Artists in Residence 2017

Artist in Residence Jason Overy - Taiko Drumming

Thanks, in part, to generous funding provided by the City of Coquitlam, Place des Arts is pleased to welcome four talented Artists in Residence in 2017.

The Artists in Residence will offer a series of free workshops to local school children between January and October 2017, allowing the children to engage with, and learn from, professional artists working in a variety of disciplines.

Meet the Artists

Artist in Residence #1, January 2017

Taiko Drumming: Whole Body Rhythm Making

Artist in Residence Jason OveryJason Overy
Jason has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria where he grew up playing in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and a variety of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Punk and Ska bands.

Since finishing his degree and moving to Vancouver in 1996, he has played, recorded and toured internationally with many groups of note. He is the musical director for Uzume Taiko, a drum set soloist with OLAM and percussion section leader for the Band of the Fifteenth Field Regiment RCA.

Jason has a great deal of experience playing for musical theatre productions, and has also played drum set and percussion in a multitude of west coast funk, rock, blues, punk, and ska bands, notably DOA, the Hounds of Buskerville, The Colorifics, The Harpoons and the Juno award winning bluesman Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

The students in Jason’s Artist in Residence workshops will explore whole body rhythm making through the ancient art of Taiko, the famous drumming style from Japan. Using practice Taiko drums and traditional songs, the students will be encouraged to unleash their inner Drummer!

Artist in Residence #2, April 2017

Introduction to the Object Theatre: Meet the Puppets

Artist in Residence Viktor BarkarViktor Barkar
Viktor developed the notion for a permanent Canadian puppet theatre in 1998 when he and his family moved to Canada from Minsk, Belarus. His vision became a reality in 2012 when he founded the mobile Vancouver Puppet Theatre (VPT). Viktor has a background in three-dimensional drawing and sculpture and came to the theatre through the study of classical forms of visual art. He also dedicated multiple years to the study of various forms of graphic arts, including photography, bindery and computer graphics.

In Viktor’s interactive workshop, children will be introduced to the magic of the object theatre. Viktor will demonstrate the basics of acting, character development, object manipulation and cooperation on stage.

Artist in Residence #3, May 2017

The Repeatable Image: Printmaking

Artist in Residence Julie McIntyreJulie McIntyre
Julie studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking. She has had solo shows in 19 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 22 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada for over 30 years and has been a popular artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board and ArtStarts for nearly a decade.

Julie’s residency workshops will teach students multiple methods of printmaking (dependent on age), and will educate the young creators on printmaking’s cultural origins from around the world. Each student will leave the workshop with their own prints, as well as the knowledge on how to create more prints for themselves at home.

Artist in Residence #4, October 2017

Indian Classical Dance

Artist in Residence Anusha FernandoAnusha Fernando
Anusha is the Artistic Director of Shakti Dance, and began her study of Bharata Natyam in 1990. She is the student of renowned teachers Jayalakshmi Eshwar and Jai Govinda.

In 1995, she completed her Arangetram (traditional graduation performance) as a student of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy. She continues to study in both Canada and India. Anusha’s work has focused on showcasing the depth of Bharata Natyam’s solo repertoire and its interdisciplinary potential.

In recognition of her dedication to performing and disseminating Bharata Natyam, Anusha has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Anusha holds an honours degree in Religious Studies from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from UBC.

In her workshops, Anusha will give students a taste of the rich vocabulary of Indian Classical Dance through the exploration of rhythm and expression. The students will learn about the rhythmic language associated with the drum, how to move to rhythmical structures, and how to use their feet as a percussive instrument. They will also learn precise hand gestures to facilitate expression and develop a story.

Thanks to the City of Coquitlam for helping us provide accessible opportunities for local children to experience the arts by supporting our Artist in Residence Program.