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

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Having just returned home from an exciting two and a half weeks on tour with Aeriosa, (check out this article from Revelstoke http://www.revelstokecurrent.com/2014/01/23/theres-only-one-response-to-aeriosa-wow) I’m home and diving back into creative life here in Vancouver.

Over the past few weeks I have been working with electronic music composer Phil Thomson during his artist residency with the LocoMotoArt Collective, at the West Point Grey Community Centre – Aberthau Mansion http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/loco-moto-art-collective.aspx.  Phil invited Igor Santizo and myself as the IMP Collective to join him during his residency, which is supported by Vancouver Park Board artist studios in Fieldhouse program. Interdisciplinary artist Wynne Palmer has also assisted in the development of a workshop imaginal movement play and live performance event filled with light.

The free session imaginal movement play is an opportunity for the public (ages 16 and up) to witness and participate in the process through a participatory workshop and sharing of the work in progress. The workshop is on February 22nd from 1:30-3pm, at the Aberthau mansion, 4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. For more information and pre-registration, visit:

https://pbregister.vancouver.ca/safari_activitydetail.htm?activity_id=463353

 

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filled with light, the final showing of work created during this residency will be held in the Oak Room of the Aberthau mansion on the evening of March 15th, 2014 at 8pm.

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On the road again with Aeriosa

First off, I’ve been nominated to be part of an ongoing Calotype photographic portfolio project titled “Vancouver Creatives”.  A  Calotype is a photographic process that uses eco-friendly photochemistry with a massive 1920s 8×10 camera system purposed to deliver authentic and vibrant historical portraits. I am a candidate in the Healthy Living/Yoga category and could be one of the 20  Vancouverites to represent Vancouver talent in this community portfolio:

http://vnbphoto.com/vancouver-creatives/

The voting system is online and will be open until January 31. Here is a link to my nomination page. If you’d like to vote, click the heart symbol by my name.
You can cast one vote per day.

And… Aeriosa is off to work on a residency at The Banff Arts Centre and then to Revelstoke…winter, here I come. We are offering Aeriosa workshops, discussions and a performance.

Aeriosa Dance Residency

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Talkback Event – Saturday, Feb 1st, 7:30pm

Performance – Saturday, Feb 8th, 7:30pm

During Spirit Fest, the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre will play host to Aeriosa Dance Society. This aerial dance company has a reputation for creating unexpected experiences of dance.  While in Revelstoke, the group will develop an original aerial dance performance based on the space and contours of our performing arts centre. By dancing in non-traditional environments such as hallways and on skyscrapers while incorporating unusual performance scenarios, audiences are literally swept up in the beauty of acrobatic dance.

A week before the performance, you will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and explore the ‘making of’ a site-specific dance show during their talk-back session. In addition, they will offer workshops and other educational activities in dance to the community.

Tickets $15 for both events available from the Chamber of Commerce and ArtFirst! in downtown Revelstoke and online. Workshops details TBA.

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News for dance fans

Happy holidays friends.

I’m feeling very grateful this year for the opportunities I have had to explore dance in so many unique settings. From working with the Vancouver Opera on The Magic Flute and Tea: A Mirror of Soul to dangling from the roof of the Shadbolt and Woodwards Atrium with Aeriosa.

This year I collaborated with fellow dance artist Julia Carr and musician extraordinaire CR Avery in an intimate performance for the In the House Festival, and had my first experience dancing in the beautiful treetop canopy in Tofino’s botanical garden.

The Body Narratives Collective’s produced  Dark Room, our first full length production working with a team of nearly 20 artists. Here is a link to a recently published article on the performance.

http://vandocument.com/2013/12/flashes-and-memories/

And I feel very fortunate to have participated in the epic adventure of preparing for and dancing 600 feet up on the Chief in Squamish this past August with Aeriosa.

Here is a sample of some of the footage captured on the Chief:

Aeriosa Dance Society – Being – GoPro Edit from Marc Dubé on Vimeo.

Thank you all for your support, it has been an amazing year!

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Come out and support some dance this fall

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I’ll be performing with Aeriosa  in the SFU Woodwards Atrium.

If you haven’t seen what we’ve been working on with bungee-lines, come check it out.

AERIOSA REFUGIA is an impressionable new site work that establishes zones of creative refuge in public. Bungee-lines provide elastic tension as the dancers explore horizontal and vertical airspace finding unexpected ways to inhabit common ground. This second installment of REFUGIA takes place in the Woodwards Atrium, an indoor plaza that houses two large-scale works of public art: a  massive photo mural of the 1971 Gastown Riots  by Vancouver photographer Stan Douglas, and a symbolic umbilical staircase by architect Gregory Henriquez.

DATES:
NOVEMBER 21, 22, 2013 at 5.30pm and 7pm;
NOVEMBER 23, 2013  at 12.30pm and 2pm.

LOCATION: 111 West Hastings, SFU Woodwards Atrium, Vancouver

FREE ADMISSION, suggested donation $5

Please call 604-803-2967 if you require special seating arrangements.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Choreographer: Julia Taffe

Dancers: Julia Carr, Meghan Goodman, Keely Sills and Cara Siu

Composer: Jordan Nobles

Set Designer: Peter Boulanger

Costume Designer: Kate Burrows

Lighting Designer: Mark Eugster

Riggers: Colin Zacharias and Will Stanhope

 Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver

AND…….

The Body Narratives Collective (co-directed by Julia Carr and myself) will be premiering Dark Room: the realm of symbols, science and memories December 4th and 5th at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Dark Room, is a unique theatrical experience which weaves together music, dance, science, technology and photography. We are really excited to share this work.

Tickets for the production are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.

$20 General/$15 Students, Seniors and CADA members.

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Summer Adventures and Fall Classes

Dancing on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish was a huge highlight for the summer. Aeriosa and an amazing team of riggers, photographers and even a computerized flying drone made it’s way 600 feet up to capture some footage of us dancing on the famous Grand Wall.

If you are curious about this project you can read more about it in these articles: http://aeriosa.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/aeriosa-on-the-stawamus-chief/

http://m.squamishchief.com/article/20130808/SQUAMISH0604/308089995/0/squamish/dancing-on-air&template=JQMArticle

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After a few days of rest, Aeriosa headed over to Vancouver Island to create a performance for the opening ceremony of the IFSC World Youth Championships, held at Boulders Climbing Gym in Saanich. You can view the 6 minute performance, 46 minutes into this clip:

Next, we were off to Tofino. Ocean, beach, and forest at its very best.

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Aeriosa spent 9 days rehearsing in preparation for a performance both on the ground and in the trees at the Botanical Garden for their annual Lantern Festival. It was wonderful to participate in this magical event, and was our first time dancing in the trees and collaborating with the lovely and talented Kim Tuson. Needless to say, I loved being up in the canopy, getting sprinkled in moss, breathing in the freshest air, and observing the creatures that live in the unique aerial habitat.

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It has been a very exciting summer, and now that I’m home, I wanted to share my teaching schedule for the fall. I’ve got some new classes and workshops coming up, and am still available for private sessions if you prefer to work one-on-one.

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The next session runs September 2nd to October 27th.
2645 East Hastings Street
5:45-7:15pm Yoga Fundamentals
7:30-9:00pm Iyengar Yoga

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice. This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.

This is a pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins, it is $14 to drop in your first time.

Please note that the lovely Alix Rodrigues will teach on September 2nd, and there will be only one class that evening from 7-8:30pm. There will also be only one class October 14th at 7pm.

www.greenroomyoga.ca

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East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

Sunday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

For a price list and full schedule see. www.eastsideyoga.ca

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From the Ground Up: Iyengar Yoga Progressive at East Side in October

From the Ground Up is a progressive practice to deepen your understanding of the yoga postures and how they work in your body. All levels are welcome.

Saturdays in October, 2-4pm. $90 for all four sessions, or $25 drop in pending space availability.

This course is beginning to fill upl, if you want to per-register and guarantee a spot, you can follow the link below:

http://eastsideyoga.ca/node/792

Week 1
Focus on the feet, ankles, knees and legs: Learn how correct actions and alignment in the standing poses can build energy, stamina, strength and confidence.

Week 2
Focus on the hips, abdomen, and lower back: Learn how to safely open the hips and strengthen the abdomen, to keep your lower back healthy in practice and in life.

Week 3
Focus on the upper back and shoulders: Learn how to use the arms and legs to open your chest, and how to strengthen and open the shoulders to prepare the body for inversions.

Week 4
Focus on the neck: Learn safe inversion practices for your own level of experience. After preparing the body for inversions and practicing the appropriate variations, the progressive will finish with some restorative postures and study of the breath, offering students a chance to deepen their experience on a more subtle level.

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Wednesday’s at The Yoga Space:

The session runs September 18th-December 15th, 2013

677 East 27th (in a new building on the north west corner of Fraser and 27th).

2:00-3:30pm  Iyengar Level 1

Suitable for those new to yoga, and/or new to Iyengar Yoga. Even practiced yogis will find a Level 1 class will help them discover fundamental principles that will refine their practice, and improve their other practices.  The cost is $215 per-register for 13 weeks of classes. The class size is small so you get lots of attention, plus this studio is well stocked with all of the props that make an Iyengar practice so unique, safe and rich in learning.

www.theyogaspace.ca

In the House Festival Performance “The Originals” and In the Air Again with Aeriosa

Having just wrapped up a two week residency at SFU Woodwards for research on Dark Room with the Body Narratives Collective, I am excited to announce that I’ll be performing next on Sunday June 9th at 7pm at the In the House Festival, in a new collaboration between The Body Narratives Collective and CR Avery.

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Having danced in the very first festival 10 years ago, I was invited back to perform in a showcase called “The Originals” along side some very talented artists who were also featured in that first year (namely, Naomi Steinberg, CR Avery, and Push3). The In the House Festival is an amazing East Vancouver event, featuring music, dance, magic, comedy, burlesque and circus. Over 3 days, 13 houses open up their doors and yards to host these unique and intimate performances.

For more information see:

http://www.inthehousefestival.com/index.php?article=thefestival

Tickets: http://www.inthehousefestival.com/index.php?article=purchase%20tickets

Also just announced is the first Aeriosa performance of the season, save the dates

June 21st and 22nd at 8pm at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Please come out and support these exciting events!!!

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