Choreographed by Marissa Wong, Family Room recreates a studio apartment through a set design of furniture and home decor. This is the foundation for a series of solos to interact with the same household objects, each object representing a relationship, dynamic, and history between different family members.
This excerpt will be followed by a discussion with the artists, led by mental health professional Brie-Ana Laboucane.
The full work will premiere in The Dance Centre’s 2023-24 season.
Marissa Wong – Choreographer/ Co-Set Designer
Kayleigh Sandomirsky – Production/Stage Manager/ Co-Set Designer
Jono Kim – Lighting Designer
Meagan Woods – Costume Designer
Jamie Bradbury – Sound Composer
Raïna Von Waldenburg – Dramaturg
Stéphanie Cyr – Creative Research Collaborator
Tamar Tabori – Dancer Justin Calvadores – Dancer Shana Wolfe – Dancer
Presented with New Works.
Support: City of Vancouver – Communities and Artists Shifting Culture, Canada Council for the Arts – Research and Creation
Residencies: The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program, EDAM Dance Fall Choreographic Series 2021, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, plasticorchidfactory – Artist in Residence
The Dance Centre’s 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence and DanceLab programs are supported in part by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
The Falling Company is a project based, contemporary dance company dedicated to the creation of inclusive spaces for dance and collaboration. The Falling Company is a nonprofit dance company under the direction of Marissa Wong. Formerly known as the response. and founded by Amber Funk Barton, the company provides a homebase for creative work from a singular woman of colour. The Falling Company is invested in facilitating arts opportunities for underrepresented artists. These spaces depart from the power dynamics the artistic director experienced as a ballet dancer and are centered around positive mental health. The company creates meaningful relationships with artists, organizations, and opportunities that align with these values. Creations and productions of the company focus on blending classical ballet training with improvisation and release techniques. Works for the company reflect the human condition using movement to create accessible storytelling. Works place bodies and emotions in relatable landscapes to mirror the experiences of those who engage with the work.
Photos by Sewari Campillo