Collaboration

Guest Performer with Julie JC Peters

Julie JC Peters Book Launch

June 26, doors 7pm / show 8pm

Cafe Deux Soleils

$5-$10 at the door; proceeds go to the performers

Olivia C. Davies will perform an excerpt from Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone, as an invited guest to the event launching Julie JC Peters‘ book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths). Part spiritual practice handbook, part introduction to Tantric traditions, part personal growth guide, this book is for anyone who wants to embrace the confusion, loss, loneliness, desire and pleasure that make up the spectrum of human experience―and better understand who they already are.

Please join us at Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, on Sunday June 26 and enjoy delicious vegetarian food and a beverage while taking in performances from poets Emilee Nimetz and Alberto Benavente, as well as contemporary dancer Olivia C. Davies, bellydancer Rahel, and burlesque . There will also be short readings from Julie, of course.

Julie JC Peters is a yoga teacher and a writer with a biweekly column on yoga in Spirituality and Health Magazine. She has also represented Vancouver twice in the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition. She runs Ocean and Crow Yoga studio with her mom, Jane.

Guest Performer with Maura Garcia

First Movements – Dance Performance

June 25, 8pm

Woodland Cultural Centre

advance tickets $10 / at the door $15

The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to present for the first time Maura Garcia in a spectacular dance performance as part of First Movements. This performance is presented as a part of Woodland’s -Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) series, funded by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.

Maura Garcia is a dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee life-ways, the environment and social justice underlie her creations. She uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Ahwisgvsgo’i means she/he is always planting in the Cherokee language. It’s the name of Maura Garcia Dance’s multi-media project about Indigenous planting traditions, the elements and our places in the world. How does our place in time and space effect elemental interactions and the growing cycle and vice versa? Ahwisgvsgo’i came from a desire to explore family & tribal stories about food cultivation, to honor traditions of how to work with the land, to collaborate with other Indigenous artists and communities and to respond to aboriginal choreographer Rulan Tangen’s eco-production focusing on “SEED as a metaphor for individual potential.” Maura developed the choreography through a series of workshops about place, imitating the rhythm of planting seeds and the design of traditional Indigenous fields. Ahwisgvsgo’i consists of 4 sections: two solo performances (Color of the Earth & Ode to Sun II) and two group pieces (Ode to the Sun I & Seeds Are Like Babies). The group pieces are re-set on and adapted to the local communities of dancers. Each full performance is as fresh and locally relevant as the growing cycle itself. Visit the Ahwisgvsgo’i blog to learn more about the inspiration for the project, the developing parts and the creative process of putting it all together.

Collaborator and Performer with Circadia Indigena Collective

Olivia C. Davies joined the Collective in early 2016 as collaborator for the creation and development of Greed/REsolve. She is honored to work fellow collaborators Byron Chief-Moon, J.P. Longboat and Luglio Romero to develop the work for presentation at Talking Stick Festival 2016, Vancouver International Dance Festival 2016 and upcoming performance at Canada Dance Festival 2016.

Outside Eye with Subscura Collective

Olivia C. Davies is providing directorial assistance and outside eye awareness to Subscura Collective for their ensemble creation to be presented throughout Summer 2016. Presentations include mainstage at BassCoast Festival, Merritt, BC – July 2016, Shambhala Festival, Salmo, BC – August 2016.

Artistic Direction and Performance with somewhere there collective

First formed in 2015 under the auspices of an ad-hoc collective loosely joined together by the mutual interest to create and perform avant-garde works of dance-music-poetry, the original members include poet Julie JC Peters, musician Sam Davidson (Spilt Milk), and dancer Olivia C. Davies. The collective performed their inaugural work, somewhere there, at the Brief Encounters Bad Ideas Cabaret in January 2015 and again at BC Buds Festival in May 2015. Other iterations include The Falling Stars based on poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke with musician Hana Hermanek (Slice of Lime), and Far and Away based on accounts of ancient lunar goddesses researched by Julie JC Peters and music by Michael Red (souns, low indigo) to be presented in June 2016.

Co-Founder and Communications Coordinator with MataDanze Collective

Co-founded in 2006 with dance artist Victoria Mata, the collective is made up of a diverse group of women from Canada, Venezuela and El Salvador. Our mission is to empower women through movement. Our work has toured throughout Canada and South America, with presentations in festivals, theatres, union halls, political rallies and community events. Our workshop series Storytelling Through Movement – Weaving Stories of Transformation and our choreographic works such as La Raza Cozmica, Dignidicada and Desapareicidas have been shared with dozens of women thanks to community support from Springtides Resources for Women with Disabilities, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, North York Women’s Shelter, Toronto District School Board, PRIDE Toronto, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Mayworks Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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