Cindy Mochizuki creates multimedia installation, audio fiction, performance,
animation, and drawings. Her works explore the manifestation of story and its
relationship to site-specificity, history, archives, and memory work. She has
exhibited, performed and screened her work in Canada, US, Australia, and Japan.
Recent exhibitions include the Vancouver Art Gallery, Burrard Arts Foundation,
Richmond Art Gallery, Frye Art Museum, and Yonago City Museum. She was the
recipient of the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award in New Media and Fim (2015)
and the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts VIVA Award (2020).
Wen Wen Lu
Digital Animation Compositing & Studio Assistance
Wen Wen (Cherry) Lu is a multimedia artist interested in installation,
sculpture, and painting; with dabblings in film, animation, book art, print,
digital, and community engaged projects. She thinks of her practice as a
conceptual dance where each movement requires its own set of research and
material choice. Wen Wen often gravitates towards exploring the hidden, the
small, and the forgotten. Or in the metaphor of dance, she finds the
possibility between one movement to another more intriguing than the
arrival of a finale.
Her work has been shown in spaces such as Lions Park, Richmond Nature Park,
WINDOW Gallery, International Arts Gallery, Centre A, Concourse Art Gallery,
Jericho Beach, New Westminster Museum and Gallery, Access Gallery, and
Burnaby Art Gallery. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University with a
bachelor’s in visual arts. Wen Wen is also a visual arts educator at
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts specializing in ages three to five.
Is a video editor and media designer for theatre, dance and performance arts.
Recent editorial credits include: Artificial Eden (SFU); Being Here: The
Refugee Project (Belfry Theatre); Body Parts (Tara Cheyenne Performance);
Bard Beyond the Beach (Bard on the Beach). Recent theatre design credits:
Boy in the Moon (Neworld), and Pathetic Fallacy (The Chop); Anywhere But
Here (Electric Company); House and Home (Firehall). Cande recently edited
the shorts, The Day The Cat Saved My Life (Dir. Kagan Go) and Jesus Blood
(Dir. Aryo Khakpour); and has also worked for Knowledge Network, VIFF and
Mochizuki Studios. Cande is a faculty teacher at Studio58 and co-artistic
director of Rough House productions.
Sound artist, 譚亦斯 (Nancy Tam), is originally from Hong Kong. She and her
family settled in the suburbs of Markham, Ontario on the traditional
territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples
in the mid 90s. After some time, she moved to the Haldimand Tract—land that
was granted to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River for
music school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. In 2011, she moved the unceded
territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations—Vancouver.
She is very grateful to be part of loving and welcoming communities
throughout her journey in art and in life, and this journey has afforded her
many unique opportunities. She is a founding member of the Vancouver-based
performance collective A Wake of Vultures, the Toronto-based Toy Piano
Composers collective, and has toured with her work throughout North America,
Europe, and Asia. She is an award-winning composer. Nancy’s work centres
around the philosophy that sound is distant touch.
She continues to explore ways to elicit embodied and emotional responses
using sound and performance as her primary media. Using multi-channel audio,
and musical composition her current research triangulates between sound,
space, and body to investigate tendencies of global and local mobilizations
of creatures, objects, and events. Her work is form-bending and
dramaturgically rigorous, often bringing the background to the forefront
in creating immersive scenographic environments. Nancy has a penchant for
listening to quiet sounds.
Minoru Kofu Yamamoto
A certified Master of the Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute),
Kofu has performed in numerous performances and recordings in the Lower
Mainland and across Canada. His other skills and interests include
Japanese Calligraphy, woodworking, building and golf. He is one of the
original members of Rakuichi — a group that organizes an annual harvest
festival ceremony, the OMIKOSHI, in Richmond and Vancouver as well as being
a core member of the Shishimai group (Dragon Dance) for which he plays
flute. He speaks both Japanese and English.
New Media Playback System Designer/Projection Advisor
Sammy Chien 簡上翔 is a Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour,
who’s an interdisciplinary artist, director, designer, performer, researcher and
mentor in film, sound art, new media, performance, movement and spiritual practice.
With over 400 collaborative projects, his work has been exhibited across Canada,
Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Centre
for the Performing Arts (Beijing), worked with pioneers of digital performance:
Troika Ranch and Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and active in
projects engaging various underrepresented communities. Sammy has been featured on
TV and commercial such as Discorder, Keedan, CBC Arts and BenQ. Sammy is currently
leading a dance research project “We Were One” and media arts project “Ritual-Spective 迴融”,
both funded by Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. Sammy is the official
instructor of Isadora and Artistic Director of Chimerik 似不像 collective.
From Edinburgh, Scotland where he received his initial theatre training,
James has been living in Vancouver since 1993.
Self taught in the realm of dance lighting, James has contributed lighting
designs for dance works to many companies including:
Ballet BC, Lola Dance, 605 Collective, Co. Erasga, Wen Wei Dance, Joe Ink, EDAM,
The Contingency Plan, battery opera, Kinesis Dance, Restless Productions, Holy Body
Tattoo, Dumb Instrument, Anatomica, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Les Productions
Figlio, Trial & Eros, Out inner spade, BJM, the Plastic Orchid Factory,
Justine A Chambers, Action at a Distance and the Firehall Theatre Company.
Lisa Mariko Gelley
Lisa Mariko Gelley is an artist and mother, living and working on the traditional, ancestral,
unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm
(Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
She received her training in classical, contemporary, and urban dance forms in Canada and
Europe. Lisa is Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, a contemporary dance company in Vancouver,
creating original works through collaborative processes with artists in dance and other
disciplines. Lisa has worked and collaborated with artists including Dana Gingras, Justine A.
Chambers, Cindy Mochizuki, Amber Funk Barton, Vanessa Goodman, Martha Carter, Karen Jamieson,
and was a member of Aeriosa (Julia Taffe) for six years, broadening her practice to include
vertical contemporary dance in rock climbing systems on urban building walls and mountains.
In addition to her work as a performer/choreographer, Lisa values opportunities to connect with
young dancers and emerging professionals through contemporary dance education. Lisa is the
recipient of the 2015 Vancouver International Dance
Photo Credit: David Cooper
Leah Weinstein is a Vancouver-based artist working in sculpture, costume and performance.
Using everyday objects and readymade materials, her interdisciplinary practice explores
relationships between individuals and collectives, subjects and objects, action and display.
Her professional experience includes public art commissions, community art, illustration
and costume design. She completed an MFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2014,
and her work has been supported by the BC Arts Council; Vancouver Board of Parks and
Recreation; Banff Centre; Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art & History; Charles H Scott Gallery;
and City of Richmond Public Art Commissions.
Kage is primarily a Taiko musician/performer and a digital audio artist. Born in Japan
growing up in Vancouver as settler of Japanese ancestry, they embraced the art of Taiko as a
way to express themselves as a mixed race queer youth. Since the 1980s they co-founded several
taiko/music groups touring parts of Europe and North America.
Their on-going projects include exploring the ceremonial roots of Taiko as well as pushing
the boundaries of the form and collaborating with other artists. They live, thrive and work on
the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples.
Takeo Yamashiro is a shakuhachi master who has lived and practiced his music in Canada since 1972.
Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, Yamashiro trained under and played with two Kyoto Masters,
Shuzan Yamashita and Kofu Kikusui. In 1971, he was appointed with mastership and the designated
name of Rempu (Lotus Wind), the Chief Protégé and Successor to Kofu Kikusui at his Religious
Music Institute, Shakado Shakuhachi Dojo in Seiryo-ji Temple. Yamashiro taught, lectured and
performed live and in film scores for more than five years before emigrating from Japan. He is
considered the first professional musician specializing in Japanese traditional music among the
post-war immigrants to Canada. He has been one of the most influential shakuhachi masters in
North America over the past four decades.
Yamashiro has performed as a soloist as well as with other musicians and ensembles in Japan and
Europe as well as across North America. While continuing the discipline of classical Japanese
music, he has also explored intercultural fusion with curiosity and bravery and has led many
jazz and ethnic musicians into successful improvisational collaborations. He is a pioneer in the
field of cross-cultural, jazz, world and creative music. His commitment and devotion to community
work as co-founder of Tonari Gumi and project sponsor of first Annual Powell Street Festival in
Vancouver is also well recognized.
His organic and spiritual approach to music is a way of life that has opened a unique realm where
breathing bamboo, also known as Blowing Zen, resonates in the sound of the universe. He does not
consider himself the creator or composer of music, believing that the sounds existed long before
the arrival of humans. The shakuhachi is a tool for him to tune in and become part of the Oneness
of the Universe. The breath of bamboo leads one into meditation and ultimately to nirvana.
Yamashiro’s recorded music is best heard on two solo albums, TAKEO YAMASHIRO – SHAKUHACHI (Aural
Tradition, 1988, ATRC 110) and NYO (Lotus Wind Records, 1998, LW 002). He has performed several
film scores including a portrait of Arthur Erickson, Obachan’s Garden, directed by Linda Ohama
and Reed, directed by Fumiko Kiyooka.
Photo Credit: John Endo Greenaway
Milena Salazar is a Costa Rican documentary filmmaker, editor and programmer
based in Vancouver, BC. Her short documentaries Mars Barb (2015), Do I Have
Boobs Now? (2017) and Estelas (2019) have screened in festivals across the globe.
She is a fellow of the 2016 Hot Docs doc Accelerator program and the 2017
RIDM Talent Lab. Her editing credits include Sandra Ignagni's Highway to Heaven
(2019), a National Film Board of Canada production which premiered at the 2019
Toronto International Film Festival, and Cindy Mochizuki's Sue Sada was Here
(2018), an experimental dance film which is in the permanent collection of the
Vancouver Art Gallery. Alongside her independent projects and collaborations,
she has held multiple roles at various arts organizations and film festivals,
including Programming and Industry Manager for the DOXA Documentary Film
Festival and Canadian Documentaries Programmer for the Vancouver International
Cindy is a Taiwanese-Canadian performance artist, (Ketegalan Nations) based in
Vancouver (Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations). She received a BFA
in Theatre Performance at Simon Fraser University, and is also a classically
Prior to her degree, her works include performing in the International Youth
Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Institute at the University of Toronto,
Banff International String Quartet Competition Young Musicians Program, as
well as various awards with Performing Arts BC.
During her time studying theatre, Cindy was re-acquainted with music,
performing as an actor while sound designing the Blackbox series. Since then,
most of her work with SFU has allowed her to explore her background as a
musician and execute her training as an actor.
Most recently, she is starring in the 2021 short film “A Family Act”,
premiering a piece for violin and electronics by Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi at
Music on Main’s emerging artist features, and performing in a dance film
“Dear Ocean Roaring.”
Mishelle is a Vancouver based composer and sound designer whose work is
centred around the integration of sound, music, and storytelling. She
has an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU’s Tisch School of the
Arts, and a BFA in Acting from UBC.
Since gathering restrictions began in March of 2020, Mishelle has been
fortunate to find multiple opportunities to make music safely - both
through digital streaming work, and socially distant outdoor performances
when possible. She has learned a great deal about audio storytelling
through this time, and is deeply invested in continuing to find ways to
make sound and music accessible through this challenging time.
Some recent projects include Good Things To Do - a digital storytelling
experience through text and sound, The Quarantettes - a live and recorded
project of poetry set to music, and Made in Canada - an EP of vibrant
music written using the verbatim words of Latinx migrant farm workers.
Mishelle is a multiple Jessie Award winner and nominee.
In addition to writing music, Mishelle enjoys painting, listening to
podcasts, and riding her bicycle.
Molly MacKinnon is an award-winning violinist and collaborative artist
based out of Vancouver BC on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish
peoples. An interdisciplinary creator and performer with a passion for
storytelling through music, Molly has been seen on stages all across the
city. Recent projects include The Quarantettes; a roving singing group
brought into being during the pandemic, Good Things To Do; a digital
creation centred on technological intimacy and gentleness; and Never
the Last; a concert/theatre hybrid exploring the life and work of 20th
century composer Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. Molly’s extensive
orchestral experience includes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the
Vancouver Island Symphony, the Plastic Acid Orchestra, the Vancouver
Film Orchestra, and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra. She is the co-founder
of Concerts On Tap, a music series that brings together Vancouver craft
breweries and classical music. Molly also performs regularly with the
Black Dog String Quartet.