About the performance:
“Minds in Motion” is a dance series that blends Renaissance sculpture and painting imagery with contemporary dance. It is a story that touches something in all of us: a daring hope for transformation, for rebirth. A metaphor of sculptures coming to life, this dance asks: can we break the moulds that others shaped us into? The performance explores the struggle to emerge from being stuck in the past and the moments of real connection that we find along the way.
About Voirelia Dance Hub:
Voirelia Hub is a contemporary dance company. Our mission is to create contemporary dance that connects and inspires. We are a small, grass-roots non-profit, founded in 2017. Voirelia brings together dancers, artists, and scholars in a supportive environment. We take bold artistic risks through innovative collaborations. We also create dance-focused community engagement events. Our creative process prioritizes mental health and wellness by creating a safe space for interdisciplinary exchange, breaking barriers that isolate communities, and building bridges between artists, scholars, and the public. We are passionate about inspiring people to engage with dance. We share dance as a way to engage our community and invite all to look for common ground and connection through movement and creativity. Our vision is to contribute to building a thriving artistic community that inspires people to move in creative ways. For more information, check out our website voirelia.com and for the latest updates, go to our Instagram: @Voirelia.
About the choreographer:
Alina Sotskova is a professional dancer and choreographer. Alina began studying dance at a young age in Crimea, Ukraine. After immigrating to Canada as an adolescent, her connection with dance was interrupted. She returned to dance years later to focus specifically on studying contemporary dance and ballet. She has choreographed and performed in many contemporary dance works across Canada. She has presented original choreography in collaboration with Victoria Dance Theatre, Dance Victoria, Flux London Dance Festival, Broken Rhythms, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Addo Platform, among others. Alina also holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her psychology practice informs her interests in understanding the depths human experience and telling stories through dance. In 2017, Alina founded Voirelia Hub as a platform for contemporary dance creation and interdisciplinary collaboration. As the Artistic Co-Director of Voirelia Hub, Alina continues to create, develop dance pedagogy, and curate interdisciplinary dance and art events.