Meet the Artists – Luciana Freire D’Anunciação


Vocation/Vacation is a dance piece based on a game structure in which artist and audience will engage in a brief conversation about the concept of work, pleasure, labor, vocation and vacation. These conversation will inform the way Luciana will perform her task: make a playful dance improvisation that will deconstruct and translate her own take of the words to her body movements. 

Gathering her interests in game theory, dance improvisation, language/speech/literature in performance, D’Anunciação will prepare a conversation structure and make available options of dance intentions, states, costumes and songs in order to build a score to be achieved. The idea is to create a challenge for herself and test her own capability to the specific labour of fine-tuning to time and space in order to embody language and improvise with dance movements. 

Trigged by the radical changes the current (and illegally elected) Brazilian government made on the labour laws, D’Anunciação reflects upon the value of work – and of course the value of her own chosen career as a artist. According the the new rules, workers need to complete 49 years of labour in order to have the right to retire, which means Luciana will only do it when she turns 83 years old! Those changes buzzed heated discussions in the country regarding work as a dignifying life purpose and the misjudgement around art making as a vagabond occupation, hence the interest in the words vocation – relates to occupation, work, divine call for a specific activity; while vacation relates to des-occupation, free time, suspension, leisure. Considering this topic is not an isolated phenomenon in the world currently, Luciana brings her own local political and cultural experience to a dialog with Canadian audience into a playful performance.

Meet the Artists – Luciana Freire D’Anunciação

Meet the Artists – Antonio Somera

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This piece began with no meaning. Just had a bunch of thoughts that I wanted to play with. It is simple ideas, simple games I like to play with myself, in my mind mostly. But then I realized that sometimes the simplest things have the most deep complexity in itself.

Some of my inspirations came from binge watching netflix and youtube such as:
-How I met your mother
-New Girl
-Ted Talks
-waacking dance battles
-soundtracks to video games like Kingdom Hearts
-Studio Ghibli films
-Rupaul’s drag race

I wanted to combine my knowledge in waacking dance style, integrating it with physical contemporary movement, and adding the drama and emotional content from these videos. And just giving it a try to see if all these elements can work together or not, but you can tell me if it did after the show. 🙂

Throughout this process, it seemed like I was able to discover more personal realizations about myself and was subconsciously integrating my own mental world into this piece. Which I like to believe is a sign that I am becoming an artist (yay!). A big thanks to Joanna and Josh for going through the trials and tribulations with me, and I am also thankful that I am able to share some vulnerabilities to you.

Falling from grace, when there wasn’t any to start with. Falling because the leaves outside are doing it.
Falling in and out of mind, hindsight, fist fights. Falling into me and into you.
Falling like we’re kids, innocent and carefree.
Falling without inhibitions, with ambition.
Falling with the burden of my insecurities.
Falling because I just like the adrenaline
Falling is intuition, and sometimes we don’t catch ourselves. Falling is okay.

Meet the Artists – Antonio Somera

Meet the Artists – Laura Avery and Jessica Wilkie



when they dragged you out of my ear
i mistook you for a love song
which was an easy mistake
save for the smell


someone to
make me
in the wake
of tailings ponds







crawls through
you when you
take the words
“… … … ”
and grind them
around on the
swells of your

*** — still need to figure out
what words might be in the quotation marks.
i was thinking of some kind of stock phrase
like “ i love you” or something like that-
but less on the nose.

Meet the Artists – Laura Avery and Jessica Wilkie

Performances this Friday and Saturday

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This Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11th, 8:00 pm, the artists will show their creations at the Dusty Flower Shop, 2050 Scotia St. in Vancouver, BC.

Shooting Gallery, is an intimate performance series open to dance, theatre
and performance art based in Vancouver, BC.

This 4th edition features work by Julianne Chapple, Sophie Maguire, Billy
Marchenski, Daria Mikhaylyuk and Elizabeth Milton.

Showcasing movement based, experimental, short form works-in-progress and

Doors at 7:30pm. Open seating. Bar available. Drinks permitted in the
performance area. Evening runs approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets are available online here.

Tickets may be available at the door for $20. Because the theatre is quite small, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online.


Performances this Friday and Saturday

Meet the Artists – Julianne Chapple


This piece doesn’t have a title yet.

Maybe you can name it for me? Find me in the lobby after the show and tell me what you think.

It started with watching men dance together. I looked closely and could see the details of their interactions; where they were using their strength to smooth out the weight exchanges when their bodies didn’t quite match up. I think this is a reason we don’t see much in the way of women lifting in dance, it requires so more care if you have a smaller frame.

I wanted to discover two things: what could two female bodies really achieve in terms of strength based partnering, and what if we didn’t try to hide those precarious moments?

You’ll see Maxine and me put our trust in each other. You’ll see our muscles shake. You’ll see us hesitate and offer and give in.

This piece doesn’t have an ending yet. I’m trying to take my time and not rush to create something whole. This is a little something; the beginning of a larger exploration.

Meet the Artists – Julianne Chapple