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image: Yvonne Chew / dancer: Olivia Shaffer

image: Yvonne Chew / dancer: Olivia Shaffer

Sénescence

by Olivia Shaffer

Senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/): Biological aging; the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics that occurs in the mind and body.

Sénescence is a personal reflection into my caregiving journey, through my father’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Using movement and text, in collaboration with sound designer Alex Mah, Sénescence offers the audience a ceremonial performance, highlighting triumphs and heartaches in a collective embrace of our unavoidable impermanence.

Premiere:
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 2:00 p.m
The Annex, 823 Seymour Street

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This project is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New Works, Small Stages, EDAM Dance, and the Moberly Arts Centre.

Past Projects

Olivia Shaffer: Choreography and Improvisations

Papa’s Dance (improvisation)
Response to an impending loss, later layered with audio recording from a care home visit.

March 2019

Summer Session (improvisation)
in collaboration with sound artist Emmanuel Mailly (France)

June 2018

Sénescence (work in-progress)
sound by Triola, Tigran Hamasyan and Olivia Shaffer.

informal showing
February 2018

Light in Shadow (improvisation)
sound by Tigran Hamasyan

in research for Sénescence
February 2018

The Divine Invasion (excerpts)
choreography by Olivia Shaffer
concept and sound by Dave Biddle
cinematography by David Ehrenreich

August 2018

Feedback Loops (full)
choreography and sound by Olivia Shaffer

commissioned work for Shooting Gallery Performance Series
November 2016

EDAM Dance: interpretation and improvised performance

Pillars (excerpts)
improvisation score, directed by Peter Bingham/EDAM
performed by Delia Brett, Anne Cooper, Elissa Hanson, Arash Khakpour, Walter Kubanek, Diego Romero and Olivia Shaffer

EDAM Choreographic Series
May 2018

Engage the feeling arms (excerpts)
choreographed by Peter Bingham/EDAM
performed by Walter Kubanek, Diego Romero and Olivia Shaffer

Vancouver International Dance Festival
March 2018

Engage the feeling arms (excerpts)
choreography by Peter Bingham/EDAM
performed by Farley Johansson, Walter Kubanek and Olivia Shaffer

EDAM Choreographic Series
December 2016

Secret Life of Trees (excerpts)
improvised score, directed by Peter Bingham/EDAM
performed by Walter Kubanek, Chengxin Wei and Olivia Shaffer

Vancouver International Dance Festival
March 2016

Liminal spaces (excerpts)
improvised score, directed by Peter Bingham
EDAM Choreographic Series Nov 2014

air filled with promise (excerpt)
improvised score, directed by Helen Walkley
EDAM Choreographic Series May 2014

Past Collaborators: interpretations and directed improvisations

Untitled (full)
directed by Daisy Thompson

The Dance Centre
October 2014

Feast (trailer)
choreographed by Katie Devries

Firehall Arts Centre
July 2014

this hallow space has a corridor (excerpts)
improvised score, directed by Michael Kong

The Dance Centre
June 2014

Re-Marks on Source Material (excerpts)
choregraphed by Daisy Thompson

SFU Woodwards
July 2013

Research in Improvisation
open improvisation, facilitated by Helen Walkley
performed by Deanna Peters, Bevin Poole and Olivia Shaffer

The Dance Centre
2012

EXILE (excerpts)
by Hong Kong Exile

SFU Woodwards
October 2012

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