TUESDAY May 3 – FESTIVAL NIGHT 1
My Essence by Ashley Perez “Colours”
Dance artist, Ashley Perez, has collaborated with local video artist Rah Eleh and graphic visual artist Kazuya Toi Whakairo, to to create a two part character exploration piece of Ashley’s alter-ego Colours. Colours was born out of a need for self-expression and long nights dancing next to booming speakers. This androgynous character enjoys blending various club dance styles to express both masculine and feminine characteristics. Used to dancing outward for pure audience entertainment, Colours will allow the audience into some of her creative processes and how she is manifested.
Part 1) My Offence: Continuously unapologetic about harnessing her feminine power in this current day dream about herself.
* Explicit Lyrics
Part 2) The Manifestation: How Colours chooses to share her artistry with the world.
Ashley Perez “Colours” is a dancer artist and choreographer making waves in the Canadian dance scene. Training in funk styles and hip-hop, she later specialized in voguing, waacking and house with mentors Archie Burnett (New York), Caleaf Sellers (New York), Jojo Zolina (Vancouver) and Kaiti Dangerkat (Calgary/New York). In 2007, Ashley joined the artist collective House of Dangerkat as resident choreographer and performer. Developing works that allowed her to travel and perform in places such as New York, London & Paris. Her choreography and performing then led her to Slammenberry Jam (Calgary) and Fashion has no Borders (Calgary). Delivering her share back to the community, Colours has also shared her knowledge through teaching in programs such as Stardale (Calgary), I heart Urban Dance (Calgary) and Pulse Studios (Calgary). Through the pursuit of her passions, moving to Toronto she immersed herself in the scene by performing in Manifesto (Toronto) and Mad Decent Block Party. She joined forces with contemporary, and house dancer Emily “Em Fatale” Law and became a founding member of Mix Mix Dance Collective. Which staged the word of mouth sensation JACK YOUR BODY (2013, Toronto).
A Dream Always Mentioned by Shakeil Rollock
A Dream Always Mentioned takes audiences to the world of two individuals as they grow to know, love and understand each other. Through a retrospective told through text, dance and sound, the audience becomes voyeurs to a relationship as it progresses over time. What does it mean to love and once tainted… will it ever be the same again? Two dancers venture past their first meeting, and find themselves entangled in a new type of love. After one seems to be torn between something that feels so right, but also feels wrong, the relationship takes on a different route as the two assess if it is something worth holding onto.
Shakeil Rollock is a Toronto based dance artist. Starting dance at the age of seventeen, he mainly trained in urban styles. Later he was influenced to rain in classical techniques. Now a graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Shakeil has greatly appreciated working with choreographers such as Louis Laberge-Côté, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Sharon Moore, Draico (Step Up Franchise), Newton Moreas, Christopher House, Kevin Ormsby , Julie Perron (Cirque du Soleil) and Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil). To date, Shakeil has performed for events such as the Pan Am Ceremonies, Panamamania, Summerworks Festival, Much Live, Rhubarb Festival and Ontario Dance Weekend. Shakeil has also toured internationally and performed beyond Canadian borders to countries such as the States and Jamaica. Beyond performing, Shakeil choreographs and teaches throughout the province and has been an annual lecturer at Wilfred Laurier University.
anecdotal tendencies. by mettle
**this piece is about childhood sexual abuse, self harm, and survivorship. the topics and descriptions may be triggering. please take care of yourself, if you need to leave the room before or during, do so. you are loved.**
my name is mettle. i am also new life. i am now existing. in my vulnerability. i find strength. I am looking for new beginnings with myself. and with you. i have broken. and will break again. in the loudest of manners. in ferocious ways. and this will be witnessed, because i want it that way.
zahgidiwin | love by Frances Koncan
Playwright/Director – Frances Koncan
In the not-so- distant postcolonial future, a young Anishinaabe woman embarks upon a journey through time and space to rediscover the truth about love, living her best life, and growing up as fabulously as possible amidst the intergenerational trauma of cultural genocide. A decolonial comedy.
Frances Koncan is an Anishinaabe playwright and director from Couchiching First Nation. She studied at the University of Manitoba (BA Psychology) and the City University of New York Brooklyn College (MFA Playwriting). In 2015, she was a participant in the National Screen Institute’s New Voices Program, where she wrote and directed her first short film, Outdigenous, and the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Writing Program, where she began to write zahgidiwin|love. Previous credits include, as director: The New Beginning, Seminar (Apprentice, RMTC/Mirvish), Matt & Ben; as playwright and director: Flesh Coloured Crayons, After the Ball is Over, Lost Boy, How to Talk to Human Beings, Little Red; as playwright: Lingua Franca, The Dance-off of Conscious Uncoupling, Zelda with a Z, and #whitegirlproblems. She currently resides in Winnipeg with her puppy and BFF Tucker.
8:00-10:00PM, doors 7:30PM
Location: Wychwood Theatre