, in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Israel, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Macedonia.

Liane moved to Portland, Oregon in 2018, and is thriving as a performing artist and Personal Trainer. Liane continues to perform as a guest collaborator with San Francisco based company FACT/SF, and performs as a company dancer with Shaun Keylock.

 Heather Hindes (Dancer)
Heather Hindes is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, originally from St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Dance—training in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and Gaga. Heather’s career includes set design, lighting, theater, fashion, violin performance, and film, working with several independent choreographers and companies, including Leverage Dance Theater. After moving to Portland in 2016, Heather began dancing with The Holding Project Dance and collaborating on dance films with Thomas Valladares, Megan Hauk, and other self-produced shorts. Her current research involves the integration of dance, live music, and film. Heather currently resides in Portland, OR, working as a movement trainer. This is Heather’s first year with push/FOLD.

 Briley Jozwiak (Dancer)
A native of Vancouver, Washington, Briley Jozwiak started dancing at age four, spending her youth studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. She spent summers training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and finally, Atlanta Ballet where she began her professional career in 2010; performing works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and Helen Pickett. In 2013, Briley became a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre before taking the position of Soloist with Ballet Tucson in 2014.

In 2015, Briley returned to the Pacific Northwest to expand her boundaries in dance and performance continuing her professional career with push/Fold and The Holding Project. Her life outside of dance includes modeling, acting and teaching STOTT Pilates.

Ashley Morton (Dancer)
Ashley Morton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, studying Ballet at Chicago Ballet Arts and various summer programs throughout the United States. After high school, Ashley expanded her formal dance training, studying on scholarship under the Lou Conte Dance Studio’s Scholarship Program, and performed professionally in Ruth Paige’s Nutcracker and other small Chicago projects. In 2015, Ashley was accepted to Alonzo King’s LINES’s Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California, where she lived for a year before moving to Portland, Oregon.

Ashley joined push/FOLD as a company member in 2019. Ashley currently and teaches dance and performs as an independent artist within Portland, OR.

 Holly Shaw (Managing Director, Dancer)
Holly Shaw graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Ballet with emphases in Performance and Teaching. While in school, Holly began her professional career in dance, performing as a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

In 2010, Holly moved to Portland, OR where she began dancing with BodyVox, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, and skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, performing nationally and internationally for five seasons. While at BodyVox, Holly worked as an integral part of their development team.

In 2016, Holly joined push/FOLD and soon became the Managing Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors in addition to her role as a company dancer. With a certificate in Business of Social Innovation and having recently completed the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Art of Leadership program, Holly provides her expertise in arts administration, events coordination, and donor relations to push/FOLD’s organization.

Outside of dance, Holly is a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer and provides onsite movement-based programs for assisted living facilities with her company, Elevated Movement.

Instagram: @push.fold


the sea of my tomorrows

Meredith Kalaman

World Premiere

The sea of my tomorrows is created with dancers from the Pacific and Atlantic Coast, taking its inspiration from these distant seascapes coming together to narrate an onerous journey across the water. This piece is ignited by the body’s capacity to hold and translate memories through water and the emotional and psychological role water plays in our lives.

A COVID Commission work.

Choreographer | Creator: Meredith Kalaman
Akeisha de Baat + Megan Morrison (Van)
Amelia McGrath, Sara Coffin + Meredith Kalaman (Nova Scotia)
Videographers: Daniel Duque (Van) + Zeus (NS)
Film Editor: Daniel Duque
Music: Erokia
Creative Editor + Sound: Daniel Duque

Instagram: @merekaldance

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. Patrons must wear a mask while inside any building and can wear a mask outside at their discretion. 
Meredith Kalaman

Spells for Chinatown

Dumb Instrument Dance

In the hollow of this hour
We call on metamorphic power
On air and sky and rock within
And from this space again begin

Reset Rekindle Recycle Renew
Transform this moment
And queer it as new

Spells for Chinatown was created as part of a two-tiered live and digital celebration Asian Heritage Month in May 2021. The video was produced in partnership with Barking Sphinx Performance and Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Conjured by Ziyian Kwan
Composer and Editor: Joseph Hirabayashi
Collaborating Performers: Justin Calvadores, Shion Skye Carter, Marisa Gold, Ziyian Kwan, Sarah Wong

Instagram & Facebok @dumbinstrumentdance @ziyiankwan

Ziyian Kwan
Ziyian Kwan has worked as a dance artist on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ First Nations since 1988. As an interprète, she has performed close to 100 original creations by an eclectic range of choreographers on international stages, and is recipient of The Dance Centre’s Isadora Award for excellence in performance. As Artistic Director of Dumb Instrument Dance, Ziyian’s creations abstract lived experience to form collages of imagery, movement and language. Recently, Dumb Instrument opened a creative space in Vancouver called Morrow, where artists from across genres practice and share their work. Ziyian’s artistry is inspired by collaboration with luminaries in the fields of dance, music, film, theatre, literature and visual art.

Joseph Hirabayashi: Joseph Kiyoshi Hirabayashi 平林 is a born and raised settler on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As a 4th generation (Yonsei 四世) Japanese Canadian/American nationality with mix of Quaker German, War bride British and 12thgeneration Quebecois mixed with Indigenous ancestry, Jo cultivates a diverse artistic practice which includes music performance, composition, production, education and audio engineering as well as videography, video production and editing. Jo has written and released fivefull length LPs, many Eps and singles through his various projects most notably, jo passed; has composed music for film and dance and has directed, edited and filmed several music videos and one short film.

Justin Calvadores: Justin Calvadores began his dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. He then trained at the Arts Umbrella Graduate program under the direction of Artemis Gordon. At Arts Umbrella he performed works by Fernando Magadan, Crystal Pite, Marie Chouinard, among others. Justin toured with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company throughout Europe, where he performed works and excerpts by Mats Ek, Fernando Magadan, and Emmanuel Gat in the ITS Festival. He also performed Chorus by Lesley Telford in the Nederlands Dans Theater’s Shortcuts XL’17. Justin joined Ballet BC as an apprentice for the 2017/18 season under the direction of Emily Molnar. As an apprentice, Justin performed and toured works by Sharon Eyal, Emily Molnar, and Medhi Walerski. Most recently Justin participated in a choreographic residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts with Alan Lucien Oyen in setting a modern production of Hamlet.

Shion Skye Carter is a dance artist originally from Tajimi, Japan, and based in Vancouver, Canada. Through choreography hybridized with calligraphy, video, and sculptural objects, her work celebrates the intersection of her ethnographic and queer identities, in connection with her heritage. As co-founder of olive theory, an interdisciplinary duo with musician Stefan Nazarevich, she collaborates to experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation art, and live sound. In both her independent work and as olive theory, Shion has performed across Canada and worked as artist-in-residence at What Lab and Left of Main in Vancouver, as well as LEÑA Artist Residency on Galiano Island, BC. Her recently produced short films have been screened at festivals globally, including SHUT IN DANCE Film Festival (USA), House is Me by Purespace (Turkey), Dance Days Chania (Greece), and Moving Images Dance Festival (Cyprus). As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), plastic orchid factory, and Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance). She holds a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and is the 2021 recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award.

Marisa Gold: Marisa Gold is an empathatic multidisciplinary artist with a passion for all things soulful. With a BFA in dance (SFU), certificate of completion from The Ailey school Independant Study program (NYC), and The Graham school 2017/18 Intensive(NYC), Marisa has trained in a wide variety of Modern/Contemporary dance styles. Her professional experience ranges from modern/contemporary concert dance to experimental street style performance, and musical theatre productions to film/TV work. Marisa’s artistic influences are deeply rooted in the heart space of her ancestors. As a writer, mover, designer and performer, Marisa continues her poetic wandering; delving further with love into the mystery of our collective humanity.

Sarah Wong: Sarah Wong is an emerging dance artist, choreographer and writer based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her practice explores queer and racialized identity through the lens of ancestry. Using embodied experiences and archival materials, she creates within the realms of performance, installation, and creative writing. Her work has been presented in Vancouver at IGNITE! Youth Arts Festival, Vines Art Festival, and Boombox, and internationally at Mosaico Danza Interplay Festival (Turin, IT). She has worked with artists including Dumb Instrument Dance, Kinesis Dance somatheatro, plastic orchid factory, and Mardon & Mitsuhashi. She is currently engaged in an artistic mentorship with Justine A. Chambers through the support of the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Program.

Dumb Instrument Dance

by means of each other

Generous Mess

British Columbia Premiere of a Work-In-Progress

Sarah & Aiden take slivers, chunks, and total exaggerations from their experience as partners to make a duet where they must continually organize around and through one another.

A COVID Commission work.

Choreographers | Performers: Sarah Hutton & Aiden Cass
Dramaturg: Raina von Waldenburg
Mentors: David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen
Thank you for the generous support of: Tia Ashley Kushniruk, Kate Franklin, Allie Shiff, Ted Littlemore, Stephen White, Dayna Nielsen, Juolin Lee, James-Amzin Nahirnick, Iris Stewart-Bosch, Alder Sherwood, Mirna Zagar, and New Works.

This project is supported by:
Dancing On The Edge Covid Commissions
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
plastic orchid factory & Left of Main
North Shore Academy of Dance
Dance Victoria
The Dance Centre

Music Credits:
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
I Only Have Eyes For You – WriMen by Harry Warren & Al Dubin, Performed by The Flamingos
September Song – WriMen by Kurt Wiell & Walter Huston, Performed by Sarah Vaughan
Stress – Jus:ce
Milk & Honey #1 – Arcade Fire & Owen Pallet
All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem

Aiden Cass
Born in North Vancouver B.C., Aiden Cass first channeled his high energy into a Hip Hop class at age 10 and quickly discovered a strong passion for movement and performance. After graduating from North Shore Academy of Dance’s Half Day Program, Aiden joined Modus Operandi (MO) in 2015. Since his time training with MO, Aiden has worked with Emmalena Fredriksson; David Raymond; Tiffany Tregarthen; and Shay Kuebler, as well as many other artists in the Vancouver community.

Sarah Hutton
Sarah Hutton was raised in Hanna, AB. She moved to Vancouver in 2013 and has since trained with the Source Dance Company, EDAM, and Modus Operandi (MO), graduating from MO in 2020. She has performed for creators/producers Paras Terezakis; Shay Kuebler; Julie-anne Saroyan; and Heather Dotto. Sarah recently completed Peggy Baker Dance Project’s Emerging Artist Program.

Sarah and Aiden’s first collaboration as co-choreographers began as they finished their formal dance training at Modus Operandi; they had an intuitive chemistry that would create a strong base from which to create. From that moment, the two began making plans to continue their collaboration. Their shared love of highly physical partnering, character driven narrative, and comedic devices are the foundation for their company, Generous Mess. Sarah and Aiden are privileged to live and dance as guests on the traditional unceded territory of the xwməθkwəyə̓m (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh (Squamish), Səlílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Facebook: @generousmess
Instagram: @generous_mess

Generous Mess


OURO Collective

British Columbia Premiere of a Work-in-Progress

OURO Collective presents excerpts of FIRE 06, a work-in-progress that takes the Firehall Arts Centre’s location and its surrounding neighbourhoods as a site for historical exploration. This project is part of OURO’s larger inquiry into the effects of Vancouver’s shifting urban landscape and the places that are meaningful to the various members of the collective. Informed by research into Indigenous and colonial history through consultation, interviews, and archival material, OURO Collective showcases a quintet of dancers that fuse hip-hop, waacking, breaking, popping, and contemporary dance. By discovering past iterations of a building or a neighbourhood, the collective hopes to work against cultural amnesia.

A COVID Commission work.

Rehearsal Director: Maiko Miyauchi
Dramaturge: Amber Funk Barton


Ash Cornette
Born in Washington D.C, and raised in Mannheim, Germany, Complex has always been drawn to jazz music. At an early age, Complex picked up percussion, saxophone, and piano. His dance reflects his musical background, and his movement challenges and highlights acoustic patterns and rhythm. Starting in 1998, Complex is a long time artist in the B-boy world, and has been placing the Pacific North West on the map ever since. His detailed footwork, flow, and strong foundation in breaking has allowed him to share his craft across North America, Asia, and Europe. He is a member of Dance Broomz and Hoodz, and is both a decorated battler, and a strong performer. He has won several titles such as Massive Monkees Footwork Champion, Vancouver Street Dance Festival Breaking Champion, and has performed for many events and companies such as Takashi Murakami Birthday Bash, Lululemon, L’Oréal, and Leica Geosystems.

Cristina Bucci
Cristina Bucci creates and produces new dance works on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As a dance artist she has been given many opportunities to be a part of numerous exciting projects with a career that has taken her around the globe. Some highlights include the International Dance Seminar in Brazil, choreography for Yarita Yu Ballet Company in Tokyo, Dancing on the Edge, touring Japan with OURO Collective, Vancouver International Dance Festival, CypherFest International Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Dance in Vancouver, and Avant Garde Dance (UK). Her past twenty years of experience in the arts as a dancer, choreographer, collective member, and dance educator has seen her bring artistic excellence to all of her projects, as she continues to bring street dance-based work to the forefront of the arts in BC, Canada and beyond. She acted as assistant director of training company The SOULdiers for seven years and part of various outreach dance programs, such as Kidsafe, Share Dance, and The Power of Dance (The Dance Centre). Cristina is also a registered holistic nutritionist and presents her “Nutrition for Dancers” seminars to dancers of all ages and works with clients one on one. Cristina is currently acting as the Managing/Co-Artistic Director of OURO Collective.

Eric Cheung
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Eric Cheung has been specializing in the style of popping for 6 years. Originally self-taught, he has now learned from the Electric Boogaloos and many of the current innovators of the dance. Eric has also travelled and competed in battles across Canada and overseas to countries like Japan for Old School Night Vol.19 and Amsterdam for Summer Dance Forever 2016. He recently won at Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2017 in the popping category. As an artist, Eric strives to always show the most authentic version of himself whenever he performs. He has also become known for his ability to perform under pressure and his willingness to take risks in battle competitions. Eric is one of the founding members of Unknown Elements, the only popping crew in Calgary with the mission to promote individuality in dance and to cultivate the local popping scene. He is currently involved in the creation process of their new work entitled SOTTO51 and 7y98D. As a solo performer, Eric premiered his solo work entitled “iye”, and is iterating iye as a web-based interactive experience entitled “iyeism”. Eric has also developed numerous short films such as I(n)finite, Wave, and E_GO.

Rina Pellerin
Rina’s versatility and artistry has allowed her to learn, perform, and compete across North America and Asia. She began classical ballet at the age of 7 and immersed herself in street dance culture during her teen years. She has received several scholarships and awards throughout her training, granting her the opportunity to travel and study under pioneers of street dance and its founders. Given her choreographic and freestyle background, she has performed with various groups of different genres and has worked on commercial projects with companies such as Lululemon, Telus, Goldwell, Vancouver Art Gallery, Fader Magazine, Disney, NBC, CW Network, and Samsung. Highlighted choreography credits include Dance Allsorts, New Works Season Launch, Dancing on the Edge, Cypher Fest, Bumbershoot, Shambhala Music Festival, Dance in Vancouver, Seattle International Dance Festival, and Block Party. On top of corporate and commercial work, Rina has been an active member of the Vancouver street dance scene and has made it her priority to grow the Waacking community.

Shana Wolfe
Shana Wolfe is a dance artist currently based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She completed her dance studies through the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program under Artemis Gordon and received her dance diploma in 2017. She has toured internationally to the Netherlands, performing in the ITS Festival and Netherlands Dans Theater’s Shortcuts XL’17, as well as performed “BILL” by Sharon Eyal with Ballet BC throughout England and in Germany for the Movimentos – Autostadt festival in 2018. She has performed new creations by local artists such as Wen Wei Wang, Lesley Telford and Emily Molnar, and performed repertoire by Azure Barton, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, and more. She attended Springboard Danse Montreal in 2018 where she performed works by Margie Gillis (The Legacy Project), and Michael Getman. Also in 2018, Shana worked with Cindy Mochizuki on an experimental dance film with 10 Japanese-Canadian women, and in 2019 with OURO collective and 01magazine for a dance on screen project. Shana created her first piece titled “轴 軸/Axis”, collaborating with friend and poet Rosemary Xinhe Hu. The piece is about “home”, explored in Japanese, Mandarin, and English, and is a brief telling of our bodies’ histories on this land and the lands we long for. The piece will be shown for Vines Art Festival 2020. Shana is also a part of Made In BC’s Des Arts Dehors/Dance Outside program for their 2020/2021 season.

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