Introducing the 2017 Commissioning Fund Artists!
After much consideration and deliberation, F-O-R-M's jury has chosen 5 artists for our second year of Commissioned Artists for the festival. Congrats to Heather Lamoureux, Sabrina Comanescu, Andy Chen, Jamie Robinson and Rachel McNamee! See their bio's bellow and be sure to follow us on Social Media to follow their process' leading up to their premieres in June!
Heather Lamoureux is privileged to be a producer, artist and creator on the unceded territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh nations. She is the founder and Director of Vines Art Festival. Vines shares thought-provoking art that tackles environmental justice with various approaches that are accessible for all ages, genders and cultures; granting each individual the possibility to access, engage, and participate in creation or performance. www.vinesartfestival.com
Heather is currently studying Expressive Movement Therapy at Tamalpa Institute under instruction of Anna and Daria Halprin. She is a graduate from Simon Fraser University with BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration.
She has produced The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds and is the Youth Program Coordinator for Dancing on the Edge Festival. She was fortunate to receive an Early Career Development grant from British Columbia Arts Council to intern with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and is now their Festival Associate. Heather continues to dance in projects including works in 12 Minutes Max, Dancing In Vancouver and Oscillations in ISEA: International Symposium on Electronic Art.
Heather volunteers at BC Crisis Centre, a call center that focuses on suicide prevention. She partakes in local environmental activist activities and volunteers with Greenpeace. When she has spare time she spends as much time as she can outside - hiking, biking, stargazing and exploring.
Andy Chen is a Grade 11 student studying at St. George's School. After discovering his interest in filming and editing, he attended the Television production course in 2014. From the course he learned camera techniques and post-production effects which lead him to establishing his own "Video Design Club" in 2015.
Originally from Halifax, Jamie Robinson is a Vancouver based contemporary dance artist. She began dancing at age 6 in Nova Scotia and continued her training throughout several Canadian provinces. Jamie is currently completing her final year of Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. She has had the pleasure of interpreting works by Justine Chambers and has performed in festivals and events such as FUSE, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Allsorts and The Choreographers Walk. Last year, in collaboration with videographer Kurtis Yu, Jamie choreographed, performed, and directed her first dance on film work, Four Fallings, which premiered at M.O.2016. Jamie is excited to continue to use multidisciplinary collaboration to investigate the way the body moves through and physically experiences the world.
Rachel McNamee was born in Vancouver, Canada. She trained at Arts Umbrella’s professional dance program under the directorship of Artemis Gordon. Through AUDC she worked with many renowned choreographers, toured and performed internationally, and participated in Ballet BC productions - Nutcracker and The Four Seasons. Her training was also supplemented with summer programs: National Ballet School of Canada; Pre-MIP and Movement Invention Project New York; Northwest Dance Project LAUNCH; Springboard Danse Montreal; and Nederlands Dans Theatre’s Summer Intensive. She completed the Arts Umbrella/VCC Graduate Dance Program in 2014. Shortly after graduation, she performed with Nederlands Dans Theatre I as a guest artist in their productions of Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty and Medhi Walerski’s Chamber, before joining NDT II as a full company member in September 2015. While with NDT II, she has been in creations with Johan Inger, Imre & Marne Van Opstal, Bryan Arias, Medhi Walerski, and Jiri Pokorny and performed works by Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and Alexander Ekman, amongst others. Rachel’s first choreographic work moon premiered at NDT’s Switch 2016.
Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu is a dynamic emerging talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean Community through her work as a dance instructor, performer, and choreographer. Training in urban/funk and Afro-Caribbean dance styles since the age of six, Sabrina dove into her studies of jazz dance at the School of Decidedly Jazz in 2013, in DJD's Professional Training Program and is presently an apprentice with the DJD Company. Sabrina is also the current major force behind The Diversity Performing Arts Club of Calgary and created Casa De Naz in 2012, a collective with a mission to “excite and educate art hubs across Canada about the thriving Caribbean community in Calgary and the arts of the Caribbean as a whole through film, fashion and dance”. Sabrina has performed in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland and New York City with such companies as House of Dangerkat, The Bad Girls Club YYC and ILLFX Entertainment. Sabrina is thrilled to be apart of Vancouver's FORM festival!