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Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance

  • University of Calgary 2500 University Drive Northwest Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 Canada (map)

$15 Drop-in, CASH ONLY
Location | U of C - Studio: AUX GYM
Attending | U of C SCPA & Community Drop-In
Focus | Technique


Exploring what is real and what is imagined Vanessa's class plays with the possibility of the bodies capacity. We will work through systems of anatomical organisation and curiosity of state. This workshop begins with guided hands-on bodywork and moves into physical tasks preparing your body for the day ahead.


Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.  She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of  Action at a Distance Dance Society. Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. She has received several impactful opportunities including; the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2013); the Yulanda M. Faris Program (2017/18); the Chrystal Dance Prize (2019); The Marshall M. Williams (2019) and the Schultz Endowments (2019) from The Banff Centre; and the upcoming "Space to Fail" program (2019/20) taking place in New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver. 

Vanessa's work has been presented locally by DanceHouse, SFUW, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; nationally by Fluid Festival (Calgary), Kinetic Studio (Halifax) and The Dance Made in/Fait au Canada Festival (Toronto); and internationally by On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), Offset Festival (New York) and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Brazil). 

Action at a Distance has been an artist in residence at The Banff Centre, The Dance Centre, Dance Victoria and The Shadbolt Centre.  Vanessa has been on faculty at The Banff Centre for the Arts and has been commissioned by Springboard Danse Montreal, Votive Dance, Lamon Dance, Warehaus Collective, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class. 

Vanessa often collaborates with artists across multiple disciplines. She frequently works with; plastic orchid factory;  AV artist Loscil (Scott Morgan); and lighting designer James Proudfoot to build distinct and intimate worlds. Upcoming projects in 2020/2021 include collaborations with artists; composer Caroline Shaw (USA) for "Graveyards and Gardens"; and Simona Deaconescu (Romania) for "BLOT" premiering at the National Dance House in Bucharest and then touring to Tallinn and Vancouver. 

Earlier Event: October 16
Belinda McGuire | Action at a Distance
Later Event: October 19
Vogue Workshop with Ralph Escamillan