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Showing on Jan 7-Feb 3

Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

A person standing in an uneven stance with one leg far behind the other. The person is wearing a shirt that is pulled over their head and torso, and red socks with holes in them.

Nellie Gossen (Unceded Coast Salish Territories)

Note: This installation is open to the public from Jan 7–Feb 3. Visitors are free to come and go during the installation’s opening hours. 

An imaginative convergence of dance, labour and garment fabrication, Returns is an innovative experiment and month-long artistic enquiry into the standard 30-day retail return policy. 

Moved to unearth the materials and performances already at play within consumer capitalism, interdisciplinary artist Nellie Gossen disassembles retail clothing to create an ever-shifting sculptural installation. Each performance recombines material, choreography and action, unfurling new iterations of meaning. 

On the final day, the clothes are meticulously reconstructed and returned to the store for a full refund, imperceptibly reintroducing the artist’s time, labour and artistic intervention into the machine of fast fashion. The traditional garment workers’ skillset is repurposed into a practice of social impact. 

Returns is a fascinating, inherently political work, offering a new way of engaging with exploitative systems.

Artist Nellie Gossen was interviewed on the PuSh Play podcast by Gabrielle Martin, Director of Programming. Listen to the podcast episode here.

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Artist Bio

Nellie Gossen (Canada)

Nellie Gossen (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. Working through the media of fashion, costume, textiles and performance, Nellie uses clothing as a tool to think and feel through social systems.

With an interest in repurposing the materials, rhythms and choreographies of the mainstream fashion industry, Nellie practices fashion as a space of study, ceremony, and as a critical site of research into embodied experiences of consumer capitalism. Drawing on formal training in both Fashion Design and Religious Studies, Nellie is particularly interested in the space that is created when clothing and contemplative practices meet.

Nellie’s work has been presented throughout Canada and Germany. As a costume designer and textile collaborator, Nellie has worked with artists such as Nancy Tam, Steven Hill, Francesca Frewer, Erika Mitsuhashi, Alexa Mardon and Michaela Gerussi.

Alongside her artistic inquiries, Nellie studies and practices end of life spiritual care.


Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street, Vancouver


  • January 19: 1-4pm
  • January 20: 1-4pm
  • January 21: 5-8pm
  • January 23: 1-4pm
  • January 26: 1-4pm
  • January 27: 1-4pm
  • January 28: 5-8pm
  • January 29: 5-8pm
  • January 30: 1-4pm
  • February 1: 5-8pm
  • February 2: 5-8pm
  • February 3: 5-8pm

Free admission

Visitors are free to come and go during the installation’s opening hours.

Also on view:

  • Sunday January 7 at 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Monday January 8 at 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday January 9 at 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Thursday Jan 11: 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Friday January 12: 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday January 13: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sunday January 14: 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday January 16: 1:00pm – 4:00pm



Visitors are free to come and go during the installation’s opening hours.


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Concept and Direction Nellie Gossen Performers Nellie Gossen, Erika Mitsuhashi, Jaewoo Kang and tone puorro Choreographic Mentorship Emmalena Fredriksson Sound Design Nancy Tam Production Manager/Technical Director Paula Viitanen Aldazosa Stage Manager Sierra Megas

Funded by The Canada Council for the Arts and The Dance Centre