02 Nov Linnea Swan (She/Her)
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Linnea Swan (Associate Artist and Quick + Dirty Mentor) has had a long and colourful career based in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and now Calgary. For over twenty years she has had the pleasure of working and collaborating with many of Canada’s esteemed dance / theatre companies and artists including Dancemakers, Serge Bennethan, Susie Burpee, David Danzon, Claudia Moore, Parts+Labour_Danse, Tedd Robinson, Jordan Tannahill, and Volcano Theatre among others. Her work has been presented both Internationally and across Canada including The Canada Dance Festival, and The Festival TransAmériques. Also a filmmaker, she has created dance films, a dance documentary, two web series, and has been commissioned by numerous choreographers to create both video to accompany live performance as well as promotional videos for productions. Her extensive performance career has been recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations – receiving the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance, as well as the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance.
I am honoured to be the inaugural Associate Artist with Dancers’ Studio West. This vital organization has offered tremendous growth opportunities during my time in Calgary, and I am so grateful for the privilege to once again share my work with DSW audiences next May. The stellar cast are local artists Tania Alvarado, Meghann Michalsky, and Nicole Charlton-Goodbrand. I am ecstatic to have AD Sasha Ivanochko continue to pop into rehearsals as Outside Eye, and I am pleased to welcome DSW emerging artist Elizabeth Burney into the process as rehearsal assistant for the final creation phase of this project.
We began research for this new creation last year while working in the beautiful studio at the GRAND. As a point of departure, I turned my focus to the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. While the fairy tales are the foundation of this work, it’s important to me the finished work evolve and transcend the stories themselves. To both challenge and subvert these arguably problematic narratives, we began with a rigorous process of deconstruction. This concentrated work has already begun to manifest a strikingly new and unexpected context/narrative that I’m incredibly excited to investigate this coming year. As we work, we will continue to follow the guiding principles of curiosity, creative collaboration, and enthusiastic consent in our process. I firmly believe that people do their best work when they feel safe, valued, and respected. I am so very proud of the sophisticated work we have undertaken together so far, and I can’t wait to get back into the studio with these exceptionally inspiring women.