Artists

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    Joshua Beamish is a British Columbian dance artist who has achieved worldwide success as a prolific choreographer and an exceptional performer: this is a chance to see both aspects of his work. The program features two of his creations – the world premiere of a new solo danced by Renée Sigouin, and Proximity, a duet performed by Beamish and Sigouin. Beamish also dances in two solos choreographed for him: Redemption, by internationally-acclaimed Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Ablaze Amongst the Fragments of Your Sky by Ballet BC’s Kirsten Wicklund. Falling Upward is a dance film created by Joshua Beamish, Scott Fowler & Stefan Nazarevich.

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    Olivier Leroux is an experienced VR Director and DOP who has taught VR journalism at UBC and works with the iM4 VR program at Emily Carr University.

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    Composer / Director / Performer / Co-Producer

    A picnic and ping pong enthusiast, Kong Kie is also a composer for dance, opera and theatre. Works include music for the play Infinity (Tarragon, Cultch); operas knotty together (SummerWorks) and La Señorita Mundo (SummerWorks); the concert-theatre Picnic in the Cemetery (Canadian Stage, Ansan Street Arts Festival), music theatre Mr. Shi and His Lover (Toronto Theatre Critics Awards: Best New Musical; SummerWorks, Tarragon, the National Arts Centre, Cervantino Festival) and the song cycle I swallowed a moon made of iron (Canadian Stage). Kong Kie has created soundtrack for several contemporary dance production worldwide and was the long-serving music director of La La La Human Steps. His screen soundtrack includes Fisk: Untitled Portrait, Off Kilter and China Rises. Works in development include: The Year of the Cello, a p lay with solo cello music set in Hong Kong in the 1920s (with Marjorie Chan) and The Futures Market, an opera exploring the complex moral dimensions of the trade in human organs (with Douglas Rodger) and Kafka’s doll, an opera for young audiences inspired by a legend surrounding Kafka. www.musicpicnic.com.

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    Joe Jack et John works across a range of disciplines; the group’s productions have used video, dance, the spoken word, and more to address urgent social issues and promote diversity. Théâtre la Seizième is the most prominent Francophone theatre company in BC. Each year it offers mainstage productions, presentations for youth, and more, including training and development programs.  

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    Vanessa Goodman is the Artistic Director of the Action at a Distance Dance Society. In her work, she uses dance and choreography to explore humanity in all its complexity—and to expand the range of possibilities for artistic inquiry.

    Vanessa Goodman lives on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

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    The story of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is the story of determination, passion, idealism, community, and of course, music. Founded in 1985, we incorporated in 1986 as a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the very beginning, the society has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a centre for the creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between the local, national, and international music communities.

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    From working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to producing for Kanye West, musician Caroline Shaw has covered a lot of territory in her career; what unify her creations are the spirit of adventure and the desire to innovate.

    Caroline Shaw lives on Mannahatta in Lenapehoking, homeland of the Lenape people.

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    Damien Gillis is a journalist and filmmaker. His documentary Fractured Land won Best BC Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2015, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Tyee, and elsewhere.

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    Cease Wyss is an educator, ethnobotanist, and media artist of Skwxwu7mesh, Stó:lō, Hawaiian, and Swiss descent. Trained by Indigenous knowledge keepers, she uses her art, her activism, and her teaching to raise awareness and bring about change.