Meet 1/2 Day Workshop Guest Artists

APRIL RUSSELL

April is a dancer, actor , improv artist and teacher of English, Metis and Cree origin. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Arts Education at SFU on the improvisational art known as Butoh which originated in Japan. She is interestd in applying improvisational arts such as this form to suicide prevention strategies. She performed at the Victoria Fringe in 2015 with her improv troupe known as Whistling Kettle as well as with Raino Dance at the Royal Theatre. This year she will be focusing on her thesis as well as a new Butoh creation which she hopes to offer to next year's Fringe festival. She is veery excited to be a guest artist with the education program at the AGGV.

 

 

ALEXIS HOGAN

Alexis Hogan is an emerging artist and curator. She holds a degree is Visual Arts (2015) from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a focus in printingmaking, sculpture and critical, cultural theory. She is in the midst of a yearlong curatorial research residency, supported by the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Award and Open Space Arts Society, where she is currently working on programming projects related to the artist-run-center's archives. At its roots, her work tends to grapple with the complexities of being a settler with Indigenous ancestry (Irish, Quebecois and Anishinaabe) and she seeks to move towards the transformative potential of a decolonial praxis engaged in accountability, vulnerability and action.