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Sawdust Collector & Barking Sphinx Performance Society Present
NEW DUTCH DIPLOMACY • Music & Dance
Michael Schumacher - Dance (Amsterdam)
Lesley Telford - Dance
Roxanne Nesbitt - Laptop/Live Electronics/Voice
Ben Brown - Drums/Percussion
Dylan van der Schyff - Drums
• January 16th •
ANNIE CHIAVAROLI (visuals)
GAMELAN BIKE BIKE
•• January 23rd ••
••• January 30th •••
MEGAN STEWART: THE FUTURE SHOW
HANNAH HALL and her band
Michael Schumacher began dancing in musical theatre productions in his hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. After moving to New York, he received a B.F.A. in Dance from the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Amsterdam. He has been a member of Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, the Feld Ballet, and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company. A leading figure in the discipline of improvisation, Schumacher has collaborated with cellist and composer Alex Waterman on several occasions: Heaven Is A Radio (2003) at the Frascati Theater in Amsterdam; Dans le Jardin (2004) at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and at the STEPS Festival in Switzerland (2006); and Six Suites (2005) at the Holland Dance Festival in Den Haag. He continues to perform with Magpie Music Dance Company and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation techniques worldwide.
Lesley Telford is presently based in Vancouver, Canada as choreographer and director of Inverso Productions as well as the director of the Performance Research Project (PReP) at Arts Umbrella's Professional Dance Program. Lesley finished her studies in Montreal at L´École Supérieur de Danse du Québec before joining the company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She went on to dance with Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain. Most recently she danced with Netherlands Dans Theater 1 where she worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite and others and performed in major theatres worldwide. As a choreographer, Lesley has created for Ballet BC, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 (US), Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 (Spain), Ballet Vorpommern (Germany), International Project for Dance in Rome- DAF (Italy), Butler Ballet (US), University of Utah (US) and Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Lesley was selected by Crystal Pite for the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award 2015 as an emerging artist in dance.
Roxanne is a designer, musician and sound artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She is interested in the convergence of sound, design, and motion. Recently, she completed a residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin, designing a series of tuned acoustic concrete tiles that respond sonically to the pedestrian step. This project is part of a larger body of research about sonic potentials of architectural materials.
Previously, Roxanne has worked with choreographers Manuela Lucia Tessi, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, and the Good Women Dance Collective as a sound artist, composer and designer. These collaborations explored the design of large-scale spatial instruments that allow dancers to generate sound with their bodies. She also works with Vancouver/ Berlin based drummer Ben Brown on the on-going collaboration Mutual Instruments for Movement and Sound, where she designs and makes original percussion instruments that facilitate an unorthodox vocabulary of movement.
Roxanne performs regularly as a singer and musician in the audio-visual project graftician. Roxanne also works as a set designer for film. In 2016, she worked on the feature films Okja and Power Rangers in Vancouver. In 2015, Roxanne completed a Masters of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she studied double bass in Edmonton completing a bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta in 2009.
Ben Brown is a musician, composer and teacher. He is a member of Pugs and Crows, Alicia Hansen, Cast, Malleus Trio, Pinkno Hana and Zen Dogs. In April 2013 he received a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year with the group Pugs and Crows. Ben regularly collaborates with Dancers and Choreographers and has worked with Katie Duck, Justine A. Chambers and Deanna Peters. He is the the founder of Music And Movement Mondays (MAMM), an improvisational series between live musicians and dancers based in Vancouver, BC. As a composer he has created scores for both Dance and Film, including commissioned works for Areli Moran, Jamee Valin and The Western Front with U.K’sSzuper Gallery. These compositions have been featured at festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico.
DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF
As a performer and producer, van der Schyff has appeared on close to 100 recordings spanning the genres of jazz, electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and new music; he has performed in almost every major centre in Europe and North America including international festivals in Berlin, Lisbon, Stockholm, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Trento (Italy) and Molde (Norway); and he has collaborated in numerous interdisciplinary projects involving theatre, dance and film. A partial list of notable performance and recording collaborators includes: George Lewis, Joelle Léandre, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Peggy Lee, Eyvind Kang, Nicole Mitchell, Brad Turner, Tony Wilson, Wayne Horvitz, Marilyn Crispell, Torsten Muller, Robin Holcolmb, Michael Moore, Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rob Mazurek, Talking Pictures, Ken Vandermark, Paul Rutherford, John Butcher, Tobias Delius, Louis Sclavis, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, and Gary Peacock. Van der Schyff has also performed as a sideman with Roswell Rudd, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Misha Mengelberg, Georg Graewe, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith and the Kenny Werner Sextet with Randy Brecker.
Annie Chiavaroli is a transdisciplinary creative laborer. Her work is motivated by interdependence and decolonization.
GAMELAN BIKE BIKE
Gamelan Bike Bike draws its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. In 2012, members of the group collected over 100 discarded bicycle frames to build the instruments. The colorful metal scraps, configured into a series of metallophones instruments, created a platform for new experimentation with gamelan music on the West Coast. The ensemble has presented performances at the Western Front, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and released Hi-Ten, a collection of original music with the Indonesia-based art collective and label Insitu Recordings on November 11, 2017.
One of Jesse Waldman’s most cherished possessions is a cassette of his grandmother singing the Yiddish folk song Papirosen to his mother. A remnant, like the abandoned guitar discovered in his parent’s basement, that drove his rock ‘n roll dreams out of the suburban sprawl of Thornhill, Ontario, and into the bars of downtown Toronto. A journey cross-country led him to mountains, ocean, and into the arms of Vancouver's Commercial Drive music scene. Now his home of over twenty years, the West Coast continues to inspire his lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding technique.
Influenced by folk and blues pioneers Townes Van Zandt, Taj Mahal, and Neil Young, Jesse has toured Canada, Western US, and the UK, performing everywhere from local pubs to soft-seat theaters, appearing at major festivals including Vancouver's Folk and International Jazz Fests and Burnaby Blues and Roots Fest.
Mansion Full of Ghosts is Jesse's highly anticipated solo debut, an exploration of the city's vast duality, a backdrop of beauty mirrored by a fierce underbelly, and a need to keep a light on in the dark.
“its ambitions are symphonic, and this incredibly assured debut delivers stunning, wide-screen sound.”
-Alexander Varty (Georgia Straight)
Gentle Party is an avant chamber pop ensemble that pioneers a unique, expansive sound distinct to the quartet’s West Coast roots. The hauntingly evocative voice of Jessicka rests on a bed of luscious strings from Meredith Bates (violin), Shanto Acharia (cello) and Elisa Thorn (harp). The music conjures images of pandemonium and playfulness contrasted with stark heartbreak.
In The Future Show, a solo performer attempts to unveil her future, from the final moments of the performance to the final moments of her death. The Future Show engages with the games we can’t help but play: of prediction, of projecting ourselves into real and imagined possibilities, and examining doors opened and unopened.
Concept and score by Deborah Pearson
Text and performance by Megan Stewart
Direction and dramaturgy by Julie Hammond
Megan Stewart creates small and large performances on Canada’s East and West Coasts. She is a performer, director and producer, and a recent graduate of SFU’s MFA program. She is the co-director and producer of The River Clyde Pageant, a large-scale outdoor performance created with the local community of New Glasgow, PEI, occurring annually since 2016. In Vancouver and elsewhere, she makes smaller things - story-driven performances, installations, and unconventional costumes. She also sings with Ten Thousand Wolves. http://www.meganblythe.com
Doors at 9:00pm, Performance at 9:30pm, $5 - $10 or PWYC at the door, cash only.
#211 - 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba), instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.
Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective-run space located in The Dominion Building. Information for how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:30 PM on every show night. You will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone, please contact us before the show and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements to get you in.
The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor, and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.
Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends, who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. A bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us: [email protected]
We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.
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