Scotiabank Dance Centre is starting the new year with the 2nd edition of its Open Stage program,
January 9, 2022, postponed until April 3, 2022. Featuring a program of dance works by Anya Saugstad and Artists, Lamondance, Linda Hayes, Rachel Maddock, and Tomoyo Yamada, Open Stage is a new program initiated by The Dance Centre, offering the opportunity for dance artists to present short works in an uncurated, shared performance.
Anya Saugstad & Artists present an excerpt of Paper Mountains (of Memory), a work about loneliness, that was built from videos of choreography made during the first year of the pandemic. Choreographed by Anya Saugstad and performed by Daria Mikhaylyuk, Eowynn Enquist, Nasiv Sall, Sabine Raskin, and Shion Skye Carter, with an original score by Stefan Nazarevich. Saugstad trained at Arts Umbrella and Simon Fraser University; she has danced with Inverso Productions, Action at a Distance, and the response, and has choreographed works for SFU, Youth In Motion (Shadbolt), Bloom (MascallDance), Vines Art Festival, SplitScreen (Boombox), and F-O-R-M Festival.
Lamondance’s Ebb is a dynamic work for an ensemble of 11 dancers inspired by the ocean tides and their secrets. The choreography is the first collaboration made among the company dancers. Under the Artistic Direction of Davi Rodrigues, Lamondance was founded in 2009 to support emerging dancers at the start of their professional careers. The company has performed in Canada, Brazil and Germany.
Linda Hayes presents a pair of works: Sabor Cubano is a contemporary/flamenco piece using a traditional Spanish dance form, guajiras, which originates from Cuba; and Vivaldi en movimiento, a mantón (shawl) piece inspired by the music of Vivaldi. Choreographed by Hayes, the works are performed by Allyson Riley, Daniela Erewa, Amanda Helen Collinge and Gillian Hogg, with musicians Yunesky Sanchez, Jesus Hiererrezuelos, and Yoandry Trujillo. A dance and music educator, performer and choreographer for over 25 years, Hayes visits Spain yearly to train and perform.
Rachel Maddock’s Proximity is a trio performed by Maddock with Hana Rutka and Damian Kai Norman with an original sound score by Dean Thiessen, which investigates spatial relationships and communication in a time that has fundamentally changed how we are together in space. Maddock holds a BA in Visual Culture & Performance Studies from SFU and a Diploma of Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK, and has worked with companies and choreographers in both the UK and Vancouver.
Tomoyo Yamada’s The Hug is a performative poem inspired by an encounter with a US war veteran, performed by the choreographer with dancers Charlotte Telfer-Wan, Xinyue Liu, and musician Kristian David Michael Anderson. Born in Japan and educated in the US, Yamada recently completed her MFA at SFU and her work has been presented in Japan, Canada and the US.