Nordic / Nanaimo Exchange
Nordic / Nanaimo Exchange
Sunday, July 11, 1:00pm PST / 22:00 CET
Artists: Genevieve Johnson [Nanaimo – French Canadian]
Marit Shirin Carolasdotter [Sápmi/SE – Sámi/Kurdish]
Curators, Holly Bright, Crimson Coast, Snuneymuxw [also Nanaimo] and Rickard Borgstrøm [Fl/Nordic Regions] paired artists from our respective region to share artistic voice and practice as a time of reflection and revelation for themselves as well as an opportunity to navigate the discovery of another. The challenge was to be true to oneself while getting to know a stranger, navigating difference, recognizing interdependence. No outcome, no right or wrong, no requirement for production. Only the invitation to acquaint themselves [online] with each other’s artistic voices through difference and in consideration of interdependence.
The artists share their experience in this online session
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About the Artists:
Actress and dancer, Geneviève Johnson, meshes dance to theatre, poetry to movement, in her work. Trained in a variety of dance styles, it is through butoh – a Japanese contemporary dance – that this interweaving comes fully to fruition. After completing a bachelor degree in theatre (acting) at University of Quebec in Montreal, she perfected her butoh skills in Japan under the tutelage of Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka and the Dairakudakan group. Since then, she developed her own creative language of poetic dance – Landscape Under Skin Theatre – in a series of solo works and workshops. In 2007, she completed a PhD on the dynamic of “metissage” in theatre and dance performance, using butoh as a base for her reflection. Through her career she worked with companies like La Nef, Pigeons International, Trans-Theatre, Microclimat Theatre as well as directors and choreographers like Larry Tremblay, Martine Beaulne, Holly Bright, Estelle Clareton, Eric Jean.Through her shows and education, Geneviève continues to go into greater depth with her quest to marry poetry to the body in motion. She is regularly teaching Contemporary Creative Dance at Vancouver Island University and is currently teaching Pilates and Corealign at Fine Balance Pilates in Nanaimo.
Marit Shirin Carolasdotter is a choreographer and dancer with Sámi and Kurdish descent, currently residing in Ubmeje, Sápmi where she works with her international network organisation Humans & Soil. She is an artistic researcher that recently finished her MA in International Performing Arts at Stockholm University of the Arts. She is currently working on the production of itself : in itself that has its world premiere at Norrlandsoperan, August 2021. www.humansandsoil.com