Dancers Studio West is seeking letters of interest from professional dancers to participate in our research Lab taking place December 15-19th, 2018. We are seeking dancers with at least 3 years of professional experience, with a range of technical and artistic skills.

What the Lab is: This week-long project makes space for choreographers to work with professional dancers on a specific aesthetic, methodology or theoretical question without the pressure to produce a completed choreography. It’s a program that fosters creative risk-taking and deep research in a safe and supportive environment.

Contract details: Dancers will be paired to work with one Lab choreographer at cSPACE for 15 hours over 5 days. The role of the dancer is to interpret the choreographer’s ideas quickly and accurately, so that the choreographer can focus on their research and developing their craft. The research of each choreographer will be shown in camera to the other Lab participants. This year’s choreographers are Helen Cox, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Marinya Fekecz and Su Lin Tzeng. Research will be facilitated by Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko and Vancouver-based artist Justine A. Chambers.

Dancers will be paid a rate of $375 and are required to be available for all the hours they are scheduled (detailed schedule TBA). This is a stand alone contract.


If you are interested in being considered for this project,
please e-mail a three-page CV detailing your performance experience 
to by November 2nd, 2018.


Sasha Ivanochko leading a discussion during the 2018 Creative Intensive, photo by Caitlin Unrau.

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. In her work she privileges what is felt over what is seen, by working with her body as an imperfect recording device to develop a cumulative embodied archive. Chambers’ interests are in re-imagining dance performance and activating the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk, was associate artist at The Dance Centre (2015-2017) and artist in residence at artist run centre 221a in 2017. Chambers is one of three artists selected for the Yulanda Faris Choreographer’s Program and was the recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize in 2016. Her recent works include: ten thousand times and one hundred moreThe Choreography Walk, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Back Up Front, Enters and Exits and COPY. Chambers has shared her projects at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Artspeak, Festival of New Dance, Mile Zero, Agora de la Danse, Canada Dance Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Western Front, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Dance in Vancouver. Recent collaborations include projects with Laurie Young, Elisa Ferari, Evann Siebens, Claudia Fancello, Su-Feh Lee, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. Chambers is Max-Tyler Hite’s mother.


Sasha Ivanochko is a choreographer, pedagogue and artistic director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance, a company she founded in 2005. Active in dance communities across the country, she taught this past year at the School of Alberta Ballet and The University of Calgary. Mid-August 2018, she became the new artistic director of Dancers’ Studio West.A School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate, she’s performed the works of James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Peter Chin, Robin Poitras, Denise Fujiwara, Peggy Baker, DA Hoskins, Michael Trent, with Toronto Dance Theatre and Citadel & Compagnie, among others.

Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally, with presentations at the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the Dance Meeting (Japan), The 2007 IETM and Tangente (Montréal), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), The Fluid Festival and Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), Dancing on the Edge and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Vancouver), New Dance Horizons (Regina), The Music Gallery, Dancemakers and DanceWorks (Toronto), The Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), La petite scène (Quèbec), and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). She has created commissions for Toronto Dance Theatre, Via Salzburg (Toronto), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Helen Husak (Calgary), Naoko Murakoshi (Japan), and others.