Greetings from new Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko & Announcement of New Programming

Shayne Johnson in Catherine Hayward’s piece “Guarded”, 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Photo by Andre Goulet.

Dear Friends of Dancers’ Studio West,

It is with great pleasure that I’m writing my first newsletter as Artistic Director of this lean and resilient organization! I officially started in August in a Creative Intensivewith Allison Burns, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Marynia Fekecz, Meghann Michalsky, Su Lin Tseng, Chantal Wall, Sean Def, Kaja Irwin, Catherine Hayward and Shayne Johnson, to develop their works for the 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival, September 15th – 22nd. This was a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with many artists new to me, and to begin to know the pulse and flow of my new home community. I’m so proud of these artists for their open-mindedness and thoughtful risk-taking in our work together. Congratulations to all! And a big shout out to Marcia Liber (Production Coordinator & Stage Manager) and Trent Crosby (Lighting Designer & Technical Director) for their outstanding work in the theatre with us.

Looking to the future, my aim for Dancers’ Studio West is to support the evolution of Contemporary Dance practice in Alberta. The programs we are developing and launching over the next few years are intended to increase artists’ capacity to research, experiment, innovate, create and to develop their careers. It is also a priority to offer programming that is relevant to artists at each stage of their career. We will be keeping you up-to-date on our work, calls to choreographers and dancers, and audition notices via newsletters, our forthcoming new website, and enhanced social-media communications. But in the meantime, here is a quick glance at what to look forward to:

Brandon Maturino and Kaili Che rehearsing Su Lin Tseng’s piece “The Space Where You Dream and I Live”, 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Photo by Cailtyn Unrau.

Associate Artist: Our Associate Artists are partners in fulfilling our vision. Over a two-year period, we will support the development of their creative practice through the commissioning of a major work specifically for the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. The Associate Artist for 2018-2020 is Linnea Swan.

The Lab, December 15th -19th: a one-week research/creation laboratory for choreographers wanting to develop a specific area of their practice. Facilitated by Vancouver-based artist Justine A. Chambers and Sasha Ivanochko. This year’s choreographers are Su Lin Tseng, Marynia Fekecz, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson and Helen Cox.

A re-vision of our former Cross Fertilization program (to be re-named): a one-week studio encounter between an Alberta artist and an external influence/collaborator of their choice. Designed to seed new works and to develop collaborative partnerships.

The Study Group: a bi-monthly reading group, analyzing texts related to art practice and philosophy.

The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body/Calgary: Initiated in 2012 by Vancouver-based artist Lee Su-Feh, this is a bi-monthly facilitated conversation led by Sasha Ivanochko and Pamela Tzeng, that will encourage speaking about dance from an awareness of our bodies as well as the world it lives in.

Our Undressing the Dance Series will be supplemented with two Artist Talks. OurDance Action Lab is rescheduled to sit firmly in the 2019-2020 season, and will feature the development of new works by a revisioned and reconfigured Dance Action Group. Plans for a new iteration of the Creative Intensive and Annual Alberta Dance Festival will be announced soon!

Finally, I want to say that, if we haven’t yet met, I’d love to meet you! Dancers’ Studio West has a chic new desk at cSPACE King Edward. Please feel free to drop me a line at and we can grab a coffee there!

Sasha Ivanochko


Dancers’ Studio West in collaboration with Springboard Performance & the Fluid Fest present a discussion with Lucy M. May & 7Starr

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 @ 7:00PM

cSPACE (RGO Treehouse North) 721 29 Ave SW

Facilitated by Sasha Ivanochko (Artistic Director, Dancers Studio West) in collaboration with Nicole Mion (Artistic Director, Springboard Performance & Fluid Fest)

Part of the Undressing the Dance Public Dialogue Series

Free Event, please RSVP by Oct 30th

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