“Lovely opportunity to spend some time outside, thinking about the earth”
Heather is the founder and director of Vines Art Festival. She has produced The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds and is the Youth Program Coordinator for Dancing on the Edge Festival. She works for PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Curation and Communications. In the past she produced shows for MascallDance, Con8 Collective and MAYCE. Heather is currently studying Expressive Movement Art Therapy at Tamalpa Institute with Daria and Anna Halprin and is a graduate from Simon Fraser University with BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration.
Kathleen is a recent graduate at Capilano University in the Technical Theatre Program. She was born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. Her field of interests include carpentry, painting and most recently stage management. Some of her works include Exit 22 Christmas Carol, Exit 22 Thoroughly Modern Millie, Theatre Terrific Breathe, Famous Artists The Last Five Years and Realwheels Sequence. Hope you enjoy the show!
RESILIENT ROOTS PRODUCER and COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Senaqwila Wyss is from the Squamish Nation, Tsimshian, Sto:lo Hawaiian and Swiss. Recently completed her Bachelors in Communications and First Nations studies at SFU. She is an ethnobotanist and warrior entrepreneur. She co-owns Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co. With mother T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss using Indigenous plant teachings to share with people of all ages. She is also sharing her knowledge to the next generation with daughter Kamaya. Senaqwila facilitates indigenous plant knowledge workshops and has experience in professional communications and coordination and event planning.
With Russian as her mother tongue, Aleks Besan is a queer immigrant and settler on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is passionate about community engagement and has been working and organizing in East Vancouver for the last 10 years. Currently in the role of Engagement Manager at Vantage Point, a consulting organization which assists BC’s non-profit sector with issues of governance and leadership, Aleks is a true people person, and thrives when facilitating and developing educational experiences. She has also worked with Check Your Head, coaching youth to deliver peer-to-peer social justice workshops, and with Open Media, guiding external collaborators and volunteers to boost campaign efforts for democratic digital rights. Aleks is certified in dialogue and mediation practices and continues to be involved with feminist anti-violence as well as Indigenous redress efforts. She also draws, dances, and writes in the in-between times.
EDWARDINE van WYK
Edwardine van Wyk (Eddy) hails from Namibia. She has studied clown under guidance of Steven Hill, David MacMurray Smith and Gina Bastone. She has also studied Grotowski as facilitated by Raïna von Waldenburg and continues to do so when the opportunity arises. Recent credits include 12 Minute Madness at the Vancouver Fringe Festival (2017) and Romeo and Juliet at SFU(2017). Eddy is on a journey to seek the highest truth through performance. Eddy graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in 2017.
Originally from Tehran and based in Vancouver, Arash Khakpour is privileged to be a dance artist who has immigrated to the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territory including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
Arash’s desire is to see whether the theatre can be a place to interrogate the body and to investigate the alternate ways of being – how can one just be a body? He is interested in dance as a way to research human nature and human conditions through historical, social, political and existential interpretations.
Arash is the cofounder of the dance-theatre company The Biting School (alongside his brother Aryo Khakpour), the cofounder of Vancouver’s performance group Pressed Paradise and the founder and co-host of How About A Time Machine a podcast on the history of Canadian performance. Arash is grateful to be the 2017 recipient of Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize’.
Photo by Angel Lynne
Ivan is a passionate artist who has a background in Visual Arts and Graphic Design. He utilizes the two disciplines to deliver information clearly for an audience. In addition to his art practice, he enjoys poetry, photography, and painting to evoke conversations about environmental sustainability, culture and race. Ivan is currently majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University.
Marcia recently moved to Vancouver after several years of traveling by bicycle and tree planting throughout BC. She is currently doing her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University located in downtown Vancouver. Her school’s location has given her the privilege of spending so much time getting to know the downtown and east side Vancouver communities. Marcia also volunteers with Take a Hike, youth at risk foundation as well as the Vancouver Crisis Centre. Through these positions, Marcia has developed a passion for providing accessible and affordable health care to all persons and peoples. Such interactions with the diverse Vancouver community have helped her to begin to understand the intricacies of each person’s experience and the necessity; in many experiences, for exposure to some form of artistic expression for mental health. In Marcia’s spare time, she loves to dance, spin fire, paint and explore the many pockets of beauty this city has to offer.
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