Alexa Solveig Mardon is a dance artist raised in and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Alexa’s practice spans writing, performance, facilitation and community action. As a dancer, Alexa has interpreted the works of choreographers and companies including Deanna Peters, Action at a Distance, Rob Kitsos, the response. dance, Sasha Kleinplatz, Benjamin Kamino, Emmalena Fredriksson and Chick Snipper.
Alexa’s current collaborative work includes algorithmic mistakes with Brynn McNab, experimental lectures on the multiverse with Erika Mitsuhashi, a website about reading the world through a dance lens with Deanna Peters, a dance across borders with Raha Behnam, anti-fascist fundraisers with Rianne Svelnis, and a living record of Vancouver’s dance history with Justine A. Chambers and Peter Dickinson.
In this class we’ll practice staying with sensation; gentle, pleasant, intense, and the many shades in between. We’ll warm up by sequentially mobilizing the joints, moving from specific to whole-system and back again, integrating the movement of our eyes to activate the relationship between our visual cortex and our spines. As the class progresses, we’ll invite the floor to be our partner, practicing yielding, pushing, and rolling and falling, eventually learning set phrases as containers for inhabiting our fluid, ready, animal bodies.
Photo by David Cooper