The Collaborators

The contributors to OW are many, but first among equals are the dedicated dancers who have brought the ideas to kinetic reality.

Over past years, many movers have contributed to the work’s libretto.  Their sounds and movement are the basis for OW.

Sources of OW

The following are OW’s performance ensemble and key collaborators:


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Anne Cooper, Walter Kubanek and Eloi Homier in OW. 

Eloi Homier lives, works, and plays as a dance artist on the traditional unceded territories of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish nations, also known as Vancouver, BC. With deep roots in Québec, Eloi strives to honour his Wendat, Algonquin, Nipissing, and French ancestors through his art and life. He divides his time between dancing and teaching Métis jigs, experimenting as part of contemporary dance projects, and creating his own performance pieces, ranging from comedic silent-film-inspired dance, to collaborative site-specific installations, to thoughtful and personal dance-theatre one-man-shows.   www.eloihomier.com

Anne Cooper has performed for over eighteen years with an eclectic mix of dance companies in Winnipeg, Quebec and Vancouver. She has been dancing contact-inspired choreography as an EDAM company member since 1994, and is an avid “jammer” hosting the CI jam at EDAM. Anne also creates her own works, combining choreography, improvisation and the spoken word. A graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Anne has also trained in dance, voice and theatre.

 Vanessa Goodman holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director and choreographer of Vancouver-based dance company Action at a Distance. Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. She was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Program from the Scotiabank Dance Centre.  Vanessa was a company member of dancers dancing under the artistic direction of Judith Garay for a decade.  She also co-founded The Contingency Plan collective, where she interpreted new work from Justine A. Chambers, Rob Kitsos, James Gnam and Serge Bennathan. Independently she has danced with plastic orchid factory, Julia Sasso, Wild Excursions Performance, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance, MascallDance, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse.   http://www.actionatadistance.ca/

Walter Kubanek is a dance artist with two decades of experience in developing choreography and performing dance work. As a member of Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa he worked with many choreographers including Rob Abubo, Ame Henderson, Marc Boivin, Louise Bedard, Karen Guttman, Michael Trent, among many. Walter has toured dance and theatre works nationally and internationally with Kinesis Dance, Judith Marcuse, Tania Alvarado, Platypus Theatre and Dancer’s Studio West.  More recently he has performed for and with Peter Bingham and 605 Collective, Jennifer McLeish-Lewis and Megan O’Shea, Co. Erasga, The Plastic Orchid Factory, and MascallDance.  He is excited to be working with Jennifer Mascall.

Molly McDermott began her adventure in performance at the age of 3 in Edmonton.  She has since earned herself a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University, and spent the past decade interpreting work in Vancouver, Edmonton and London.  Such work has given her the opportunity to tour Europe, Asia and North America.  She has had the pleasure of working for artists and companies including: Justine Chambers, Billy Marchenski, Deanna Peters, Co. Erasga Dance, Kokoro Dance, Les Productions Figlio and MascallDance.  In recent years she has collaboratively created, commissioned and presented work in Vancouver and Edmonton

Billy Marchenski is an actor and playwright in Vancouver. He frequently collaborates / co-creates / performs work based in movement. He has been working as a dancer, actor, devisor and writer in Vancouver for the past 17 years with companies such as Battery Opera, Radix, The Leaky Heaven Circus, Boca Del Lupo, Co. Erasga Dance, MascallDance, Helen Walkley, Neworld Theatre and Kokoro Dance.

Lara Barclay is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and the Hamburg Ballet School; she has been performing for 23 years with companies in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, USA and Brazil. She has danced with Ballet Mannheim, Toronto Dance Theatre, Copenhagen International Ballet, Landeshauptstadt Kiel, Jan Lauwer’s Needcompany and Deborah Colker. Independently, she has had worked with Sylvain Émard, Barak Marshall, Mascall Dance, Evann Siebens, Vision Impure, Plastic Orchid Factory, and Josh Beamish. An active teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer, Lara teaches at Ballet BC, Arts Umbrella, Lamondance, RNB Dance and Modus Operandi. She has been a dancer with Aszure Barton & Artists, touring on international stages for the past seven years and most recently performed Awáa at the Ford Centre in LA. In November 2017, Lara performed Wells Hill for Vancouver’s prestigious Dancehouse Festival in a premiere by Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance. Behind the scenes, Lara is a mother of two daughters, a yoga teacher and recently graduated with a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy. This summer, Lara will begin her Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy through the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

Eowynn Enquist  is a contemporary dance artist who has been absolutely fortunate to learn from and collaborate with: MascallDance for DOTE 2016 and The Outliner Tour 2017, Wen Wei Dance (2018), Vision Impure Compagnie (2018), Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (2017 Apprentice)Dance Vitoria residency company dancer (2017-2018), The Response  (2018 Apprentice), and Inverso Productions (2017-2018).


Working closely with choreographer Jennifer Mascall are frequent MascallDance composer Stefan Smulovitz, scoring the production and performing live on viola, and experimental voice specialist DB Boyko, with whom Mascall is creating the gibberish libretto.

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Stefan Smulovitz

Composer, violist, and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has performed with improvisers globally and created more than 60 live film scores. He is one of Canada’s most in demand composers for dance and theatre. Recently Stefan travelled to Bhutan to collect sounds to score the award-winning documentary Power of the River.   www.stefansmulovitz.ca  (Photo:  Alex Waterhouse-Hayward)


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DB Boyko

One of Canada’s most adventuresome vocalists, DB Boyko is a champion of experimental music from noise to improvised jazz to multi-disciplinary collaborations. Her She active career as a improviser and composer in Vancouver’s creative music scene includes experiences in Javanese gamelan court music, modern dance, puppet theatre, and butoh. She has contributed to a wide spectrum of multi-disciplined dance and theatre works. With co-vocalist Christine Duncan and multi-instrumentalist Andreas Kahre, she recently conceived Hubbub, a futuristic foray into her favourite things (voice, Theremin, glass harmonica and electric cello).  Boyko directed Western Front’s New Music Program for 24 years, curating concerts, residencies, and community programs. DB’s curatorial pursuits have recently expanded to include her appointment as Arts Programmer for the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

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Christopher David Gauthier

is a Toronto-born, Vancouver-based theatre artist and instructor. He enjoys the unique challenges of highly collaborative design, and teaching/mentoring within the design process. He has designed for a wide variety of companies including Arts Club, The Shaw Festival, Pacific Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Real Wheels, Hardline Productions, & Templeton Secondary, Capilano University, Douglas College, and Studio 58. Member – Associated Designers of Canada. www.christopherdavidgauthier.com

And here are the ensemble performers who have joined us to perform OW:

Alisha Ahmadi

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Alisha was a member of the CatchingART Company with Artistic Director, Astrid Sherman. In 2013, she moved to London, England and graduated with a BA (Hons) at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. While in England, she danced with Rambert Dance Company in their productions of Itzik Galili’s “A Linha Curva,” and “The Creation” by Mark Baldwin. In December 2016, Alisha moved back to Vancouver and has been an EDAM scholar as well as performed with The Response in “Workspace III” and various other projects including her own composition with co-choreographer Ben Cooper called “Ef-te-khar – افتخار.”

Emma Dal Monte

is a recent graduate of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. She has performed works by several artists including, Brent Lott, Sharon Moore, Bill Evans, Constance Cooke and Susie Burpee. She recently danced with Sinha Danse for NAfro Dance Productions’ Moving Inspirations Dance Festival and was in this year’s production of WCD’s Verge. She has also performed with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers ‘Landscape Dancing‘ on multiple occasions.

Daria Mikhaylyuk

began her dance training in Vladivostok, Russia, where she was born and raised. Daria moved  to Vancouver in 2014, and currently continues her development with Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program, where she got an opportunity to be a part of creation processes and perform works by Karissa Barry, Company 605, David Raymond, Vanessa Goodman, Kate Franklin, Kinesis Dance Somateatro and Shay Kuebler. Daria Mikhaylyuk  presented her own solo work at the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, worked with ‘A Very Deep and Meaningful Company’ and is currently working with Wen Wei Dance. Aside from dance, Daria is getting her B.A. in Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Isak Enquist

Raised in rural British Columbia, Isak began formal training in Shotokan Karate. He began dance education at Simon Fraser University, before joining with Modus Operandi. During his education, Isak has worked with choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Company 605 and Vanessa Goodman. Most recently, he has performed with Out Inner Space Dance Theatre on an international tour in 2017.

Brynne Harper

After finishing the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program in 2017, Brynne joined PReP, under Lesley Telford, where she has enjoyed continuing her training and having the opportunity to further explore the dance scene in Vancouver. She is grateful to be able to develop her voice in such a rich artistic environment.

Samantha Krystal

Samantha was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She is currently in her third year of Modus Operandi, under the direction and mentorship of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin. She has enjoyed working on OW and is thankful for the opportunity to explore and perform with MascallDance.

Ellie Bishop

is a dance artist currently a part of Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program under the direction of Kate Franklin, Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. She holds a BA in Modern Ballet from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is excited to be integrating into the Vancouver dance community.

Kylie Miller

was born and raised in Vancouver. After graduating, Kylie joined a local pre-professional dance program called Modus Operandi under the mentorship of directors David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen and Kate Franklin. The 4 year long program further educates her about contemporary dance, choreography and improvisation.

Trevor Pick

Originally from Edmonton, Trevor Pick is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers. He has performed work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rachel Browne, Stephanie Ballard, Ming Hon, Johanna Riley, Paul-Andre Fortier, Jennifer Mascall, Robert Desrosiers,and Brent Lott, among others. He has recently begun exploring choreography, under a mentorship by Johanna Riley, and currently in MascallDance’s BLOOM.

Colleen Zander

began her dance training at the age of three in Kamloops, British Columbia.  She is currently working towards a BA Honours in Dance as a student of the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers and the University of Winnipeg.  She has worked with choreographers including Constance Cooke, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Brent Lott, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, and Jera Wolfe among others.  She was honoured to participate in the premiere of Jennifer Mascall’s new piece “Libretto” at the 2018 New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance Festival in Regina.  Colleen has also taken part in “Landscape Dancing” with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers.
Fiona Witherell
Born in Yellowknife, she was raised on Vancouver Island where she began her dance training. Now in Winnipeg, she is entering her third year of the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers. She has performed works by Constance Cooke, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Brent Lott and Jera Wolfe, among others. She has also had the opportunity to take part in “Landscape Dancing” with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers. She recently performed Jennifer Mascall’s “Libretto” At the 2018 New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance Festival in Regina, and she is very excited to be performing it again with MascallDance.





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