"Ultimately, I believe in using dance to reflect how we engage with the world around us and to decode contemporary experience. My appetite for movement is rooted in experiential anatomical expression. While human relationships play an enormous role in our day-to-day life, it is the micro level of communication that interests me: the body language that reveals the secrets of our unconscious and illuminates the human condition. Here lies invisible information that communicates so much: the dynamics of breath, taste, touch and scent that express the emotional content of the body." –Vanessa Goodman
Vanessa Goodman is a Vancouver-based dance artist who is Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan and is an artistic associate with Small Stage. She received her early training in Toronto from Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, PBJ Dance Projects and Etobicoke School for the Arts. Vanessa holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and continues her training locally and abroad. Vanessa was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Independently she has interpreted works for Wild Excursions Performance (Conrad Alexandrowicz), Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance (Ziyian Kwan), the plastic orchid factory (James Gnam), Restless Productions (Claire French and James Maxwell), Mascall Dance (Jennifer Mascall), Julia Sasso, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse. Since 2006 she has been a company member with Dancers Dancing, where she has had the pleasure of working with artistic director Judith Garay and other prestigious Canadian choreographers.
Vanessa has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale and the SFU Dance Program (2010/11/13/15). Most recently her work has been presented locally and nationally by The Canada Dance Festival, The Magnetic North Festival, The Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, Dances for a Small Stage, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Modulus Festival, The Chutzpah Festival, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dance Allsorts. Vanessa has facilitated workshops and master classes throughout BC and in Toronto. She is also certified Method PMI Pilates instructor.
Vanessa likes to spend her time when outside the studio hiking, camping, editing video footage and pretending to play the theremin. www.actionatadistance.ca
A structured section of improvisation where touch provides the impetus for the movement pathways.
Transforming one sense into another.
The dancers expand their bodies and grab imaginary particles in space.
A state when everything feels engorged and gigantic. Although one knows this not possible, the sensations in the body tell a lie that cannot be ignored.
The dancers move their eyes in opposition to their body as they stare into the vacuous space that surrounds them.
When perception slips and half of the face is gone. When what is seen is not real. When reaching for something renders one empty handed.