Dance Work / Work Dance

Dance Work / Work Dance

Dance Performance/ Exhibition

Choreography: Emmalena Fredriksson
Dancers: Sarah Fdili-Alaoui, Isabelle Kirouac, Alexa Mardon, Erika Misuhashi, Layla Mrozowski, Deanna Peters, Daisy Thompson, Lexi Vajda and Ashley Whitehead

Exhibited at the Unit/ Pitt Gallery, Access Gallery, Interurban gallery, and the final show at the Audain Art Gallery / Vancouver Canada / 2015


From January to June 2015 Emmalena explored dance as an exhibition based practice in collaboration with ten Vancouver dancers. We developed and presented four solos in one public studio showing at 611 Alexander street, a critical dance series residency at Unit/ Pitt projects called An Exact Vertigo, Dress Code In Effect a group exhibition at Access Gallery and in Therapeutic Drawings a Haunt exhibition at the Interurban gallery and our final solo show Dance Work / Work Dance at the Audain Gallery.

“Experimenting with modes of visual art as an entry-point for dance making and presenting, Dance Work / Work Dance engages alternative perspectives on dance and the exhibition space. Working with improvisational looping scores, ten performers on rotational shifts create distinct dances of varying durations throughout the gallery. The interplay between works, the proximity between dancer and spectator, and the blurring of these roles extends the boundaries of each dance; drawing focus around and beyond the exhibition space. The durational aspect and simultaneity of the exhibited dances—the awareness of performances unseen—contributes to a sense of infinite potential viewing experiences. To dance like no one is watching and everything is seen, to watch like no one is dancing and everything is dance.”