The Lab

December 15 – 19, 2018 @ cSPACE King Edward

The Lab is an intensive research/creation laboratory for choreographers who wish to develop a specific area of their practice. This studio laboratory makes space for choreographers to focus intently on a specific aesthetic, methodological 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.

Choreographers will be paired with up to two Calgary-based dancers and have dedicated studio space for 18 hours over five days. Research will be supported by Dancers’ Studio West’s Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko and Vancouver-based artist Justine A. Chambers. Morning group discussions and late afternoon showing of material will be scheduled.

This year’s choreographers were selected from a competitive process and are Su Lin Tseng, Marynia Fekecz, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson and Helen Cox.

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 project 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 more, The 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 as well as Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West. A School of Toronto Dance Theatre gradulate, 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 20017 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.