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Wells Hill (2015)


February 25th-28th 2015

Wells Hill is an immersive contemporary dance work that celebrates communication and explores humanity’s relationship with medium and performance. It draws inspiration from the work of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould, two Canadian luminaries who altered how we consume art and information. With an incredible cast of performers backed by an innovative artistic team this work promises to be an exciting tapestry of movement and sound. Choreographer Vanessa Goodman’s thoughtful work strives to be a spectacle and has been praised for its “thrilling visual magic” (The Georgia Straight).

Dance artists: Lara Barclay, James Gnam, Josh Martin, Lisa Gelley, Jane Osborne and Bevin Poole

Choreography: Vanessa Goodman

Original sound composition: Gabriel Saloman

Lighting design: James Proudfoot.

The Sensationalists (2015)

605’s collaboration with Theatre Replacement, now titled The Sensationalists, will premiere at the Cultch from May 12-16, 2015.The work is currently in its final year of development. Please join our mailing list for updates about how you can get involved in the creative process as a “test audience” before the work’s premiere!For more info on the Cultch’s 2014/15 season, click here.
Direction:  Theatre Replacement
Choreography:  605 Collective
Sound Design:  Gabriel Saloman
Lighting Design:  James Proudfoot
Dancers in Research Process:  Laura Avery, Justine Chambers, Lisa Gelley, Walter Kubanek, Josh Martin, Jane Osborne, Manuel Sorge, Lexi Vajda, Ralph Escamillan (apprentice), Sophia Wolfe (apprentice)

What Belongs To You (2014)

What Belongs To YouPhoto: Pretty/Ugly Design

Dancing on the Edge Festival
July 5th and 6th at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver

Presented in partnership by:
The Dance Centre through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, The Dancing on the Edge Festival and The Contingency Plan

Choreography:  Vanessa Goodman
Collaborating Artists: Lisa Gelley, James Gnam, Josh Martin, Erika Mitsuhashi, Jane Osborne, Bevin Poole, James Proudfoot and Gabriel Saloman

The creation of this work has been generously supported by The Dance Centre through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, The Dancing on the Edge Festival and The British Columbia Arts Council.

What Belongs to You Teaser from Vanessa Goodman.

Cella (2014)

Choreography and Performance: Lisa Gelley
Music: Gabriel Saloman

Re-Marks On Source Material (2013)

Re-marks on Source Material

27 July 2013 – 28 July 2013, 8:00pm
Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
$15.00/$5.00 (tickets on the door),

27th July 2013 –  8pm
28th July 2013 –  2pm & 8pm

Concept & Direction: Daisy Thompson
Movement & Performance: The dancer’s – David Clennin, Katie DeVries, Francesca Frewer, Jana M. Jacques, Michael Kong, Jessie Kwan, Alexa Solveig Mardon, Erica Mitsuhashi, Olivia Shaffer, Kimberly Stevenson, Yawen Wang
Sound: Gabriel Saloman
Lighting Design: James Kokol

Re-marks on Source Material is part 1 of Daisy Thompson’s MFA final presentation. The starting point for this piece, looked at the simultaneous networks of power relations that one is apart of in society, and how one is both compliant and complicit, behaviourally, within these networks. During her 2 years at SFU, Daisy has been refining her interests in collaborative working methods, which reduce hierarchical structures within educational and creative processes.

“When I write of disrupting or changing history, I begin with the assumption that people can change, that we are not totally determined by, bespoken by the culture in which we live”  –  “Bones” by Bronwen Wallace

The complexities of belonging are numerous.
To ‘fit in’ is to become obliged to participate.
A means to an end becomes a repeated formulation of ideas that are determined before they emerge.
What if we choose not to determine the end?
What if we try another approach?
What if we except change as potential and loose fear of the unknown?
Here we are.

war.requiem (2013)

04 April 2013 – 06 April 2013, 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
General: $15 | Students and Seniors: $10,

Presented by the Dance Program at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, April 5, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:00PM & 8:00 PM

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver BC


war.requiem is a collaborative interdisciplinary live performance exploring ideas related to the experience of war. Each artist in dance, music, media, light and costume contributed ideas that culminated into full evening work performed in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theater by dance students from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Choreography: 605 Collective, Shawna Elton, Vanessa Goodman, Rob Kitsos
Music: Gabriel Saloman
Projection & New Media Design: Chimerik
Dramaturgy: Elysse Cheadle
Costume Design: Carmen Alatorre
Lighting Design: Sarah Nutbrown Bourdeau, Rui Su
Guest Artist: Nancy Tam



Riots Don’t Just Happen (2012)

Choreography: Daisy Karen Thompson

Music: Gabriel Saloman


Maxilla & Mandible (2012)

MaxillaAndMandibleRecently I was commissioned to create a new work for the Simon Fraser University Graduating School for the Contemporary Arts Dance Students.

This work Maxilla and Mandible will premiere as part of their final production One Thousand Hours Later.

Original sound composition: Gabriel Saloman.

Choreographers: Vanessa Goodman and Megan Walker-Straight.

Dancers: Alisha Lemire, Brittany Gorman, Iris Binger, Michael Kong, Milena Read, Natalie Kohan, Natalie Johannesen, Rebecca Foley, Regan Cowan, Sally Chan and Tesie Tran.

Date: May, Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th
Time: 8pm (15mins intermission)
Location: Studio D (2nd floor), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings

Adhere (2011)

adheretripping. closely. perception

A Double Bill featuring new works by The Contingency Plan and a commission from Tara Cheyenne Performance

January 11th-14th 2011
The Firehall Arts Centre @ 8pm
To purchase tickets please visit
The Firehall Box Office

The Contingency Plan, described as “one of the smallest but most innovative troupes in the city” by Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight, premieres Adhere. Adhere layers innovative movement, text written by Samantha Mehra and an atmospheric soundtrack composed by Gabriel Saloman to explore the countless ways we experience being alone and the struggle we face between belonging within ourselves and outside in the world.

The second half of the evening is brought to you by the imaginative genius of Tara Cheyenne Performance. In recognizing both a shared acronym and enthralled by Tara’s brilliance, The Contingency Plan is thrilled to premiere this new commission. Inspired by icons -the Virgin Mary, and Steve Martin – choreographer extraordinaire Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and composer Marc Stewart fashion a comedic new piece for the three ladies of The Contingency Plan.

Performances by: Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne and Lina Fitzner

Sound by: Gabriel Saloman
Lighting Design by: James Proudfoot

This Production is made possible with the generous support of The Firehall Arts Centre and The British Columbia Arts Council


Unlike Taste (2010)

unliketastegroupChoreography: Vanessa Goodman

Music: Gabriel Saloman

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