Alida Kendell is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. She has been a collective artist with GWDC since 2009 and during this time has been shaped, challenged and encouraged by its programming, its artists and the communities GWDC engages with. She has been most influenced by the creative processes of Melenie Demers, Peggy Baker and Sasha Klienplatz. She is curious about the process of enabling physical change through introspection and play, and currently practices durational improvisations that take her further away from and closer to herself.
The majority of Alida’s recent body of work was created on the GWDC. She has had the pleasure of presenting these works at numerous festivals and events in Edmonton such as Dancefest at Nextfest, Feats Festival of Dance, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Prairie Dance Circuit, as well as at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala and at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Select works of hers have also been performed in Toronto, ON and Winnipeg, MB as part of GWDC’S critically-acclaimed Fringe Festival production, Fracture.
In order to delve deeper into her methods of creation, Alida has sought out and benefited from the choreographic mentorship offered through Artist-in-Residence programs with Mile Zero Dance and Dancers’ Studio West.
As an interpreter, Alida has worked with Sasha Ivanochko, Peggy Baker, Mélanie Demers, @tendance, the Edmonton Opera, Heidi Bunting Dance, the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, AM Choreography and Pyretic Productions.
Photo © Max B. Telzerow