April/May 2017: Prep for Premiere
Experimenting with looks in technical residency at the Cultch just in time for the April long weekend. Looking forward to a terrific time testing the elements with skilled co-creators. With a strong technical creative team including technical direction from Vancouver’s hardest working technical stage manager, Emily Neumann, original lighting design by Jono Kim, and set to original score by Michael Red, the work is being woven together to be shared as a triptych of vignettes with mentorship from Starr Muranko. I am grateful for the financial support received from BC Arts Council, First People’s Cultural Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with the development support received through residencies at the Dance Centre, Studio 303, and Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival/Native Earth Performing Arts, and production support from New Works / Dance All Sorts.
Tickets by donation can be found here:
May 7 – 2pm Vancity Culture Lab / The Cultch 3:15 Free Community Workshop
May 18 – 7pm Evergreen Cultural Centre 8:15 Free Community Workshop
January/February 2017: Residency Ricochet
This week marks the start of back to back creative residencies: Studio 303 REMIX explores how a choreography can be re-worked and re-performed to bring out new meaning, while troubling the idea of ownership through a radical sharing of material. Guest choreographer, Aurélie Pedron will remix an excerpt of Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone ~ original & remix version will be shared shared alongside work and remix by Hanna Sybille Müller / Lara Kramer
Saturday, January 28th 2017, 8 p.m
Sunday January 29th 2017, 4 p.m.
@ Studio 303 Montreal, QC
Fast track to February Dance Lab with Visual Artist, Anne Riley at The Scotiabank Dance Centre, a place where space is provided for artistic disciplines to meet, explore and intersect. We intend to question how and when dance can be a form of story-weaving, an avenue of exploration into ancestral legacy, and its ability to exist and shape occupied space.
Open studio sharing of research & reception:
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 3pm to 5pm
@ Scotiabank Dance Centre Vancouver, BC
October/November 2016: Gathering Momentum: Home and Abroad
The 29th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is on now here in Toronto.
I am honored to be invited back to Native Earth Performing Arts for my second year to work with director, Alejandro Ronceria and share an excerpt of work in progress on “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone”
November 17th at 7:30pm
Aki Studio Theatre- 585 Dundas Street E
Subscura Collective invited me to share work in their upcoming Rio Revue
Dancer Alejandra Miranda will share the first installment of a new solo, “TRickStar”, we created in collaboration and set to music by A Tribe Called Red. “TRickStar” is a magician, a sorceress, and the dance she embodies is a playful experiment in cabaret-inspired Contemporary forms presented through an Indigenous lens. Included with acts from Subscura and other special guests.
Sunday, November 20th ~ Rio Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pm $20
Home: Our Way women’s writing and movement circle was shared as part of Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on November 1st at the Firehall Arts Centre.
13 women gathered on a stormy night in the warm and inviting Firehall studio to exchange stories and explore pathways into our personal gestural language in order to express our ideas of home. Watch out for call-outs to join us in 2017 for the next installation of this workshop series.
Home is where your story begins. (anonymous)
September 2016: Community Engagement All Around
I like the fall. Spending the last few days of summer with my husband on St’át’imc Territory revitalized my spirit before heading back to the various workplaces, creative spaces, and technological responsibilities of life on land. Starting September off in the peace and quiet of the woods reminds me how important it is to turn off the noise/log off every so often in order to hear the echoes of dreams reverberating inside my heart, the sounds of tomorrow. In step with the very important work of removing barriers for people to access dance and movement and increasing awareness about the importance of the community-enagaged arts, I’m excited to be co-facilitating the Dance and Narrative movement exploration workshop as part of MadeInBC’s “Leading From Beside” symposium happening Friday, September 16th and Sat. September 17th at the Roundhouse C.C. in Vancouver.
Described as a celebration of current, community-engaged dance, including an exhibition, panel discussions, movement workshops, and dialogue circles, participants are invited to take part in an introductory community engaged dance workshop and discussion and debrief with artists and fellow participants. www.madeinbc.org/leading-from-beside/
Saturday, September 10th you can find me at the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Open House where Raven Spirit Dance hosts the Pow Wow 101 class with instructor Nyla Carpentier. Class runs from 11-12pm – Scotiabank Dance Centre – FREE – ALL AGES, ALL LEVELS. Raven Spirit Dance hosts a six week Pow Wow Bootcamp Sunday Series starting Sunday, September 18th – Sunday, October 30th at Scotiabank Dance Centre – more info / register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – And work continues on “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” this month with experiments in design elements and more studio exploration on themes of home, displacement, travel, and transitions. I’m interested in the question of how we define “home”. If you want to share your definition of home with me, please consider dropping me a line. All shared definitions will remain confidential.
August 2016: Vancouver ~ Back On The Ground
Back home in Vancouver, I’m still processing all the lessons gleaned from the experience at KDTSI Creation Lab. Having gained so much new insight into the craft of choreography, and having had the chance to meet and work with other dancers and choreographers from across the country, my heart is full and my mind is bubbling with experimentation ideas to take into the studio. And so, work has begun on the creation of “Crow’s Nest” with storyteller Rosemary Georgeson as we sketch out the stories that the work will carry. For me, the dance studio is a magical space where healthy curiosity leads to more questions; where almost anything is possible and stories come to life. Sometimes a vision within a vision can steer the course and we find ourselves in new territory, with appreciation for where we’ve been and excitement for where we’re going. And so it is, with me, right now; moving into space and time held sacred for the work of transforming imagination and passions ignited into gold. In the words of John Cage, longtime collaborator of the esteemed choreographer, Merce Cunningham; “Consider Everything An Experiment, and, Nothing Is A Mistake. There Is No Win and No Fail. There Is Only Make.”
July 2016: On the Road
Currently I am in Ontario training at Kahawi Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive 2016 So far I’ve had the chance to engage in training the body, mind, and spirit through daily class and guided explorations facilitated by Santee Smith, Alejandro Ronceria, Louise Potiki Bryant (NZ), and Nancy Wijohn (NZ).
Each day is different. I am gaining new skills in movement exploration, improvisation exercises, sense awareness, narrative building, and character development with fellow participants from across Turtle Island including colleagues from Vancouver, Starr Muranko and Tasha Faye Evans. As an emerging choreographer, I am grateful for the chance to learn and deepen my understanding of the craft through daily immersion. Such an opportunity for professional development cannot be taken for granted. Each day is a blessing. Stay tuned for more updates! ~ Olivia