Artist-in-Residence and DanceLab programs
The Artist in Residence Program aims to assist dance professionals in developing new work, and promoting dance among new audiences. Residencies may involve working with emerging professional artists and non-professional enthusiasts, as well as teaching and creating in non-traditional contexts and environments with specific communities such as youth and those with special needs.
The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and technical and administrative support to enable choreographers to work with various artists and audiences, through creation, teaching, outreach activities and performances. Technical residencies offer production support to artists preparing for full theatre presentations.
Previous Artists-in-Residence include
- Helen Walkley, who worked with professional and non-professional dancers, and with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Burnaby Women’s Prison, and GF Strong Rehabilitation Institute;
- Joe Ink, who ran a cross-generational community dance project called Move It!;
- Byron Chief-Moon, whose work focused on aboriginal youth;
- Martha Carter, whose work fuses contemporary and street dance along with multimedia and new technology;
- Alvin Erasga Tolentino, who created a music and dance work exploring Asian Canadian identity
- UK-based Carolyn Deby who created a new site specific work exploring the Downtown Eastside.
Our Artists in Residence 2012-2013 are:
Justine A. Chambers
Lina Fitzner and Caroline Liffmann
Wen Wei Wang
Barbara Bourget's residency in 2011-12 focused on the development of the solo form and included an extended solo workshop with four other dance artists. Read an interview with Barbara about the process and thoughts from the participating artists on their experiences. Read more
Our DanceLab program supports research and collaboration between dance artists and other art disciplines. It provides fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the participating artists for a period of 2 weeks, enabling the artists to research how cross-art form collaboration can enhance their artistic growth and the development of new work. Upon completion of the process, the artists open up the process to the public through an informal studio presentation.
Artists participating in the 2012-2013 season are:
Flamenco Rosario (Rosario Ancer) with Katrina Dunn (dramaturge).
Kinesis Dance somatheatro (Paras Terezakis) with Josh Hite (video), Kristen Roos (sound).
The 605 Collective (Josh Martin) with Brian Johnson (cinematographer/director)
True North Performance (Catherine Lee) with Angela Brown (performance/visual artist), Christine Elsey (dancer/anthropologist), Carmen Rosen (artist, performer).