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Studio Salon Series: Winter Edition

November 23, 2021

Our Studio Salon Series returns, featuring works in progress by four local artists.
This event will be a hybrid, with a live in person showing on Dec 4th and a livestream showing on Dec 5th.

In person capacity is limited to 20 people, masks must be worn inside the studio, and proof of vaccination will (2 doses) will be required to enter.

Dec 4 – in person at What Lab
Katie Cassady
Katie is a dancer and choreographer based in Vancouver BC, the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Katie completed her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Simon Fraser University, and holds a BA in Art History from the University of British Columbia. Katie has had the honour of performing with Kokoro Dance, Amber Funk Barton/the response., Future Leisure, and TWObigsteps Collective. Her choreographic work, which seeks to explore interconnectedness and relationship, has been presented at the Dance Centre, Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery (Dance Week 2019), the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, and Vines Art Festival.

Description of work:
This dance explores pain, power, and moving through; considering the body as a site of expectation.

Shana Wolfe
Shana is a dance artist on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She toured England and Germany with Ballet BC and attended Springboard Danse Montreal in 2018.
Shana created her first piece, 轴/軸/Axis for Vines Art Festival in 2019 with co-creator Rosemary Xinhe Hu and was supported by Made In BC’s 2020/2021 DADAO mentorship program as well as being selected for The National Art Centers’ Capsule by FORM and Dumb Instrument Dance and Emily Carr University of Art and Designs’ Quarantine Qapsule. She is in her second season as a member of OURO Collective.

Description of work:
‘I don’t know what I look like. What I really mean is that I don’t know what I look like to other people. Paranoia presumes that what other people think about me is consistent and matters a lot.
“Individuals modify aspects of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed.”
I imagine you seeing me, from the opposite angle, as a feature of the room rather than one experiencing the room, and on some level, I’m no longer me. In that moment— being watched changes my experience, thoughts, and in some small way changes who I am.’

Dec 5 – livestream via Facebook Live
Jojo Zolina
Jonathan Zolina, better known by his stage name as Jojo Dancer is a Filipino Canadian dance educator, artistic director, choreographer and performer. Jojo is recognized for continually trail-blazing a style and standard that has infused itself into today’s mainstream dance world. Through all the lessons and experiences Jojo has lived, he recently discovered a passion for cinematography. This new skill has helped transition Jojo’s live performance into digital art, hoping to reach and inspire a larger demographic. Empowering others to express themselves, and explore life is a gift to Jojo.

Description of work:
“Portrait of my DNA” – Book Of Andoy (Episode 1)
My film presents a provocative and unapologetic dance performance that interrogates the sequelae that colonial religion has left in coloured bodies. Incorporating elements of Philippine traditional, contemporary and street dance, the show utilizes tools rooted in Queer culture to lead its characters through the journey of transforming from religious to spiritual. It follows the stories of various queer bodies as they rediscover their sexuality and leave their religious bodies behind. Inspired by the effects that missionary work left on communities in the Philippines, the show illustrates the role that religion plays in contemporary society and how we, queer people of colour, can maintain our spirituality and sexuality without succumbing to the Western status quo.

Antonio Somera Jr.
Antonio is a dance artist and quirky character based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. He achieved a BFA in contemporary dance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, and received a certificate from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). Antonio has performed internationally in works of Sita Ostheimer, Igor Bacovich & Iratxe Ansa, Manuel Ronda, Mala Kline, KT Niehoff, Flamenco En Route company and OURO Collective. Locally, he interpreted works for Julianne Chapple/Future Leisure, Co.ERASGA, EDAM, The Biting School and Dancers Dancing. Antonio is also passionate about street dance, participating in jams and battles and sharing his knowledge of waacking to the community.

Description of work: This is a short work in its very early stages. It started off with the appreciation of working with fellow collaborator, Tin Gamboa, and the interest in playing around with Filipinx culture. I am fascinated with this mythical creature called Mananangal, a monster that can split its torso from its legs and grow wings to fly and terrorize in the night. I also like this Filipinx fascination with karaoke, and silly Filipinx songs that I’ve heard while growing up. My hope with this process is to find pleasure in performing these concepts while also informing the audience that Filipinx culture is weird but joyful.


Our Studio Salon Series is a recurring series featuring local artists sharing works-in-progress with the community in an informal setting.

These events are free to the public in an effort to create more communication between artists and the community while their works are still in development. After short excerpts are shown, the featured artists engage in conversation with the audience around the topics presented in the work, creation, and development.

What Lab is accessible by two entrances: one through a set of doors off the alley between Pandora St and Franklin St (no stairs); the front entrance on Pandora St. (set of concrete stairs).

As an arts organization with roots of Filipino heritages, migrant stories and racialized settlers, we acknowledge our privilege to be living and creating art here on Turtle Island. We acknowledge the land upon which most of Co. ERASGA’s work takes place: the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations, the original stewards and caretakers of these lands.

As artists, we humbly recognize the continued work that needs to be done on the road to reconciliation. We commit to our own education, sharing of resources and artistries for continued respect, solidarity, awareness towards decolonial relation and work with the Indigenous people of Canada.

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