Maybe We Land | Meghann Michalsky /Katherine Semchuk
Join us for MZD’s presentation of Maybe We Land
Meghann Michalsky /Katherine Semchuk (Calgary/Toronto)
Through partner work and spatial parameters, this duet investigates the fluctuating levels of dependence in a relationship and the cyclical nature of care; how one may resist or surrender to support, and how two individuals become one.
Oct 13 +14
Doors: 7 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
Tickets $25/$20 MZD Members
Location: Mile Zero Dance
9931-78 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 1N6
Katherine Semchuk is an Eastern European contemporary dance artist currently based in Toronto. Originally from Edmonton AB, she has been establishing creative relationships in multiple cities across the country. She has collaborated with Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton), Kaeja d'Dance (Toronto), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), Nostos Collectives (Toronto), Tapestry Opera (Toronto), The Platform TO, Peggy Baker (Toronto), Radical System Art (Vancouver), Tia Kushniruk (Edmonton), Meghann Michalsky (Calgary), Sasha Ivanochko (Toronto), and Naishi Wang (Toronto). She feels liberated when she is able to act as a physical portal for her own and other collaborator's stories, ideas and sketches.
Katherine’s choreographic work has been presented by Expanse Festival (Edmonton), Fluid Fest (Calgary), FODAR - Market Dances (Annaopolis Royal, NS), Mile Zero Dance, and New Dance Horizons (Regina). She has created choreography with and for the musical projects of Julian Anderson-Bowes, Black Fish Project, Charsu Quartet, Jordan Hart, Younggun Kim and Mear. Through an improvisational practice, the investigation of solo work, and choreographic processes, she continues to dissect her artistic values. She is fascinated by the use of spirals, momentum and opposition/conflict in the body, stability and change, and integrates these ideas into her ever-evolving creative practice. She is currently creating a duet with her collaborator Meghann Michalsky which will tour across Canada in Fall 2023, and a project called “Inner Works: A Solo Study'' which includes commissions from Tia Kushniruk, Sasha Ivanochko and Peggy Baker. Her work has been supported by GWDC’s New Work Award, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts.
Katherine is passionate about cultivating community and the power of dance as a primary form; she coordinates a training platform called westside movement sessions in Tkaronto, rehearsal directs for William Yong/Zata Omm, and is a faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also shared her practice at Canada's National Ballet School, Ballet Edmonton, The University of Alberta, YYC Contemporary Training, public schools and dance studios across Edmonton and Toronto. (Photo credit: Kendra Erik)
Meghann Michalsky is a dance artist working in Alberta. She is the Artistic Director of YYC Contemporary Technique Training and the Co-Artistic Director of Project InTandem, two programs that offer opportunities to emerging artists in Canada. She was awarded the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions - the first Dancer/Choreographer to receive this award. In December 2021, she was received a residency at the prestigious Banff Centre in Canada.
Since completing her BA in Contemporary Dance, with a concentration in Choreography and Performance, at the University of Calgary in 2014, she has rigorously pursued her dance technique training in Canada as well as in Israel, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany & Austria. Michalsky has worked for an array of individual artists and companies, including Karissa Barry, Laja Feild of LajaMartin, Davida Monk, Linnea Swan, Michele Moss, kloetzel&co, Cloudsway Dance Theatre, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, J-Sik Movements, & Dancers' Studio West - Lab Emerging Artist Program (2016) & Physic/Alchemy (2018), amongst others.
Her most recent choreographic works have been presented at University of Calgary, Chutzpah Festival, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Project InTandem, Fluid Festival, Stream of Dance Festival, Convergence & abroad in Finland. Her research starts with her trust in the body and investigating how bodily experiences are deeply embedded. She creates highly visceral works that combine intense musculature and athletic physicality with subtle internally driven flow-based movements. (Photo credit: Rich Bridgewater)