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The Carnegie Dance Troupe & Karen Jamieson Dance

HERE (working title) Work-In-Progress Performance
(Earlier stages of HERE)

Heart of the City Festival – November 1, 2015

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – SFU Woodwards – Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

The Carnegie Dance Troupe acknowledges our dancing takes place
on the unceded traditional Territory of the Coast Salish People, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh

Since 2006 The Carnegie Dance Troupe has been an ongoing vehicle for people from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community to participate in creative dance. Some have been involved in many previous projects, some are new participants. The principle supporting The Carnegie Dance Troupe is an absolute inclusivity.

Performances of The Carnegie Dance Troupe are created through processes of collaboration, seeking to connect us to our body, to our breath, to the energy of the earth, to each other and to our diverse communities.

Today you are witnessing a showing of their new work-in-progress, the beginning stages of a work to be premiered in 2016. Themes of this work-in-progress are: the flow of life and healing, and the investigation of gifts received and given through dancing together.

  • Choreography – Karen Jamieson and The Carnegie Dance Troupe
  • Workshop Leaders, Performers – Karen Jamieson, Hailey McCloskey, Julie Lebel, Lindsey Ridgway
  • Music – Mike Richter, Sarah Good (Snunneymuxw)


Songs and dances:

  • Deer Song and dance shared by Sarah Good
  • Song from Horse Carriage Man shared by Swallow Zhou
  • J.S. Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, shared by Dean Obrol
  • Bear song shared by Richard Lavallie (Cree)
  • Deer song shared by Peter Siah III (Lillooet Fort Douglas)
  • Friendship dance shared by Deborah Charlie (Lillooet)


Performers, Workshop Participants, Contributors,

  • Cathy Lau
  • Dallas (Cowichan)
  • Deborah Charlie (Lillooet)
  • Heather Blais
  • Henry Wong
  • Iris Kujansuu
  • Martin Wong
  • Roger Stewart
  • Swallow Zhou
  • Taninli Wright (Wet’suwet’en)
  • Wilson Leung

Dance Interns, Performers – Carolina Bergonzoni, Charlotte Priest
Workshop Participants, Contributors – Graham Cunningham, Priscillia Tait (Wet’suwet’en)
Production & Stage Manager – Andrea Creamer
Partners - Carnegie Community Centre & SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Funding - Canada Council for the Arts, Province of BC, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver