SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 – FREE WORKSHOP
JOY IN MOVEMENT: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY & DANCE
This workshop focuses 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
No reservation necessary. Space is limited and is on first come basis – come early to make sure you have a spot! Appropriate for dancers at all levels, from beginners to professionals. Workshop will include improvisational and structured exercises. Wear clothing you are comfortable moving in. This workshop does not include contact between participants. This workshop also does not provide any counselling or psychotherapy services. It is a workshop for anyone interested in moving, dancing, and enjoying the process of doing so.
Presented by Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House. More about the Open House here: https://www.thedancecentre.ca/events/current_season
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COFFEE WITH VOIRELIA
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 🙂
To RSVP: https://forms.gle/M3BQaARi82hB2QzV8
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.
ON JUNE 20, 2019, AT 8PM, VOIRELIA AND COLLABORATING DANCE ARTISTS WILL PRESENT “FOR THE WILD:”
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!
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
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: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/for-the-wild-an-informal-sharing-of-dance-music-wo/
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 email@example.com
*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- https://www.juliannechapple.com/future-leisure
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT, SEE THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE.
“FOR THE WILD” HIGHLIGHTS FROM VOIRELIA TEAM:
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
“DRACULA’S GARDEN RISING: A DANCE FILM”
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: