12 Minutes Max

The Dance Centre presents


Edition #41
Five innovative dance works

Friday June 16, 2017 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver


Marissa Wong/photo Jack Sommer

12 Minutes Max showcases five short, eclectic contemporary dance works by some of Vancouver’s most exciting and innovative up-and-coming choreographers:
Jenn Edwards
Molly McDermott
Liliane Moussa
Monica Shah

Marissa Wong

First launched in Vancouver in 1994, 12 Minutes Max supports the development of new works throughout the season. This performance features a selection of the works, chosen by curators Jo Leslie and Chick Snipper.

Jenn Edwards performs The Everywhereness of You, a solo touching on fear, grief, humour and courage. Edwards has a BFA in contemporary dance from Simon Fraser University. With Philippa Myler and Jennifer Aoki, she founded Triadic Dance Works, a collective that has performed extensively in Vancouver as well as in Seattle and Berlin. In 2013 she joined Vienna’s Flowmotion Dance Company, performing in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, London, Turkey, the Middle East, India, Brazil and Mexico. She has showcased her own choreography at Fusion Festival (Berlin), 12 Minutes Max (Seattle), BLOOM (Mascall Dance), To.Be.Announced, and The Parade of Lost Souls.

Molly McDermott’s Anonymous is a collaboration with musician Stefan Smulovitz on viola, which addresses the daily discomforts, annoyances and gut feelings that make us into the unique creatures that we are. Originally from Edmonton, McDermott trained at Grant MacEwan College and completed her BFA in dance at Simon Fraser University. She has spent the past decade interpreting work by artists and companies including Deanna Peters, Heidi Bunting, Justine Chambers, Shauna Elton, Alison Towne, Lydia Wagerer, Co. Erasga, Kokoro Dance Theatre, and Mascall Dance. She also trained with DV8 and Hofesh Shechter in London, and with Dairakudakan in Japan, as well as with Butoh artists, Natsu Nakajima, and Yoshito Ohno. In recent years she has collaboratively created, commissioned and presented work in Vancouver and Edmonton, and is now starting to create independently.

Liliane Moussa’s solo Motion of a Watcher analyses the empathetic movements of spectators at sports events, reflecting on how we move in response to watching others. Moussa graduated from l’UQAM in 2012. She is a former gymnast, a physiotherapist, a dance artist and a mom. She focuses her choreographic research on dance and sports hybridization. She has presented her work at Usine C as part of Springboard Professional Project, at the Bouge d’Ici Festival, the Fringe Festival and Danzalborde Festival in Valparaiso. She is also co-founder of the collective Alt-Shift whose in-situ project Entrelacs was shown at Quartiers Danses Festival 2015, in different outdoor locations in Québec and Ontario and at la Maison du Québec à Saint-Malo, France.

Monica Shah performs a South Asian contemporary dance solo, Kali, with live cello music played by Clara Shandler. The vocabulary for this piece utilizes contemporary expressions of the Indian classical form of Bharatanatyam, and improvisation is used to explore the concepts of intuition and presence. The piece becomes a mindful ritual centered on Kali Ma - a Mother Goddess who represents the most powerful form of female forces. Originally from Toronto, Shah was a senior dancer with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for nine years and has worked with renowned choreographers in classical and contemporary Indian dance, including Lata Pada and Natasha Bakht. She has trained in Bharatanatyam for over 25 years – as well as forms such as contemporary dance, butoh, contact improvisation, and Indian martial arts – and continues advanced classical training with Jai Govinda.

Marissa Wong’s Surrendurance for four dancers (Katie Cassidy, Kaitey DeSante, Sarah Formosa, and Andrew Haydock) investigates the relation to social behaviour as a series of complex patterns, and spontaneity versus control. Collaborating with musician Jamie Bradbury to create an original score, the work explores the idea of 'agency', our capacity to independently control our experiences, and the social factors that influence our decisions. Wong received her postgraduate studies at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. She has shared work in San Francisco, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal, and has attended choreographic residencies through SAFEhouse Arts, DORSALE Danse, and 12 Minutes Max. In 2015 she began TWObigsteps collective, where she continues to inspire work.

About 12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max started in 1994 and for over a decade provided an opportunity for artists to show eclectic and innovative new works that ran under twelve minutes. The Dance Centre remodelled and relaunched the series in 2014, with a strong focus on choreographic development, critical feedback and dialogue. Each season has three modules of up to four artists each, with a rotating panel of guest curators providing support and moderated studio showings. At the end of the season a selection of the works are selected for a full performance presentation at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

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Photo: Marissa Wong/Jack Sommer