ID: The Live Performances
November 5th, 2015
As is tradition, TEDxVancouver returns performance art to centre stage. In innovative style and with inaugural fashion, each custom choreographed live artistic segment will link together a single thematic narrative.
Each performance builds around the melting pot of identity: the collector of our unique facets and the holder of our collective dimensions. With each societal addition to the cauldron, the self morphs and shapes, expressed visually through the growth of an on-screen creature.
Our chameleon takes on many forms, representing the transitions and evolution each of us take through life. Before our self image takes control, the final act reminds us just how important our inner core is in representing our true identity.
“When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do.” ― RuPaul
Smokey Valley drum group was formed in the summer of 1994 during the Common Wealth Games in Victoria BC. From that summer on SV has attended many First Nations gatherings throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the spring of 1995 the group was asked to perform for several schools in the Langley school district to share some songs & dances with the students. From that time on they formed their dance and music group. Now, Smokey Valley has become one of the most elite British Columbia drum groups, winning drumming & singing contests, and even producing albums of their own.
Dal and his thunderous dhol rythms have entertained audiences through out Canada,, the United States, England and India. Dal started playing Dhol and other percussion instruments from India more than 20 years ago. Starting with Dal Dil Vog and most recently as a solo artist. He has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Global News, The Hindu Stand Times, and many News and entertainment tv and radio programs through out Canada, U.K and India.
As one of Canada’s premier celebrity impersonators, Jaylene Tyme brings glamour and sophistication to her uncanny character portrayals. She is a headliner for the Sunday Drag review “Legendary Ladies” at The Odyssey Night Club in Vancouver, BC. A past Empress of Vancouver, Jaylene is a proud member of the Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. She believes that it is important celebrate the power of community by contributing to the energy of our world with passion and positivity.
Meredith Kalaman is a Vancouver-based Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer. She has performed with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company since 2008 as well as in works by Noam Gagnon, Judith Garay, Judith Marcuse, Day Helesic, Kate Franklin, Farley Johansson, Julie Lebel and Kirsten Wiren. Company Credits include: the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Dancers Dancing, Judith Marcuse Projects, and Movent. She is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Meredith’s choreography has toured across Canada, the US and throughout China. She is a recipient of the 2015 Chrystal Dance Prize from Dance Victoria and her first full-length work, Femme Fatales, will premiere in 2017 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Award-winning technologist, composer, violist, and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has performed with leading improvisers around the world and created more than 50 live film scores. He is one of Canada’s most in demand composers for dance and recognized for his groundbreaking interactive work with Radix Theatre. Kenaxis—Stefan’s game-changing software—is used by musicians around the world and his elematic Mad Scientist Machine LED light cueing system has opened new possibilities of collaborating around the world.
As a mixed race and bi-cultural youth, Eileen Kage embraced the art of taiko, learning to express herself in a physical and artistic way through the art form. Since the 1980s, she has co-founded several taiko/music groups and has toured parts of Europe and North America with Uzume Taiko, LOUD, Co. Erasga and Kokoro Dance. She continues to explore and create new works utilizing the taiko through collaborations with other musicians, movement artists, and poets. Her on-going projects include studying and participating in the ceremonial roots of taiko, and playing/composing with LOUD and JODAIKO.
Danielle Mika Nagel
Danielle Mika Nagel is an international yoga and meditation teacher based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Mindfulness Manager at lululemon athletica and a Lead Educator for the Chopra Center of Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA. Danielle is passionate about supporting people discover their life’s purpose through yoga and meditation. In her classes, she integrates breath, movement, and philosophy to bring a sense of awareness to the practice both on and off the mat. For more info on Danielle, visit www.daniellemika.com
Performance curation by Kelly Daines.
Animation by Michael Martinson & Cory Clarkson compliments of PostPro Media.