Paul, Chris, and Valtteri have been calibrating and creating together for many months and share a love of strong technique, clean lines, and the natural beauty of British Columbia. Building connection through the collaborative practice of partner acrobatics, they are constantly learning about communication, trust, and the creative process; they find continual amazement in the unlocking potential of the human body through deliberate training and conditioning. Negotiating the fragile equilibrium between the limits of the human body and the downward pull of gravity has been a journey of discovery and a source of joy for all three of them.
Paul is the co-founder of Vancouver Acro Festival and leads RISE Kombucha's business development team in Western Canada. He is an active member of Vancouver's AcroYoga community and leads regular classes and workshops around the city.
Christopher is a neurology resident in Vancouver, BC with a passion for movement. He is fascinated by the potential of the human body both in health and in healing from disease.
Valtteri is a lifestyle entrepreneur from Finland and founder of Helsinki Acro Week. His passions are acro and the outdoors. He is currently living in Vancouver and an active member of the Vancouver acro community. When not teaching acro, he can be found climbing mountains around the lower mainland.
Clementyne is a Songwriter, Performer, and Producer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. With a background in audio engineering and music production, Clementyne takes inspiration from 70s pop and fuses it with modern recording mediums to create her unique sound. Clementyne will be releasing her Debut Single this march and is credited as an engineer/co-producer on Elle-ectric's next EP "Light the dark”.
Raven Spirit Dance Society
The artistic vision of Raven Spirit Dance Society is to share stories from an Aboriginal worldview. Our medium is contemporary dance; and, we incorporate other expressions such as traditional dance, theatre, puppetry and multi-media to tell these stories.
By sharing this work on local, national and international stages, Raven Spirit Dance reaffirms the vital importance of dance to the expression of human experience and to cultural reclamation. Raven Spirit Dance aims to explore how professional artistic work is responsive and responsible to the community it is a part of and to continue to redefine dance’s place in diverse community settings. Raven Spirit is Vancouver-based yet indelibly tied to the Yukon through its projects and inspirations, as our Artistic Director, Michelle Olson is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation.
Jessica McMann is a Cree musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. Her recent compositions and soundscapes explore Indigenous Identity and history. She has been dancing fancy shawl and hoop dance for 16 years, and has had the opportunity to present contemporary and traditional work at festivals across Western Canada, and tour Northern Europe. Currently her personal experience, Cree and Blackfoot language, and the strength of Indigenous women guide her current contemporary dance work.
Her work has been shown at AlterNative: IndigiQueer, Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver 2012, 2013) Kootenay Cultural Festival (2012, 2015, 2016) Fairy Tales Film Festival (2012), ASTAM; Cree Festival (2012), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (2011,2012, 2014, 2017) Vancouver Queer Film Festival (2011), Q the Arts Festival (2011), 7a*11d (2010). Her most recent work was shown at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg as part of "The 60's Scoop; A place between". She has also toured in Sweden, Netherlands, and Belgium. She has created soundtracks for the ITWE Collective, performed with the Ambrose University Chamber Orchestra and the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a guest musician for Laura Vinson and the Free Spirit. She also is a regular dance artist in Calgary schools.
Photo Cred: Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg