Dancefest at Nextfest 2019


Good Women Dance Collective is once again curating the dance programming at Nexfest, Edmonton’s emerging artist festival.
From May 30 – June 9, 2019, emerging artists from Edmonton and beyond will be presenting their work. Tickets are available through the Nextfest website or at the door to each performance.

In the Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns
Performances with text will feature ASL interpretation


Friday, May 31 at 6:00pm 
Saturday, June 1 at 2:00pm 
Sunday, June 2 at 4:00pm followed by 30 min talk back

this is where i’ll stay

Company: Nostos Collective
Choreographer: Emily Spearing in collaboration with dancers
Performers: Sonja Boretski, Miyeko Ferguson, Irena Ponizova, Katherine Semchuk, Emily Spearing
Music: Steve Bowa, Demdike Stare, Stars of the Lid, Author & Punisher

a vigorous, theatrical, and physical exploration of five dancers tackling the uncertainties we go through in life, searching for acceptance within themselves


Choreographer: Gemma Crowe
Performers: Alina Jiwani and Sarah Cherniwchan
Music: Sina Lankarani

The bolsters, rivalries and the complex connectedness we all navigate as social beings is represented in the relationship between two women, and the fluctuation space between them.

Forest Floor

Choreographer & Performer: Kristy Janvier
Music: recordings by Kristy Janvier mixed with percussion by Jer Carrier

I’ve always loved the crunch below my feet as I walk through the bush behind my secluded cabin. No electricity. No running water. You get there by boat. This land was started by my great grandparents. I spent most of my summers here.


Thursday, May 30 at 7:00pm
Friday, May 31 at 8:00pm followed by 30 min talk back
Saturday, June 1 at 4:00pm

Tunnel Vision

Choreographer and Performer: Elizabeth Ferns
Music: Michael Solo, Edgardo Moreno, Powergrid, Jazznoize

Tunnel Vision explores the notion of being stuck in a continuous loop on the thoughts that haunt us in the back of our minds.

“I remained so much inside my head and ended up losing my mind” – Edgar Allen Poe

It Was/Wasn’t All Worth It: This piece contains violence

Choreographed and performed by Diego Romero & Ileanna Cheladyn

This piece is a thank you to each other, to the audience, to whomever wants to be thanked. Physically rigorous, Diego and Ileanna challenge the discomfort of being vulnerable and visible, with each other, with the audience, with whomever seems to haunt the space. Play and care are important within the demands the performers hold; they focus on a different relationship between performance and viewership that refuses shape and meaning by using shape and meaning.


Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00pm followed by 30 min talk back
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00pm 
Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm

Imperfect Perfection

Choreographer and Performer: Sasha Wilde
Music: Carl Craig

Obsession with perfection. Why and how do imperfect creatures strive for the unattainable? What trials and tribulations do humans put themselves through in order to achieve this standard? IMPERFECT PERFECTION explores image; the juxtaposition between inward and outward perfection – being perfect vs appearing perfect. Is perfection a façade?


Choreographer: Nina Milanovski in collaboration with performers
Performers: Victoria Gubiani, Paige Sayles
Music: Uoon II by alva noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, M1- the site by Ryuichi Sakamoto, M7- love by Ryuichi Sakamoto

uncouple (verb):

  1. To disconnect or unfasten
  2. To set loose
  3. To break loose

uncoupling studies how people transition from individuals, to partners and then untangle, finding themselves as individuals again. Analysing the proverbial canyon that keeps two people apart, we uncover the intangible elements in between, the lingering connections and memories.

me, mine, more…

Choreography and performance: Rachel Facchini
Music: Jacopo Biffi
Costume Alterations: Aaliyah Sundarsingh
Mentor: Kate Hilliard

me, mine, more… was created in response to my curiosities around social perception. I am interested in the way individuals perceive one another in different social encounters and situations. The solo is meant to reveal my feelings associated with misunderstandings; a part of social perception.


Choreographer: Alison Neuman
Dancers: Alexis Hillyard, Kaylee Borgstrom, Nicolle Pilon

Reflection is an exploration of identity, marginalization, conformity, individuality and inclusion.


Friday, June 7 at 8:00pm followed by 30 min talk back
Saturday, June 8 at 2:00pm 
Sunday, June 9 at 3:00pm 

Human Landscapes

Choreographer: Candice Irwin
Performers: Alison Keery, Roxanne Korpan and Amanda Pye
Outside Eyes: Davida Monk and Deanne Walsh
Composer: Hope Lee

“It’s not an untouched wilderness like a mountaintop, but a ramshackle wildness in which people and the land have conspired to strangeness.” – Helen Macdonald

Inspired by the work of visual artists Wanda Koop, Irwin’s Human Landscapes asks what our world would look like if humans weren’t here.

Street Art

Choreographer/Performer: Robyn Learn
Videographer: Evan Robinson

Street Art is a collaborative exploration of the act of watching and being watched. (in the street, on the stage, or through the numerous other venues that life provides)

A Provocation on Wheels I

Choreographers: Jen Roy and Shay Erlich
Performers: Shay Erlich and Jen Roy
Music Credit: Near Light Ólafur Arnalds, My Year In The Rain (Stripped) Strife II

Wheels represent possibility and plurality: the space between motion and stillness, the balance point between safety and risk, and how imagination creates opportunities for new motions to emerge. In animating the inanimate device, the user is in turn animated, perpetuating motion, relationships and explorations.

The He(a)rd

Choreographer: Raena Waddell
Performers: Meghan Moody, Alex Mevel, Stephanie Schnarr, Julianna Heft, Leah Born, Abby Hanson, Amanda Procter, Nika Giblak, Nicole Chebac, Cattrina Ladi, Michelle Luu, Kelsey Bertrand, Amelia Pierce, Aidan Collins, Alecia Hack
Music: Massage Tribe, The Dali Thundering Concept, MB Gordy, Trent Reznor

Each year Good Women Dance Collective and Victoria School for the Arts partner on a new work for Nextfest. An artist from the Edmonton community is selected to create a piece on the Dance Xtreme students grades 10-12.

The He(a)rd was created over the course of six rehearsals referencing three ideas within the myriad of possibilities in herd mentality: distortion, unified mass and ultimately highlighting each unique voice among the many.

Also Featuring


An ongoing performance installation at the Backstage Theatre
Creator: Jen Mesch
Performer: Bridget Jessome
Eight Bridget Studies is an exploration of the female figure in various proximities, qualities of light, and liminal spaces.

Dancefest’s Technical Team

  • Stage Manager: Andrea Handal
  • Lighting Designer: Skye Grinde
  • Stage Manager Mentor: Izzy Berguist
  • Lighting Design Mentor: Julie Ferguson