Libby Leshgold Gallery

How do we see action? How is it changing the air between us? How can we change the air between us with gesture?


Zephyrs works with kinetic reach, made visible by a dense mass of theatrical haze and light. Working with hidden movement and visible stillness, performers Steph Cyr and Sophia Laurio beckon and repel the air around them to create constantly shifting conditions. They are apparatuses for dispersion: a hazy weather system within the gallery.


Here, air is made thick, and the performance stirs our mid-pandemic understanding of that space as charged, intense, and at times threatening. Zephyrs finds a fluid movement, conjuring something more generous, attentive and intentional in the space between us


Justine A. Chambers is a choreographer, dancer and educator living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there – the choreographies present in the everyday. Her work has been hosted by galleries, theatres and festivals locally, nationally and internationally. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.


Steph Cyr A jack of gentle trades these days, Steph is a book worm, undercover stylist, devoted moss petter, treasure hunter and pro-amateur flower smeller. They are a queer settler living and working as an artist, clinic receptionist and restaurant server on unceded ḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) land. They've been creating, performing and collaborating with fellow artists and friends within the local dance/arts community since 2015.


Sophia “Sosa” Laurio is a Filipina interdisciplinary artist residing in the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. With a heavy focus on dance and its multiple forms, Sophia is a versatile movement artist that explores a wide variety of dance styles like Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Locking, Dancehall, Afro-Dancehall and Contemporary dance. Sophia is a passionate artist who highly respects the origins and foundations of Hip Hop. Inspired by Hip Hop’s famous mottos like “Each one, teach one” and “Love, peace, unity and having fun”, Sophia started her own non-profit organization Barangay Project Society dedicated to promote inclusivity, diversity, culture and safety to youth and marginalized communities locally and internationally.


loscil (Sound composition) is the electronic music project of Canadian composer and multimedia artist Scott Morgan. For over 20 years, Morgan has built a robust catalogue of work under the loscil moniker, loosely spanning the genres of ambient, classical, and electroacoustic music. Alongside numerous albums released on the esteemed American label, Kranky, Morgan has also produced special projects, remixes and collaborations with other musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Murcof/Vanessa Wagner, bvdub, Sarah Neufeld, Daniel Bejar, Rachel Grimes, and Lawrence English. Morgan’s music can be found supporting film, television, theatre, and contemporary dance productions including notable work with choreographers Damien Jalet from Belgium and Vanessa Goodman from Vancouver.


James Proudfoot (Lighting Design) is from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he received his initial theatre training, and has been living in Vancouver since 1993. Specialising in the realm of dance lighting, James has contributed designs for dance works to many companies, including: Lola Dance, Company 605, Co. Erasga, Wen Wei Dance, Joe Ink, EDAM, The Contingency Plan, battery opera, Kinesis Dance, Ballet BC, Move The Company, Restless Productions, Sarah Chase, Holy Body Tattoo, Dumb Instrument, MACHiNE NOiSY, Anatomica Dance, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Les Productions Figlio, Karen Jamieson, Trial & Eros, Rachel Meyer, Action at a Distance, Out Innerspace, Rouge Gorge, Helen Walkley, Ballet Jazz of Montréal, Justine A. Chambers, NDT2, Ballet Kelowna, OURO Collective, Mutable Subject, Jeanette Kotowich and plastic orchid factory.





Canada Council for the Arts


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