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Our KickStart program commissions Canadian choreographers, challenging them to develop and perform a short work based on an Asian idea, concept, or practice - that represents a significant new direction or constructive disruption to their approach to choreography.

CanAsian Dance is proud to announce the six talented artists, who have received commissions to create

four eclectic and provocative new works in our KickStart program. 

They are:

Shion Skye Carter (Vancouver) and Miya Turnbull (Halifax) working with Dramaturg Julie Tamiko Manning

Marbella Carlos aka Joy Rider (Montreal) working with Dramaturg Gerard X Reyes

Yui Ugai (Toronto) and Ashvini Sundaram (Vancouver) working with Dramaturg Anita LaSelva

Katherine Ng (Ottawa) working with Dramaturg Daniel Mroz 

Learn More about our 2023 KickStart Artists!

Photo of Marbella Carlos aka Joy Rider by Marisa Parisella, Photo of Katherine Ng by Marianne Duval, Yui Ugai with Paper Art by Christine Kim photo by Jani Autio, 

Photo of Ashvini Sundaram by Chris Randle, Photo of Shion Skye Carter by Akina Chan, Miya Turnbull with Masks by Miya Turnbull photo by Miya Turnbull 

Stay tuned for more updates!
We can't wait to share more about each artists' creative journey
and the final Festival presentations in Montreal & Toronto in May 2023!

Selection Committee

Gitanjali Kolanad

Artistic Associate

CanAsian Dance

Danah Rosales
Independent Dance Artist


Keiko Kitano Thomson
Independent Dance Artist


Laurane Van Branteghem

Curator & Programming Coordinator

Khosro Berahmandi

Artistic & Development Director

Festival Accès Asie

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