Archive for ‘Karen Jamieson Mentorship’

June 27, 2014

Hello Hello (performance) July 6 from 12-2pm at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza: FREE


July 6 from 12-2pm at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza: FREE

You are invited to Hello Hello, my latest work, in collaboration with:

  • Anne Cooper, Meredith Kalaman, Miriam Colvin and Mirae Rosner (dance);
  • Mark Haney (double base), Alison Gorman (Trumpet), Ellen Marple (trombone), Sam Davidson (clarinet)
  • The Roundhouse Community Dancers.

Location: Roundhouse Community Centre: 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver 

Hello Hello

Hello Hello connects architecture, audience, four musicians, four professional dancers and the Roundhouse Community Dancers. It is free, in an accessible location and suitable for all ages. Bring a picnic and come to see this performance! We will be performing in the Roundhouse Theatre in case of rain, at 1pm.

In Hello Hello, dancers and musicians are often close to the public for a rich experience of each instruments’ sound and the details of the dance. In the past 4 years, ‘joy’ became the focus of my attention in its power to increase embodiment, presence and attention. I find the spectrum of joy fascinating. It is the basic foundation of why most of us dance.

Dance Traces

The work is set in he Dance Trace installation, an activity for all ages. Before and after the performance, you are are invited to trace the footprints of your own choreography for others to try. This playful installation animates the public space with bodies moving in unusual ways: turning, jumping, moving backwards, etc.

Process and Partners

Hello Hello’s process and choreography is influenced by my two mentors, Karen Jamieson  and Nina Martin. I have grown a lot under Karen’s mentorship in my investigation of the connection between community engaged and professional practices. Since 2005, I have been taking every opportunity to study with Nina Martin to explore Ensemble Thinking, a set of tools for dance making. In Hello Hello’s process I am exploring more opportunities to connect community dancers with professional dancers and musicians using Ensemble Thinking.

Thank you to Justine Chambers, Jane Osborne and Hailey McCloskey for their contribution in the early phase of the process.

This project is supported by the British-Columbia Arts Council and the province of British-Columbia.






Many thanks to the partners: the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Made in BC Dance on Tour, Conseil Culturel et Artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique and Moberly Arts and Culture.

September 9, 2013

DTES Workshops with Karen Jamieson Starting Soon. I can’t wait!


December 3, 2012

December 2012 News

The Foolish Operations Ensemble is a group of parents who dance and play music with their children. We meet twice a week, at Creekside Community Recreation Centre and Moberly Arts and Culture. To join, watch videos or for more information click here.

Since March 2012, I am fortunate to be under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson in my exploration of the intersections of community engaged and professional dance. As part of this project, I am exploring choreographic ideas drawn from my research in community engaged setting with professional dancers Justine Chambers, Meredith Kalaman, Anne Cooper, Mirae Rosner, Jane Osborne and Miriam Colvin. The theme of joy in presence is an important thread.

Finally, the Stroller Dance Short Film is about to be finished! For more info on this project, visit:


October 22, 2012

Performance with Karen Jamieson Dance & Carnegie Dance Troupe

As part of my mentorship with Karen Jamieson, I am honoured to perform with Karen Jamieson Dance &
Carnegie Dance Troupe this Sunday, October 28 2012.


Dance Procession & Performance
Heart of the City Festival
Starting at Carnegie
Concluding at SFU Woodwards

Sunday October 28, 2012

We will meet you outside Carnegie Community Centre at 3:00
(401 Main St. @ Hastings St.)
Walking west down Hastings St.
Appearance at DNC Street Market – Pigeon Park
(Carrol St @ Hastings St.)
Full dance performance at SFU Woodwards World Art Centre
(149 Hastings St. 2nd Floor)
If you do not wish to join the procession
please meet us at SFU Woodwards World Art Centre (2nd floor) at 3:20

CONNECT is a work-in-progress, a first draft of a dance work to be completed and performed as part of the Heart of the City festival in 2013. This performance is part of an on-going series of dance workshops offered by Karen Jamieson Dance in partnership with Carnegie Community Centre and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Performers are residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: people of a wide range of cultures, ages, abilities and talents. Joined by Karen Jamieson and 4 professional contemporary dancers…

Choreography: Karen Jamieson & the Carnegie Dance Troupe Music & Vocal score created by: Mike Richter, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Peter Siah lll Core Dancers: Shelly Cox, Iris Kujansuu, Priscillia Tait, Henry Wong Advanced practitioners: Deborah Charlie, Graham Cunningham Dancers: Wendy Chew, Karen Jamieson, Debbie Lee, Wilson Liang, Louise Wong, Swallow Zhou, Elizabeth, Anne Kennedy Apprentices: Julie Lebel, Hailey McCloskey, Lindsey Ridgway, Mirae Rosner,

Partners: Carnegie Community Centre, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Province of BC, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation

September 18, 2012

Mentorship with Karen Jamieson

In March 2012, I have started a mentorship with Karen Jamieson exploring relationships between community engaged dance and professional dance practices. As part of this project I am dancing with the DTES community at Carnegie Hall. We will practice and then perform as part of the Heart of the City Festival on October 28. Workshops are free and open to the public.