Good Women Dance Collective is excited to welcome three new Board Members this season! Kevin Jesuino and Connor Yuzwenko-Martin will be officially voted in at our next AGM on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30PM (on Zoom). Join the event on Facebook.
Kevin Jesuino is a Portuguese-Canadian queer multi-disciplinary performer, facilitator, activist, somatic practitioner, movement arts coach, and arts educator. His work is oftentimes collaborative, site-specific, participatory, and process-oriented. His practice explores relationality, the stories within our bodies, and the magical realism that manifests itself in LGBTQ+ communities and the natural world. He draws from research in queer performance, ecology/biology, somatics, and site adaptive/responsive performance. His community-embedded projects engage participants in performative actions, discussions, creative interventions, activations, and other forms of organizing.
Kevin Jesuino is the Co-Artistic Director of TRAction, a dynamic collective of interdisciplinary artists who engage communities in art-making to address issues of climate justice. Besides developing artistic projects under this group, he is also passionate about facilitating social action through performance and visual art around climate justice and the ecological crisis. His current research centers around issues of ecology, food security, relational aesthetics, and building eco-somatic empathy
Kevin Jesuino completed his Theatre Arts diploma at MacEwan University (with honours) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Governor General’s Award). He is a founding Fellow of the Trico Changemaker Studio Artist-as-Changemaker program. He also is a certified Tamalpa Life/Art Process® Teaching Graduate, 200HR Yoga Instructor, and has completed his Permaculture Design Certificate with Verge Permaculture. Kevin Jesuino completed his Theatre Arts diploma at MacEwan University (with honours) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Governor General’s Award). He is a founding Fellow of the Trico Changemaker Studio Artist-as-Changemaker program. He also is a certified Tamalpa Life/Art Process® Teaching Graduate, 200HR Yoga Instructor, and completed his Permaculture Design Certificate with Verge Permaculture.
Connor is a Deaf Queer public relations specialist, actor, producer, and playwright. He has nurtured a lifelong passion for theatre and accessibility, beginning in grade school with simple skits and continuing into his young adulthood with his first professional engagement as a rookie improvisor at Rapidfire Theatre. Currently he is writing and producing his first original script, After Faust, in partnership with RISER Edmonton and premiering in February 2023. He is also slowly and gently launching The Invisible Practice, a hybrid Deaf arts collective and public relations agency.
Mitch Chalifoux (any pronouns) is a white, Mad, queer artist based on Treaty 6 territory, in so-called Edmonton. Their art practice is search for queerness, and gender creativity in historical and future-gazing art and craft forms. Responsiveness and collaboration is core to their working methods. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Mitch is actively involved in the inclusive dance and disability communities in Edmonton, and currently works at a disability arts studio. In summer, Mitch spends time tending to plants and weeds.