One of things I am most proud of in my career is my work with students. And I am extremely proud of this piece I created with Waverly Spratt, Tamara Block, Ariane Dangelat, Janelle Maddox, Katie Zwick, Zoe Abrigo and Erin McCafferty from the University of Calgary. All photos are by Caitlin Unrau. Lighting by Steve Isom, and costumes by Angela Dale. “The March”, runs this Thursday to Saturday at the University Theatre. Tickets can be found here: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html…
A big thank you to Peter Dickinson, Yvonne Ivanochko, Lynndsey Larre and Melanie Preston for donating so generously. We are now 8% toward our end goal!
Big thank you to Deanna Peters, Daria Ivanochko, Kate Franklin, Dana Gingras, Tita Evidente, Michael Menegon and Anonymous for being the first contributors to our campaign!
Today is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate gender equality and sexual difference. It is a day to consider the ways in which inequality is perpetuated, and to create strategies to make lasting changes.
While the fight for equality has changed over the years, stereotypes remain, and women and minorities still fight subjugation and violence daily. In the past several years, my artistic practice has surrounded the investigation of the status of women. In 2015, I dug deeply into this research at graduate school. I have just recently emerged with a Master of Fine Arts degree and two beautiful new solos for dancers Kristy Kennedy and Alana Elmer, Mirror Staging the Seeing Place and Modern Woman in Search of Soul. These pieces aim to reconfigure cultural representations that are embedded in the female body, and revise how we see and understand it. The company is gearing up to mount these works for shows June 6-9th, 2018, at The Citadel in Toronto. We could really use your financial support to bring these works to the stage.
The technical components of each work are huge. Modern Woman will be streamed live, and incorporates an innovative, interactive design by Jacob Niedzwiecki. In addition to the live-streaming, both pieces are accompanied by original music scores played live on-stage. The mixing of media – sound, sight, light and interactive technology – requires 15 artists, designers and technicians to accomplish.
The total cost of the production comes to $56,000. We have received a substantial production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. We will also receive a small performance fee from Citadel & Compagnie, and we will apply for travel funds to bring our team (who are spread out across North America) to Toronto.
We still need $20,000 to complete our budget to mount this exceptional double bill.
If you can make a donation to our project, it will go directly towards the fees of our collaborative team and the technical equipment required to bring our work to life. To make a donation, please click on this link to reach our indiegogo campaign. There you will find out more about the project, the perks you receive if you make a donation, and a sneak peak of one of the pieces.
The last time we produced a full-evening length work was in 2013. While I have been extremely active with my studies, teaching in universities and dance conservatories, and performing our rep across North America, the company has been largely dormant for the past few years. To be presented at The Citadel -a prominent venue in Toronto- is an important opportunity for the company at this time. It signals to the national milieu that the company is back in production mode, with a new profile, and beautifully crafted works that are ready to tour.
I thank you in advance for your consideration.
From the centre of my heart to yours, Sasha.
I’d like to share with you the very exciting news that I have been named the new Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West, a Calgary based production and resource organization dedicated to the evolution of contemporary dance practices. I am thrilled to have accepted this position, as the organization’s mandate to provide dance artists with opportunities for learning, exchange, reflection and development is one that is near and dear to my heart. I will jump into my new role in August. It is a part-time position, which is ideal for me, as I will still be creating and producing choreography for Ivanochko et cie.
There is a lot on the horizon for I et C that I will be sharing with you soon, so please keep an eye out for e-mail updates and on facebook. In the mean time, please have a look at DSW’s press release for more info on my new role!
From the centre of my heart to yours, Sasha.
February 6, 2018 – For Immediate Release
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DANCERS’ STUDIO WEST ANNOUNCES
NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SASHA IVANOCHKO
Calgary, AB – After an extensive 4-month national search by the Board of Directors, Dancers’ Studio West (DSW) announces Sasha Ivanochko as its new Artistic Director, commencing August 2018. Outgoing Artistic Director Davida Monk will complete her tenure in July 2018, following the 2018 Dance Action Lab. Ivanochko, Artistic Director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance (Montréal) and who is currently teaching at the University of Calgary and the School of Alberta Ballet, brings a wealth of experience and artistic vision to the role. Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally to renowned festivals and presentations including the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Fluid Festival (Calgary), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), DanceWorks (Toronto), 2007 IETM (Montréal) and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). Ivanochko will lead Dancers’ Studio West’s 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival & Creative Intensive (as programmed by Monk) to take place in August/September 2018.
Sasha Ivanochko said “It is with honour and humility that I take up the artistic leadership of Dancers’ Studio West. I’m inspired by the direction the organization has taken in recent years in providing Alberta dance artists with programs in training, creation and performance. I’m looking forward to connecting with artists and collaborating with DSW’s staff and Board of Directors in furthering our mission to provide quality experiences and resources for artists at every stage of career. I cannot wait to get started!”
Dancers’ Studio West Board President Megan Ballard said “We are delighted that Sasha Ivanochko will succeed Davida Monk, who has led Dancers’ Studio West so adeptly over the last ten years. Sasha impressed the Search Committee with her depth of experience as a mentor, teacher, choreographer and performer, and her passion for developing and inspiring contemporary dancers and choreographers. The Board looks forward to working with Sasha in this next exciting phase of Dancers’ Studio West’s development.”
For more information on Dancers’ Studio West’s upcoming programming and new Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko, visit DSWlive.ca
I’m writing to you from Calgary, where I am wrapping up a busy and exciting fall! I’ve been the visiting guest artist at The School of Alberta Ballet since September, teaching and creating with professional division dancers between the ages of 14 and 20. This is my first time working with young people- the youthful spirit is very precious indeed! We worked on contemporary technique, remounting Circle the (W)hole, my 2014 commission for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and developed a short solo inspired by PJ Harvey lyrics. I’d like to thank The School’s Artistic Principal Ashley McNeil and the Head of Contemporary Dance Graham Mckelvie for inviting me to work with their exciting students. (You can tell by the look on my face in the pic below how much I adored the students. That’s the very talented and divine Kale Lazarick with me!)
Also in September, the company performed Mirror Staging the Seeing Place In Los Angeles, California. The work was created in collaboration with performer Kristy Kennedy and sound designer Matthew Ariaratnam, both of whom gave virtuosic, soulful performances for deeply attentive audiences. This was the company’s first time performing in the US, and it was enriching to encounter new people, and to share the company’s vision.
In November, I had the privilege of working as a creative mentor to Calgary-based choreographer Pamela Tzeng, a talented artist working with fascinating questions. Our time in the studio together was brief, but provocative!
Organizationally, we’ve been going through a period of regeneration. Lucie Boissinot has taken on the role of President of our Board of Directors, and Valerie Buddle has joined us as Administrator. Lucie is the Artistic and Program Director of École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, and Valerie is the Head of Administration at Centre de Création O Vertigo. Both women bring an array of knowledge, experience and creativity with them to our company. We are so incredibly fortunate to have them on our team. Welcome dear Lucie and dear Valerie!
Starting January, I will again be a guest artist, this time at The University of Calgary. This will be my second residency at the University, and I look forward to be teaching a full course load of technique, composition and creation.
I’m thrilled to announce that the company is being presented in Toronto by Citadel & Compagnie as part of their Bright Nights Season, June 6-9th, 2018. Audiences will get a chance to see Mirror Staging the Seeing Place, and the world premiere of Modern Woman in Search of Soul. Our creative team is made up of artists from across North America, including; interactive designer Jacob Niedzwiecki, performers Alana Elmer* and Kristy Kennedy, musician/composers Vicky Mettler, Raphaël Foisy-Couture and Matthew Ariaratnam, lighting designer Karine Gauthier, costume designer Tanya White, Head of Sound Phil Strong, and performance coach Dan Wild. Tickets for the shows can be purchased here: http://citadelcie.com/tickets/ I encourage you to check out all the shows scheduled for the season- the line up is excellent!
As you can see, the company has been doing lots, with some very special artists. Our upcoming Toronto shows have received some government funding, but only enough to cover 1/3 of the project costs. We will be launching a major fundraising campaign around Valentine’s Day, and I ask you to keep us in your hearts as we move towards that day of love. If the Christmas spirit has already put you in the giving mind-set, you are most welcome to think of us now too. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to make a donation.
From the centre of my heart to yours, I wish you a happy, peaceful holiday! XS
*Alana Elmer appears courtesy of Toronto Dance Theatre, Christopher House Artistic Director.
I am very pleased to announce that Ivanochko et Cie will be heading to Los Angeles, California next week to present my latest production, Mirror Staging the Seeing Place. This work is the culmination of my MFA studies, and I’m thrilled to be presenting it outside of the academic setting. The evening-length solo features the outstanding performance of Kristy Kennedy and sound design by Matthew Ariaratnam. In case you happen to be in California next week, I have provided the ticketing details below. It would be lovely to see you in sunny California!
All my best, Sasha
Mirror Staging the Seeing Place
Downtown Dance and Movement,
1144 South Hope Street Los Angeles, CA
online box office: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kiki-kennedy-14909179787