Eryn Dace Trudell is a dance artist: producer, presenter, choreographer, performer and teacher, originally from Ontario and now living in Montreal. Her versatile career of 18 years includes commissions from theatre, dance and opera companies and remarkable, self-produced shows and collaborations. Her current projects include PIE and Mama dances.
Eryn performs and teaches with PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange) which specializes in the promotion, performance and education of Contact Improvisation. PIE's research includes the merging of the values of Contact Improvisation and professional dance performance and hosts an annual summer dance festival.
Trudell holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard (91) and is a certified specialist in Skinner Releasing Technique™. She has studied and/or performed Contact Improvisation with Andrew de L. Harwood, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Peter Bingham. and Karen and Allen Kaeja.
For the last 10 years, Catherine Lessard has been exploring what she calls the Contact Weave. She transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of Improvised Dancing and Contact Improvisation. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She also has experience in Body-Mind Centering (BMC), Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp vision of art and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation regularly since 2003 in Montreal (Studio 303 & Dojos), in France and in USA. She is a member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange), a collective for movement research in Montreal. Since 2007, she has served as president of ACI Montreal (Association for Contact Improvisation).
Catherine's workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness, non-judgment and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in an atmosphere of respect and playful discovery.
Kathleen Rea has danced with Ballet Jorgen Canada (BJC), National Ballet of Canada and; Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). In 2000 she formed REAson detre productions, an organization that houses her artistic endeavours as a choreographer, producer and teacher. Kathleen has choreographed over 30 original works for various organizations including Bravo Television, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Gender Play, Ryerson University, Theatre Passe Muraille and Toronto Dance Theatre. Kathleen's full-length ballet, the Velveteen Rabbit, was performed by BJC across North America and her award winning film Lapinthrope premiered at numerous international film festivals. Kathleen is also a member of the Contact Dance community, founding the Wednesday Dance Jam, is a faculty member of George Brown College Dance and has a Masters degree in Expressive Arts (EGS and ISIS-Canada).
Actor and director of a small theater company based in Cawston in the Similkameen Valley in BC. Interested in introducing some elements of Contact Dance into our Theater performances.
Director for Leviathan Studio. Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with everyone who has come to the studio, many people outside of the studio and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance retreat centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.
Pierre’s passion for dance and human movement probably started in his parent’s loving dance while still an embryo!
a practitionner of Martial arts from a young age (Judo, then Karaté then Ch’ien Lung KungFu) Pierre moved as fluidly on land as in water his first realm of exploration of the “expansion” of his sense of connexion with nature and consciousness. Explorations into team and “contact” sports like hockey, american football, volleyBall and shortly Rugby awakened his desire for creative connectedness to himself, his teammates and the “field of play”. A canadian Trampoline champion, he soon became driven by a constant urge to defy gravity and to find new ways of moving and dancing through life. A short stint as a Naval officer tought him to further dare thinking of the box and to value clear communications and the rewards of patience and perseverance. It’s then in the early 80’s While was studying BioMechanics and Massage therapy that he discovered Contact improvisation.
THe exploration has never stopped since … dancing on stage, in public performances, in hospital settings to rehabilitate the desire of dancing and moving that is innate to all living beings… Choreographing, scoring and/or orchestrating various dance events and rituals…
Pierre has taken Contact Improvisation to kindergardens, schools, colleges, inside the work place to explore it’s potential as an ongoing , enriching dialogue with one self or amongst humans and their environment. Pierre has taught CI in private or group lessons, has been a movement facilitator with professional dancers and athletes as well as many people simply desiring to have more dance in their lives…. and more life in their dance…
Suzanne Liska is a dance artist and educator originally from Alberta and now based in Toronto. She is Co-Artistic Director of Flightworks and has danced for choreographers Pam Johnson, Karen Kaeja, Sue Lee, and Kathleen Rea. Suzanne specializes in dance improvisation and was first introduced to Contact Improv in 1998. Her influential teachers include Pam Johnson, Nina Martin, Nancy Stark Smith, and Andrew Harwood. Pilates and the Alexander Technique also inform her instructional style. She is the co-founder of the aLOFT Project with Karen Kaeja, a platform for research and performance, specific to the Contact Improv ensemble. Suzanne regularly teaches Contact Improv dance classes in Toronto, workshops in Ontario and Alberta, and Project 5 Star (Dance Improv and Performance) with Karen Kaeja and Kathleen Rea.
Olivia Shaffer is a choreographer, performing artist, and movement teacher from Vancouver, BC. She has a BFA in dance and a background in contemporary dance, dance improvisation, contact improvisation (CI), somatic practices, and Pilates. Olivia has had a daily practice in CI under master teacher Peter Bingham since 2011, and has been performing with his CI dance company, EDAM Dance, since 2014. Olivia has participated in numerous CI intensives with notables such as Alicia Grayson, Karen Nelson, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, Frey Faust, Leilani Weis, Martin Keogh and Angelika Doniy. She has taught in Canada, the USA and Southeast Asia. She teaches CI regularly at EDAM Dance and at Leviathan Studios on Lasqueti Island.
began contact improv at Langara College in 1984, co-hosted the jam in Vancouver at EDAM for many years, has attended hundreds of ci classes, intensives, workshops, jams and festivals in canada and the usa (especially the west coast), learning and dancing with ci practitioners of all shapes, sizes and abilities… email: vonxristoatgmaildotcom
Is the Artistic Director for Espirito Santo Dance Society.
will be in residence with Unity Project in the UK, Italy, Greece and Portugal September 14 to December 1, 2013
Also teaches dance; contact improv,butoh,and yoga.
Zorya Arrow first discovered contact improv while training in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. She learned under the direction of Peter Bingham who is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. At the Nevada Desert’s Burning Man festival in the USA she meet a world wide contact community and explored the various dialects of contact dance. Now a graduate of the contemporary dance program, Zorya is currently working on sharing contact with Winnipeg’s public. Last season she gained a fallowing of folks newly introduced to the concept of contact and she will continue teaching contact classes as there is a growing community and people wanting to learn, move, explore, share, and dance!