People

Kirsten Wicklund +

i. I am a: dance artist.

ii. The name of my upcoming show is:

“EDGE SIX”​ and it is a mixed program that will close Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019! It features my solo work entitled “Afloat amidst the steam of my combustion” alongside the solo work of Ziyian Kwan entitled “​The Odd Volume”

iii. In describing the show in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:

In my work, I have taken a piece I created for a site specific project and have reimagined it for the theatre space of The Firehall Arts Centre. Transformed from the outdoors, my inspiration has veered towards a dark, underground place. I am exploring a layer of grit that exists inside the work…the rawness behind the world of a woman grappling with barriers.

iv. When you come to the show, you’ll see:

Two different solo works, by two different female voices.

v. My inspiration for this show comes from:

Much of my inspiration for my work ​Afloat amidst the steam of my combustion​ came from writings in Homer’s ​The Odyssey a​s translated by Emily Wilson.

vi. One challenge in developing this show was:

A challenge in developing this work for Dancing on the Edge 2019 has been that I am acting in two roles; I am the creator and the performer of the piece. I am required to maintain both the vision of the work from the outside, while being totally immersed from the inside as a performer. It is wearing two hats simultaneously and has been both challenging and exhilarating to experience!

vii. My past work includes:

As a dancer I have performed works at Ballet BC for the past 6 years, and as an independent choreographer I have created works for The Dance Deck Series, Dances for a Small Stage, Arts Umbrella, Lamon Dance & Goh Ballet.

viii. I hope people coming to the show leave feeling:

A feeling of exhilaration that can only be found when sound, light, and a performers live energy interact to expose a unique experience for the viewer. The thrill of being in the moment with a performer where there is an honest exchange and the excitement that anything can happen. I want people to leave with the feeling that what they experienced absolutely cannot be replicated – after all, it cannot be!

ix. After this show, I’m looking forward to:

Embarking on another new season with Ballet BC plus pursuing my own choreographic endeavors. I hope to explore many different avenues within the performing arts and I am so thrilled to be presented at Dancing on the Edge this season!

Photos: Cindi Wicklund

Wicklund @ Edge Six

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