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.
Kelly McInnes is privileged to be a dance artist, choreographer, performer & facilitator based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Kelly creates work exploring socio-political issues, through a feminist lens, as a call to action. She is concerned with challenging the status quo and accepted normalities of how we represent, manipulate and censor bodies. Kelly's work has been presented at La Bodega & Casa de la Cultura (Mexico); Art for Impact, BC Buds Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Bloom, Emily Carr, Merge, the HopBopShop, Vines Arts Festival, The Dance Centre, Interplay Project (Vancouver, B.C.); ArtsWells Festival (Wells, B.C.); Skimped Festival (Victoria, B.C.); Dance: Made in Canada, ArtScape Gibraltor Point & Feminist Art Conference 2015 (Toronto, O.N.).
Kelly has interpreted projects for MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, the 605 collective, Metal Dog, Anne Cooper, Sammy Chien, Daina Ashbee, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead.
Community-engagement is becoming an important part of Kelly's practice. She co-facilitates, MINE, a youth collaborative creation workshop & process with Rianne Svlenis and Alex Mah. A member of the performance collective, Pressed Paradise, Kelly is currently making new work as part of their Special Projects Residency at The Dance Centre for the 16/17 season.
Diego, eats, sleeps (occasionally), plays, reads, writes, runs, weeps, bleeds, dances, blinks, sings, eats more, drinks, sleeps again, makes things, destroys and pays rent in Vancouver BC on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Diego is a dance artist and writer whose interests range from psychoanalysis to pretzels (and beyond).