MELANIE KLOETZEL (CALGARY) is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary, the Artistic Director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Canada, and author of Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces. Her dance theatre works, site-specific performances and dance films have been presented across three continents, including at Danspace at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), Dusk Dances (Toronto), On the Boards (Seattle), Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center (NYC), California Museum of Photography (Riverside, CA), Fluid Festival (Calgary) and The House Theatre (Plymouth, UK). www.kloetzelandco.com
LINNEA SWAN (CALGARY) was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has had the pleasure of working with many of Canada’s esteemed dance / theatre companies and artists for over twenty-five years. As a creator/performer, she has collaborated with a number of artists, most notably with Susie Burpee in a creative partnership spanning over a decade - together creating their signature duet Road Trip, and recently commissioning choreographer Alyssa Martin from Rock Bottom Movement to create a new duet to be presented at the Citadel in Toronto; as well as with David Danzon of Corpus to create and perform the one-woman, site adaptive work Swan Lake Syndrome which toured Canada and Japan. Also a filmmaker of note, her work includes dance film, documentary shorts, web series, as well as video to accompany live performance and promotional videos for productions. Her work has been commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, Soundstreams, Chartier Danse, Corpus Dance Projects, The Dietrich Group, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Sara Porter, The School of Contemporary Dancers, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and The University of Calgary among others. Her most recent film works include Made up - created in her role as Associate Artist with Dancers’ Studio West; MEN in charge - a documentary commissioned by kloetzel&co.; and Vicarious Time - created with Meagan O’Shea and presented by The Dance Centre in Vancouver.
A multiple nominee for the Dora Mavor Moore award, Linnea received the 2013 Dora for Outstanding Performance in Dance for Road Trip, as well as the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance. Linnea is Co-director of ReLoCate. www.vimeo.com/linneaswan
LIN SNELLING (EDMONTON) has toured the world extensively as performer with Carbone 14 (1989-2001). As choreographer, performer and teacher, she continues to investigate, perform and teach improvisation, both as a tool for creating choreographic material and a way to keep performances alive and present – which has cultivated an exploration into bodywork in relation to dance and the spoken, sung and written word. She creates works, and collaborates with choreographers and directors, throughout Canada and Europe; most recently in Ireland, London UK, Berlin, Cyprus, Athens, Vienna, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal with Rewriting Distance; a collaboration with the dance dramaturge Guy Cools. (www.rewritingdistance.com) Lin is presently teaching dance, improvisation and experiential anatomy to actors in the Drama Faculty at the University of Alberta, living in Edmonton and Montreal and deciphering dialogues between these two cities and artistic communities. Her recent dance collaborations are Duplex with Gerry Morita and Loop Thing with musician composer Michael Reinhart and Performing Book with Shelagh Keeley. She works often with Montreal choreographer Tedi Tafel and was part of Life World and Calendar and Everyday.