YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser

YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser

YLDE is exciting to announce this year’s fundraiser—an online auction!

More details, including a list of online auction items will be announced through the YLDE website and social media.

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

May 12th 2022
6:30 – 9 pm
At Théâtre Cercle Molière (340 Provencher Blvd)

The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. 
Face masks are mandatory.

ASL Interpretation Provided
Suggested Donation $1 – $30
Click here to register!

About the Workshop:

We gather for this workshop to connect with embodied practices related to Jeanette’s research in Métis & Nêhiyaw Cosmology that bridge movement expressions into contemporary dance and performance practices.  This is an experiential movement workshop, sharing Indigenous cultural perspectives and contemporary dance approaches. Bring your courageous hearts as we intentionally explore specific values to nourish our practices. Together we will stoke our creative fires with compassion, kindness, bravery & joy. All experiences and bodies are welcome. 

About Jeanette:

Jeanette is a multi-disciplinary iskwêw, independent dance artist, creator, choreographer and professional Auntie of Nêhiyaw Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, she creates work that reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance, Indigenous performance, and Indigenous futurism. Fusing interdisciplinary collaboration, de-colonial practices and embodied research methodologies; Jeanette’s work references protocol, ritual, relationship to the natural/spirit world and Ancestral knowledge. Her practice is intergenerational and vocational; it’s a living and lived experience. Jeanette resides as a guest on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) əl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, colonially known as Vancouver. movementhealing.ca

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding support from Manitoba Arts Council, with additional support from our partners Art Holm & Théâtre Cercle Molière.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre will be hosting A mini networking event for on the MOVE 2022 participants in this same venue from 4:30 – 6:30pm prior to Jeanette’s workshop. Learn more and register for this event here.

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

2022 Artists-In-Residence Tessa Rae and Stedroy Crump will lead a workshop that will host a community cypher/jam for all-styles of dancers

Friday, April 8
8:30 – 10:30 pm
At the Output, 100 Arthur Street, 2nd Floor
Gratefully accepting donations at the door

Click HERE to register!

About Tessa Rae

Tessa Rae is a Queer interdependent dance artist from the Treaty 4 Territory of Regina, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Performance Dance, working with choreographers such as Heidi Strauss, Kate Hilliard, Marie-Josee Chartier, Manuel Roque, Louis Laberge-Cote, and James Kudelka. Somewhere throughout her early training years, she fell in love with Hip Hop and Soca music, which inspired her entry into Hip Hop, Breaking, Dancehall and House training in addition to modern and contemporary dance. Tessa is now closely affiliated with New Dance Horizons where she is engaged in a long-term residency and mentorship with artists Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. Most recently, she completed a new solo commission choreographed by Margie Gillis, supported by New Dance Horizons and SK Arts, and feels honoured to be continuing her involvement with The Legacy Project for Margie’s 50th anniversary season in 2023.

About Stedroy Crump

Stedroy has been in love with Hip Hop ever since he was young. He was enrolled in dance classes at 8 years old, but really fell in love with the craft at 12 as he started to compete in local dance competitions. Meeting his cousin- Naquan – at this age made him hungry as ever to keep learning and growing since Naquan was far better than him and had never taken classes! This hunger helped Stedroy become the recipient of the Manitoba Dance Festival Scholarship(x2), taking home Gold at Dance World Cup (Niagara Falls), while being undefeated in all local dance competitions. Wayne Santos was Stedroy’s mentor growing up and he was fortunate to have met him at Marquis Dance Academy.  Stedroy currently teaches at Muse Studios, Kids Etc Youth Movement Company and Masterworks Dance Studio.

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

Young Lungs Dance Excahange is excited to present the 2022 Research Series! Join us as Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu and David Oro present their written and visual essays as a response to the 2022 Artists-In-Residence.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor
This is a FREE event

Click HERE to register!

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

About Chiamaka

Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu (She/Her) is a storyteller of Nigerian descent who resides on Treaty 1 Territory & The Homeland of the Metis Nation. Her writing work includes opinion pieces, book reviews, short stories, essays, and poetry which she reluctantly shares on her blog and her Instagram page. For her, storytelling means returning home to her body, holding on to joy, unlearning silence, and giving herself permission to own her voice.

About David

David Oro is the Co-Founder & Art Director of U N I Together Productions and Founder & Creative Director of studiosarisari, a visual development studio for books, film, video games, and digital media. David has 25+ years of expertise in illustration, conceptual design, storyboarding and motion & graphic design. Born in Manilla, now based in Winnipeg, he has worked with Electric Monk Media and Complex Games to create work which can be found on Games workshop, SONY, Disney, CBC, Bell MTS and Shaw Media. Most recently, he storyboarded for an episode of Tales from the Loop, from Amazon prime directed by Jodie Foster.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

The 2022 Artists-In-Residence will present their creative research from their time in residence with Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

Click HERE to register!

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

Payment is sliding scale $5-30 
This event includes ASL Interpretation

About Angela’s Research

You Are Her(e) was originally created as a live performance piece exploring the relationship between the perceived imperfections in my body and the more laudable imperfections that one finds in the natural world, and which are described as “natural beauty.” This research will directly influence my next steps in furthering You Are Her(e) – re-envisioning the project as an Augmented Reality app.

The pandemic’s forced pause on this work has provided me with time to become curious around the bigger themes and ideas posed in this work – the role of eco-feminism and how colonialism has affected the way we speak about and interact with both land and women’s bodies; how crippling the creation process affects our relationships to each other, to the work and to our self; when colonial land stewardship practices and Indigenous knowledge are presented side by side, how do we, as artmakers, embody this information and allow it to affect our personal storytelling? Finally, I have made a commitment to making work with a low to no carbon footprint. I believe this research is integral to the creation of an interactive app that can engage users without the need for travel, sets and tickets!


In this exploration, I also hope to affirm that the physical differences which the fashion and beauty industries try to fix and change are in fact the key important elements in our individual personal beauty. Using my personal story of reclaiming my body as a positive thing through the metaphor of national parks and natural beauty, I want to explore adding the stories, ideas and personal experiences of other female identifying folks to create a collage of personal histories where we are encouraged as a community to embrace our own and others’ unique personal beauty. 

About Stedroy and Tessa’s Research

Stedroy and Tessa find they are connected through their love of Hip Hop dance and culture. Having both been raised in the prairies with vastly different histories, they are excited about this opportunity for creative research as it allows them each to work outside their respective communities. In the spirit of exchange and reciprocity, they intend to create solos for one another with a focus on the role freestyle/improvisation plays in their performance and choreographic practices.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

A workshop for all performers and improvisers. 

February 17, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Venue will be at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing, limited spots are available. Payment is sliding scale $5-$50.

Click HERE to register!

As per the current Provincial Health Orders, proof of vaccination is required upon entry. Participants who are not able to provide proof of double vaccination will not be given entry to the facility. Face masks are mandatory.

About the Workshop:
Meagan O’Shea teaches DIY Solo Creation and Ensemble Improv throughout North America, Europe and beyond.

This workshop will focus on generative improv strategies, working with each individual’s source material.  Moving together in-person with physical distancing in place, we will expand the exploration to the social body and practice composing together in real time. We will also work on solo sourcing and developing material that we will share with each other at the end of the workshop.

Meagan fuses contemporary dance and performance practices with theatre, storytelling, clown, comedy, DIY spectacle in her interdisciplinary, interactive solo works. Using some of her favourite tools, we’ll play with extrapolating from a theme to generate material and about it in interesting ways.

Meagan has developed her Oblique/Switch creative methodology through her training and work with Keith Hennessy, Ruth Zaporah, Nina Martin and voice work with Katherine Duncanson, Fides Krucker, Allessio Castonelli (The World is Sound), John Turner, Karen Hines, devised theatre with One Yellow Rabbit, and countless other workshops and trainings. Her work is supported through her dance, somatic, pilates, and yoga practices. 

About Meagan O’Shea (she | her) Canada/Germany

Working across forms and borders, queer, contemporary dance+ artist Meagan O’Shea devises “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” performances for real and imagined spaces. 

Working with Oblique/Switch as a generative research method to reach beyond the Obvious/1st Impulse and Opposite/2nd Impulse to discover The Oblique/3rd Impulse; the potential to disrupt dominant paradigms, and offer an alternative to binary systems, she creates content-driven, problem-finding, contemporary solo work, treating the process like a science experiment, she uses body and the interaction with the audience as test site.

Meagan’s award-nominated solo work has been presented across Canada, in New York, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Greece and Germany. Meagan has also refined an ensemble improv practice through the ongoing “dance like no one is watching” performance project, which animates/disrupts public space, has included over 200 dancers and reached 30,000 incidental audience. She is currently working on Anatomalia (anatomy+anomaly+femalia), 7 choreographies set in immersive, installed environments tracking the transformation in healing trauma to find joy.

Meagan teaches DIY Solo Making and Ensemble Improv in North America and Europe. In 2007 Meagan founded Stand Up Dance as a platform to amplify her vision and support her work and that of other artists and communities. She is co-founder of hub14 in Toronto, was International Associate Artist at Dance Ireland for three seasons, Associate Artist at Theatre Direct, BIDE Artistic Collaborator (12-14), and has created much of her work through international residencies. She is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award in Dance and twice been shortlisted for the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

This workshop is made possible with the generous support from Manitoba Arts Council. Thanks also to our partner Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

2020/21 YLDE Annual Report

2020/21 YLDE Annual Report

Thanks to all those who came out to our AGM on November 21! We are so pleased to welcome Yuri Karube, Neilla Hawley, and Ella Steele to our board of directors! You can see our full board list HERE. If you missed the AGM and would like a summary, please check out our 2020-2021 Annual Report by clicking the link below.

Photo Credit: Emily Solstice Tait, 2021 Research Series Artist-In-Residence by Michelle Panting

ID: Emily is lunging forward, gaze forward to the right of the camera, one arm on the earth, one out to the side, hand pressing against the open air, she is outside in the late fall in a lightly wooded area, no leaves are on the trees or bushes behind her.

Agreement Making for Creative Practice with Alex Elliott and Ali Robson

Agreement Making for Creative Practice with Alex Elliott and Ali Robson

This workshop is FREE, and includes ASL interpretation

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:30 – 4:30 pm (CST)
Online over Zoom

Please click HERE to register.

For over a year Alex and Ali have been having conversations about the agreements that we make when we engage in creative work in a studio together and how those agreements can contribute to safer and braver creative spaces. This workshop will share their considerations and engage participants in dialogue about writing letters of agreement and contracts. The workshop will be geared towards independent artists, collectives and groups. 

Participants will be invited to read/write/share their own ideas and experiences with agreement making. The workshop will be recorded for future reference.

Alex and Ali have a shared history as students, performers, artists, travellers and studio mates. They bring many years of experience, as independent dancers, choreographers, dance company members, teachers, producers and presenters in both dance and theatre, to the task of writing letters of agreement and to the thoughtful inquiry of how we make safer and braver creative spaces.

YLDE’s programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council.

2022 Research Series – Artist-In-Residence Call For Submissions

2022 Research Series – Artist-In-Residence Call For Submissions

Research Series Runs February – April 2022 
Winnipeg, MB

The Research Series is a residency program designed to support the kinesthetic and choreographic inquiries of artists from all disciplines engaging in dance and/or movement-based research by providing resources such as artists fees, studio space, and public presentation and discussion opportunities. The purpose of the residency is to allow for in-depth research, critical thinking, risk-taking, professional development, skill enhancement and an exchange of ideas, without the pressure of a finished work or conclusion.

Two (2) artists or artistic teams will be selected to participate in the 2022 Research Series via the following application process. No less than one (1) of these teams will be Manitoban-led, and up to one (1) of these teams will be out-of-town-led. The Residency will take place in Winnipeg, MB. We encourage applicants from local and national contexts to apply. *YLDE is happy to provide letters of support for selected out of town artist(s) seeking additional funding to cover travel and living costs while in residence.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange (YLDE) is committed to the principle of equitable access and strives for a fair, cooperative, respectful, and safe environment that protects and promotes human rights and affirms the dignity of all persons. A minimum of one (1) Black, Indigenous, or artist of colour (or artistic team-lead) will be selected of the two (2) projects. We encourage you to self-identify. 

YLDE has funds set aside to support a portion of accessibility-related costs. We are happy to work together with artists to secure the appropriate and necessary budgeting requirements. 

 Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a selection committee.

Context and Criteria:

Resources facilitated by YLDE during the residency:

• A budget of $3,500 for artist fees, travel costs (if applicable), and additional labour and/or materials
• Access to an accessible studio space (up to 40 hrs) provided by YLDE
• Concluding roundtable discussion regarding the research undergone during the residency
• Public presentations of the research
• Video and Photo documentation of research presented
• Research will be considered in both written and visual essays published on the YLDE website

Each artist/group is required to adhere to the following:

• Adapt research to meet current Covid-19 safety protocols
• All artists involved must be available for, and demonstrate/share their research at the public Research Series Presentation on Saturday April 2, 2022, as well as being available for the public Endnote Essayist Presentations and Discussion on Sunday April 10, 2022
• Participate in public discussion/talk back sessions on the artist’s research
• Share their process with two essayists-in-residence (a writer and a visual artist/photographer), and other participating artists-in-residence through studio visits, cohort meet-ups, and postmortem
• Submit a final report at the end of the residency detailing activities, experience, and feedback

Submission Guidelines:

To apply, please submit the following information by email with the subject line: Research Series Submission to younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Sunday, November 28, 2021

1. Contact information: Full name, preferred pronouns, email, address, phone number.

2. A description of the research inquiry (800 words max.): Explain the inspiration for your inquiry and why you wish to dive into it at this time. Discuss your proposed research process.

3. Artistic statement (400 words max.): For collaborations, this can be a combined statement or include the statements of each applicant.

4. CV (two-pages max. per CV): For collaborations, please include one CV per collaborator.

5. Biography of the lead artist(s) (each 250 words max.): If you are selected, this text will be used for promotional purposes (press release, website, social media, etc.).

6.  Two items of support material: This can include recent dance or movement work/research, or relevant materials to provide context for your research proposal. Support material can be sent in the form of weblinks or attached documents with your emailed application. The jury will be asked to spend no more than 8 minutes on each submission’s support material. Please provide information on what you would like the jury to focus on if you are providing material that is longer than 4 minutes/1 written page/5 images each.

7.  Budget: This is a critical part of the application. Make sure you are allocating enough funds towards maintaining a professional rate for all collaborators. YLDE suggests using the following guideline for dance artist fees – The CADA/West recommended MINIMUM for an hourly wage is $26.00/hr for professional artists. Materials, mentorship/consultation, travel costs, and specific requirements should also be considered in the budget. Note: YLDE covers up to 40 hours of studio rental outside of $3,500 artist fee.

For questions, including further accessibility funds information, please do not hesitate to contact Zorya Arrow at younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange is a not-for-profit artist-run support organization committed to the development, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance and performance on Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

More information about Young Lungs Dance Exchange at www.younglungs.ca.

The 2022 Research Series is made possible with the generous support of Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council.

Photo Credit: Calvin Lee Joseph

YLDE Annual General Meeting

YLDE Annual General Meeting + Essay Reading by Cierra Bettens

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Online over Zoom

To register, please click HERE.

This event is FREE, all are welcome to attend.

In her written essay, Cierra will respond to the choreographic research of Meryem Alaoui and Sasha Amaya who recently completed a Research Series residency with YLDE.

About Cierra:

Cierra Bettens (she/her/elle) is a prairie writer, editor and student based in Treaty 1 & the Homeland of the Métis Nation. She currently edits the small but mighty arts and culture section of The Uniter and covers activism, culture and life for Lithium Magazine. With a fierce commitment to community-centred journalism, Cierra has written extensively on labour issues, politics and grassroots organizing. Her research interests include political economy and urban development. She’s thrilled to explore the intersections of dance and writing through the Young Lung Dance Exchange Research Series.

YLDE’s programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council.