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  2. Plus TheCo, Minus Helen Goodwin
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    Contact Info

    Evann Siebens

    778.960.8240
    evann at evannsiebens dot com

    Bio

    Evann Siebens makes media with movement. She has exhibited at galleries such as Eyebeam and Centre Pompidou, while her documentaries have 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, Frankfurt Ballett and ACME London. Evann recently exhibited a geodesic dome and 360 projection at the Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, and also screened a commissioned work on the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She showed a moving triptych billboard as part of Capture’s Photography Festival and also performed live with her media at New Media Gallery and the Western Front, Vancouver. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.Curriculum Vitae

Plus TheCo, Minus Helen Goodwin

2018-2019 / 20 mins / Geodesic dome projection mapping installation

A sculptural 20 foot metal geodesic dome, with a dancefilm in three parts: 360-degree video, Super 8 film and HD video make up the full installation. Commissioned by Lorna Brown, curator at the Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, the piece explores the overlooked Canadian female choreographer Helen Goodwin.

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A founding member of Intermedia in the 1960s, Goodwin developed an improvisational style of choreography having brought avant-garde artists Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Anna Halprin and John Cage to Vancouver. She also helped create The Dome Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1970, and so Plus TheCo, Minus Helen Goodwin, with its contemporary use of a geodesic dome references an important historical moment with an immersive media installation. Shot on Hornby Island with artist Anne Ngan, an original dancer of Helen’s and with a host of contemporary dancers on Jericho Beach, Vancouver, led by choreographers James Gnam and Vanessa Goodman, the pieces investigates the 1960s/70s political influence on movement and performance. By creating a collective of dancers, a 21st version of ‘TheCo’ (Goodwin’s dance company) the project acknowledges the utopian values of a different time. The improvisational form and style is disrupted by the punctuated editing, and sound extract phrases from peer interviews create a fragmented experimental collage of her life and story. Helen Goodwin died in 1985 by walking out into the water at Jericho Beach, having lost her 10 year old son some years before, and the piece also alludes to the challenges of being an artist and a mother. Was her legacy erased because she was a woman, or worked in performance? Or because her suicide and lack or archive seem to eclipse all memory of her actual work? Where does the archive sit, in the body? Or the ephemera, photographs, film snippets and memories of her contemporaries. By featuring performer Anne Ngan, a dancer in her 70s, Plus ThCo, Minus Helen Goodwin acknowledges that sometimes the archive sits in the bodies of those who were there…

Exhibitions + Screenings

Beginning with the Seventies – Radial Change
curated by Lorna Brown
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver, Canada
June 2018

Design and Fabrication
Keith H Doyle + Joseph Friedrich

Improvisational Choreography
James Gnam + Vanessa Goodman

Sound Design
Sunshine Frère
with performance by Nathan Marsh

Improvisational performance by
Anne Ngan

with
Lara Barclay, Laura Crema, Francesca Frewer, James Gnam, Vanessa Goodman, Elissa Hanson, Arash Khakpour, Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, Alexa Mardon, Erika Mitsuhashi, Jane Osborne, Bevin Poole, Evann Siebens and Lexi Vajda.

Vocals led by
Laura Crema

Additional Camera
Ryan Ermacora

Projection Mapping
Stuart Ward

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