1. Media Projects

  7. FLOOD
  8. deConstruction
  9. Chromatic Revelry
  10. quad/wrangle
  11. IcarusCar
  12. Ferry
  13. Improv
  14. Legoland
  15. image/Word.not_a_pipe=(Magritte)
  16. Portal: World of Awe
  17. Pothead
  18. Do Not Call it Fixity
  1. Curation

  2. ContainR
  1. Documentaries

  2. Nutcracker Nation
  3. Dancing Las Vegas
  4. Limón: Moving into the Future
  5. American Aloha

    Contact Info

    Evann Siebens

    evann at evannsiebens dot com


    Evann Siebens makes media with movement. She has exhibited her projects at galleries such as Eyebeam and Centre Pompidou, while her documentaries have been screened at MOMA and on PBS. A former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and Bonn Ballet, Evann graduated from New York University. Now based in Vancouver, she has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, UNIT/PITT and ACME with Keith Doyle. Evann recently won the ID/Identities Istanbul Best Video Prize, and performed at Western Front, as well as New Media Gallery, Vancouver. Recent exhibitions include MediaArtLab/Urban Screen, Russia, Lincoln Centre Film Society, New York, and screening a commissioned work during FacadeFest on the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.Curriculum Vitae


2017 / 6:50 / 4K Video + Projection Mapping

In Orange Magpies, dancers in bright orange utilitarian jumpsuits move through the landscape of Vancouver. Fast, sharp editing, match-on-action techniques, and a driving beat create a structural danced film. Projecting the images and familiar locations overtop the neoclassical architecture of the Vancouver Art Gallery is juxtaposed with the acknowledgement that these dances were shot on sites that are unceded and the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.


On the surface is a bright and kinetic dancefilm, using my background as a dancer to shoot the performers, and sense of motion to re-choreograph the film through editing. Yet there are layers under the surface. The title Orange Magpies refers to the association with thievery that magpies hold in European folklore, such as The Thieving Magpie by Rossini (also used in A Clockwork Orange by Kubrick) or Heckle and Jeckle from The Talking Magpies animations of the 1950s. The nest of a magpie is sometimes described as a ‘bed of thievery.’ The film’s soundtrack is a remix of the original Radiohead song Morning Mr. Magpie by Modeselektor with lyrics that reference this history. The dancer’s physical gestures such as holding their hands out before wrapping them away also lend metaphoric meaning. I wanted the dancers to stand out from the landscape, in their bright, everyman orange jumpsuits, to be outsiders, but they have also been read as prison suits, referencing the Vancouver Art Gallery’s history as a courthouse and prison. I also was interested in juxtaposing the neoclassical architecture of the Vancouver Art Gallery and its colonialist associations, with the contested landscapes shown in the film. The city as site, with the dancers dressed in orange questioning the institutional superiority of the architectural building, and layered overtop of its Vitruvian principles. It holds a compelling double meaning for me. Finally, I’m interested in breaking the frame, in moving beyond the traditional two-dimensional space of film, in questioning the status quo. The visual transgressions of dance media, that on the surface seem so simple and pleasing, are an entry point for feminists and activists to have their say, an allowance for a complexity of politics, enabled by the moving body through time and space.

Exhibitions + Screenings

Vancouver Art Gallery
Commissioned film for
projection mapping festival
Vancouver, Canada
September 2017


CBC News
Featured in Facade Fest article
September 5, 2017

On the Coast
Host: Gloria Macarenko
Radio Interview
September 3, 2017

In collaboration with choreographers/performers
James Gnam and Vanessa Goodman

Music Composition by
Scott Morgan aka loscil

Assisted by Sunshine Frere

Mural by Joseph Tisiga
used with permission + respect


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