Action at a Distance Dance Society
Action at a Distance Dance Society is a Vancouver-based performance company under the artistic direction of choreographer Vanessa Goodman. The company would like to respectfully acknowledge that it is working on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.
The priority of the company is to foster work that reflects the human condition, using dance to decode contemporary experience. It is the company’s goal to create immersive environments, working towards facilitating an engrossing experience for those who witness the work. Goodman was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Program and the 2019 Dance Chrystal Prize. She has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale and Simon Fraser University. Most recently her work has toured nationally and internationally and been presented by DanceHouse, SFUW, The Canada Dance Festival, The Dance Made in/ Fait au Canada Festival, Offset Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará, On the Boards, The Risk/Reward Festival, The Dance Centre, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Small Stage, Push Off, Music on Main and The Chutzpah! Festival.
Action at a Distance is a non-for-profit registered charity, all donations made are tax deductible.
Vanessa Goodman holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is the artistic director and choreographer of Vancouver-based dance company Action at a Distance. 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 was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and the 2017 Yulanda M. Faris Program from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. The 2019 Dance Chrystal Prize from Dance Victoria.
For ten years Vanessa was a company member of dancers dancing, under the artistic direction of Judith Garay. She also co-founded The Contingency Plan collective, where she interpreted new work from Justine A. Chambers, Rob Kitsos, James Gnam and Serge Bennathan. Independently she has danced with plastic orchid factory, Julia Sasso, Wild Excursions Performance, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance, Mascall Dance, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse.
Vanessa has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale, Lamon Dance, Modus Operandi and the SFU Dance Program. Her work has been presented by The Canada Dance Festival, The Magnetic North Festival, The Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, EDAM's Choreographic Series, Kinetic Studio, Connection Dance Works, Small Stage, Northwest New Works, The Risk/Reward Festival, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Modulus Festival, The Chutzpah Festival, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Push Off.
Vanessa continues her training locally and abroad, and has facilitated workshops and master classes in Toronto, Halifax, and throughout BC.
Action at a Distance's latest work group work, "Wells Hill", is based on the sweeping philosophies of Canadian luminaries Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould. The premiere was presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodwards in November 2017. Recent tour dates include a pair of solos: "Container", at The Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto) and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Brazil); "Floating Upstream", at On The Boards.
Board of Directors:
Pamela Jansen -Chair
Jessica Slonski -Vice Chair
Benjamin Milne -Treasurer
Benjamin Durie -
Judith Garay -Member at large
Kymm Girgulis - Member at large
Funders and Partners
Action at a Distance gratefully acknowledges the support from the funders and organizations that help to make the companies work possible.
The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia, The Scotiabank Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival, The City of Vancouver, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Small Stage, SFUW and plastic orchid factory/Left of Main