Episode 5 - The Simmer, make some shitty art - Interview with Dance Artist Kate Franklin
Nov 4th, 2019 by taracheyenne
She spent the first decade of her career based in Toronto, as an independent contemporary dance artist. She danced with numerous companies and choreographers, most notably Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), Matjash Mrozewski, and Kate Alton, amongst others.
Her own choreography was performed by dance training programs such as Quinte Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, companies such as JD Dance and at festivals including At the Wrecking Ball and Dusk Dances.
Kate was a mobilizing force in the Toronto contemporary dance community. She worked with Series 8:08 for many years, and was the co-founder (with Tina Fushell) of Ambitious Enterprises, a company that produced five "At the Wrecking Ball" programs of interdisciplinary dance over ten years (from 2002-2012).
With Kate Holden, Franklin founded firstthingsfirst productions in 2005. Together, the Kates commissioned an impressive number of works from independent Canadian choreographers and produced three full-length evenings of dance.
Now living in Vancouver, Kate is the Associate Director of Modus Operandi, and has worked with choreographers Idan Cohen, Shauna Elton, Justine A. Chambers, Meredith Kalaman and companies Fight With a Stick Performance, Company 605 and Tara Cheyenne Performance. She regularly returns to Toronto to work with Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam). Kate's own work has been shown most recently at Accelerate 2.0 and Boombox.
Kate is the recipient of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Female Performance for the solo "Gotta Go Church" choreographed by Valerie Calam.
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director and writer. Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, she is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer "who defies categorization on any level"(The Georgia Straight).
Tara is celebrated nationally and internationally for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. The string of celebrated full-length solo shows to her credit includes bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember, and she partners regularly on multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary-bending ensemble creations. When she isn’t creating innovative movement for theatre, Tara performs around the world- highlights include DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, and High Performance Rodeo/Calgary. Recent works include The Body Project (premiering 2020/21 season) The River with dance artist Miriam Colvin and artist and activist Molly Wickham (premiering 2021 in Wet'suwet'en Territory), empty.swimming.pool with Italian dance/performance artist Silvia Gribaudi, (Castiglioncello, Bassano, Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, B.C.), how to be (Vancouver, B.C.) , and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember (currently touring). TTara lives on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)/East Vancouver with her partner composer Marc Stewart.
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