Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
M.O.I. - the partitions | Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre
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 Ashley Kushniruk, Nicole Pavia, Nicolas 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 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.)
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 (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 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.
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 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.
Website: www.shaykuebler.com, www.radicalsystemart.com