SCA Repertory Dancers in E-Concert
April 30, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Vimeo | FREE | RSVP
Please join us for an evening of dance works by Judith Garay, Vanessa Goodman, and Anya Saugstad, performed by SCA dancers Ursula Blanchard, Sydney Bluck, Natasha Dennison, Carly Dubreuil, Camryn Frisk, Andrea Isea, Desiree James, Junjiaqi (Nancy) Li, Zaarah Ibarra Lopez, Myah McCarthy, Paige McConnell, Breyanna Oldham, Kenzie Skoglund, Emma Tweedie, Sarah U, and Paige Wichers.
These works are part of CA 425 – Intensive Studies in Performance, an SCA course, and were created under strict Covid protocols, including but not limited to social distancing, limited studio hours, and meeting in small groups.
Artistic Director: Judith Garay
Editor: Lara Amelia Abadir
Lighting Designer: Hans Hsieh
GCAPES Techs and Film Crew: Rodney Fenske, Darryl Strohan, Dylan Walmsley, and Miles Lavkulich
Lighting Design Supervisors: Kyla Gardiner and Nicole Lamb (CA471 TA)
CA 425 TA: Tin Gamboa
Thanks to Stefan Smulovitz
We respectfully acknowledge the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations on whose sacred, unceded, and ancestral territories we are on.
traveling in clouds
Choreography: Judith Garay with additional material by the performers
Composer: Aysha Dulong
Dancers: Ursula Blanchard, Sydney Bluck, Natasha Dennison, Carly Dubreuil, Camryn Frisk, Andrea Isea, Desiree James, Junjiaqi (Nancy) Li, Zaarah Ibarra Lopez, Myah McCarthy, Paige McConnell, Breyanna Oldham, Kenzie Skoglund, Emma Tweedie, Sarah U, Paige Wichers
The wrist to the base of the fingers
Choreographer: Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with the dance artists
Choreographer's note: Huge thank you to the dance artists and Judith for sharing their time, creativity and generosity with me to create this work.
Gimbal operator: Vanessa Goodman
Composer: Vanessa Goodman
Dancers: Sydney Bluck, Carly Dubreuil, Desiree James, Junjiaqui (Nancy) Li, Zaarah Ibarra Lopez, Myah McCarthy, Paige McConnell, Kenzie Skoglund
Choreographer: Anya Saugstad
Choreographer’s note: Thank you to the dancers for their adaptivity and dedication, to Judith for her support and perseverance in making dance happen during a pandemic, and to all of the tech and crew for their support.
Composer: Liam Carsley
Dancers: Ursula Blanchard, Natasha Dennison, Camryn Frisk, Andrea Isea, Breyanna Oldham, Emma Tweedie and Paige Wichers; Sarah U as part of research
Judith Garay, born in BC, launched Dancers Dancing in 1999 and has taught in Contemporary Arts since 1992. A former principal dancer with the Graham Company, she has been choreographing regularly since 1979. Performing, choreographing, and teaching has taken her throughout North America and Europe. Her mission includes supporting and serving the dance community in multiple ways.
Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives, works and creates on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of Action at a Distance Dance Society.
Anya Saugstad is a dancer and choreographer living on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh' (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam) First Nations.
Anya trained at ArtsUmbrella, and Simon Fraser University. She is interested in creating intimate worlds on stage and in public which describe stories of rage and longing. Anya has choreographed works for Shadbolt Arts Centre, Bloom (Mascall Dance), Vines Art Festival, F-O-R-M Festival, and Mount Pleasant Collective.
Ursula Blanchard was born and raised on the traditional lands of the Lenni-Lenape People, in the place now commonly known as Princeton NJ, USA. Ursula is currently exploring the partnership between dance and poetry through choreography and poetic composition. Her future aspirations are to graduate and continue choreographing and creating new works.
Sydney Bluck was born and raised on the Indigenous lands of the Missisaugas of the Credit First Nations in the place now known as Guelph, Ontario. Currently, she is focusing on developing her choreographic and creative abilities, along with pushing beyond her instinctual habits in movement practice. In the future, she aspires to continue with this art form by pursuing opportunities that will allow her to train, perform, choreograph and teach.
Natasha Dennison was Born in white rock, BC, the unceded homelands of the Semiahmoo First Nation and the broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. She was raised on homelands of the Algonquin, Kinakwii First Nations, in a place now commonly known as North Augusta, Ontario. Within her art form, Natasha places her energy towards exploration, expansion, and learning. She works to be genuine and honest with her movement and impulses, while having a good time with it. Her future aspiration is to nurture the freedom to make what she feels and loves— to find things to be curious about.
Carly DuBreuil was born on the Indigenous homelands of Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Jumanos, Tawakoni, Wichita, Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche), in a place now commonly known as Fort Worth Texas. She was raised on the Indigenous homelands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Stz’uminus, Kwantlen, S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Coast Salish First Nations, in a place commonly known as Richmond, BC . Carly currently focuses on translating movement to film while playing with geometrical Cunningham’s chance procedure. She hopes to work in collaboration with other artists and form an interdisciplinary collective to research and create work.
Camryn Frisk was born and raised on Indigenous homelands of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, in a place now commonly known as Cayley, Alberta. She is currently developing interdisciplinary collaborations and experimental movement patterns through improvisation and aspires to participate in an interdisciplinary collective that is able to perform and travel around the world.
Andrea Isea Galindo
Andrea Isea Galindo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She utilizes this time of growth to learn as much as she can from other artists while developing her own artistic voice in the process. Her future aspiration is to pay it forward by sharing the knowledge she has gathered throughout her life with young artists and her students.
Desiree Keresztes James
Desiree Keresztes James was born and raised on the Indigenous homelands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation which is part of the Anishinaabe First Nation, now known as Oakville, Ontario. She is currently focusing on indulging her explorations of the choreographic process while utilizing different qualities of movement within her technical practice. Desiree would like to continue her work within this art form to pursue a path that allows her to strengthen and adapt her technical and choreographic practices.
Junjiaqi (Nancy) Li
Junjiaqi (Nancy) Li (李俊佳其) was born in China and raised on the Indigenous homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh First nations, in the place now commonly known as Vancouver. Her english name is Nancy. Her current focus is using minimal drama to express the emotions through body movements unearthed from life experiences. Nancy is looking for a way to combine Chinese culture with western contemporary dance elements to create a dance form that can be appreciated by others.
Zaarah Ibarra Lopez
Zaarah Ibarra Lopez was born and raised in the Indigenous homelands of the Mayan people, in the place now known as Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Her current focus within her art form is to explore how her cultural heritage influences her movement. Zaarah’s future aspiration is to pursue a masters degree in screen dance.
Myah McCarthy was born and raised on the Indigenous homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh First Nations, in the place now commonly known as Vancouver. Her current focus in her dance practice is finding self-expression in her personal practices and choreographies. Myah hopes to one day have her own successful contemporary dance company.
Paige McConnell was born and raised on the Indigenous homelands of the Ho-de-no-sau-nee and Anishinabewaki peoples, now commonly known as Guelph, Ontario. Currently, her focus as a dance artist is on the ways in which specific textures can change movement for both the mover and the audience, as well as how emotion exists in dance even when the movement is specifically choreographed without emotions involved. In the future, she hopes to experience an artists residency here in Vancouver and to continue creating with other dancers she has grown close to at SFU.
Breyanna Oldham was born and raised on the Indigenous homelands of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc, in the place known as Kamloops B.C. She is currently exploring the different dimensions in which her body can move as well as the collaboration between movement and film. In addition to goals of teaching and choreographing, Breyanna hopes to join a dance company and perform for as long as she can.
Kenzie Skoglund was born and raised on the traditional lands of the Anishinabe, Ininew, Oji-Cree and Dakota First Nations, in the place now commonly known as Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty No.1 Territory. Her current focus is analyzing qualitative differences and tendencies within dancers, and emphasizing these features to create and connect opposing forces in movement. In the future Kenzie hopes to start a dance collective and learn to transition the ephemeral aspects of dance to a screen in order to create an equally engaging sensory experience.
Emma Tweedie was born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia, which are on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her current focus within dance is to expose herself to as much growth and experience possible in the duration of her training at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her future aspirations include travelling the world to share her artwork with others and to perform in a professional company.
Sarah U was born on Indigenous homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh First Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. She was raised in Macau, China. Her current focus is improvisation and how it translates to set choreography. In 5 years, Sarah hopes to choreograph and present a full-length work in a theatre.
Paige Wichers was born and raised on the traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory now also known as Lethbridge, Alberta. Her current focus within dance is learning how to still make and create choreography with others during this uneasy time. Paige’s future aspirations are to continue doing things that bring her joy and focusing on growing into a better artist and person.