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Open Studio Series presented by Kinetic Studio


DANSpace-on-Grafton, 1531 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS.


Saturday, March 23 at 8:00pm - 10:00pm


The 2018/2019 Kinetic Studio Season wraps up with a third invigorating, exploratory Open Studio Series weekend. Dynamic, imaginative and engaging work from both local and out-of-town dance artists!

Featuring work by:
Rachel Franco and Raphael Franco, Halifax
Vanessa Goodman, Vancouver
Georgia Skinner, Halifax
Michèle Slattery, Halifax

Rachel Franco and Rafael Franco’s THE EMIGRANT, a movement and narrative piece that gives audiences a “glimpse of what it might feel like to have to leave their home due to conflict”. This deeply honest and intimate piece grows out of Rafael Franco’s personal experiences. Told through the bodies of two different dancers – Rachel Franco (Saturday) and well-known Halifax dancer/choreographer Jacinte Armstrong (Sunday) – the piece offers an emotional, interwoven, immersive dialogue between body and spoken word.

Well-known Vancouver-based choreographer Vanessa Goodman returns to Halifax to bring her work In Fiction to the series.  Goodman uses her art to “explore the human condition” and seeks projects that have “... a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic”. Recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, Goodman describes her work as both obsessive and playful. 

Michèle Slattery collaborates with fellow dancer/choreographer Kathleen Doherty to present Alone Time. A piece that is both reminiscent and dreamscape, Alone Time uses the choreographic process to explore the journey of a new mother. Slattery sees the role of the audience as central to the presentation of the piece, and believes audience response is “an important part of telling the story”. Also central to the development of the piece? Doherty’s baby, Cillian Doherty.

Along with Julia Colpitts, Slattery switches into the role of dancer in Halifax-based choreographer Georgia Skinner’s OPEN. The 2018/2019 Kinetic Explorations Artist, Skinner is excited and challenged by “the depth of understanding necessary of this work to make it translate to an audience”, and by the interaction of the dancers with the large sculpture created by installation artist Elizabeth Powell. Skinner’s work is enhanced by the lighting design of Benoit Gravel. “Through the use of the books and a moving paper installation on the backdrop, the work explores the idea of being an open book and the journey to vulnerability”.

$10 regular/$8 students, seniors, CADA or Kinetic Studio members
Available at the door or online at

This event takes place in K'jipuktuk, on the ancestral and unceded traditional land of the Mi'kmaw people.

Thanks to Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Halifax, Dance Nova Scotia, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Halifax Dance, and Joan Craig.