Tickets now available to 'Communities of Isolation?'
Coming up: Join us at our 12th event, 'Communities of Isolation?' taking place on Saturday December 5th, from 7-10pm at Alternative Creations Studio (1387 Venables St). This will be a gallery-style show, with audience members invited to roam the building to explore performances and installations happening simultaneously.
This season we are partnering with Magpies Nest Community Arts Society and Alternative Creations Studio. 'Communities of Isolation?' will revolve around the theme of... naturally, community and isolation! The show will be featuring the work of:
Annalee Kornelsen has been a devoted artist her whole life. Self directed from a very early age, and driven by a love of movement, expression and visible emotion, she tirelessly worked to hone her creative talents on her own and under mentorship.
Her work is an unending mission to recognize and reflect the dynamic and ever changing nature of thoughts, emotions, and experiences as experienced in a human form. Exploring this theme through use of abstract shapes and colour in contrast with greyscale portraiture and line drawings, in acrylics, mixed media and water colour. Annalee’s pieces are vibrant, alive and full of energy, and strike directly at the heart, beyond what can be reached by words.
Annalee’s work has been featured in “The Brief”, a life style and Culture publication, and on The Woman’s Art Museum of Canada’s online gallery. She has had the pleasure of serving as an artist in residence for the 12th grade art class of L’École des Pionniers. She has also been a featured artist at Art Battle Vancouver, The Campbell Bay Music Festival, and “Bringing Artists Together” events bridging the gap between artistic disciplines such as dance, music and visual art.
After creating for many years away from prying eyes, Annalee is catching eyes as she emerges into the art scene with openness, dedication and passion.
Isabelle Kirouac is an interdisciplinary choreographer, performer and movement educator from Quebec, currently living in Vancouver. She holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and has been studying release-based contemporary dance, dance improvisation and somatic practices for over a decade. Isabelle creates interdisciplinary performance work that often incorporates audience participation, investigates socio-political questions and explores notions of place, identity and the poetic of the senses. Isabelle has been teaching and presenting her artistic work and teaching in Canada, the US, Mexico, Colombia, the UK, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Morocco and Senegal. Isabelle collaborated with Emmalena Fredriksson, Emilio Rojas, Lea Kieffer, Paul Paroczai and Trinidad Martinez, amongst others. She has been an active member of The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theatre and danced in the work of Theatre Junction, Body Research/Karl Frost, La Pocha Nostra/Guillermo Gomez Pena, Felix Ruckert, Eman Haram/The Geography of Elsewhere, Nemcatacoa Teatro, etc.
Jen Aoki is a Vancouver-born dance artist who graduated with a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University in 2010. Her interest in interdisciplinary works has led her to collaborate with musicians, poets and filmmakers both locally and internationally. She has presented her choreography at Nah Dran in Berlin (2013), T.B.A. Choreographic Showcase (2015), A Celebration of Life, Launch Pad, Lab Art (2014), and Mascall Dance's BLOOM (2015). Aoki has had residencies at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts (2015), BLOOM (2015) and Creative Dominion’s Launch Pad (2012). She has been awarded scholarships to study Solo Choreography at the Dance Centre and contact improvisation at EDAM Dance (2011). Jen has also had the pleasure of training with Cocoondance (Bonn), Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin), Frey Faust (Berlin), David Hernanadez (Stockholm), Ori Flomin (New York), Benoit Lechambre (Montreal) and Kathleen Hermesdorf (San Francisco) among others. Aoki danced in a new work by Meredith Kalaman, “When You Would Rather Sit Alone,” at BC Buds Arts Festival and The Dance Deck Debut (2015). She has also danced in works by Carolyn Schmidt, Jamee Valin, Gemma Crowe, Jacinte Armstrong (Halifax), Barbara Lindenberg, Anna Kraulis, Natalie Gan and Kat Single-Dain, and has apprenticed with Body Narratives Collective (2013).
Karen Myskiw brims with creativity and enthusiasm that is infectious! Prior to receiving her B. Education from UBC, she worked with a Non-Profit organization as a landscape designer, creating gardens in schools, and teaching about healthy eating. With a touch of whimsy, Karen has led art programs with young people in grades K to 12 exploring water colour, murals, and Manga.
In her artistic practice she explores, water colour, acrylics and mixed media. Karen’s local and international travel photography celebrates and documents genus loci of landscape and memory.
Dr. Darren Garside is an educator from Bath, England and photographer whose practice dissolves the essence of landscape. As a philosopher he seeks truth both, through his quest for dialogue and through language. As an artist he captures light, seeking justice for the marginalized other.
Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist. A graduate of the Modus Operandi contemporary dance program, Kelly has also completed a 4 month study scholarship at Edam dance and the Training Society of Vancouver's Working Class. Kelly has participated in mentorship projects such as the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery's Intensive with mentors Daelik, Delia Brett, Justine Chambers and Brendan Fernandes, Made In BC's community engagement facilitation mentorship with Julie Lebel and Miriam Colvin and recently completed a 10 month mentorship with Claire French through the BCAC Early Career Development. Kelly has worked on projects with Metal Dog, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, the 605 collective, Daina Ashbee, battery opera, Chrystal Pite, Anne Cooper and Restless Productions. She has apprenticed in projects with Sara Coffin, Justine Chambers, Mascall Dance, MACHiNENOiSY and Ziyian Kwan. Kelly is an emerging choreographer interested in creating work as a platform for social change. She has presented her work at Art for Impact, BC Buds Arts Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Bloom, Dance: Made in Canada, La Bodega & Casa de la Cultura (Mexico), Emily Carr, Merge, the HopBopShop, Artswells, The Dance Centre, Vines Arts Festival and Feminist Art Conference 2015 (Toronto).
Martha Hart and Oksana Wengryniuk are freelance dance artists currently based out of Vancouver, British Columbia and are graduates of the Arts Umbrella Dance Program. Hart previously studied at the National Ballet School and The Palucca Schule Dresden. After an engagement the Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany, Hart moved back to Canada and has been exploring creation based contemporary work. Most recently she has worked with Jennifer Mascall, Thoenn Glover and Donalds Sales (project20). Wengryniuk performed in the NDT "Switch" Gala in 2014 as well as worked Ballet Kelowna. Most recently, she choreographed and directed a short film and is looking forward to attending a Hofesh Shechter intensive this fall at the Banff Centre. They are both very excited to share their continued movement research with you.
Mischa Shadloo is a theater performance student at Simon Fraser University. She has an interest in working with found objects and text, as well as devising and story based theater.
Dominique Jenkins is a theater performance student at Simon Fraser University. She has an interest in working with devised theater, found objects and poetry.
Monica Shah is an independent dance artist working in both classical and contemporary Indian styles. She has been studying Indian classical dance for over twenty-five years, and has performed across North America as a senior member with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, a Bharatanatyam-based dance troupe in Toronto. Her training in Bharatanatyam has been complemented by work in Yoga and Contemporary Dance, as well as styles such as Butoh, Contact Improvisation, and Ballet. Monica has been selected to be part of national and international residencies for emerging artists in South Asian dance and was one of fifteen dancers selected to collaborate with choreographers and filmmakers participating in the CanAsian International Dance Festival’s dance film workshop. She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Natasha Bakht, Peggy Baker, Nova Bhattacharya, and Lata Pada, as well as leading artists across India, the US, and the UK. Notable performances include solo and ensemble roles at the Canada Dance Festival, the Kalanidhi International Dance Festival, and the CanAsian International Dance Festival. Monica has collectively choreographed original classical work and is currently experimenting with the creation of an Indian contemporary dance aesthetic that stands on its own. She continues to receive advanced Bharatanatyam training with Jai Govinda of Vancouver and build a solo repertoire of both traditional and contemporary works.
Sidewalk Cellist (Clara Shandler): "I fell in love with the cello when I was three, started lessons five years later, and haven't stopped since. My training as a classical musician focused on chamber music throughout my youth and I've used those skills to play in rock bands, fiddle troupes, traditional ensembles, busker jams and so much more. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree at UBC by teaching private cello students and am now both the assistant strings teacher at the West Point Grey Academy and VP of the East Vancouver Community Music School. I travel to Cambodia and Burma every chance I get in order to share and teach music with our neighbours to the east... we are one family after all, we share one home."
Valerie Christiansen is a performer and director, whose main interests are marginalized theatre and using spaces to collapse hierarchies within society.
We hope to see you there!
All the best,
The Art for Impact Team