Presented with The Dance Centre

Family Room

The Falling Company
April 19-20, 2024 | 8pm 
Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)

Each show will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a counsellor, providing a supportive environment for audience members to share their reflections.


Tickets on sale now through The Dance Centre box office. 

Family Room is a poignant dance theatre piece choreographed by Marissa Wong which explores immigrant life and cultural identity – and the complexities of her Chinese-Canadian upbringing and navigating her parents' divorce. The innovative set design transforms the stage into a living room, each piece of furniture symbolizing familial connection and a foundation for interactions told through movement and text. Performed by three versatile dancers, Family Room is a deeply personal and intimate work, which touches on universal themes including frustration, belonging, and love.

About The Falling Company

The Falling Company is a project based, contemporary dance company dedicated to the creation of inclusive spaces for dance and collaboration. The Falling Company is a nonprofit dance company under the direction of Marissa Wong. Formerly known as the response and founded by Amber Funk Barton, the company provides a homebase for creative work from a singular woman of colour. The Falling Company is invested in facilitating arts opportunities for underrepresented artists. These spaces depart from the power dynamics the artistic director experienced as a ballet dancer and are centered around positive mental health. The company creates meaningful relationships with artists, organizations, and opportunities that align with these values. Creations and productions of the company focus on blending classical ballet training with improvisation and release techniques. Works for the company reflect the human condition using movement to create accessible storytelling. Works place bodies and emotions in relatable landscapes to mirror the experiences of those who engage with the work.


Choreography: Marissa Wong 

Performers: Justin Calvadores, Tamar Tabori, Shana Wolfe

Sound Composer: Jamie Bradbury 

Costume Design: Meagan Woods 

Lighting Design: Jono Kim 

Stage & Production Manager: Kayleigh Sandomirsky 

Set Design: Kayleigh Sandomirsky & Marissa Wong

Dramaturg: Raïna Von Waldenburg

Dramaturgical Consultation: Intisar Awisse

Outside Eye: Peter Bingham (through EDAM Choreographic Series)

Creative Research Collaborator: Steph Cyr


Marissa Wong is a Chinese-Canadian dance artist who has the privilege to create, play and share on the unceded Coast Salish territories, also named Vancouver, BC. She is the Artistic Director for The Falling Company and her engagement in the Vancouver dance community demonstrates her power to educate, produce, perform, and host works. Marissa strives to change the systemic structure in dance through facilitating inclusive and sustainable arts spaces.

Support: City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts, Agnes Fong, Dr. Shirley M. Wong Foundation, held at Vancouver Foundation, Florence Wong.

Residencies: EDAM Dance Fall Choreographic Series 2021, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, plasticorchidfactory - Artist in Residence, The Dance Centre Artist in Residence.

Photos: by Lula-Belle Jedynak