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GUEST ARTISTS

 

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Helen Husak
Choreographer and Dancer

Dance Artist Helen Husak is a B.A. graduate from the University of Calgary (2003), and choreographer with a primary focus on solo works. Husak has participated in residencies at Dancers’ Studio West, Banff Centre, Le Groupe Dance Lab, La B.A.R.N, Centre Q, Ottawa Dance Directive and Mile Zero. She has performed her work in local and national festivals and is recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (2010).

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Kate Stashko
Dancer

Kate Stashko is a dance artist and writer based in Edmonton. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has trained and performed work across Canada and Europe. Stashko is an artist with the Good Women Dance Collective and teaches in various capacities as well as being a certified Pilates instructor and writer for two Canadian dance magazines.

 

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Peter von Tiesenhausen
Artist

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen’s multidisciplinary practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, printmaking, event , video and performance. He has exhibited widely in Canada, Europe, the United States and Mexico with over 50 solo exhibitions and many more group shows. His claim of copyright on his land as an artwork has been successful for almost 20 years in protecting that land from multinational incursion. He was the driving force for the construction of a LEED platinum comparable community centre in Demmitt, Alberta in 2011. He has led residencies and mentorships both at home and abroad and has lectured across North America. Recently Peter was the recipient of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award for 2015.

 

kalynaKalyna Conrad
Co-Designer, Technical Director, and, Stage Manager (Stasis and Mise en Abime)

After fleeing west from Toronto to Banff, Kalyna moved to Calgary where she has been based for the last eight years. She is currently the Technical Director for Alberta Theatre Projects as well as a freelance lighting designer and technician. Selected past design credits include: Legoland (Urban Curvz), Becky’s New Car, Mump and Smoot in Anything with Knooma (ATP), Portrait of Manon, The Rape of Lucretia, Ariodante, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Enchanted Child (Calgary Opera Emerging Artists), The After, aWay; (Anchor|Red).  She would like to say a special thank you to Eric for his endless love and support.

David Fraser
Co-Lighting Designer/ Collaborator

David is a Calgary-based artist that works extensively across the country in theatre, dance and opera. His most current work includes Lucia for the Edmonton Opera, Playing with Fire for The Citadel Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Butcher with Alberta Theatre Projects. Last June, David extended his international experience as he traveled to Prague for the Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design where he was the Director of Production and the Lighting Designer for the English-Canada exhibit. He also worked at length with the Brian Webb Dance Company for over a decade as the resident designer and technical director, toured multiple production with the Prairie Dance Circuit for three seasons, and his vast work with choreographer Tania Alvarado has been shown across the country. David has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award, two Betty Mitchell Awards, and thirteen Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, and has been the recipient twice for his designs.

Bill Horist

Seattle guitarist Bill Horist has established himself as an internationally known improviser, composer and performer in a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, contemporary chamber, avant garde, folk, new music and several subgenres within each.  He has appeared on over 70 recordings and has performed over 1000 concerts throughout North and Central America, Europe and Japan.

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Choreographer

Brent was appointed the Artistic Director of WCD in June of 2005.As a choreographer, Brent has been actively creating for over a decade. His 2008 work STRUCK, set on WCD dancers, was called ‘a work of mystery by beauty’ by the Globe and Mail dance reviewer Paula Citron.

His 2011 contribution to the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Bash on Regardless, was given 5 stars by Alison Mayes and refered to as ‘ …anextraordinary heart-stopping fusion of movement and text.’

His other full length choreographic endeavours include Coming in to Autumn with actor Naomi Cooke, His Banner Over Me with clarinettist Lori Freedman and a co-production with Christina Medina entitled as long as now. Brent is a memberof the faculty of the Professional Program of SCD and a past faculty member of the Professional Program of RWB. Brent is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

Johanna Riley
Choreographer

Before joining the WCD in 2006, Johanna Riley apprenticed for Ruth Cansfield Dance, understudied for Sylvain Emard Danse, and danced in several projects with Davida Monk’s M-Body. In recent years she has worked independently with choreographers Peter Quanz, Tom Stroud, Natasha Torres-Garner, Ali Robson, and Nina Patel. Riley’s choreography has been presented by WCD, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, and the Momentum Collective. She is a teacher and choreographer.

 

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Dancer

A 2015 graduate of the Winnipeg School of Contemporary Dancers, Brett is honoured to be joining WCD. He has had the privilege of performing work by Constance Cooke, Tedd Robinson, Daelik, Paul-André Fortier, Darryl Tracy, and Odette Heyn with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. This past summer he made his Rainbow Stage debut in Sister Act and appeared in Gaile Petursson-Hiley’s Eclipse.

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Dancer

Brianna Ferguson began her artistic journey at the young age of 3 in her home town Victoria, British Columbia. In 2010 she attended the senior professional program for WCD. There she preformed works by Sylvain Émard (Sylvain Émard Danse), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre), Jolene Bailie (Gearshifting Performance Works), Christina Medina (@tendance), Odette Heyn ( Odette Heyn Projects) and Gaile Peterson-Hiley (Mouvement Dance). Brianna performed in ” The 60 dancer project” a work by Tedd Robinson. As a WCD apprentice she preformed in Prince Edward Island at the 150th PEI Celebration and for the WCD 50th anniversary show “For the turnstiles” under the artistic direction of Brent Lott. Next, Brianna is thrilled to be flying to Vienna, Austria to preform for Christina Medina (@tendance) with fellow company member Warren McClelland.

 

Jasmine Allard
Dancer

Jasmine Allard born in a French-Manitoban Family and raised in Winnipeg. At a young age, she was exposed to folk song and dance culture where she discovered her passion for dance. Jasmine is a recent graduate from the school of Contemporary Dancer’s Professional Program and has Graduated from the University of Winnipeg BA Hon. in 2015. She has worked with a variety of local and national choreographers and is honoured to have had the opportunity to explore and create with the Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers 51st season.

 

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Dancer

Sam Penner is a 2013 graduate of the school of Contemporary Dancer’s senior Professional Program . She is excited to continue working with WCD for their 51st year.

 

 

 

Warren McClelland
Dancer

Warren McClelland is a recent graduate of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers and is now an apprentice with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Warren has worked with many credited choreographers both locally and nationally.

 

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Lighting Designer

Dean has been the resident lighting designer at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers since 2007. Dean is also resident lighting designer for Le Cercle Moliere in Winnipeg, and has designed lighting for TRIP Dance as well as for Gilbert and Sullivan, WJT, MTYP and several other companies in Winnipeg and across Canada.

 

MANITOBA PREMIERE

STASIS
Choreographer / Performer: Helen Husak
Dance Interpreter and Understudy / Rehearsal Director: Kayla Henry
Set and Video Concept:  Peter von Tiesenhausen with Helen Husak
Drone Videographer: Andy von Tiesenhausen
Video Editing: Michael Reeve with Peter von Tiesenhausen
Video Tech Consultation: Noel Begin
Sound Score:  Davíð Þór Jónsson
Sound Engineered by: by Patrick Palardy at Public Lunch Studio
Lighting Co-Designed by:  David Fraser and Kalyna Conrad
Technical Director/Stage Manager: Kalyna Conrad
Costume Designer: Carey Lees
Outside Eye Consultation: Tedd Robinson

STASIS explores an enchanted and twisted tale of power and vulnerability that inhabits the natural world. A vast, wild landscape is constantly transformed into a microcosm of itself as the audience moves from observing what is on stage to the sense that they themselves are being observed.

Helen would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as W&M Dance Projects, Freehouse Dance Plus, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Demmitt Hall Board, West Village Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects. Special thanks to Kayla Henry for her creative contributions to this work, as well as Colin Stotts and Teresa von Tiesenhausen.

 

INTERMISSION 15 Minutes

 

WORLD PREMIERE

FEARFUL SYMMETRY
CHOREOGRAPHER: BRENT LOTT
DANCERS: JASMINE ALLARD & BRIANNA FERGUSON
MUSIC: ESMERINE ‘LUNA PARK’ & ‘SWEET SURRENDER BE TRUE’
COSTUMES: BRIANNA FERGUSON & JASMINE ALLARD
LIGHTING DESIGNER: DEAN COWIESON

 

MANITOBA PREMIERE

MISE EN ABYME

Choreographer: Helen Husak
Dance Interpreter / Performer: Kate Stashko
Original sound score composed and performed by: Bill Horist www.billhorist.com
Sound Engineered and co-produced by: Ellison Wolf Liberty Canyon Studios, Seattle, WA. Additional engineering by Paul Chirka at Public Lunch Studio, Calgary, AB
Light Co-Designed by:  David Fraser and Kalyna Conrad
Technical Director/Stage Manager: Kalyna Conrad
Costume Designer: Carey Lees

This solo work grew out of an obsession with eastern European nesting dolls and the work of M.C. Escher. “Mise en abyme” or “placed in the abyss” blends the human and the mathematical, beauty and darkness, to uncover infinity, femininity and confinement.

Special thanks to Krista Posyniak, Brian Webb, Tedd Robinson, Davida Monk and Allan Bell for their outside eye. Thank you to the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Mile Zero Dance, Daniel Prevost, Carole Nyquist, Mike Schultz and all of our crowd-funding supporters for helping to make this project happen.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

CHASM
CHOREOGRAPHER: BRENT LOTT
DANCER: BRETT OWEN
MUSIC: ANN SOUTHAM ‘RETURNINGS II’ performed by EVE EGOYAN
LIGHTING DESIGNER: DEAN COWIESON

CHASM was created during an Arts and Cultural Industries of Manitoba mentorship this piece could not have been created without Brett Owen’s significant contribution to the creative process.

INTERMISSION 15 Minutes

 

WORLD PREMIERE
(De)face Me
CHOREOGRAPHER: JOHANNA RILEY
DANCERS: WARREN MCCLELLAND & SAM PENNER
ORIGINAL MUSIC: JASON TAIT
REHEARSAL ASSISTANT: ZALEY WARKENTIN
COSTUMES: ALEX ESPINOSA
LIGHTING DESIGNER: DEAN COWIESON
BOWLS: CHRIS MUTIMER

This piece is a representation of an intimate relationship in all its aspects. It is an exploration of connectedness and separateness, tenderness and aggression, the sacred and the profane. The dancers literally alter each other and the space, just as we alter and are altered by those closest to us.