Isabelle Kirouac is an interdisciplinary choreographer, performer, movement educator currently living in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (SFU); BA in Literature (Université du Québec à Montréal); Music & Humanities Degree (College de Sherbrooke). Trained in Canada, USA, Europe, Africa.
Isabelle’s work blends experimental dance, devised theatre, immersive installation, land-based work, somatic practices, and circus, often engaging community. Research interests include concepts of liminality and intersection between dance and ecology, in particular mycology. Works: Megafauna, an interdisciplinary dance work between two dancers, stilts, a scaffolding and modular costumes/objects about extinction, transmutation and evolution. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, the Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Arts Centre, the Moberly Arts Centre. In development. Third Space, investigating the relationship between two contemporary dancers, a stilt-walker, and designed objects. Supported by Canada Council, BCAC, and Shadbolt Arts Centre, presented at the Dance Centre and as part of New Works/Dance Allsorts at the Roundhouse (Vancouver, BC). Habitats, a duet between acrobatic stilt dancer and physical comedian, Nayana Fielkov, toured across BC, QC, SK, YK, and NWT. Supported by Canada Council, BCAC, MIBC/Arts Outside, ArtStarts Artists on Tour, and won two Awards at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Artist residencies include: What Lab (Vancouver, BC); Shadbolt Arts Centre (Burnaby, BC); Guapamacàtaro Art and Ecology Centre (Mexico); Synapsis Performance and Art Space (California); Projet Rioux (Quebec) – collaboration with musician Willoughby Arevalo; French Institute (Morocco), Abris/Debris, with eight young dancers. Community Arts residencies in collaboration with Willoughby Arevalo include: Artists in Communities – Art & Fungi (Kitsilano Community Centre, Vancouver, BC); Walking the Mycelial Web (Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver BC).
Teaching: Teacher Assistant in Theatre/Interdisciplinary Arts, School for Contemporary Arts (SFU); interdisciplinary arts instructor (students K-7) École du Pacifique, Sechelt; dance, stilts, physical theatre, interdisciplinary arts workshops and residencies for youth: ArtStarts in Schools, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Still Moon Arts Society, Port Moody Arts Center, Runaway Moon Theater (Vernon), Franco-Cultural Association (Yellowknife), Arcata Playhouse (California), for at risk youth, Gathering Place Community Centre (Vancouver), and for women in Palestine.