February 16, 2019, 1:00pm -2:30pm

Vancouver Public Library, Brittania Branch

“Enhancing resilience & psychological health through creativity.”

Free talk with Voirelia’s Artistic Director and Psychologist, Dr. Alina Sotskova, presented by BC Psychological Association.

What are some “key ingredients” for psychological health & resilience? We will explore this question, as well as the role of art and creativity in enhancing resilience and psychological well-being. Dr. Alina Sotskova is the Artistic Director of Voirelia: a non-profit Dance, Psychology, and Philosophy Hub. She will draw from examples in art to talk about how creativity can help strengthen mental health.


More information coming soon!




Event description: There will be food, complementary magical spirited and non-spirited concoctions, brief art and dance performances and talks, creative activities, and, best of all, a chance to talk and celebrate with like-minded artists, dancers, psychologists, philosophers, and academics in a relaxed environment where exchanges of ideas abound. 


Alchemy – the transmutation of basic elements into something new and precious – is a theme to celebrate bringing together of Voirelia’s pillars of art, dance, psychology, and philosophy, transforming each new work as it comes in contact with new thought, and changes forever. Facebook event page:




August 2, 2018 and October 11, 2018             The Scotiabank Dance Centre 

Description: Come take part in an innovative dance/movement lab and let’s get creative! We’re going to work with pointe shoes (they can be used on your feet and/or hands/other body parts) to research movement for Dracula’s Garden. Our goal: explore specific choreographic tasks and generate new ways to move.
Dracula’s Garden is an interdisciplinary art series inspired by Gothic literature. It includes contemporary pointe dance works, photography, and poetry. With this lab, we hope to generate raw material that later will be shaped into choreography.

Photos from previous lab:

Suitable for dancers with intermediate/advanced level of pointe/ballet or ballet/contemporary dance training. Artists interested in being part of the process (e.g., drawing, sketching, etc. during the session) are also welcome. We will document the process (videos/photos) for purposes of not losing the material we create.

This is not a class. It will be a structured lab, with a quick warm-up, then prompts and choreographic tasks given to each participant, and you use improvisation to explore the task. It is geared toward advanced and professional adult dancers.

Only do pointe work if you have received adequate training and are able to do this safely. Or, you can play with use of pointe shoes in other ways (e.g., symbolically, etc.).

***Photos above are by Alina Sotskova and Ian Sparks from previous mini-lab for Dracula’s Garden with Broken Rhythms Victoria dancers.



Quantum Inkblot: An Evening of Physics, Psychology, Art, & Astronomy.

Mysteries and questions in quantum physics and psychology will be explored through the lenses of science, contemporary dance, and visual art.

July 12, 2018 at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Can quantum physics influence our perception? How can creativity and imagination be used to answer unsolved mysteries of the mind?



Join us for Quantum Inkblot, a collaborative, interactive evening presented by The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Voirelia: Dance, Psychology and Philosophy Hub. We will explore quantum physics through the lenses of physics, psychology, art, dance, and astronomy. The evening will incorporate lectures by physicists and psychologists, feature state-of-the-art visual artwork, and original contemporary dance performances.

Between presentations there will be time to take part in interactive art activities, observe physics demonstrations, and chat with physicists, artists, and psychologists. Beer and wine will be available for purchase in the Cosmic Courtyard.


Tickets available online through Eventbrite until noon on July 12th, or at the door:

19+ event. All attendees will be required to provide photo ID upon entry. Doors open at 6:30pm.

The following is a link to a“>video of a recent rehearsal, showing a segment of our conversation as we play with how ideas of symmetry are reflected in the portion of the dance observed by the physicists. 

We have also have a Facebook event page – follow it for all the updates and to see special behind-the-scenes photos and videos of art work development. Check the Video section of our page for more behind-the-scenes videos of dance and art work development.

BC Psychological Association (BCPA) has also provided support for this event and representatives from BCPA will be present at the event and available to chat and answer questions.

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 If you are a community or educational organization who is interested in being involved and supporting this event, kindly send us a note through our Contact tab.

You can also get in touch with us on Facebook at, where you can see more recent photos and videos from a brief dance lab/brainstorming session that included people with backgrounds in physics, psychology, dance, and theatre.

There will be several dance works presented during Quantum Inkblot. Here are the latest shots from one of the rehearsals, with physicists Dr. Jaymie Matthews and Dr. Ewan Hill joining us for a transdisciplinary open-rehearsal style session.

Photographs: Jason Kirkness. Dancers: Sophie Brassard, Michael Demski. Rehearsal direction/choreography: Alina Sotskova


We wanted to document our artistic and creative process as we put together this unique event. Below you will see examples of original art works and how artistic creation progresses. In the dance photographs below (by Jason Kirkness), we had a brainstorming session that included people with backgrounds in physics, psychology, dance, and theater. We spent about an hour talking about concepts from quantum physics that people often find “weird” – such as the concepts of waves, particles, wave-particle duality, and the uncertainty principle. We touched on how quantum physics influences our perception of science, the world, and ourselves. We discussed topics of identity and searching for meaning and why the quantum world is so different from what we see with our senses. Then we took our brainstorming to the dance studio. Here, using prompts suggested by physicists and her own knowledge as a psychologist and dancer, Alina Sotskova facilitated improvisational movement exploration. This yielded a great deal of ideas about parallels between physics and psychology, and we will use these ideas a spring board as we begin to develop specific dance works for the event. You can also check out short videos of the improvisational movement research session on our Facebook page, in the Videos section.


The team who was part of the brainstorming session below included: Andrew Elias (Graduate Student working in the field of quantum physics, UBC); Jason Kirkness (Co-lead for the Quantum Inkblot Event and; background: physics and computer science); Alina Sotskova (Co-lead for the Quantum Inkblot Event and; background: psychology and dance). Our dancers were: Angelo Moroni, Michael Demski, Carolyn Schmidt, Alejandra Miranda Caballero, Alina Sotskova.


The images below are samples of original art works by Andrew Short, one of Voirelia’s Core Consultants. Inspired by topics in quantum physics, psychology, and cosmology, Andrew is working on preparing a very special presentation especially for Quantum Inkblot.