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Nicole Mion - PCC Calgary Co-chair

Artist and curator, Nicole Mion creates for the stage and screen. She is a sought- after director and contemporary choreographer, specializing in contemporary performance, new media, dance, and installation. She is Artistic Director for Springboard and Co-Artistic Director for Road Pictures. For Springboard, Nicole curates Interrarium – a multi-disciplinary creative residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Fluid Movement Arts Festival in Calgary.

Recent projects include performances at Brief Encounters 8 (Vancouver), An Illustrated Guide to Touching & Telling integrating audience participation, story telling and contemporary dance performance for the Fluid Festival, choreography for the film version of Indian Blue, and creation of That Thing Between Us, a single channel broadcast and three-channel video installation, which has screened in numerous festivals. Nicole is also a part of the creative team as choreographer for Shaw Communications, having created numerous commercials for the Shaw People Powered campaign with BBDO creative.

Known for her highly physical and theatrical style, Nicole won the Paula Citron award for most outstanding choreography at fFIDA (Toronto). Staged choreography and direction includes the staged version of Indian Blue, THEN I SAW THE SKY for OYR's High Performance Rodeo and Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival, presentation of both her live and film work at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) for Alberta Scene, choreography representing Canada at the DaCI conferences in Brazil and The Hague, and direction and choreography for the opening ceremonies of the IAAF World Games (Edmonton), which had a live audience of 60,000 and a broadcast audience of millions.

For Road Pictures, with co-creator Sandi Somers, Nicole creates film and video as a director, writer, choreographer, and producer. Projects include the AMPIA film and television award winning dance film Porcelain Tattoo, the AMPIA award winning 'best music video' Extreme to Me featuring Kris Demeanor, and You Like Leaving for singer-songwriter Anne Louise Genest, the comedy $9.99 Haircut, the dance films The Riders and ScreamingFISH.

Nicole's work is aired on Bravo! Television, the Comedy Network, Knowledge Network, Comedy Central, the Women's Television Network, the Independent Film Channel, and presented in festivals around the world. Her work was selected to represent Canada at the best of Bravo dance films at the 2005 Dance on Screen Festival at the Lincoln Centre (New York), included in the best of Canadian dance film in Reel Dance Canada (Düsseldorf), represented Canada at the INPUT Conference (USA), Dance USA @ the Canadian Embassy (Washington DC), and featured at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary) and the MOMA Museum (New York).

Upcoming work includes The Shadow of Her Bones, a new dance performance for Canadian contemporary dance artists Luciane Pinto and Ziyian Kwan, and ContainR a video installation and winter sports, performance and dance film festival for the Vancouver Arts Olympiad.
containR is a winter sports, performance and dance film festival of curated and commissioned films screened in reconfigured, recycled shipping containers sited at Olympic venues in Greater Vancouver, Whistler and Calgary. Curated by Nicole Mion and Evann Siebens, the mobile screenings will feature the best in Canadian and international winter sport, performance and dance films. The installation provides the chance for the public to celebrate the links and dynamic interaction between physical performance in art and sport. Placed in outdoor settings such as entry points to Olympic events, the general public will be able to easily access this free event.

Nicole Mion

Kari McQueen - PCC Calgary Co-Chair

Kari McQueen is a Calgary-based media artist, programmer, and arts administrator/educator with a diploma in drawing (1992), and BFA (1997) from the Alberta College of Art & Design.

Kari is currently EMMEDIA's Program & Outreach Coordinator. She is active in the national community as EMMEDIA's delegate for the Independent Media Arts Alliance/L’Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendants (IMAA/AAMI). Kari is also co-founder of the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) and Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST), where she currently serves as President.

Past positions include: Museum School Co-Coordinator and Museum Interpreter at Glenbow Museum, Public Programmer at Art Gallery of Calgary, Art Educator for Muttart Public Art Gallery, Secretary for the Society of Educational Resource Groups (SERG), and technical/volunteer coordinator for M:ST 3.

When not coordinating artists and festivals, Kari maintains a part-time studio practice in video, drawing/painting, and experimenting with audio and electronic practices. Exhibition of her works include: FIFA (Montréal), Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), WNDX (Winnipeg), herland Film Festival (Calgary), Alberta Biennial (with Chuck Stake), AFA's TREX Program, Canada Council for the Art's Definitely Independent Program (Germany), Alberta Scene Albertaine (Ottawa) and at the Glenbow (Calgary) and Red Deer District Museums.

Kari McQueen

Renato Vitic has toiled in the arts community in Calgary in various roles such as the Festival Coordinator for the Mountain Standard Time Performantive Art Festival (M:ST), the Manager of Resource development for the Art Gallery of Calgary, a member of the Board of directors of the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST), and now as the Director of TRUCK Gallery. Recently completing a residency at the Banff Centre, Renato presented an interactive collaborative performance with the Ministry of Walking, and presented five walking performances as part of the “Walking and Art” thematic residency. Recent performances in Calgary have included the Afrika Dey Ministry of Walking Postcard Project, and the public book shredding performance in the STRIDE Gallery +15 exhibition space entitled, “Public Good.” Renato has exhibited his performance and painted works both in Calgary, Edmonton, and Halifax and will be performing as a member of the walking collective, “The Ministry of Walking,” in Calgary as part of the Performance Creation Canada Conference this coming October, 2008

Renato Vitic

David van Belle is a Calgary-based writer, director, actor, and singer. He received his MFA in Directing from the University of Calgary in 2001, and subsequently spent seven years as part of the creative ensemble of One Yellow Rabbit before leaving to do freelance work in 2007. As part of One Yellow Rabbit, David appeared in such shows as Dream Machine, Heavens to Murgatroid, and Friction (which he also co-wrote). Other performance credits include Why Freud Fainted (Alberta Theatre Projects), Picnic and X-Ray (Ghost River Theatre), Dragonfly (Theatre of the Living Statue). He is currently playwright-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, working on a new solo show with Eric Rose, entitled The Highest Step in the World.
Michael Green is the co-artistic director of Calgary’s twenty-five year old One Yellow Rabbit, and a member of the company’s performing ensemble. Michael is the founder/curator of High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s 23 year-old international festival of the arts. A published author, Michael was active in founding Performance Creation Canada in Calgary, January 2004. One Yellow Rabbit was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award in 2007. Michael was conferred an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2006.

Michael Green

Jennifer McVeigh is artist and writer living in Calgary. She has been a regular contributor to the visual art sections of the Calgary Herald and FFWD Magazine, in addition to national publications including Canadian Art. In 2006, she completed an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster in London, England where her research centred on linguistic analysis of written texts used in museum exhibits.

Recent projects include On the Road Again - a community-based collaboration with artist Tomas Jonsson in which a procession of second-hand furniture was used to commemorate Calgary's rapid urban growth. She is currently serving on the programming committee for Emmedia Gallery and Production Society and editing a 25th anniversary publication for TRUCK artist-run centre.

Jennifer McVeigh

Inouk Touzin

Franco-Ontarian born, Inouk Touzin is Passeur théâtral (Theatre activator) for RAFA (Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta), charged with the revitalization of French-language theatre in Calgary. Theatre creator and multi-talented, Inouk holds a bachelors degree with honours in theatre from the University of Ottawa and an artistic education certificate from York University and the Ontario Arts Council.

Ecclectic, he has worked professionally at his multiple theatre occupations, both in French and English, in the majority of Canadian provinces over the past 9 years. Inouk worked on Théâtre du Trillium’s Jean et Béatrice; which won a prestigious Masque award. He has also contributed to the ATFC (Association des theatres francophones du Canada) as development officer and to G2 (Groupe des Deux), where he served as coartistic director for the theatre company. Playwright, director, actor and arts administrator, Inouk has a broad profile that includes improvisation, facilitation, technical work and critical thinking.

Inouk Touzin is also renowned for his accomplishments in artistic education. 13 years of experience facilitating workshops to several thousand young Canadians from all regions, delegate in Lisbon for the first UNESCO World Conference on artistic education, and panellist in the 2nd World Creativity Summit in Taipei, he is committed to the advancement of French-language theatre, the development of French-language communities outside Québec, and capacity-building through leadership and creativity.

Inouk Touzin

Norma Lock is somewhat of a mystery until we receive her bio... but it can safely be said that she has been a powerhouse in organizing PCC Calgary! She is currently General Manager of Springboard and brings with her a plethora of arts administration experience.

Cheezy image in lieu of Norma Lock

We would also like to acknowledge Lynanne Sparrow, James Dugan, Eric Rose, M:ST 4 Festival Coordinator Nicole Burisch and administrator: Lesley MacMillan for all their contributions. Without their assitance, Calgary PCC would not be here!