Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver)


Oct 26 & 27, 7pm

cSPACE King Edward


Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver)

Container by choreographer and performer Vanessa Goodman explores her relationship to her body as a container for her inherited cultural past.

"A visceral solo dance bursting out of a starkly abstract stage and costume design. Goodman's character is born into a rectangle of light, moves powerfully but haltingly through the darkness, and then returns to the light." Rich Smith/The Seattle Stranger (2016)

Goodman moves to the industrial-ambient music like one of its notes made flesh
— Rich Smith/The Seattle Stranger (2016)


Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of Action at a Distance Dance Society. She was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Program from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. She co-founded The Contingency Plan collective and has independently danced with dancers dancing, plastic orchid factory, Julia Sasso, Jennifer Clarke Projects, Justine A. Chambers, dumb instrument dance and Mascall Dance. Her work has been presented locally by DanceHouse, SFUW, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival, Small Stage and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; nationally by Kinetic Studio and The Dance Made in/Fait au Canada Festival; and internationally by On the Boards, Risk/Reward Festival and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará. Goodman has been commissioned by Lamon Dance, Warehaus Collective, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class


Choreographed and performed by: Vanessa Goodman
Original sound composition: Loscil
Existing sound: Loscil and The Barry Sisters
Sound arrangement: Vanessa Goodman
Costume: Vanessa Goodman
Lighting design: James Proudfoot
Production assistant: Ben Didier

Other acknowledgements: Special thank you to Julie-anne Saroyan and Small Stage for seeding this work and to The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, DOTE, NWNW, Risk/Reward Festival, The Canada Dance Festival, Dance Made in/Fait au Canada, The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Fortaleza, Brazil) and Fluid Festival for supporting this work’s continual growth and dissemination.

Photo credit: David Cooper