UPCOMING:

Dracula’s Garden:

Excerpts from Gothic ballet dance poems.

FREE & livestreamed at 1pm PDT, September 12, 2020

 

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Dracula’s Garden explores the Gothic universe: its creatures, its horrors, its stories. We delve into the sublime and the uncanny of this phantasmagorical universe through the exploratory vehicle of the body and contemporary dance.

 

Part of The Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House 2020

To access the live stream performance, use this link:

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House

 

 

 


 

Voirelia loves offering classes and performances for free! We also need your help to continue to be able to do it! Did you know that for every minute of choreography takes approximately 15-20 hours of combined work from the artistic team, such as dancers, choreographer, costume maker, and other involved? 

Every bit of your support counts! For example: $5 purchases hand sanitizer we need when we work in the studio. $20 purchases one month of Zoom Pro, so we can have remote meetings and rehearsals. $35 covers the cost of 1 hr of studio time, and so forth.

You can donate here to help support our work:

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/fg9r9-voirelia

 

 


 

RECENT PAST EVENTS:

MINDFUL MOVEMENT:

FREE ONLINE DANCE CLASSES

 

Build a community by getting to know your neighbours & being creative together! Everyone is welcome in class and we especially invite folks from local downtown Vancouver neighbourhoods to attend and get to know one another. Share this widely and invite your friends!

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Class description: All levels welcome! This fun class will blend mindfulness, improvisation, & visualization. We focus on connecting to joy of movement. Dance and improvisational exercises will be accessible and self-paced, with a focus on exercises that help to unlock creativity and expression. The class will also include some discussion.

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This project is supported by Vancouver Foundation Responsive Neighbourhood Grants. Presented with support from Voirelia: Dance, Psychology, & Philosophy Hub.

Photos by Carol Gandra.

 


 

HELP SUPPORT VOIRELIA HUB!

 

We have an on-going fundraiser and every bit helps! You can donate here:

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/fg9r9-voirelia

Voirelia Hub is a non-profit. All funds go directly to supporting operational costs of the hub, wages for professional artists who work with our non-profit hub, helping Vancouver-area artists to keep creating meaning-making art for the community.

We are and always have been committed to inclusive, mutually supportive, and respectful work environment. We strive to improve ourselves in this continuously and will continue to learn, listen, and figure out new ways we can support artists from BIPOC communities and from other groups that experience systemic injustices.  The model for our hub is based on a feminist ethic of care that puts empathy and healthy relationships  first and recognizes intersectionality in the experiences of people from marginalized groups who face systemic discrimination regarding their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or other aspects of their identity.  From the very beginning, we created Voirelia in the hopes of being a safe, mutually supportive, non-competitive space for diverse, like-minded artists to create performance with meaning. If our programming is inspiring, interesting, or helpful for you and you are able to donate to help us in this mission, we thank you deeply. If you are not able to donate, or if your donations are currently going to support anti-racist and anti-oppression work that many excellent organizations are doing right now (scroll down for a list of of organizations to support!), just come to our upcoming classes and online performances and let it be a place of community, connection, and rejuvenation for you.  If you are not able to give anything financially, please do not worry – your presence already means a lot.

 


 

Community announcement:

Voirelia has a firm stance against racism, oppression, and discrimination. As a local, grass-roots dance non-profit, we are committed to examining how we can be better allies and how we can continue to act in solidarity to challenge systemic racism and discrimination.

Please consider donating to the following organizations in these links (if you are not able to donate at this time please consider signing a petition, donate by streaming, spreading the word, speaking with loved ones, and informing yourself by investigating these links and beyond.)

BLACK LIVES MATTER VANCOUVER
https://ca.gofundme.com/f/blmvan

BLACK LIVES MATTER
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/?fbclid=IwAR1sA08V1Zn9HT0jB3RrNMTqG0mkOAQhVhnyjZUDxEyGhFkyesh1ohFgIew#donate

Resources for non-Black folks to support Black communities in Canada + beyond.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rvVbCG-7ubJDBISQGy02fQjFmUm2gWHJ08x1nDwoTcc/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1hz9_7W9BH5ymg_GRfwwfPQjsiBnyBzycX6jfDI9KuzApOabsTlXZYa1k

Anti-Racism/Pro-Peace Resources
https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1S5uckFHCA_XZkxG0Zg5U4GQGbY_RklZARwu43fqJH0E/mobilebasic

Stream to donate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR24QLaPY_qqB5h0agPTCxH73e2NNvpDLlNxAmRl0iVak4grDxC__vLDc2I&app=desktop

 


 

OUR STORIES:”  ONLINE DANCE FESTIVAL BY ADDO PLATFORM

June 8-12, 2020

 

Voirelia’s Artistic Director, Alina Sotskova, was one of the artists in the June edition of the festival. The live performance was on June 11, but you can still learn about the new work Alina is developing for this festival and will soon be able to watch new videos: see here.

Check out more about Our Stories on Addo Platform’s page.

Some photos of Alina’s research for this new solo, which explores the relationship with nature as a vehicle towards understanding vulnerability, building deeper connection with self and others, and reinvigorating connection to own and others’ humanity:

 


 

 

I M A G I N A R I U M

 

Commissioned by The Dance Centre for International Dance Day virtual celebration, this is a dance film made during COVID-19-related self-isolation. It will premiere on The Dance Centre’s channels on April 29, 2020.

This work is about a longing for the connection with nature, and a recreation of a garden inwardly – in your home, in the body, in the mind.

 

Concept/choreography: Alina Sotskova. Cinematography: Jason Kirkness & Alina Sotskova. Music: Chris Giles.

 

 


 

IG-OTM-DT-2020

 

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres, organized by Dancer Transition Resource Centre. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in-studio. Let us give you the advantage so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession. It’s everything you need to know to get the edge in your dance career!

When: January 31, 2020 (8:45 am – 4:30 pm)

Voirelia will be taking part in the Community Fair portion of this event! Come chat with our Artistic Director and our Voirelia team members who specialize in psychology and dance about our Dancing with a Healthy Mindset initiative and about different ways Voirelia can support your dance career. By attending, you can will also be entered to win a free one hour coaching consultation on dance career-related topics with the Voirelia Artistic Director and Psychologist, Alina Sotskova, Ph.D.

Where: The Dance Centre
(Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver)

You can find out more information about the event here: https://dtrc.ca/english_services/content/on_the_move_vancouver_2020

 


 

VOIRELIA’S NEXT FREE TALK ON PSYCHOLOGY, DANCE, CREATIVITY, AND MENTAL HEALTH:

 

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Join us and bring a friend! This talk will focus on resilience and steps all can take to enhance mental wellness. We will talk about concrete tools and practical strategies you can take home with you to help enhance mental wellness and resilience. We will also talk about and see examples of dance and artistic works and talk about how engaging in dance and creative practices can help support mental health.

No registration needed. Space is on a first come basis – arrive a few minutes early to make sure you have a spot!

See the Facebook event page for updates, photos, videos, and more information.

Presented as part of Psychology Month 2020 by BC Psychological Association.