Crimson Coast Dance

Nordic/Nanaimo Exchange
About the Artists

Holly Bright’s professional dance career began in 1986 as a movement educator, dance artist and choreographer. She holds a BA in Dance, a BSc in Human Physiology, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification and is licensed to teach GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Movement practice. Holly is the founder and current Artistic Director of Crimson Coast Dance Society, an organization that supports contemporary dance in Nanaimo, BC.

Crimson Coast Dance was founded in 1998 to put a structure around dance events Bright had been creating and producing since 1996 while maintaining her own performing career. She has presented over 400 events: creations, productions, creation residencies for professional, community and students, an annual Mainstage Season, a school-year long youth program and the InFrinGinG dance festival, now in its 23rd year.

Rickard Borgström, Curator, Sibbo, Finland. He works at the fluid intersection of contemporary art, dance and theatre. He deploys a de-central perspective to conceive exhibition and program formats, within diverse backgrounds and geographies, in a collaborative and trans-disciplinary modes, to provide a historical anchoring and engagement with local conditions. Borgström has worked mainly in the Nordic region where his work has been presented at institutions such as Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Rosendal Teater), Bastard Internationella Teaterfestival, Stamsund Teaterfestival, Norsk Kulturråd, Lofoten Internationella Konstfestival, Inkonst, Art Space Sinne, Jyväskylä Art museum, Korjaamo, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National Theatre of Greenland.


He regularly lectures in contemporary dramaturgies in dance and theatre at Uniarts Dance department Stockholm. Borgström writes for Norsk Shakespearetidskrift and Ny tid. Currently he is co-curating a platform for dance, art and critical ecology with Rebecca Chentinell, the first pilot “Symbiotic – Erotics” takes place at Färgabriken, Stockholm fall 2021, followed by “Dances and Songs of Soil” at Havremagasinet Boden/Suttes spring 2022. He was a member of the committee of Dance at the Swedish Art Council 2018-2021. Borgström is educated at Dramatiska Institutet and Stockholms Universitet.

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.

Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer and writer living and working in Berlin and Stockholm. His interest concerns dance and choreography in an expanded field, something he has approached through experimental practice in a multiplicity of formats and expressions.

He has been active on stage as a performer and creator since 1994, and since 1999 has created his own choreographies, from solos to larger scale works, which have toured internationally. Under the label International Festival, Spångberg collaborated with the architect Tor Lindstrand and engaged in social and expanded choreography.

His more recent performances La Substance, but in English, The Internet, Natten and Gerhard Richter, une pièce pour le théâtre has gained extensive international recognition. His current work concerns ecology and post-anthropocene aesthetics.

Samantha Letourneau is a performing artist /social justice activist based in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Drawing on transformative pedagogy, her performance work explores how shifts in perspectives resonate within the body, affecting the relationship one has with their physical /social environment.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Marie Gillen award for her master’s research on using art as a tool in examining violence towards women. In 2016, she was awarded a seat at the International Women Human Rights Education Institute. Through her studies there she developed a performance piece, with Holly Bright titled Movement 19, making the UN Convention on discrimination against women a “moveable” human rights experience.

Letourneau’s studies have led her to developing social justice arts programming in partnership with various not for- profits and art organizations in British Columbia and Quebec.

She holds a Masters in Adult Education with a focus on transformative learning, a Bachelor degree in Global Studies/ Human Rights, Laban Movement Analysis training and Somatic and Mindful Yin Yoga teacher training.

About the Curators:

Martine Dennewald, Co-Artistic Director, Festival TransAmériques, [CA/LU]

Thorbjørn Gabrielsen, Artistic Director, Stamsund Teaterfestival [NO]

Emily Johnson, Artistic Director, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Organizer of First Nations Dialogues New York/Lenapehoking [Yup’ik/US]

Elle Sofe Sara, Choreographer and Founder of Dáiddadállu/ Sámi Artist Collective

We are thankful for the City of Nanaimo Projects Grants, our funders, and donors to #CCDanceFree, for support of this project

We are grateful to live work and play on Snuneymuxw First Nation territory.