Vanessa Goodman respectfully acknowledges that she lives, works and creates on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director of Action at a Distance Dance Society. Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. She has received several awards and honours, including The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2013); The Yulanda M. Faris Scholarship (2017/18); The Chrystal Dance Prize (2019); The Schultz Endowment from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2019); and the "Space to Fail'' program (2019/20) in New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver.
Vanessa's work has been presented in Vancouver by DanceHouse, SFU Woodwards, Music on Main, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Presentations further afield include the Fluid Festival (Calgary), Kinetic Studio (Halifax), The Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto), On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), Offset Dance Fest (Brooklyn) and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Brazil).
Vanessa has been artist-in-residence at Cultivamos Cultura/BioFriction (Portugal), The Dance Centre, Dance Victoria, Harbourfront Centre, The Shadbolt Centre and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where she was also on faculty. Recently, Vanessa presented work and was a facilitator for Trinity Laban's 2020 Co-Lab Project (London). Commissions include Springboard Dansé Montréal, the plastic orchid factory (with Ame Henderson), Votive Dance, Lamon Dance, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class.
This season's collaborations include new works with artists Scott Morgan (Loscil); Caroline Shaw (USA); and Simona Deaconescu (Romania).
Opportunity for safe shelter and housing for all is incredibly important. Here are just a few of the amazing organisations that support and serve the community:
Artist's website: Action at a Distance
Organization website: RainCity Housing
Organization website: Lookout Housing + Health Society
Organization website: PHS Community Services Society
Organization website: Atira Women's Resource Society
Organization website: Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
Organization website: DTES Response
GoFundMe: KT Tent City Health & Wellness