ECDYSIS by Emmalena Fredriksson

Presented by Tara Cheyenne Performance in partnership with New Works


Emmalena Fredriksson

20, 21, 22 October 2022, 8pm

Progress Lab, 1422 William St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2P7

In a not so distant future, one of the cyborgs awakens at Progress Lab 1422. Moving through fragments of memories, old programming and rediscovering her own identity as a free agent,  she questions if she is human, animal or machine?

Sometimes rage runs through her and it feels like shedding skin.  

Ecdysis at Progress Lab 1422 is a site specific installation and immersive performance experience. Incorporating a sound installation, video projection, live performance, set and lighting design in the courtyard outside Progress Lab.

All performance will take place outside. Following each performance, audiences are invited socialize at the on-site bar and to join artists for a Q&A.

Emmalena Fredriksson is a contemporary dance artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada, as a guest on the ancestral unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Her practice is defined by choreography as a relational practice in the expanded fields of dance, often collaborating with artists of other disciplines, creating choreographic experiences and dance for social events, film, galleries and performance.

Born in Sweden, she received her training at Balettakademien in Umeå and at SEAD in Austria. Emmalena has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally with Daghdha Dance Company (IE), Canaldanse (FR), Malta University (MT), Pact Zollverein (DE), and Falmouth University (UK) among others. Based in Vancouver since 2013 her work has been presented in Dancing on the Edge, The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance Series, Dance in Vancouver’s Choreography Walk (curated by Justine A. Chambers), Dance Days (Victoria) and at the Audain Gallery. Commissioned by the National Film Board, she co-created Tidal Traces – a VR 360 dance film together with Nancy Lee in 2017. The film has to date had over 35 international screenings.

Emmalena holds an MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and she regularly teaches at Modus Operandi, Training Society of Vancouver, Harbour Dance Centre and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

ECDYSIS Creative Team

Emmalena Fredrikkson– Choreography

Alaia Hamer, Bob Pritchard and Daniel Tsuii – Costume Design, Spine technology and Programming

Filip Gorecki – Music

Kyla Gardiner – Lighting Designer

Alaia Hamer – Set Designer

Emmalena Fredriksson and Bob Pritchard – Video Projections

Luciana Freire D’Anunciacao – Photography

Daniel O’Shea and Lukas Hyrman – Videography

Presented in Partnership with Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Photo by Luciana Freire D’Anunciacao