all proceeds from these events go to an organization which supports the cause the event is responding to.
Pocket Dial is a pop-up resource centre, a gathering against ongoing colonial violence, and a starting point for a more closely knit network of resistance. At Pocket Dial, a collective of dance artists (Alexa Mardon, Andrea Cownden, Zahra Shahab, Rianne Svelnis) welcome guests into the space and support them in making calls to politicians to demand systemic change. We provide books and articles to read and share as well as scripts and talking points to directly facilitate conversations with political representatives. We facilitate real-time information-sharing based on other guests’ experiences during their phone calls. We also collect donations for a charity relevant to the specific issue being addressed.
Pocket Dial attempts to be a timely and direct engagement with current injustices in our community.We are not experts in decolonization nor in dismantling settler colonial privilege. Our work at Pocket Dial includes researching and defining concrete actions, disseminating information, and sharing findings and resources with others who are looking for ways to support political and behavioural change, working towards more understanding, responsibility and accountability as settlers in “Canada”.
Kinetic Studios, Halifax January 2018
Premiere: VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, June 2019
30 minute looped performance and installation, 1-4 performers
Tender Engine is a collaboration between choreographer Alexa Mardon, choreographer/set designer Erika Mitsuhashi, programmer Brynn McNab, a recursive neural network named UXIE, and performers Elissa Hanson and Zahra Shahab. Tender Engine is a contemporary dance/installation piece, with highly integrated new media elements (algorithms, projection design). An RNN which has learned to speak from the language the performers have spoken to it underscores the work. Tender Engine plays the line between intimate storytelling and highly performative false expertise, examining our relationship to language, technology, and meaning making.
Tender Engine 2017/2018
trailer for work in progress tender engine
I come in here to feel it (and I do)
Interplay, Vancouver 2018
Upcoming dates tba
A solo work in progress, a ritual for shedding.
performer: Alexa Mardon
materials support: Erika Mitsuhashi
project mentor: Lee Su-Feh
I come in here to feel it (and I do)
Performance Studies International, Hamburg 2017
A choreography across a colonial border, time, and geography, For Elsewhere is a Skype collaboration between Alexa Mardon and Raha Behnam.
Our Present Dance Histories
Dance In Vancouver 2017
weeklong spontaneous gesture scores in unknown locations
video and sound installation
hanging installation by Natalie Purschwitz
Our Present Dance Histories was a collaboration between Alexa Mardon, Justine A. Chambers and Peter Dickinson. A project which complicates the rift between fact and personal fiction, using recorded personal accounts by Canadian dance artists as a starting point for a community-wide choreographic score, an accumulating map installation, and the production of printed dance ephemera which leave its readers space for questions around historicity, the importance of the archive, and the personal agency of artists in the legacy of their works.
PS: We are All Here, Toronto, 2016
Excerpts: VIVO Media Arts Centre, spring 2017
Created and Performed by Mardon + Mitshuashi
New Beginnings is a collaboration between Erika Mitsuhashi and Alexa Mardon. Part sales pitch, part bad TedTalk and part personal archive, the piece is inspired by string theory, the infinite possibilities of the self in the multiverse, the repetitive performance of female affective labour, and the traces left in our bodies by the women who came before us. Using psuedo-science and hospitality as foolproof methods for time travel, we invite the audience to join us in sifting through the wreckage of the future and preparing for the detritus of the past.