Vines 2015 Artists
Arash Khakpour (The Biting School)
Originally from Tehran but currently residing in Vancouver, Arash Khakpour is a graduate of Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. Arash had the privilege of working with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, The 605 Collective, Shay Kuebler, Constance Cooke, Meredith Kalaman and Battery Opera (David McIntosh). Arash’s most recent choreography – in collaboration with Aryo Khakpour (his brother) – was presented at Dance Victoria.
Dissonant Disco is a Vancouver based composers collective dedicated to the creation of new chamber music, site/context-specific performance, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The group first formed out of various dance and theatre collaborations, employing the use of live electroacoustic improvisation within a defined structure. It has since moved on to perform as a music ensemble in various venues around Canada. The group is currently developing a new concert series. Dissonant Disco has collaborated with Emily Starkey, Steven Hill, Rob Kitsos, Ray Hsu, MACHiNENOiSY, Hong Kong Exile, and QUASAR (quatuor).
Jeff Christensen is a graduate of UBC and has an M. Ed. in (Magical Education). Jeff is a member/student at the prestigious Mystery School in Las Vegas. His most recent performances were in Giggles and Gags 2.0 (PAL Theatre) and as “Presto” in Santa Claus; The Panto (Surrey Arts Centre). Jeff was recently awarded the Gold Medal in Mental(ism) from the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians. He has performed extensively as The Great Smartini — Magical Educator with his 4D show Music, Magic and Monkeys. www.MagicalEducator.ca He is thrilled to be part of the Vine Arts Festival and would like to thank Heather Lamoureux for this amazing opportunity.
Megan Stewart is a theatre artist from PEI, currently based in Vancouver, BC where she is pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She makes solo and collaborative devised theatre, as well as installations and community-based performance projects. Recent projects include the performance/installation Ears Pricked, Eyes Peeled for Art in the Open 2014, and directing the ensemble-created performance Transmissions from Orbit for the Neither Here Nor There festival in Vancouver. She also co-created and led the Crow Parade for the inaugural Art in the Open festival in Charlottetown in 2011, which has since become a recurring feature of the festival. She is currently developing her MFA graduating project, The Builders, a devised theatre piece exploring ideas of home, belonging and creative transformations of space. She is also the co-founder of The Island Fringe Festival in Charlottetown, PEI. www.meganblythe.com
The Sands is a rare confluence of Western Canada’s foremost players from the jazz and indie scene including JP Carter (Inhabitants, Destroyer, Dan Mangan), Paul Rigby (Neko Case, AC Newman), Cole Schmidt (Pugs and Crows), Darren Parris (Frazey Ford) and Barry Mirochnik ( Neko Case, Veda Hille).
Collectively, the ensemble comprises over a hundred years of musical experience — a vintage imbedded in the music.
Triadic Dance Works
Triadic Dance Works is a contemporary dance collective founded in 2010 by Jenn Edwards, Jennifer Aoki and Philippa Myler. Having emerged from three very different artistic backgrounds, the three founders met as dance students at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Edwards trained in figure skating and theatre before shifting her focus to dance, and prioritizes musicality in her work. Aoki, who started with jazz, tap and acrobatic dance, has a wild imagination and a taste for highly conceptual choreography. Myler is a fiercely technical dancer from Seattle whose work focuses on the pure geometry and virtuosity of movement. TDW has performed their eclectic works all over the lower mainland, as well as in Seattle and Berlin. Past venues include The Dance Centre, Spectral Theatre, On The Boards, The Planetarium, lawns, outdoor festival stages, carports, pubs and cabarets. They have created full-bodied abstract works, performed as roving characters, ventured into theatrical explorations, and collaborated with many talented composers, visual artists and filmmakers. By performing relevant, accessible works in both traditional and unusual settings, TDW is committed to broadening the audience for contemporary dance both in Vancouver and internationally.