THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS: Canada Council for the Arts; Canadian Heritage; BC Arts Council;
Province of British Columbia; Regional District of Mt. Waddington
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BCMAS is one of the few professional dance organizations based in and serving rural and remote under-served communities, and we are honoured to be located within the unceded Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the ‘Namgis, Kwakiutl, and Mamalilikala Nations.
BCMAS is establishing annual contemporary dance series held throughout the year. In dance, we believe there is no substitute for live performance. Small rural cities and coastal communities are largely deprived of this opportunity and it is very expensive for people living in these areas to travel to large urban centres to see Canadian and international professional dance performances.
Our presentation series moving forward will include for each artist/company presented in addition to our home base of Malcolm Island, shows in neighbouring Port McNeill (at the GateHouse Theatre) the ‘Namgis Nation/Alert Bay (in the Laurence Ambers Memorial Recreation Center) and Campbell River (Tidemark Theatre). We plan in the future to have presentations in other rural areas of British Columbia as well.
We recognize the importance of an inclusive environment and follow best practices in its ongoing management and organizational development. Led by a professional seasoned dance artist, festival director and arts manager Mary-Louise Albert, as well as Advisors Rebecca Margolick (professional dancer/choreographer), Andrea Cranmer, ‘Namgis cultural and spiritual leader), Livona Ellis (professional dancer/choreographer), and Annemarie Koch (community advocate) and a Board of Directors versed in professional, pre professional and educational dance, financial management and business operations: (Artemis Gordon, Pamela Rosa, Dr. Michael Margolick, Laurie Rowan and Brenda Jemar).