- Vancouver based dance artist
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Mardon + Mitsuhashi's TOUR at OFFTA 2019

Presented at this year’s OFFTA in a double bill program with Montreal’s Dayna McLeod’s work Intimate Kareoke.


In this work, performers act as tour guides, leading an audience through the space and making short stops on the way to share their “instantaneous expertise” on the history of objects, their surroundings as well as their own bodies and personal histories. TOUR brings attention to the discomfort that comes along with witnessing facts and reality treated with irreverence. How do the institutions we inhabit every day impose their realities and histories upon us? How might we gesture towards other ways of inhabiting them?

Performers: Roberto Soria & Devon Snell


May 25 8:30 pm

May 26 3 pm


D U S T trailer

International Dance Day - DUST (premiere)

International Dance Day - DUST (premiere)

A thought-provoking contemporary dance solo which incorporates live sound, new media, and striking designs to investigate themes of volatility, change, decay, and the unbound. Inspired by the poetry of Anne Carson, Dust uses movement, text and powerful visual effects to reveal the gradual undoing of the performance space, and of the performer herself.

Created by dance artists Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi, and performed by Frewer, the work is a collaboration with Adam Asnan (sound), Nellie Gossen (textiles), and Daniel O'Shea (new media).

Post show artist talkback April 28.

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St
Free Admission
Reserve your spot now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dust-francesca-frewer-erika-mitsuhashi-tickets-59729980981

Here for Now Vol. 2

Here for Now Vol. 2

Announcing Here For Now: vol. 2, a mixed-discipline group art presentation with a focus on contemporary performance. 

Featuring works by:

Dave Biddle + Betty Pomerleau
O, o, o, o.
Drag by the Darlings (Maiden China, PM, Rose Butch, Continental Breakfast)
Nancy Tam
Alex Mah
Ileanna Cheladyn
Zahra Shahab
Alex Beim/Tangible Interaction
Alexa Solveig Mardon
Erika Mitsuhashi
Julie Chapple
Francesca Frewer

Here For Now presents exceptional experimental contemporary art without the pressure that often comes along with gallery and theatre settings. Audience members will be free to roam around the space, see what they like, socialize in a unique space, and stay as long or as briefly as they desire. 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/here-for-now-vol2-tickets-52295069962
$20 in advance, $25 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Organized by Francesca Frewer, Antonio Somera, Kayleigh Sandomirsky, Erika Mitsuhashi, Alexa Mardon and Julianne Chapple. 

Entrance ramp is located on the right side of the warehouse and is 38in wide with a handrail to the left 41in high. Accessible door has a clearance of 45in. Inside entrance is 81in wide. There is not yet an accessible toilet installed, so for the event we will have an accessible portable on sight. Washrooms are all genders. If you need more information please contact Kayleigh at herefornowperformance@gmail.com

We Talk Disco One Day

We Talk Disco One Day

Farouche is excited to present our first full length creation "We Talk Disco One Day".
Created and performed by Farouche (Felicia + Erika + Mahaila) in collaboration with dance artists Lexi Vajda and Avery Smith.


September 6 & 7, 2018

Show at 8:30pm, Doors at 8pm

Gold Saucer Studio, Dominion Building, second floor
211 - 207 West Hastings Street

Tickets: $15 cash at the door

Space is limited so reservations are encouraged and can be made in advance by emailing farouchecollective@gmail.com

Wheelchair accessible

We Talk Disco One Day is our exploration in creating a clear macro structure for three micro dances.

Inheriting Choreography (similar to telephone). We have spent three months passing off choreography and allowing each individual to reshape the movement with their values, interests, and desires. Part of this process is that we have not shared the outcomes with one another. The first time you see them will be the first time we see them too.

Structured Disco. Our collective memory of curated and distilled disco moves in an accumulation of pattern, phasing, and complexity.

The Same Thing Every Time. Resting our brains but working our bodies.

Something Different.



Public and Private

Public and Private

Nov 13 – 17 / Nov 20 – 24


Left of Main / 211 Keefer 

Click Here for Tickets 

Dumb Instrument Dance premieres Public and Private, an ensemble work that in ways both elegant and raw, is a decidedly feminist inquiry. Dancing to the meter of live Taiko, a tribe of female-bodied artists travel within to make selectively public, what was previously private.

Choreography and Performance: Ziyian Kwan in collaboration with Delia Brett, Erika Mitsuhashi, Hayley Gawthrop, Deanna Peters

Taiko Drummer: Eileen Kage

Creative Team: James Proudfoot, Heidi Taylor, Paula Viitanen

Upintheair Theatre presents: Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi’s The Saddest Girl at the Party

Upintheair Theatre presents: Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi’s The Saddest Girl at the Party

An ode to the attempt, the wishing, and the not-quite.

at the rEvolver theatre festival

Tickets: www.tickets.thecultch.com

Venue: The Greenhouse, 1885 Venables - 45 minutes

May 29th 8:00pm

May 30th 8:30pm

May 31st 8:00pm *post-show talk

June 1st 8:30pm

June 2nd 8:30pm

The Saddest Girl at the Party is a dance-theatre duet, conceived as an ode to the attempt and a lament for that which has been given up on. It uses movement crafted into games and absurd scenarios to compose a dynamic performance piece which lies somewhere between playful and heartbreaking, but falling (maybe, almost) just shy of each.

Created, choreographed and performed by Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi.




The Cultch

1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

The Cultch Box Office

www.tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363

Karilynn Ming Ho: For the Left Hand Alone

April 6, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Curator: Shaun Dacey

Vancouver-based artist Karilynn Ming Ho uses the metaphor of phantom limb syndrome to explore themes of fragmented realities in a time when bombardment by digital information leaves many people feeling physically and mentally disconnected and disenchanted with reality. Set to the musical commissions of Paul Wittgenstein (a one-handed pianist), For the Left Hand Alone frames phantom pain as an unrequited longing, an incomplete figure, and the feeling of uncertainty in an increasingly disembodied world.

In partnership with Richmond Public Art and Capture Festival

This spring the art gallery partners with Capture Photography Festival, City of Richmond Public Art Program and InTransit BC to present a series of photo-based installations at the four Canada Line stations in Richmond (Bridgeport, Aberdeen, Lansdowne, and Brighouse).

At Aberdeen Station, Karilynn Ming Ho’s alluring installation Mirror Flower, Water Moon utilizes deceptive technologies. The images are derived from Universal Adversarial Perturbations (UAP), visual textures and algorithmic vectors meant to disarm, confuse and deceive artificial intelligence. Ming Ho’s images show us tactics and technologies that deceive, connecting natural and digital actions that are just beyond the reach of human perception. The title, Mirror Flower, Water Moon is from a Chinese proverb, denoting something that can only be seen, but not grasped — like a flower in a mirror or the reflection of the moon in the water.

Karilynn Ming Ho is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance, multi-media installation, sculpture and collage. Her work draws on existential themes as a means to examine formal and conceptual ideas around screen culture, technology, performativity and the body. Ming Ho has exhibited in solo shows across Canada including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Trinity Square Video in Toronto, Optica Centre d’art Contemporain in Montreal, and Khyber ICA in Halifax. Her work has been screened widely in film and performance festivals in Canada, the US, and France.

MIXED PROGRAM, Dance In Vancouver Festival

MIXED PROGRAM, Dance In Vancouver Festival

Julianne Chapple + Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien + Marissa Wong + Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art

Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street
Vancouver BC V6B 2G6
Saturday November 25, 1pm

Julianne Chapple's trio Self Portrait is a complex and subtle study of identity and female self-image, drawing on depictions of women in art and the relationship with the spectator.
Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien's duet 8bitself meditates on abstract gesture. The performers move with hypnotic precision through a series of sculptural movements, punctuated by vivid sound and projections by multimedia artist Remy Siu.
A collaboration with musician Jamie Bradbury, Marissa Wong/TWObigsteps collective's Surrendurance investigates social behaviour as a series of complex patterns, and themes of spontaneity versus control, in a fluent and elegant work for five dancers.
Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art's solo Feasting on Famine (excerpt) traces one man’s journey through the extremes of bodybuilding and health fitness, exploring the symmetry between the human body, the corporation, and the excesses of capitalism.

The Saddest Girl At The Party

The Saddest Girl At The Party


September 21, 2017

Doors 7:30pm | Peformance 8:00pm

Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver

New Works is proud to launch our 20th season by featuring three duets by six talented, emerging female dance artists: Zhara Shahab and Katie Lowen; Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer; Jessica Wilke and Laura Avery. This evening of performances is curated by local and nationally renowned choreographer and artist Justine A. Chambers.

Blue Crush by Katie Lowen and Zahra Shahab – An investigation of organic and plastic skins, and the ability to engulf, reveal, and conceal. Blue Crush explores the subversion of desire, the power of imitation, and the body in flux.

The Saddest Girl At The Party, by Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi – An ode to the attempt and a lament for that which is given up on. Movement crafted into games and absurd scenarios composes this duet, that lies somewhere between playful and heartbreaking; but falling (maybe, almost) just shy of each.

i think you might be spilling, by Jessica Wilke and Laura Avery – An inquiry into tenderness as resilience, into labours of loving, and into our love affairs with our house plants and our moss gardens. The work attempts to stumble up against varying forms of intimacy-“romantic” and otherwise- that defy easy categorization and that sustain us.

Photo: Cara Tench

New Works at Night is an expansion of our Dance Allsorts program, and offers mixed programs of longer and full-length works at The Annex, through the support from the Pacific Theatre Grants Program. They are opportunities to present pieces that explore deeper themes and dance experiences that are important creative works to support and disseminate.

L I L A C, Romp Festival 2017

L I L A C, Romp Festival 2017

Farouche Collective brings Mahahila Patterson-O'Brien's work L I L A C to Suddenly Dance Theatre's  Romp Festival this July! 


When: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

Venue: Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra Street)

Time: 7:30pm (doors open 7:00)

Duration: 75 minutes


Choreography by


NAMJIN KIM (South Korea)

HOYEON KIM (South Korea)


followed by




Dancer: Felicia Lau

Sound: Remy Siu, Alex Mah

Original Projection Design: Remy Siu

Performed by: Erika Mitsuhashi 

Text: Jasmine O’Brien

L I L A C is a collaborative, interdisciplinary piece combining movement, text, sound and projection to explore the experience of a single sensory memory over time.

The lilacs

are beginning.

Begin again.

The story you tell


Repeat it until it 

is only story

as if told by someone else.

Your scent is only a memory.



Choreographer Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien is an emerging choreographer in Vancouver, BC. She studied at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts receiving her BFA (Hons). As a choreographer her work has been presented at multiple venues inside and out of SFU, this includes Project CPR, 12 Minutes Max, Dance Allsorts, Romp Festival 2015 (Victoria, BC), ASCENSION 2013 and 2014, SFU Dance Student Mainstage, Launch! Festival 2014, and Ignite Youth Festival 2013.

Working Class

Working Class

Contemporary Technique for Working Class, Training Society of Vancouver

When: July 5 and 7 10-11:30am

Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre 

Class Description:

For working class, I have structured a class that is an amalgamation of different training I have taken over the years. A “best of” different dance and movement techniques that provide dancers with a way of moving with strength and ease. We will systematically wake up our proprioception, beginning with some shaking and joint mobilization. As we warm into moving, we will work through floor, standing and travelling phrases all with a sensitivity to exploring different sequential possibilities of the body by utilizing weight, breath, release, engagement and a happy pelvis moving through space. We will work with guided improvisations with specific movement qualities as a way to observe muscular effort and embodiment.

I am curious about how each of our bodies carries so much movement history and how transference of information through the body affects each of us. I approach technique as a continuously growing library of information and I look forward to sharing my collection through TSV.





April 27 / VIVO / 8:30pm-1:30am
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$15 entry / $25 entry + AA membership + 5 raffle tickets / $40 entry + AA membership + AA tote bag + 5 raffle tickets

First annual fundraiser for our summer programming of a week long event with Crazy Dames and installation by Jacob Gleeson

Performances by: Waters / Anybodys / JP Carter+Peggy Lee / Crotch

DJ sets by Minimal Violence / Nancy Dru

Dance Performances by Alexa Mardon+ Erika Mitsuhashi / Emmalena Fredriksson+Arash Khakpour

Raffle Prizes from Big Joy Barber & Salon / Evann Siebens / Priory / Herschel & more

Sound/Music Curated by Elisa Ferrari / John Brennan

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ARTS ASSEMBLY is a not for profit community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. With a focus on social practices and research, we aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists. We hope to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high caliber of diverse and inclusive arts programming.

We seek to fairly compensate artists for their work and research, and acknowledge female leadership in the creative community.

We encourage work that doesn’t necessarily end in a product to be sold, but rather builds relationships between communities, allows for in-depth research, and creates unique experiences.


Dancers Playing Basketball

Dancers Playing Basketball

2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival

March 5, 12, 19 2pm @ Woodwards Atrium, Free

producer: Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject
created & played by Katie Lowen & Deanna Peters
in collaboration with players Natalie Gan, Walter Kubanek, Erika Mitsuhashi, Alex Tam & Blake Worthey



ReFuse @ the Vancouver Art Gallery

March 10 8pm to 12am

Semi-precious: the faceting of a gemstone only appears complete and critical

choreography: Justine Chambers

performers: Elissa Hanson, Billy Marchenski, Alison Denham, Kate Franklin, Ileanna Cheladyn, Erika Mitsuhashi

The Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE–goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs and unexpected surprises make FUSE Vancouver's favourite art party—a place to see some of the best in local performance art, theatre, contemporary dance and music, plus take in the FUSE lounge.  

#fusenight   @vanartgallery 

FEATURED SPECIAL GUESTS: Audio: Julian Hou with You’re Me | Hospitality: Elaine (Derya Akay & Anne Low) Dance: Justine Chambers | Performance: Ron Tran | Curated by Jesse McKee, supported by 221A and produced by MediaLab