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Wander

Choreographer: 

Ashley Sweett


Dancers: 

Marisa Christegeorge, Devan Genereux, Megan Hunter, Brooke Williamson

 

Music: 

Security Ballet by Rolfe Kent, Sirenes - Tabla by Jon Brion, Jasmines by Jai Paul

 

Special thanks:

Love & Gratitude to all of the exceptionally strong and generous dancers involved in this process. 

Thank you Krysin Clarke for your guidance and devotion.

Thank you Small Stage for the opportunity.

BIOGRAPHIES

ASHLEY SWEETT is a versatile dance artist who has had the joy of training and working professionally in the dance industry for the past 15 years. She was raised in Langley BC with a passion and dedication for the performing arts. After graduating as a dance major from The Langley Fine Arts school, Ashley continued her commercial training with Source Dance Company before studying contemporary dance with Modus Operandi under direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen in Vancouver. She later moved to Los Angeles to continue her dance training while attending The Second City ‘Conservatory’ program for improv acting. Ashley founded Sweett Moves in 2013 which has given her many opportunities to collaborate, create and perform dance works for Dancing On The Edge, Small Stage, Robson Street Business Association, Little India music videos and more. She has choreographed and taught pre-professional dance programs such as Lamon Dance Company, Source Dance Company, Helix Dance Company and The Cecchetti Society of Canada .Ashley has had the pleasure with working alongside choreographers such as Kelly Konno as assistant choreographer for FOXTV’s Lucifer TV series and choreographer for the 2010 Winter Olympics Celebrations. She was both a dancer and assistant choreographer to Jen Oleksiuk for Netflix’s ‘Adventures of Sabrina’ and to Geneen Georgiv for Hey Ocean’s  music video for “ A Song About California.” Her production credits include working as a rehearsal director for Small Stage 36 with choreographer Heather Dotto, producer/artistic director of ‘Bated Breath’ and ‘Sweett Moves Summer Jam’ as well as Artistic Director for The Lover’s Cabaret alongside Vanessa Young. She has an array of theatre, film and television performance credits including Netflix, Small Stages 35 (Heather Dotto), Disney (Paul Becker), Nickelodeon (Kelly Konno), Times of India Film Awards (Liz Tookey), Alliance Films, One Drop Foundation, MUCH MUSIC, Michael Buble, Goldwell Hair, and PRP Productions. Ashley currently resides in Vancouver BC where she thrives as well-respected choreographer and dance teacher. She has been active in the teaching community since 2003 both locally and abroad. For the past 6 years she has adjudicated throughout Western Canada as well as in Australia.

 

MARISA CHRISTOGORGE is born in Vancouver, BC, Marisa began her training at The Richmond Academy of Dance under the direction of Annette Jakubouski. She has trained at several North American companies such as  The Canada's National Ballet School and Boston Ballet. Marisa received her post-graduate training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance from artists such at Summer Lee Rhatigan, Christain Burns, Alex Ketley, Tristan Ching, Marlie Couto, and Courtney Mazeika. During her time in SF, Marisa had the privilege to preform repertory by William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Alex Ketley, Courtney Mazeika, Summer Lee-Rhatigan, Christian Burns,  Bobbi Jene Smith, and Tom Weinberger.  

 

DEVAN GENEREUX is a Vancouver, BC native and  emerging professional dance artist. She cultivated her love for dance at a young age and her multifaceted background includes extensive training in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, modern, jazz, and hip hop. Upon graduation, Devan pursued her training at Lamondance under Davi Rodriguez, Lara Barclay, and Monica Proença. During this time, she had the opportunity to represent Canada as a soloist at the IDO World Championship of Dance in Frankfurt, Germany as well as traveling to Brasilia, Brazil to perform in Barakah (Lamondance) at the International Dance Seminar of Brasilia. Following her training in Vancouver, Devan moved to Toronto to further peruse her passion at The Conteur Academy where she has trained under recognized artists Eryn Waltman, Sheona Bell, Kelly Shaw, Ryan Lee, and Colleen Snell, to name a few. Devans unique strength and connection with the floor and her dance partners have allowed her to begin a successful professional dance career.  Her notable credits include performing in 5inco (Lamondance), Human (Lamondance), Frames (The Conteur Academy), Fill In The Blanks (The Conteur Academy), and most recently, Scaredy Cat (Small Stage).

 

 

MEGAN HUNTER is Co-Artistic Director of WAREHAUS dance collective, and actively creating works both in collaboration with WAREHAUS and independently. Through WAREHAUS, Megan has been mentored and performed works by Vanessa Goodman and Desiree Dunbar. WAREHAUS has performed original works presented by Dance Allsorts by New Works Dance Management, Small Stage, OURO collective, To.Be.Announced, Sweet Moves, Cascadia Film Festival, and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dezza Dance. She had the privilege of training sessionally at the Toronto Dance Theatre and in partnership with Dancemakers. Megan is the honoured recipient of the Grant Strate Award in Dance in 2014, from Simon Fraser University, upon her graduation. She is currently performing and rehearsal directing with Kinesis Dance Somatheatro. Megan was  invited to New Brunswick in April 2017, to create and perform a new work in collaboration with musicians, Andrew Reed Miller and Emily Kennedy, under mentorship from Lesandra Dodson. WAREHAUS travelled to Toronto in 2017 and 2018 to present choreography by Vanessa Goodman and WAREHAUS for New Blue Emerging Festival. Megan presented a new work created in residency in Veretz, France and performance in Festival Dansez Maintenant in 2017. 

 

BROOKE WILLIAMSON is born and raised in Vancouver, Brooke Williamson began training professionally with Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard in 2013. During her time there, she had the opportunity to work with James Kudelka, Crystal Pite, Francisco Martinez, Walter Matteini, Francesca Carotti, and Lesley Telford among others. Brooke has continued her dance training at Springboard Danse and Movement Invention Project. After being cast in the film “Centre Stage: En Pointe”, she has begun to venture her studies into the world of acting- both at Vancouver Acting School and with Jeb Beach and Associates. Brooke has had the pleasure of dancing for Rockridge Dance Theatre, Heather Myers, and Enfuse Entertainment among others and was assistant choreographer to Jeff Dimitriou for the 2016 Cultural Architect Awards. Brooke is thrilled to be performing in her first Small Stages project! 

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Itakodejima

Traditional Japanese classical dance. Fujima School.

 

Dancer: Colleen Lanki

Music: Nagauta. Traditional.

Performed by: Lan Tung, Peggy Lee, Jonathan Bernard)

 

 

 

Weaver Woman in a Window

Choreographer + Dancer: Colleen Lanki

 

Music: Xiao He Tang Shui (Little Stream)

Traditional Chinese folk song, arr. Lan Tung

performed by the Orchid Ensemble (Lan Tung, Yuchen Wang, Jonathan Bernard)

BIOGRAPHY

Colleen Lanki is a theatre performer, director, choreographer, educator, and lover of total theatre. She was based in Tokyo for many years studying nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance) and noh, and working in contemporary theatre.  She is the Artistic Director of TomoeArts, a company that specializes in Japanese performing arts and the creation of new dance-theatre works.

 

Colleen is currently working on her PhD at the University of British Columbia.

 

Recent projects: directing KAYOI KOMACHI, a new chamber opera combining noh and classical music, creating/performing the interdisciplinary performance piece WEAVER WOMAN.

 

www.colleenlanki.com 

www.tomoearts.org

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Natasha

Choreographer + Dancer: 

Natasha Gorrie

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

NATASHA GORRIE has grown up in the hip hop dance scene since a young age. Her first brush with hip hop dance was when her mother taught her how to do the running man in the living room of their home. Natasha’s mother was a self taught freestyle dancer, with a huge passion for new jack swing dancing. Natasha began training at her mother’s dance studio at the age of 8, and that studio pioneered hip hop choreography in the Vancouver’s lower mainland.  Ever since then, Natasha has had a love for the fundamentals of hip hop and funk styles. To round out her training, Natasha also trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre and tap.

 

Natasha is a rare talent that has managed to excel in the professional dance industry, while building a well known and respected reputation in the underground dance community across Canada, and around the world.

 

Co-founder of the powerhouse female crew “Diamonds In The Rough” based out of Vancouver. As a group, they have travelled throughout the USA and Canada to battle, perform and train.

 

Natasha loves to freestyle and share with her community. She is passionate about training and is constantly broadening her vocabulary in dance. Knowledge is key.

 

 

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Fluids

Creators:

Vanessa Goodman/ Action at a Distance

with performers Bynh Ho and Stéphanie Cyr

 

Performers:

Bynh Ho, Stéphanie Cyr

 

Music Credits: Bach + Not Waving

 

Fluids a new work created by Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with the performing artist Bynh Ho and Stephanie Cyr. Using biological themes to explore ways of being in conversation with each other. 

 

Special thank you to Julie-anne and her team for always craving out new interesting spaces to share.

BIOGRAPHY

Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.  She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of  Action at a Distance Dance Society.    actionatadistance.ca

 

Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. She was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Program from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. She co-founded The Contingency Plan collective, where she interpreted new work from Justine A. Chambers, Rob Kitsos, James Gnam and Serge Bennathan. Vanessa has been collaborating with Small Stage as an associate artist since 2015.

 

Independently Vanessa has danced with dancers dancing, plastic orchid factory, Julia Sasso, Wild Excursions Performance, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance, Mascall Dance, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse. Her work has been presented locally by DanceHouse, SFUW, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; nationally by Kinetic Studio and The Dance Made in/Fait au Canada Festival; and internationally by On the Boards, Risk/Reward Festival and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará.

 

Goodman has been commissioned by Lamon Dance, Warehaus Collective, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class.

 

 

Bynh Ho is an independent dance artist, living and working on the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. He began his formal training with Modus Operandi before going on to receive his BFA from The Juilliard School. Bynh has had the pleasure of dancing in works by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, and Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, among others and has worked with companies, including BODYTRAFFIC, Inverso Productions, and Company 605. Most recently, he was engaged in research for Kidd Pivot, directed by Crystal Pite.

 

Bynh own works have been recognized with Choreographic Honors by The Juilliard School and presented by TOES For Dance, in New York and across Ontario.

 

Bynh is thrilled to be collaborating with Action at a Distance Dance. 

 

 

Stéphanie Cyr is a graduate of the Arts Umbrella graduate program and is currently a freelance dancer based in Vancouver. She has worked and performed with Lesley Telford | Inverso, Andrea Peña & Artists (Montréal), imPerfect Dancers Company (Italy), TWObigsteps collective, Serge Bennathan and Action at a Distance, among others.

 

She has also participated in the Movement Invention Project, Springboard Danse Montréal and the Creative Gesture at The Banff Centre.

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Dancing Through Time

Choreographer + Dancer:

Alexandra Clancy

 

Musician:

Mike Allen

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Alexandra Clancy is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in Vancouver with a love of dance and a passion for tap. Growing up, she trained at Danzmode and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society’s youth company – Tap Co, developing her skills in all genres of dance. She was an apprentice/understudy for the prestigious Tapestry Dance Company’s 25th season performing and touring across North America.

 

She has attended and performed at multiple tap festivals such as DC, LA, NY, Chicago, and Vancouver. Alexandra was privileged to train extensively, learning from tap masters such as Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold and many more. Alexandra is a proud alumna of the first tap program held at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow, and auditioned and returned a second time for another intensive two weeks. 

 

Alexandra had a role in ‘The Cholly Project’ directed by Travis Knights, and was grateful to dance in Lisa La Touche’s tap dance show titled ‘Hold On’. She was given the opportunity to perform in a Tri-Tone Productions show, founded by Tasha Lawson, as both a solo artist and in an ensemble working closely with musicians. She performed at the Kennedy Centre in DC as part of the inaugural first full-length tap show. She is thankful to have danced in many of Danny Nielsen’s shows, most recently at the Scotia Dance Centre in the Discover Dance Series.

 

Alexandra has a unique voice blending both tap and contemporary dance and looks forward to continuing to share her adoration of dance while teaching and performing both locally and internationally. 

 

 

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Conquering the solitude

Choreographer:

Sandrine Cassini

 

Dancer:

Andrew Bartee

 

Music:

Peder Mannerfelt - Lines Describing A Circle

 

BIOGRAPHY

Sandrine Cassini

 

Andrew Bartee

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Choreographers: 

Natasha Gorrie, Roberta Bierman, Hannah Henney

 

Dancers: 

Natasha Gorrie, Roberta Bierman/Helen Dang, Hannah Henney/Sarah Corrigan

 

Music:

Missy Elliott: Sock it 2 me Kaytranada remix, Anderson Paak: Bubblin’

Nick Grant: Get Down

BIOGRAPHIES

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH are based out of Vancouver, Canada and founded in 2009. The Diamond ladies have a strong presence in the choreography industry and freestyle community. This sisterhood of powerful women represent more than a dance crew, their chemistry and lifestyle allows them to support each other, express, create and motivate.

 

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