December 11, 2018 at Sawdust Collector
Making a final appearance at New Works 15!
Wallgrin (Experimental Pop)
Alvaro Rojas (Composer & Guitar)
with Meredith Bates (Violin), James Meger (Bass) , Liam Macdonald (Percussion), and Sam Cartwright (Drums)
Kate Franklin, Jamie Robinson, and Olivia Shaffer (Contemporary Dance)
How to Get In
Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.
More information about our space is below.
Harsh screeches, angelic choirs, mangled noises and soaring strings — Wallgrin creates a contemporary soundtrack for ancient mythologies. The art-pop solo project of composer, vocalist and violinist Tegan Wahlgren, Wallgrin delves into the space between beauty and dissonance through layers of strings and exploratory vocals. Drawing from an array of musical influences — including fiddling and choral singing — Wallgrin melds fragments of myths to form the music of an indistinct and personal folklore.
Alvaro Rojas is a composer and guitarist based in Vancouver B.C. His pieces have been performed by many of Canada’s finest new music groups, including the Turning Point Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble, Microcosmos String Quartet and others. He has scored numerous short films and performs regularly in the Lower Mainland leading his own groups and within various local music communities. For the Sawdust Collector new works series, he will be previewing music from an upcoming release in various intimate and stripped down formats.
On December 11th, Alvaro Rojas will be performing with Meredith Bates, James Meger, Liam Macdonald, and Sam Cartwright.
Kate Franklin, Jamie Robinson, and Olivia Shaffer
Kate Franklin is a dance artist who has been working on contemporary dance for around 18 years. She collaborates most frequently with Justine A. Chambers and Tara Cheyenne Performance and jumps at every chance she gets to work with Valerie Calam (Company Vice Versa) in Toronto. She is beginning her third season as Associate Director of Modus Operandi and is inspired every day by Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond and every MO student.
Jamie Robinson is a Vancouver based contemporary dance artist. Jamie has studied at Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program and EDAM. As an independent artist she has recently had the pleasure of apprenticing for Tara Cheyenne Fredienberg. She has performed in festivals and events such as FUSE, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Allsorts, and The Choreographers Walk. As a choreographer, Jamie has been commissioned to create work for Festival of Recorded Movement and selected to participate in Dance Victoria’s Choreographic Lab.
Olivia Shaffer is a performing artist, choreographer, and movement teacher from Vancouver. She has a BFA in dance from SFU, and a dedicated practice in somatic studies, improvisation and Contact Improvisation (CI). Olivia dances with EDAM Dance as well as other contemporary dance companies. As a choreographer her work has been presented by Shooting Gallery, 12 Minutes Max, and will be presented by New Works in Nov 2019. Olivia teaches CI, contemporary dance and Matwork Pilates.
Last year, Kate and Jamie, started working together in a creation process that felt collaborative, considerate, and non-hierarchical. They showed the fruits of this research at Sawdust Collector in March 2018. This fall, they are diving back in again. All they know so far is that they want to continue with Jamie in the role of choreographer and Kate in the role of performer/interpreter and that their shared interests in challenging these structures and the inherent hierarchy within them will lead them into a truly collaborative process. They are excited to work together this fall, and to check in with Sawdust Collector audiences three different times along the way. Recently they welcomed dancer Olivia Shaffer into the process. Olivia will join them for their final New Works showing on December 11th.
Kate and Jamie received support for this process from Tara Cheyenne Performance's Startle Reflex residency at Left of Main
Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.
The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. 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. For our weekly series, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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