Calder White

Choreographer/s |
Calder White

Name of piece | Nowing

Venue | Firehall Arts Centre

Nowing is a duet about the narrative of progress and the ongoing, embodied work that underlies historical change. Originating in Calder's physical research of catharsis and movement of social bodies, the piece finds two people moving through parallel experiences of struggle and perseverance, mirroring one another in different timelines. In an effort to reconcile a marred past with abject, present realities, the duet explores the cyclical nature of history-making, the foundations laid by our predecessors, and the boundaries of what we can change about the future individually and collectively.

Choreographer | Creator: Calder White

Calder White is a freelance dance artist based on the unceded and stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations (so-called “Vancouver, BC”). He is an alumnus of Tkaronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University (2018). He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler, Joshua Beamish, Ziyian Kwan, Wen Wei Wang, and Rachel Meyer. Calder’s choreographic work has been shared with audiences across Canada and the US, receiving commissions from Ohio Dance Festival, The School of Dance Ottawa, and Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver). He is also a floorwork teacher, sharing his workshops with institutions across North America. He is the proud recipient of the 2022 Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Ukraine – Heritage, Spirit, and Future award for Exceptional Talent in Contemporary Dance.


Brianne Chan 陳羨宜 is an emerging dance artist and choreographer based in “Vancouver”. Since completing her training at Modus Operandi, she’s received scholarships to train with TSV and EDAM. Her most recent performances include The Falling Company (Marissa Wong), and Corporeal Imago (Gabrielle Martin/Jeremiah Hughes). She completed a residency at LEÑA and presented works at Chalk it Up! , Boombox Vancouver, and Hong Kong Fair. Brianne reinforces the belief that creativity knows no bounds, and she remains deeply inspired by empowering others through dance. With an open mind, she takes risks, embraces experimentation, and welcomes the unknown.

Nicole Pavia was raised in West Kelowna BC, with training rooted in competitive gymnastics and dance. She moved to so-called Vancouver to attend acclaimed contemporary dance program, “Modus Operandi”, under the direction of David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, and Kate Franklin. During her time in the program she was a two time recipient of BCAC’s training scholarship. Nicole is currently a company member with Radical System Art and has collaborated with other influential artists such as Kinesis Dance, Calder White, Rachel Maddock, and Abby Hunter. Nicole recently premiered her co-creation, “The Body Shop”, with Abby Hunter at “Chalk it up!”. Furthermore, Nicole has had the opportunity to share her knowledge at multiple training programs and studios. She continues her training through various avenues such as ropes, acrobatics, and floorwork. Nicole is privileged to live, dance, and create as a guest on the stolen lands of the Coast Salish peoples - Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


June 16th @ 7:00 PM

June 17th @7:00 PM

Approx. Running Time: 65 minutes

Photo by Zaya Sawchyn of Nicole Pavia and Brianne Chan
Photo by Zaya Sawchyn of Nicole Pavia and Brianne Chan
Photo by Zaya Sawchyn of Nicole Pavia and Brianne Chan
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