Part of an off program presentation of Dance in Vancouver, by Scotiabank Dance Centre

5-6pm, November 24, 2019

 Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie st., Vancouver, BC.

Cost: by donation

Voirelia invites you to join us for an “in the studio” experience with “Dracula’s Garden” – a series of contemporary dance works inspired by Gothic literature. Each dance work is like a poem – telling its own unique story, and inspired by different poem or text. Join us in this behind-the-scenes atmosphere to experience these works in a unique way!

More information on the Facebook event page

Some photos from our recent show & rehearsal for this series:


Dracula’s Garden contemporary dance series explores Gothic literature: its stories, creatures, and themes. The showing will include several brief contemporary dance works. Three dancers work with pointe shoes to re-imagine the relationship between ballet, bodies, beauty, movement, and ballet symbols. We use the pointe shoes in different ways on the body and anything can happen: hands can become feet, human arms can become scorpion legs. Let these dance poems transport you into the tales of night creatures, the uncanny, and the supernatural.

A selection of dance works in various stages will be shared – some in progress, some improvised, and some that have been completed after many hours of choreography and research.

Space is limited and on a first come basis – arrive early!

More about Dracula’s Garden series:

We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the ancestral and unceded lands of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

Accessibility information: the theater is accessible by stairs or elevator. It is wheelchair-accessible and accessible for persons with mobility devices/problems.




Date: October 24, 2019

Location: The Scotiabank Dance Centre,

About the show: An other-worldly evening that will showcase contemporary dance works from “Dracula’s Garden” – a series of contemporary ballet poems. The evening will also include poetry, film installations, talkbacks, opportunity to socialize with the artists, and more! Dracula’s Garden contemporary dance series explores the universe of Gothic literature: its stories, creatures, and themes.

Below is a trailer for “Dracula’s Garden Rising:” a contemporary dance film from the Dracula’s Garden Series. The full film will be screened at a later event; the preview is a glimpse into some of the dance works in this series.

Proceeds from the tickets and fundraising will all go towards supporting the current production of artistic work in this series, and production of new works planned for 2020. This means your support goes directly to supporting wages for local artists and helps Voirelia bring you more events like this!






More about Dracula’s Garden series:

Dracula’s Garden contemporary dance series explores Gothic literature: its stories, creatures, and themes. The show will include several brief contemporary dance works. We think of each of these works as a dance poem – each is unique, exploring a different theme and new characters. During the show, three dancers work with pointe shoes to re-imagine the relationship between ballet, bodies, beauty, movement, and pointe shoes. We use the pointe shoes in different ways on the body and anything can happen: hands can become feet, human arms can become scorpion legs. Original poetry, music, and dance film created specifically for Dracula’s Garden series will be integrated into the evening and will immerse you in a world of night creatures, the uncanny, and the supernatural. We are excited to share a variety of dance works this evening: some in progress, some improvised live, and some that are completed after many hours of choreography and research.

We are interested in how Gothic literature and its themes evoke a range of emotions, from love to horror. Curiosity, excitement, exploration of something dark or dangerous, adventure, loss, deformation, search for humanity – the themes reflected in these stories that continue to appeal to us many decades after they were written. In this series, artists explore the personal, cultural, and historical symbolism of pointe shoes in the context of ballet, and re-imagine and re-invent their meaning, use, and symbolism.

Curious to see how we interpret these themes: check the “Dracula’s Garden” playlist in the Video section of the Voirelia Facebook page here to see videos from rehearsals, dance film shoots, and more.





This workshop focused on how we dance before we even make the first move – what we believe about dance, what we think about our bodies moving through space. Participants will be guided through exercises aimed at connecting with dance from a body-positive framework of curiosity, expression, and joy. Exercises will include self-reflection activities, dance improvisation, and structured movement exercises, integrating a mindfulness-focused approach to physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Facilitators: Dr. Alina Sotskova (psychologist and Artistic Director); Rachael Prince (dance artist and educator, former Ballet BC dancer).

Time: 11AM – 1PM






 Appropriate for dancers at all levels, from beginners to professionals.

Presented by Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House. More about the Open House here:

Note: this workshop does not provide counselling or psychotherapy services. Rather, the workshop uses principles of positive psychology and dance education to encourage participants to connect to fulfilling dance experiences. Wear clothing you feel comfortable moving in. The exercises will allow you to tailor the movement to the level that matches you, making them as simple or as complex as you wish. No dance experience necessary. This workshop does not include contact between participants. It is a workshop for anyone interested in moving, dancing, and enjoying the process of doing so.


About the facilitators: This workshop is co-facilitated by Alina Sotskova and Rachael Prince. Dr. Alina Sotskova is a Psychologist and Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Voirelia: Dance, Psychology, and Philosophy Hub. Rachael Prince is a Dance Artist and Dance Educator. After 12 years of working as a Dance Artist with Ballet BC, Rachael is working on new endeavors as a dance professional and has a taught and mentored dancers in many different settings.




June 29, 2019  2pm – 5pm

Do you want to learn more about Voirelia, get to know the team, or really, just chat about various topics pertaining to Dance, Psychology, Philosophy, Arts, and Science?

Join us for an informal social at Charisma Café, located at 197 Keefer Pl, on the ancestral and unceded lands of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.


Cost: FREE to attend, but we highly encourage you to buy drinks/snacks to support the venue ($5-10)

We booked the place for 10-15 peoples, please RSVP so we know to expect you 🙂


More information:

Do I have to be a Dancer or a Psychologist to attend?
-> No, we welcome anyone who had an interest in one of our three pillars (Dance, Psychology, Philosophy), as well as in any area pertaining to Arts or Science. The more diverse the group, the more interesting the conversations, and the more creative the ideas.

Is this event open to mailing list members only?
-> Not at all. And if you know someone who is interested in joining us, please invite them along. Just remember to RSVP so we can have an estimate on numbers and communicate it to the venue 🙂

What should I expect from this event?
-> This social is informal, which means there is no set schedule or set topics, but we will have a few prompts and will share updates on ongoing projects within our non-profit.
-> As a hub, one of our goals is to facilitate conversations and collaborations between our members, and this will be a great opportunity for us all to mingle.

Do I have to buy drinks/snacks at the venue?
-> This is not mandatory, we want this event to be accessible to all, but if you can, we do highly encourage you to support the venue and try some of their delicious treats. If you cannot, no problem. Don’t let this detract you from coming.
-> We won’t be bringing outside food or drinks, and kindly ask you not to.

Can I bring business cards or samples of my artwork (…)?
-> Absolutely! We would love to see what you are up to. So if you have a painting, a picture, a paper, a sketch (…) you would like to share, please bring it along. Unfortunately it is unlikely that there will be space to showcase a dance.






We will be holding an informal sharing of dance and music works in progress to raise money for The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society “CPAWS,” to raise awareness of the very real climate crisis we are experiencing and to offer a space for freedom of expression and deepen our connection to nature.

*Doors Open at 730pm. We will have space for sharing after the performances to connect with the artists.
*Admission is by donation (option to pay via cash/card at the door)
Space is limited so please RSVP via eventbrite in advance!


1) Attend our event! Donations will be collected at the door. (Cash or Card). Please RSVP in advance.
2) Contribute to our Online Giving Page:
3) Educate yourself, contribute to charities, volunteer, learn ways to live sustainably (I have lots to learn), support one another, help raise awareness!

*Our event is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
*We will have some chairs and pillows but most seating will be on the floor. If you or a loved one needs/prefers a chair let me know via email

*We acknowledge 45 W Hastings is located on the unceded, ancestral and traditional Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people. As artist that live, work and play on these lands, we strive to be allies with, to learn from and to acknowledge the rights of indigenous peoples.

*Supported by Future Leisure-



Among other works, Voirelia artists will present a new work in progress, “Others,” which consists of excerpts from Dracula’s Garden series of contemporary ballet poems. Via the universe of Gothic literature, the Dracula’s Garden series explores themes of beauty, deformity, the sublime, the uncanny, and the grotesque. This series is especially interested in evolving the use of, conceptions, and symbolism of pointe shoes in contemporary dance.

Selected photos from works in progress in this series:



Photography and editing by Jason Kirkness and Alina Sotskova.

To learn more about the inspiration and concepts behind Dracula’s Garden series, see our recent blog post about it or check out photography highlights from the series in of this section of our website.



Voirelia is currently looking for volunteers and consultants to join our team. Check the “Work with us” section of our site.


The production of


is currently underway, as part of a larger series titled “Dracula’s Garden.” This series includes brief dance poems by different choreographers. The series draws inspiration from Gothic literature. The Gothic themes, images, and personages are used to critically explore our relationship with beauty, particularly beauty standards in contemporary dance history, traditions, and their effect on the psychology of dancers. This project is presently funded by Voirelia, but you can help us move it along and help us in our mission of ensuring that all artists we work with are paid fair wages for the hard work they do. Check out different ways to support Voirelia’s work here

Some still from the dance works in this series: