Springtime Yoga and Aeriosa Dance Performance

Well, spring is almost here….and in the meantime, here are a few yoga classes to keep you feeling inspired and healthy. As someone who experiences seasonal allergies, I find yoga at this time of year particularly helpful.

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I’d also like to invite you to join me for a special noon hour performance at the The Dance Centre. I’ll be performing with Aeriosa Thursday March 30th at 12pm. More info and tickets here:

http://thedancecentre.ca/discover_dance_aeriosa2

Teaching Schedule:

Tuesday night classes from 7:30-9pm at Yoga on 7th  

March 21-April 25 (6-week session $96)                                                    [

Cash, cheque or e-transfers accepted.

Contact me at meghangoodman@hotmail.com to register.

2 classes per week at Ocean and Crow Yoga

To avoid late registration fees sign up before March 22nd.

A new benefit is that we are offering a Bonus Class, which is an extra class on us you can use for anything that allows drop ins on the schedule within eight weeks of your purchase. That means if you sign up today you can use it today! Use your Bonus Class to try out a different class than your usual, or if you have to miss one of your regular classes.
You can also use it to bring a friend to the studio, you just have to email julie@oceanandcrow.ca with your friend’s name and email address so she can set that up for you.
Each of my courses at Ocean and Crow has one spot available for financial assistance. Email julie@oceanandcrow.ca to apply.

 

 

FRIDAYS, 12:00-1:00pm Stretch and Strengthen: Noon Hour Iyengar Yoga

5 classes, March 31st-April 28th $85+tax

Late registration (after March 22nd 8th) $95+tax

SUNDAYS, 6:00-7:15pm Stretch and Strengthen: Iyengar Yoga

4 classes, April 2nd-April 30th (no class April 16th for Easter) $68+tax

Late registration (after March 22nd) $76+tax

Hope to see you on your mat soon.

 

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Thank you to Siobhan Sloane-Seale, Alisoun Payne and Aileen Warbrook for joining me in these photos from Yoga on 7th, taken by Suzanne Rushton.

 

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to see performances at this year’s festival. I had the great pleasure of performing at the Firehall Arts Centre as part of EDGE One in Here on the Ground, a collaboration between Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase

In the duet Here on the Ground, we discover the unusual friendship shared between Julia and Meghan through the lens of their aerial dancing exploits, new motherhood, family name confusion, Platypus mating rituals, and ultimately the love and loss inherent in family cycles.

Choreographer: Sarah Chase
Dancers: Julia Carr & Meghan Goodman

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Plank Magazine review By Lawrence Kelson reads:

“‘Here on the Ground’, choreographed by Sarah Chase and performed by Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr was a physical theatre piece about the unusual real life friendship of the two dancers. With simple stage props, recorded music, spoken word and simple but elegant movement built around an invented visual sign language this piece charmed and captivated from the start. Goodman and Carr’s warm, open, and likeable characters shone through with clarity and grace as their stories unfolded before us. It was a performance that encapsulated something very real, current, and fresh, and was delivered with incredible clarity. This was a hugely appealing dance piece that moved its audience with its relatable naturalness and simplicity.”

and the Georgia Straight review by Alexander Varty reads:

“Two out of three aren’t bad.

Actually, two out of three are superb, although the third is only intermittently interesting. We’ll take those odds.

 The 2016 edition of the annual Dancing on the Edge festival (which runs to July 16) got off to a wonderfully warm start withHere on the Ground, choreographed by Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase. It’s a quietly sophisticated meditation on time masquerading as a sweet look at the friendship shared by dancers Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman, the collective’s founders, and it works beautifully on both levels.

At its simplest, it’s about two women who have much in common despite their very different backgrounds. Carr, tall and blond and Nordic, is the daughter of a successful gastroenterologist. Goodman, short and dark and Jewish, has to cope with a father who, technically speaking, is a manager in the family business, but who, with his guitars and books and vinyl, is an unfulfilled artist and dreamer. But both dancers have recently given birth to sons, and both share an easy intimacy as well as the kind of sunny optimism that beams off the stage.

There’s a funny bit about platypuses and a dreamlike image of a river made from a single blue rope. There’s a lot of illuminating discussion of Goodman and Carr’s work with the Aeriosa aerial dance troupe, and a funny display of the suitcase-full of togs and gear each carries on their excursions with child. There’s not a lot of outwardly impressive dance in this text-driven work, but there are a lot of finely honed gestures taken from everyday movement and then delivered, perfectly, at hyperspeed. And there’s a single, heartbreaking moment in which Carr reveals that her dad will never meet her baby, because he died 11 years before his grandson was born.

Poignant and lovely, Here on the Ground held the audience’s attention for all of its 28 minutes.”

And joined Aeriosa again for the first time since my son was born in:

Pseudotsuga – Earth to Sky

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Aeriosa’s new site work is an interspecies collaboration between vertical dancers, musicians and a beautiful grove of tall trees in Stanley Park. No need to choose between art and nature on a lovely summer afternoon.

Choreographer: Julia Taffe
Live Music: Lan Tung & Jonathan Bernard

The Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith writes:

Aeriosa flies hypnotically high at Dancing on the Edge

“Tourists looked rightfully awed when they stumbled upon Aeriosa’s treetop performances in Stanley Park, part of the Dancing on the Edge festival this week.

It was one of those uniquely Vancouver experiences where nature, art, and world cultures meshed in surprising ways. Aerial dancers, suspended from the heights of a grove of old evergreens, moved like animated totem creatures to the mesmerizing sounds of Lan Tung’s erhu and fellow Orchid Ensemble Jonathan Bernard’s drums.

The show was called Pseudotsuga—Earth to Sky, named for a genus of conifers that includes B.C.’s Douglas firs. And there was a definite feeling of sacred rite to the piece—a communing with nature that found the eight dancers, in their harnesses, clinging sculpturally to the trunks amid the rustling branches. In the work—choreographed by Julia Taffe, who has moved from downtown concrete structures to more natural settings over recent year—the performers sometimes gripped the bark upside-down like tree frogs, hung off the trees at 90 degrees, and interwrapped  themselves between the trunks like snakes.

The best vantage point was lying on the needle-carpeted ground below them, staring skyward at the moving forms. The show carried on Dancing on the Edge’s long tradition of site-specific work, commendably engaging the public in the art form in new—and highly unexpected—ways. The sizable all-ages crowd seemed hypnotized by the slow and meditative creation.”

Body Narratives Performances 2016

 

Thank you to all who came out to support the premiere of Ties That Bind at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, April 20-23rd, 2016. Featuring new work by BNC (performed by Erin Lequereux, Jess Ames and Eowynn Penny-Huguet) and a brand new commission from choreographer Sarah Chase (performed by BNC Co-Directors Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman). A big thank you to the Shadbolt for the production residency and partnership that made this possible!

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dancers in rehearsal, left to right: Erin Lequereux, Jessica Ames and Eowynn Penny-Hugut

MascallDance Presents:
BLOOM – an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance

MascallDance’s BLOOM is a provocative cinq-a-sept – a casual and playful, informal showing of dance wine and comedy. Three Tuesdays after work our 6 artists in residence will show 5-minute sketches of dance paired with a wine. Jennifer Griffin, our stand-up storyteller, interprets the dance for the audience. Join us at St Paul’s in the West End for an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance.

Doors at 4:30pm | Show 5pm-6pm | Latecomers welcome
Tuesday February 16th
Tuesday February 23rd
Tuesday March 1st

$10 | Entrance and 6 wine pairings
Extra glasses of wine available at $5 a glass

1130 Jervis St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2C7

Choreography by:

Body Narratives Collective
Lily Cryan
Jennifer Mascall
Olivia Neill
Zahra Shahab
Claire Twiddy

The event: A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the 6 choreographers uses to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5-minute excerpt of the dance. Then a kind but audacious stand-up comic tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. The comic storyteller is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way.

The series: MascallDance’s creation and performance series BLOOM has been a feature of Vancouver’s West End since 1994. Emerging choreographers apply for BLOOM’s choreographic training, mentoring & editing by Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall, combined with use of the company’s beautiful west end studio. Over three studio performances, their work-in-progress is sampled by the public in an informal, cocktail hour atmosphere.

Aeriosa returns to the UBC Botanical Garden

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway is pleased to present Aeriosa at UBC Botanical Garden. This unique performance by the captivating vertical dance group, Aeriosa, incorporates a captivating fusion of rock-climbing skill and contemporary dance movement set to music. Enjoy the performanace perched on viewing platforms high in the treetops while exploring Vancouver’s most exciting eco-adventure, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway.

The talented dancers will explore movement three dimensionally in space with both horizontal and vertical movements made possible by their special rigging set up in the trees. The experience will shift your perspective as it combines art, nature and community in one spectacular show.

Dancing with the Grand Firs

This creative process is about forming a relationship with living trees, learning to negotiate movement in a duet with another species, contemplating a different sense of time, place and way of being in the world. The movement vocabulary and choreography will be unearthed as we take time to experience the cycles of  the ecosystem. Our task will be to draw out stories that are written into the forest to illuminate the delicate balance that exists between humanity and all other life on earth.

Performances

Family Friendly performances: Wednesday August 20th – Friday August 22 at 6 pm & Saturday August 23 at 4:30 matinee. Tickets: Child/Youth (3-17, Children 2 & under free) $15, Adult $25.

Purchase Tickets: 
Wednesday August 20 at 6 p.m.
Thursday August 21 at 6 p.m.
Friday August 22 at 6 p.m.
Saturday August 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Adult-only performance*: Saturday August 23 at 6 pm. Tickets: Adult $35 (includes wine & cheese)
Purchase Tickets: 
Saturday August 23 at 6:00 p.m.

*Included in the adults only ticket price is one glass of wine and a selection of appetizers.
Please contact us at garden.bookings@ubc.ca to reserve accessible seating for your party if required.

Location

UBC Botanical Garden at 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver. Free parking available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. A guide will greet and lead you to the canopy walkway. For directions visit our hours and directions page. 

– See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/aeriosa#sthash.PNRw35Zl.dpuf

Life in the trees

Thank you to all who came out to see Aeriosa’s solstice performances in the UBC Botanical Garden, it was a magical event. For those who missed it, we will be back in August to develop the work and share it though performances for the public. Here are a few shots by Even Oldridge of our rehearsal.

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Here’s a peak at our rehearsal process:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/vancouver-dance-troupe-leaps-off-110000560.html

Body Narratives Collective co-director’s Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr will also be performing with Susan Kania in a new trio be graceful in the wind as part of Dusk Dance’s July 4-6th, 2014 in Portside Park. Original music composed by Phil Thomson and costume’s by Maggie Winston.

Here is a photo from rehearsal taken by Esther Vincent:

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For a full list of the Dancing on the Edge festival information visit: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/

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Dance around town

Thanks to all who came out and supported Aeriosa’s on-site rehearsal and performances on International Dance Day. If you missed the shows you can check out this great clip Shaw TV created for the event:

Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer

In other news, dance artist and BNC co-director Julia Carr and I are working on a new piece to premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre this coming Saturday May 10th as part of the BC Buds Spring Arts Festival. Weather permitting, we will be in the outdoor courtyard at 7:15pm and 8:30pm. It’s a wonderful by-donation festival celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Be graceful in the wind is a solo dance created for Julia Carr, choreographed by Meghan Goodman as a Body Narratives Collective (BNC) collaboration. Both Julia and Meghan had the privilege of dancing in the stunning treetop canopy of the Tofino Botanical Gardens with Aeriosa Dance Society in August 2013. This experience has inspired them to explore the spirit, magic and mystery of the forest. The music composed by Phil Thomson is an excerpt from Filled with Light (created with the IMP Collective through the generous support of the West Point Grey Community Centre, Vancouver Park Board and Loco Moto Art Collective). Costume design and construction is a BNC collaboration with puppet theatre artist Maggie Winston.

Be graceful in the wind is an inversion challenge and salute to the majestic tree. 

Performed by Julia Carr. Choreography and photo by Meghan Goodman.
Performed by Julia Carr. Choreography and photo by Meghan Goodman.

 

Finally, here’s a glimpse of Longing and Forgetting an interactive artwork from research exploring how movement can be used more expressively and intelligently with interactive technologies. This collaboration between Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier was up from Jan 24-May 11, 2014 on the Urban Screen in Surrey.

 

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Longing and Forgetting is an outcome of research that explores how movement can be used more expressively and intelligently within interactive technologies. – See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf