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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

light breaking broken, a creative collaboration by Karen Jamieson and Margaret Grenier.


February 13, 2018


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver.

Additional information: Co-presented by DanceHouse, Full Circle First Nations Performance, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.


The February 13, 2018 Speaking of Dance Conversation will explore the theme of arts collaboration and how they take place across Cultures.

  • Moderated by Francine Burning, BA, Kenieke’haka, MA Student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program, UBC, in conversation with:
  • Mario Boucher, Artistic Managing Director, Zeugma, Collectif de folklore urbain
  • Karen Jamieson, Founding Artistic Director, Karen Jamieson Dance
  • Marissa Nahenee, Squamish and Nisga’a Cultural Ambassador
  • Rulan Tangen, Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer, Dancing Earth Creations

Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance, contextualizing it within culture and society. Presented by noted writers, choreographers and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance is a platform for everyone to share and develop their observation and interpretation of dance.


Mario Boucher has been dancing since the age of 15 with several Quebec folk ensembles, he began, at age 19, an internship with Bulgaria’s State Folklore Ensemble Pirin where he studied under the artistic direction of Prof. Kiril Stefanov. It is with an extraordinary baggage of knowledge, and a different vision of the traditional arts, that he returns to Quebec.

Over the next ten years, he will conduct ethnographic research in three regions of Quebec, conduct dance ensembles in the metropolitan area and participate in the development of traditional choreographic repertoire throughout Canada.

Margaret Grenier is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. She has produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival annually since 2008. Newly choreographed works include Spirit Transforming (2012), In Abundance (2014), and Flicker (2016). Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She was a sessional instructor at SFU for Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language and Culture in 2007. Margaret was faculty for the Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency 2013. Margaret presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education on identity and Indigenous dance in 2008-2017. She currently serves on the executive board for The Dance Centre and the Canadian Dance Assembly.

After receiving a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from UBC, Karen Jamieson studied and performed in NYC with Alwin Nikolais among others. She co-founded the experimental movement collective, Terminal City Dance, then established Karen Jamieson Dance in 1983.

She is acknowledged nationally for her groundbreaking work in community engaged and cross-cultural dance. She is a recipient of the Chalmers, Isadora, and Vancouver Mayor’s Arts awards and her seminal work, Sisyphus, is recognized as one of the top 10 Canadian Choreographic Masterworks of the 20th Century. The company has toured nationally and internationally and she has created over 93 original works.

Rulan Tangen‘s work explores movement as an evolving language of intertribalism rooted in diverse indigenous cosmologies, in functional ritual for transformation and healing, animating decolonization process, integrating concurrent universes of ancient futurities in the moment of now, expressing energetic connection with all relations – human and beyond. As Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH, she has passionately cultivated successive generations of Indigenous contemporary performing artists, and embodies her belief in dance as purposeful center of continuance of life. She is recipient of 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist award and is grateful for all that roots her, supporting pathways to uncover, for the dreaming and doing of Dancing Earth : moving, shaking and stomping the world into renewal.

Marissa Nahanee has over 20 years experience in performing Traditional Native Dances, Songs and Public Speaking for corporate and community events both locally and internationally. She is currently contracted as Client Relations with Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD). A graduate in Event Management at the Art Institute of Vancouver, Northwest Coast Art from the Native Education College, and Tourism Management from Simon Frasier University/Chief Dan George Centre.


Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison 
Tuesday October 24, 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Janet Smith (Arts Editor, The Georgia Straight)

Speaking of Dance: Marshall McLuhan and the Global Village. 
What effect is globalization having on the arts in Vancouver?
Tuesday November 21, 7PM
Moderated by Richard Cavell, Professor of English, co-founder of the Bachelor of Media Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and author of Remediating McLuhan.


For videos and information about previous installments of Speaking of Dance Conversations visit the archive section of the DanceHouse Website.


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Additional information:
Co-presented by DanceHouse, Full Circle First Nations Performance, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

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