XR Artist in Residence, Fall 2024, In partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre

opaqueREFUSALS Work in Progress

by danielle Mackenzie Long

Tuesday, Oct 29 | 6pm
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Free. RSVP required.

About the event:

You're invited to an Open Showing of a Work in Progress come witness and discuss how dance and technology can interact together.

Bubble wrap represents a restrictive binary structure that is meant to be disrupted. danielle Mackenzie Long is drawn to the way in which the material evolves through deflation and puncturing in order to provide safety to a delicate object, just as bodies evolve in various ways to support gender affirmation of trans people. Playing with the transparency of bubble wrap in both live and digital spaces, danielle uses it to conceal, distort, and ultimately reveal the complexity of intersecting genderqueer identities.

opaqueREFUSALS is a slowly developing two-part work; one part live performance, one part interactive online animated visual "zine." Its creation process embraces the intimacy required of pursuing dances working in relation to technology, and what emerges from digital glitches that occur.

About danielle:

danielle Mackenzie Long, a queer emerging artist, resides on the stolen and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. They seek to use new media/film to liberate gender non-conforming dance artists to create work that surpasses gendered bodies through various means of visual presentation and audience access. At this time their creative practice is being expanded through engagements with Action at a Distance/Vanessa Goodman, Co.ERASGA/Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Shion Skye Carter, steph cyr, Kaili Che, and self checkout/Lamont. Spaces they have been in recent residencies with include Toronto Dance Theatre (Pilot Episodes) and New Works. As the current Associate Artistic Director of the Festival of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M), they work alongside a small team of creatives, supporting the seeds of creations by youth and emerging artists whose works speak to the theme of “recorded movement.”

Occasionally danielle also studies Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia with the aspiration to infiltrate and challenge the academic world by navigating it with an emphasis on curiosity, refusal, and rest.

Instagram: @daniellemckz

Among a competitive pool of applications, danielle was awarded residency space at New Works within the 2024-25 season. New Works strives to build process-focused artist-lead residency space that is responsive to the creative’s needs.

A New Works residency is a safe space for creative risk taking.

This XR creation theatre residency is in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre.