Carolina Bergonzoni is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar with an MA in Philosophy and an MA in Comparative Media Arts. Her research interest includes an investigation of dance and philosophy, as well as the definition of presence in live performances. She has been teaching dance and Philosophy for Children and Community (P4C) since 2008. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator; from then, she has been working for building community of movers and thinkers, moving and dancing with people from 0 to 99+ years old. She likes to say that she practices presence through dance (contact improvisation, somatic based techniques, release, etc.), yoga, and her academic studies. carolinabergonzoni.org Photo credit © Yvonne Chew.
Diane Park is a community-engaged, multidisciplinary Vancouver artist; her spectacular costumes dazzle and engage audiences at contemporary dance performances (Daelik, Peter Bingham, Ziyian Kwan, Julie Lebel) and many public events (2010 Olympics, Vancouver International Children’s Festival). Diane has been commissioned to create wearable art based on the music of composer Nicole Lizee (Psycho Dress), and her work won at the Port Moody Wearable Art Awards 2015. As General Manager of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could she creates free, large-scale, inclusive, public events (Summer Solstice at Mountain View Cemetery, 11: A Remembrance Day Event, All Souls) and site-specific, synesthetic art installations (Cocteau’s Mirror, The 5th Stage, “11”). Diane was Artist in Residence in Falaise Park Field House Studio, and now works out of Mountain View Cemetery. DianePark.ca
Julie Lebel is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. Her approach to art making is collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving musicians, visual artists, film makers and writers. Julie’s current projects include “Tricoter” on a short form solo for public spaces, “Paper Playground” a 40 min work for children under 5 yrs to be premiered at the Surrey International Children Festival in May 2017. Also, Julie leads Foolish Operations Ensemble / Dancing the Parenting, a performing group of parents dancing with their young children for 5 years. Julie recently completed Findings/Trouvailles, a 3-year residency project with the Roundhouse Community Dancers. Julie studies under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson since 2012 and is Program Manager of Community Engagement at Made in BC – Dance on Tour. foolishoperations.org