Originally from Tehran and based in Vancouver, Arash Khakpour is privileged to be a dance artist on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Arash has had the privilege of working with Wen Wei Dance, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Company 605, Constance Cooke, and David McIntosh (Battery Opera) among many others.
Arash’s choreography has been presented at Dancing on the Edge, Art for Impact, Dance Days Festival (Victoria BC), Dance In Vancouver, rEvovler Festival and Vines Art Festival.
Arash’s desire is to see whether the theatre can be a place to interrogate the body and to investigate the alternate ways of being. He is interested in dance as a language to research human conditions through historical, social, political and existential interpretations.
Arash is the cofounder of Vancouver’s guerrilla performance group Pressed Paradise, cofounder of the dance-theatre company The Biting School (alongside his brother Aryo Khakpour), and the founder and co-host of How About A Time Machine a podcast on the history of Canadian performance. Arash is grateful to be the 2017 recipient of Dance Victoria’s Chrystal dance prize with Emmalena Fredriksson from Sweden.
Heather Lamoureux is privileged to be a producer, artist and community engagement facilitator on the unceded territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh nations. Heather’s practice honours our universal relationship with mother earth and all beings that inhabit her. Using her privilege to stand up for equity and land protection, she works to imagine and create community that values ritual, nature, culture and healing above material wealth.
Heather is the founder and Director of Vines Art Festival, an environmental art festival in Vancouver which presents art in local parks with themes of social and environmental justice. She has produced The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds and is the Youth Program Coordinator for Dancing on the Edge Festival. In the past she worked for the PuSh International Arts Festival as Festival Associate. Heather is a co-director of Pressed Paradise a guerilla performance collective. She has recently created works for, Festival of Recorded Movement, BLOOM and Dancing in Vancouver.
She is currently studying Expressive Movement Therapy at Tamalpa Institute under instruction of Anna and Daria Halprin and a graduate from Simon Fraser University with BFA in Dance and a Minor in Business Administration. Heather volunteers at BC Crisis Centre, a call center that focuses on suicide prevention. She partakes in local environmental activist activities and volunteers with Greenpeace.
Gratefully based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Kelly McInnes works as a choreographer, performer and facilitator.
Kelly's choreographic practice is concerned with embodying the socio-political and imagining ways of being that inspire collective healing. Often multi-disciplinary, collaborative and site specific, Kelly creates as a call to action. She explores the complex relationships of body, community and earth.
Kelly's choreographic work has been presented throughout Canada, in Berlin and in Mexico. Recently, she received the Choreographic Award at the 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival for her work SHINY.
As a performer, Kelly has danced the works of EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance/Gail Lotenberg, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Olivia Davies/O.Dela Arts, Daina Ashbee, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead.
Community-engagement is integral to Kelly’s practice. She is director and co-facilitator of Epoch Youth Project, now in it's fourth season. She is also currently facilitator and artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers.