WHO WE ARE:
Voirelia is a non-profit company focused on creating original dance works. Contemporary dance is our language. The moving body is our voice. Humanistic philosophy is our purpose. Human psychology is our fascination.
Voirelia Hub is located and operates on unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are deeply grateful for being able to work and create on this land. We acknowledge the continued legacy of colonial, discriminatory, and racist practices that continues to have negative impact on First Nations individuals and communities of the territories we work and live on. Voirelia is committed to a process of continual learning about cultural safety and about how we can put cultural safety priorities into practice in our dance-making process.
Explore our website to find blog posts, photography, mixed media art, music, videos, and dance works by different authors. We are constantly working on new projects, so check back soon for updates!
CHECK OUT OUR “UPCOMING PROJECTS” PAGE FOR NEW EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES!
MORE ABOUT VOIRELIA:
IGNITE CREATIVITY. INVITE REFLECTION. FORGE CONNECTIONS.
Voirelia is a contemporary dance company that brings together dancers, artists, and scholars in a supportive environment that stimulates creativity. We take bold artistic risks through innovative collaborations that build bridges between communities and disciplines. Humanistic philosophy is our backbone. We are fascinated by the existential questions it presents. Dance is our meaning-making practice. Movement is our voice and our language.
CREATE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THAT CONNECTS & INSPIRES
We are a small, grass-roots non-profit. Our first priority is creating contemporary dance that provokes thought about meaningful connection and sparks excitement. We also create dance-focused community engagement events. Our creative process prioritizes mental health and wellness by creating a safe space for interdisciplinary exchange, breaking barriers that isolate communities, and building bridges between artists, scholars, and the public. We share dance as a way to engage our community and invite a dialogue on the common grounds of human condition.
PUTTING MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
Humanistic philosophy is what guides our work. Our values are: fostering creativity, building authentic relationships, and enhancing self-awareness. This means that we put mental health and well-being as a top priority. We celebrate diversity and adopt a body-positive framework for dance. We are driven to help people thrive through creativity.
Voirelia was founded by a small group of artists, scientists, and scholars in 2017. This group was led by Alina Sotskova. The three themes of dance, psychology, and philosophy were chosen because they reflect Alina’s main interests, passion, and training. Alina has a dual career: a dance artist/choreographer and a psychologist. Alina has completed formal training in dance, psychology, and philosophy, with a specific focus on feminist, humanistic, and existential philosophy. Voirelia was founded on the backbone of these philosophies. Voirelia is her way of bringing these three passions together into a creative hub that can inspire others and be a platform for collaboration that encourages artistic expression. Alina has served as Artistic Director for Voirelia since 2017. In 2021, the Voirelia artistic leadership team expanded, and Jen Aoki joined the hub as an Artistic Co-Director. Now, Jen and Alina a Artistic Co-Directors work together to shape and direct Voirelia’s artistic vision.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Do you want to bring a mindful dance or dance/positive psychology workshop to your organization or community?
Do you have an idea for an event related to contemporary dance, psychology, or philosophy (it doesn’t have to relate to all three areas) that you would like to do together and you are looking for other people to help with organizing or curating the event?
Are you an artist, dance teacher, or arts educator interested in co-creating or co-facilitating a workshop or a public talk?
Are you an organization looking to incorporate art or dance in a meaningful way into mental health awareness events, philosophy discussions, or public lectures?
If you’ve said “yes” to any of the above questions, or if you have a question yourself, get in touch – we’ll talk!