“All of us come together here, it feels like this is a place that connects all of us to become more of a community”
– Arash Khakpour
Robert J Azevedo is a maritime artist whose work thrives in salty air. Although Moncton is home, he has been working on building his roots in Vancouver for the past six years. Like a young child, his performance practice depends on exploration, education, discovery and play – not to mention a sense of becoming. Robert is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts where he majored in Dance and English. Robert’s most recent choreography has been seen at Mascall Dance’s Bloom series (2015), and at SFU Woodward’s in Ascension (2012) and Ascension 2 (2013). Additionally, he is a co-founder of MAYCE, an emerging contemporary dance collective who have performed for audiences in Vancouver and Seattle.
As a dancer he has most recently worked for Judith Garay and Rob Kitsos, for whom he also served as research assistant on his piece Con-found.
Although Robert’s interests are varied – from dance and theatre performance, to choreography, to stage management and artistic production – he is happy to be a part of Vines in every or any capacity.
Zane’s sound is characterized by his deep expressive voice and electronic baritone guitar, which features heavily on his tracks. Catchy hooks combined with innovative arrangements, creative recording and electronic sounds give Zane’s music a unique character, which draws influence from Grizzly Bear, Mother Mother and Jack White. His fresh sound and charisma has secured him attention of promoters around Berlin, warming up at a sold out show for Sheppard (Universal), and recording as a featured artist for Chi Thanh and MC Fitti.
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.
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).
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.
MAYCE comprises Robert Azevedo, Antonio Somera, and Marisa Gold who met while pursuing their BFAs at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. An affinity for each other’s movement and performance styles led to collaboration and friendship; MAYCE was born from these origins. MAYCE aims to take the skill-sets of three different performers, in body and in mind, and create a unified energy and intention, with a movement style that is fast and forceful with an emphasis on weight, efficiency and support. MAYCE has performed for 12 Minutes Max at On The Boards (Seattle, 2012), and premiered its first long-form piece No Fire in Space for Collectors at SFU Woodwards in April 2014, in addition to presenting research and development informally since 2011.
Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist. As a graduate of the Modus Operandi contemporary dance program, Kelly has interpreted work for Metal Dog, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, the 605 collective, Daina Ashbee, battery opera, Jacinte Armstrong, Anne Cooper and Crystal Pite. She has apprenticed for Sara Coffin, Justine Chambers, Mascall Dance, MACHiNENOiSY and Restless Productions. Kelly creates performance work as a form of activism. Her work has been presented at Art for Impact, BC Buds Arts Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Bloom, Emily Carr, Merge, the HopBopShop and ArtSwells (Vancouver); Dance: Made in Canada (Toronto); La Bodega & Casa de la Cultura (Mexico). Kelly has had the pleasure of mentorship and residency through the Cultch, CAG, the HopBopShop, Made in BC (Vancouver); The stable (Montreal); ELP (Mexico) and FAC Residency (Toronto). Kelly is currently working on various projects through a ten month mentorship with Claire French.
Darcy works as an independent dance artist, choreographer and rehearsal director in Vancouver. She is also the owner Full Circle Studio -Movements Arts- a venue in East Van that offers classes in Pilates, Dance and Yoga, and also is a space for Music, Performances and Visual Arts. www.fullcirclestudio.com She has attended SFU to study Art for Social Change, and Emily Carr for Mixed Media, Creative Writing and Photography.
Carolyn Schmidt creates, performs, teaches and produces contemporary dance in the Vancouver area and beyond. Training formally at The Ailey School in NYC, Carolyn has a deep knowledge of many modern dance techniques and a passion for dance composition. As a dancer, Carolyn has performed in work by emerging and established choreographers throughout the USA, Canada and Spain. As a choreographer, her dances have been presented at venues and festivals including Dumbo Dance Festival (NY), Young Choreographers Festival (NY), Green Space (NY), Feats Festival of Dance (Edmonton), Dancers Studio West (Calgary), Dance Victoria, Mascall Dance/BLOOM (Vancouver), HATCH Series (NY), Saco River Theatre (Maine) and Vancouver Fringe Festival. Carolyn is Co-Producer of To.Be.Announced Choreographic Showcase. Dedicated to a life of moving and shaking, Carolyn is constantly seeking opportunities to connect, share and grow through the art of movement.
Born in England to a spanish opera lover, fabulous piano player, chemist father and a mexican dancer, brain researcher, fantastic genius, dog lover mother… Claudia Segovia grew up in Mexico City and moved to Canada in 1997: a mother, a creature maker, a dog lover, a choreographer, and an inevitable mixed media artist. Studied Contemporary Dance Choreography at the National Centre for the Arts in Mexico City and a Diploma in Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Emily Carr. Danced, taught and choreographed professionally in Mexico before moving to Canada in 1998.
She is faculty at Arts Umbrella Dance and Art. Teaches kids 3-16 years old Ballet andModern. Receiver of an Excellence Award from the Federation of Canadian Artists. Shows and sells her work in the Lower Mainland, USA, Mexico and Spain.
Her son Diego, diagnosed with ADHD and LD inspired her to create a dance program called DANCE OUT LOUD! for children with Invisible disabilities such as Aspergers, Anxiety, LD, ADHD, etc. who do not get a chance to participate in a regular dance class and she brings to public schools in the lower mainland.
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.
Tin Gamboa is an emerging dancer who was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to Vancouver five years ago to pursue an education in her two passions, dance and psychology. Gamboa has worked with Ballet Philippines as well as numerous renowned choreographers since she moved to Vancouver, such as Henry Daniels, Cheryl Prophet, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Daisy Thompson, and Alvin Tolentino. She has also worked with a few other emerging artists, two of which are Charlotte Rose and Gina Alpen, the co-founders of Con8 Collective. Gamboa holds a passion for the way movement can empower individuals and she looks forward to sharing movement and art in a lovely space like Trout Lake.
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.
Jamee Valin is the founding Artistic Director of Valence Movement (dance theatre) and beloved company member with Give Me Brilliance, Sweett Moves Dance Collective and The Lovers Cabaret. Jamee trained at York University and George Brown College for Dance Performance Studies and Fine Arts Cultural Studies as well as mentored with Andrea Nann of Dreamwalker Dance Company, Project CPR, and the Cultch Ignite Dance Mentorship. She has performed and/or choreographed for: Dusk Dances at Dancing on the Edge, BC BUDS, Vancouver Global Dance Project, Dime A Dozen, FRESH BLOOD (2012), Art For Impact, Diamond Tooth Gerties, EROS Thanatos & the Avant-Garde, Cadence Ballet, RS Divas, SERIES 8:08, La Scala Opera Company, Canadian Royal Opera Company, National Artist Program and more. Jamee had the distinct pleasure of dancing for Tumbling into Light at the Enwave Theatre and at Dance: Made in Canada, 2011 and 2013. Miss Valin has produced three full-length shows, created five short films and danced in eight of thirteen provinces/territories across the country. Jamee is also the proud mother of Seamus the cat and Nebo the dog.
Christian Vistan is a Filipino artist living and working in Vancouver. Originally from Bataan, a peninsular province in the Philippines, his work (poems, paintings, lithographs and performances) addresses a space surrounded by water—floating, disoriented and liminal. He is a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Chengxin graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance for eleven years, and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. He is a former principal dancer of the Guangdong Provincial Dance Theatre, and since 2000, he has appeared with numerous Canadian dance companies including Ballet British Columbia, Anatomica, Company Erasga, EDAM, Judith Marcuse Projects, Joe Ink, the Lorita Leung Dance Company, Mandala Arts and Culture, MovEnt, and Wen Wei Dance. In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon, a contemporary dance company that focuses on cross-cultural fusion between Eastern and Western dance styles. He is the 2007 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award recipient, and the 2009 recipient of the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Chengxin hold his MFA degree in dance at the University of Washington, where he was awarded the 2010 Art Fellowship Challenge Grant. From 2012-2014, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University’s School of Dance. Chengxin has recently taught as an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and is currently working on his own projects.
Studying Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Shamin Zahabioun lives in Vancouver, Canada. Coming from an Iranian background, she focus on how drawing and visual arts takes part in the changing lives. Through the last ten years, Shamin has been bringing classical techniques of drawing to an eastern sight, to combine the forms of the objective with subjective feelings.
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