:ACT 2 was Arts Assembly's second annual fundraiser, our primary fundraiser to support our programming is curated by Alanna Ho for sound and Sasha Kleinplatz for movement. This year's line up features Brady Ciel Marks, Only A Visitor, grand am, Ileana Cheladyn, Daisy Thompson, with a screening by Sydney Southam and DJ sets by Gabi Dao and teku teku. With incredible raffle prizes from Big Joy Barber and Salon, Savio Volpe, Osmics, Pazzo Chow, Lucky's, Cartems Donuts, Plenty + Spare, Gilmour Clothing. Pallet Coffee Roasters, Federal Store, Dance House, OR Gallery Book Store, Faculty Brewing and more!
Choreographer: Ileanna Cheladyn is a Vancouver-based emerging dance artist whose practice spans performing, writing, producing, and creating. Despite her tendency to hide in the halls of Simon Fraser University, and in the face of her tumultuous relationship with dance, Ileanna's current projects exist in questions of legibility and illegibility, instances of understanding resistance, mapping embodied citizenship and subjectivity, repetition or when something becomes two things at once, pressuring normative bounds of performance and her performing body, and the unease of being.
Specifically, she is working on how recipes, cartography (and counter-mapping), and embodiment intersect in performative, theoretical, and material ways.
Of course, these things change. Interests and priorities come and go, and it so often depends on context to make things salient. It happens to be that Ileanna is really finding her fire in cooking and baking these days. She's trying to figure out ways she can take what she knows (dancing/dance-making and academic/social theory), and do something else.
Ileanna is thankful for the support and the challenges (so, thank you).
Concept and Direction: Daisy Thompson is a European settler living in Vancouver as a guest on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories. As a dance artist who performs, creates and writes, she seeks through her work, to extend ideas of the dancing body as a key site for the questioning of embodied power relations, and considers how the dancing body interrupts cycles of contemporary logics of control in relation to culture and identity. As a performer, Daisy has had the fortune to work with Trisha Brown, Eva Karczag, Emmalena Fredriksson, Ugo Dehaes and Lee, Su-Feh. She is currently a PhD student at Simon Fraser University.
Dancers: Rianne Svelnis is an independent contemporary dance artist and a second generation Eastern European-Canadian settler born and raised in Vancouver, on unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories. Since graduating from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program in 2016, Rianne has continued her technical training with Peter Bingham, Helen Walkley, Justine Chambers, Emmalena Fredriksson and at La Cantera studio in Mexico City. She has danced in works by Justine Chambers, MACHiNENOiSY, Emmalena Fredriksson, Sasha Kleinplatz, Daisy Thompson, Kelly McInnes and Naomi Brand. She has also presented her own choreographic work in collaboration with Kelly McInnes and Areli Moran (Mexico). Rianne also teaches contemporary dance classes at Harbour Dance Centre and All Bodies Dance, and has had the opportunity to lead dance workshops in Mexico and Ecuador.
Zahra Shahab began her practice in contemporary dance at the University of Calgary where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with distinction in 2014 along with a minor in Visual Studies. Since then she has been working as a choreographer, performing artist, and teacher of contemporary dance. She relocated in 2015 to continue her dance training with Modus Operandi in which she received a full year scholarship, and to study at Emily Carr University. Her artistic practice lies at the intersection of contemporary dance and visual arts as she explores how each form illuminates the other through film and costume design. In 2015 she received a professional development grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, which allowed her study under dance artists such as Manuel Roque, Ami Shulman, and Rubberband Dance Group. She has presented choreography at the Alberta Dance Festival, Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People, University of Calgary’s Dance Montage, Mascall Dance’s Bloom residency, New Works Performance, and local alternative performance venues in Vancouver. Recently she completed a choreographic residency at Toronto Dance Theatre under the mentorship of Ame Henderson and Christopher House. She has presented films at the Calgary Underground Film Festival and Company 605’s Festival of Recorded Movement. As an interpreter, she has worked for Sasha Kelinplatz, Emmalena Fredriksson, Daisy Thompson, Sammy Chien, has apprenticed for Out Innerspace Contemporary Dance Theatre (2017), and is currently working with local Vancouver artists Aryo Khakpour and Arash Khakpour in their company The Biting School.
Dramaturge: Laura June Albert is a seventh generation European-Canadian settler based in Vancouver, Coast Salish territories. She works as a producer, curator, educator, and choreographer; seemingly disparate practices collectively rooted in her process-driven community development methodology. Her work in these various spheres is centred around representation, access, and inclusion in the arts, and the role of the artist in society. Laura is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Arts Studies at SFU, and has worked in the arts in over ten cities in North America and abroad.
Websites: www.lauraalbert.ca, www.indiansummerfest.ca
left to right Laura (dramaturge), Zahra (dancer), Rianne (dancer) and Daisy (choreographer)
Gabi Dao addresses the structures that influence biography, history and memory. Incorporating sculpture, installation, sound, writing and podcasting, she questions popular narratives of global cultural industries such as tourism, Hollywood, music, museums and retail within the formation of subjective experiences. Dao is a co-organizer of exhibitions, readings, musical performances and other happenings at Avenue (2013-2015) and Duplex studios (2015-present). She has participated in projects and exhibitions at Unit 17, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Western Front, Artspeak, The National Music Centre, 221a, and Spare Room.