Call and Response: 10 Questions with Expanse Artists
Stéphanie Morin-Robert & Alastair Knowles
Expanse: Where are you from?
Stéphanie: Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario.
Expanse: Where do you find yourself these days?
Stéphanie: I’m currently traveling between Vancouver, Lookout Arts Centre in Bellingham, WA and Montreal where I’m simultaneously working on my solo show Blind Side, creating new work with my company For Body And Light and an extended version of Half Inch Thick with Alastair Knowles; all productions that will be tour ing the Fringe Festival Circuit this summer.
Alastair: I tour Canada seven months a year with James & Jamesy and split the remaining time between the Lookout Arts Centre in Bellingham, WA and Vancouver.
Expanse: What’s one recommendation of a really great thing to do or place to eat in your current city?
Stéphanie & Alastair:
– The Dusty Flower Shop for the community and great performance opportunities.
– The Foundation for an extra huge plate of nachos for a very reasonable price.
– Edam dance school for Contact Dance classes
– Freestyle Focus Group is a weekly open-freestyle jam in Vancouver hosted by most gentle and welcom- ing hip hop gents around.
Expanse: How would you describe your work?
Stéphanie & Alastair:
Our collaboration is a mix of contemporary dance and clown. Together we create work that is poetically absurd, visually exquisite, and flowing with hilarity.
Expanse: What is one artistic question that is captivating you at the moment?
Stéphanie: What performance technique do I most identify with? Is this dance?
Alastair: How can I make audience interactive theatre compelling on video?
Expanse: What has been one of your most rewarding artistic experiences?
Stéphanie: Making a living with my art and allowing myself to have time to create work I’m excited about on a daily bases.
Alastair: Eureka moments when I realize new ways I can present my work and attract audiences.
Expanse: What is one thing you need in the studio?
Stéphanie: I rather work in a warm, decluttered space with soft lighting and white walls. But anything free will also do.
Alastair: A good chill area to sip the drinks and lounge in good company, and a set up such that small shows can be presented.
Expanse: What is something that scares you as much as it compels you?
Stéphanie: My career path as a creator and performer.
Alastair: Doing a full solo show. A single sketch is no problem, but the thought of orchestrating an audience experi ence for an extended duration raises the hairs on my back.
Expanse: What was one of the most captivating shows/performances you’ve ever seen. Where did you see it?
Stéphanie: Dark Matters by Kidd Pivot (Crystal Pite) was the first contemporary dance show I even saw in Montreal.
Alastair: Me So You So Me by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, The Dance Centre in Vancouver.
Expanse: Could you share an artistic guilty pleasure? A movie, book, album or song that transcends taste.
Stéphanie: Any Nicolas Bernier, Talking Heads, Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens Album
Alastair: The Tailor – The Salt Album
Stéphanie: Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
Alastair: Maria In The Shower – Inchworm
Stéphanie Morin-Robert & Alastair Knowles bring Half Inch Thick to the Chinook Series as part of the Coast to Coast program of dance shorts on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10pm and Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7pm in the Westbury Theatre.