Experiment #4 Artists

MARIE FRANCE FORCIER​ (CALGARY) draws on her extensive experience as artistic director of Forcier Stage Works in her career as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Calgary. Internationally active in the field of Trauma Studies, the bulk of her recent work explores new ways of thinking about the intersection of psychological trauma and dance practice. Her body of choreography has been seen across North America, Europe and Asia, and she has toured extensively as a performer in a wide range of disciplines.

JAMES GNAM ​(VANCOUVER) is a dance artist based in Vancouver and Montreal. He is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory, a founding member of Left of Main as well as an associate artist with MAYDAY and Grand Poney. He trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and from 1998 to the present, has performed in the works of Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Barak Marshall and collaborated in the creation of new work with Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Melanie Demers, Vanessa Goodman, Evann Siebens, Peter Bingham and Tedd Robinson. With plastic orchid, James collaboratively devises interdisciplinary work that focuses the body as a site of social commentary. James’ research and performance have been supported by Opera Estate in Bassano Italy; Circuit-Est in Montreal; Centre Q and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Electric Company Theatre, The New Forms Festival, The Vancouver Art gallery, The Burrard Arts Foundation/Facade Festival, The Belkin Gallery and SFU/W in Vancouver. In 2010, the late Lola Maclaughlin nominated James and his wife Natalie for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance.

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). 

THEA PATTERSON (EDMONTON) is a choreographer, performer, and dramaturg based in Edmonton. Her early choreographic works include Rhyming Couplets (08), and A Soft Place to Fall (06) which was made into a BravoFact film. From 2007 to 2015 she worked as dramaturg, and co-artistic director with Peter Trosztmer, on seven acclaimed works, including Eesti: Myths and Machines (2011) which received mention as top dance works of the year by the Voir, Montreal. An interest in collaborative models then lead to the co- founding of the collective The Choreographers (2007-2011). During that time, she also co-choreographed Norman (2008) for Lemieux.Pilon.4Dart which toured extensively through Asia and Europe. Her more recent works explore self-solo formats and an interest in expanded choreographic methods. This led to the dance that i cannot do (2013) which was presented at, amongst others, Movement Research-The Judson Church and the Munich Dance Festival. In 2016 she began work on her Masters project between the is and the could be (2016) which explored emergent choreographic forms, and other methods for altering aspects of spectatorship.  In 2016, She completed her Masters at The Graduate School, DAS Choreography (Amsterdam). In 2017 Thea participated in an life altering choreographic residency with Deborah Hay. Several current projects, as a dramaturg, and collaborator, and choreographer are ongoing in Montreal, Portugal, and Newfoundland. As well, she is pursuing her PhD in Performance Studies at the University of Alberta.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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