artistic director, choreographer, collaborator & performer // James Gnam is a dance artist based in Vancouver and Montreal. He is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory, a founding member of Left of Main as well as an associate artist with MAYDAY and Grand Poney. He trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and from 1998 to the present, has performed in the works of Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Barak Marshall and collaborated in the creation of new work with Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Melanie Demers, Vanessa Goodman, Peter Bingham and Tedd Robinson. With plastic orchid, James collaboratively devises interdisciplinary work that focuses the body as a site of social commentary. James’ research and work have been supported by Opera Estate in Bassano Italy; Circuit-Est in Montreal; Centre Q and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Electric Company Theatre, The New Forms Festival, The Vancouver Art gallery and SFU Woodwards in Vancouver. In 2010, the late Lola Maclaughlin nominated James and his wife Natalie for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance.
artistic producer, collaborator & performer // Natalie LeFebvre Gnam is an award-winning dance artist, educator, and the artistic producer of plastic orchid factory. She studied at L'École Supérieure de Ballet in Montréal and since 1997 has collaborated and performed in works with Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, dancersdancing and Coleman Lemieux & Co. and MACHiNENOiSY. Since 2009, she works closely with James Gnam and the artists of plastic orchid to create interdisciplinary work. She has worked as Administrative Agent at Théâtre la Seizième and continues in her role as Operations Manager for Vancouver theatre company, Fight With a Stick and the chair of the Training Society of Vancouver.
scenography & costume design // Natalie Purschwitz is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work seeks out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Her curiosities include anthropology, the notion of survival, clothing as a type of cultural production, language and mythology. Natalie shows her artwork internationally, designs costumes for a wide range of productions and maintains a small clothing line called Hunt & Gather. In 2010 she completed Makeshift (a yearlong endeavour to wear only things that she made herself), a project that received worldwide attention and press. She has studied at the University of Calgary (BA, Archaeology) the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science (NY, NY) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA, Media Arts). She recently returned from Paris where she was an artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts as a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency award.
lighting design // Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, James Proudfoot has been living in Vancouver since 1993. For twelve years he was the resident Technical Director at the Firehall Arts Centre. He is a much sought-after designer and has created lighting for many dance and theatre companies including; Lola Dance, Co. Erasga, battery opera, Kinesis Dance, Holy Body Tattoo, Anatomica,, Les Productions Figlio, plastic orchid factory, Trial & Eros, Ballet BC as well as The Firehall Theatre Company.
collaborator & performer // Bevin Poole has spent the last seven years with the plastic orchid factory; researching, building, remembering, rebuilding and performing. She has also interpreted works by Tara Cheyenne Performance, Action at a Distance, The Contingency Plan, Chick Snipper, Helen Walkley, MACHiNENOiSY, Nicole Mion, Co. Erasga, Desiree Dunbar and Vancouver Opera. As a company member of Dancers Dancing, Bevin has performed works by Judith Garay, Simone Orlando and Serge Bennathan. Bevin created her first solo work, “I never know what you think is important” for 12 Minutes Max 2016 and is a founding member and performer of Vancouver’s premier, female, lip-sync band, “The Wrecking Balls”.
collaborator & performer // Kevin Legere has written, performed and produced audio for various music, dance and film projects. Kevin’s most successful project was a live electronic band called Death to Sexy. Death to Sexy was featured on Much Musics 'The Wedge' and hit Earshot’s top 20 electronic charts following the release of their self titled album ‘Fall of the Prom Queen’. Recently Kevin has been researching the interaction between music, abstract themes and technology. It is here is where he has found new ways to construct and deconstruct sound. During this time Kevin has been collaborating with the Plastic Orchid Factory in order to explore these concepts more deeply.
collaborator & performer // Vanessa Goodman is Artistic Director of Action at a Distance and Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan. She holds a BFA from SFU and was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Choreographer Award. Vanessa has worked with a number of Vancouver companies including; the plastic orchid factory, dancers dancing, Mascall Dance and dumb instrument dance. She has been commissioned by DOTE, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale, Modus Operandi, Lamon Dance, Warehause Collective and SFU. Recently her work has been presented nationally and internationally by Northwest New Works, Risk/Reward, The Chutzpah! Festival, The Canada Dance Festival, The Dance Centre, The Firehall Arts Centre, PuSh Off, Small Stage and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. actionatadistance.ca
collaborator & performer // Jane Osborne is a contemporary dance artist, fully-certified Pilates instructor and Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Dance, she has continued her training both at home and abroad, including four months in Europe with a focused period of training in Brussels, and in NYC where she attended the Gaga Intensive. As an interpreter, Jane has worked independently with Justine A. Chambers, Tara Cheyenne Performance, 605 Collective/Theatre Replacement, Dancers Dancing, Action at a Distance, Co. Erasga, Rob Kitsos, the plastic orchid factory, Vancouver Opera, and Wild Excursions Performance, among others. In her own practice Jane is drawn to the collision between dance and theatre- the place where poetry, image and the body intersect -and the potential for the personal to speak universally.