Artistic Director: Sophia Wolfe
Sophia Wolfe is a Vancouver based contemporary dance artist who also works in visual media including photography, film, and video art. Sophia started dancing at the age of three and completed her post secondary dance training in Vancouver through Modus Operandi, where she was featured in works by Justine A. Chambers, Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre, Wen Wei Wang and Crystal Pite. Sophia’s dancing has lead her to tour nationally and internationally with Company 605, and has more recently worked with Co-Erasga and with independent choreographer Chick Snipper. Sophia has participated in workshops such as ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Deltebre Danza in Spain and The Toronto Dance Community’s Love-In; training with artists/companies such as David Zambrano, Rootless Root, Frey Faust, Ame Henderson and Laura Airs. Outside of dance performance, Sophia has created and presented video installations through Vancouver's Contemporary Art Gallery mentorship program. Sophia is excited to be directing the second year of F-O-R-M!
Producers: Company 605
605 first emerged as a dance collective in 2006, working and training out of a small live/work studio (apartment #605) in East Vancouver. It was initially formed in pursuit of ongoing peer-to-peer professional development, combining dance practices, bringing together different perspectives, values and experiences to train one another, and enter into new collaborative conversations. The group’s experimentation eventually led to the premiere of its first full-length work, AUDIBLE, in 2009, which continues to tour, with over 50 performances and counting. Now operating under the co-directorship of Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, Company 605 has performed works from coast to coast in over 30 cities across Canada, in the US, Central America and Europe. The company’s newest creation, Vital Few, is the recipient of the 2015/16 CanDance Commission, and toured 13 cities in Canada in Spring 2016. Additionally, 605’s recent collaborations with filmmakers have allowed their short dance films to be shown at over 25 international film festivals worldwide. Company 605 was incorporated as not-for-profit society in March 2009, and as a registered charitable organization in January 2015. 605 receives full-time administrative support from Eponymous. www.company605.ca
Producer: Kristina Lemieux
Kristina Lemieux is an arts administrator and contemporary dancer. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Alberta with a major in Sociology and minor in Drama. Since moving to Vancouver eight years ago she has worked with many of the City’s art organizations: Arts Umbrella, New Works, Out On Screen, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West), Tara Cheyenne Performance, Theatre Replacement, Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) and Vancouver Art Gallery. Currently, she is the Artistic Producer for Brief Encounters and the Facility Manager for Progress Lab 1422. Recently, she launched The Scaffold, a temporary and specific structure of consulting, administration and skill development services designed to fluctuate between the individual and group needs of the performing artists who are supported by it.
Kristina holds a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement and is passionate about dialogue. She holds a series on arts organizations, audience engagement and citizenship called SANKASET. She also is one of the founders of Polymer Dance, a contemporary dance class and performing group. Kristina has 15 years experience as an arts administrator and a deep passion for dance. She is currently acts as a director on the Board of Directors for 110 Arts Cooperative and Music on Main. Kristina see's a lot of performing art.
Graphic Designer: Yuriy Kyrzov
Yuriy Kyrzov is a designer and artist originally from Odessa, Ukraine who has been living in Vancouver for most of his life. Much of Yuriy's work focuses on environmental issues, consumer culture, as well as textural and found object explorations. Yuriy practices in acrylic and oil painting, mixed-media, photography, and graphic design. Yuriy is currently working on his Bachelor of Design with a major in Communication Design and a minor in Art + Text at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Yuriy has previously done work with Adbusters Media foundation, is currently working as a designer for WOO Publication, and is a Research Assistant at Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Yuriy is excited to work as graphic designer with F-O-R-M this year and is looking forward towards developing a unique and integral visual identity to represent the diversity of F-O-R-M. Yuriy's goal as a designer is to make communication effortless, integrate design methods in tandem with visual art techniques, and to use creativity as a form of activism.
Vancouver based performance artist Maxine Chadburn has explored characters and movement from a young age. Her "acting training" focuses on improvisation, Meisner Technique and Fitsmaurice Voicework®. With roles in network TV (Lucifer, Once Upon A Time, Continuum) and feature film productions (The Unseen, Cadence) she has developed a passion for alternate realities in which she gets to play. Max’s career in dance also drives her artistic practice. She has trained with Out Innerspace’s contemporary dance initiative Modus Operandi as well as EDAM Dance’s scholarship program and apprenticeship where she studied contact improvisation under the mentorship of Peter Bingham. She has worked with companies such as 605 Collective, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Battery Opera. Currently, Maxine is a member of Shay Kuebler’s Radical System Arts Society and incredibly excited to be a part of the F-O-R-M team.
Nancy Lee is a curator of interactions. An avid filmmaker, Nancy has worked as a documentarian, music video director, and experimental film director. Commissioned by FORM for their 2016 programming, Nancy directed and premiered dance film “Faux Solo” in collaboration with Ralph Escamillan; the film was also screened at multiple international film festivals including Szczecin European Film Festival '16 (Poland). Her persistent fascination with subjects’ negotiations of space in particular would germinate in her film career and further actualize with her work in immersive new media installations and interdisciplinary performances. Freed from having to stage interactions within a frame, Nancy is able to conceptualize space and test relationships therein from the vantage point of an arranger. Her work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings. Nancy has performed and presented her work at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, New Forms Festival, the International Symposium for Electronic Art, the Electroacoustic Music Festival, the conference New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Australia), and The International Conference on Live Coding (Hamilton).
Completing his Double Major in Film and Theatre SFU in 2014, Daniel has balanced the dual identities of Theatre and Filmmaker moving between the two. He works onstage and off, in front and behind the lens. Recent theatrical roles include writer/performer ‘PKD Workshow' with A Wake of Vultures, performer in “Enter Tame Me” Atlier de Mime (Berlin) and Lighting Designer for “A Body without Orgasm” Tatwerk (Berlin). His last film was a dance/film collaboration with Francesca Frewer “Winterfeldplatz and Elsewhere”.
He is a member of the performance collective A Wake of Vultures, perviously filmmaker in residence at the Canadian Music Centre and an associate artist with MINA Productions.
Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver-based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. She studied graphic design in Turkey, where she was born and raised. She also completed the digital film program at The Art Institute of Vancouver. She has produced short films and video installations that have been screened and exhibited in festivals in Europe, Canada and Turkey.
For more than 10 years, she has collaborated with artists, performers, storytellers, dancers and filmmakers.More recently she has been mentoring youth in Digital Story Telling project with Our World. Sebnem curated Dinka Pignon’s retrospective exhibition at VIVO Media Arts Centre and co-curated the Digital Carnival.