Edmonton’s Good Women Dance Collective tackles whiteness in a new commission from Pam Tzeng

Oct 28 2019

Edmonton’s Good Women Dance Collective, the company that brought you the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award winning production The Cardiac Shadow, returns with the WORLD PREMIERE of a new contemporary dance piece by Calgary’s Pam Tzeng at this year’s CONVERGENCE 2019.

CHEERS & TEARS: A Journey Into Whiteness is an absurd yet honest look at the ensemble’s relationship to whiteness. The performance aims to expose the experiences and impact of the “Canadian W-H-I-T-E Lady” on the well being of themselves and humans in all parts of the living planet.

This contemporary dance performance is a quintet featuring the Good Women Dance Collective’s Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Kendell, and Kate Stashko; as well as, guest performer Krista Posyniak, and choreographer Pam Tzeng. CHEERS & TEARS: A Journey Into Whiteness premieres at Good Women Dance Collective’s annual event CONVERGENCE 2019 at the Théâtre de la Cité.

CONVERGENCE 2019 will also feature Meredith Kalaman’s Ruminate, which is inspired by the “necking process” where giraffes violently thrash their necks at each other in combat. This duet “chews over” the desire to dominate another being by means of physical force juxtaposed with the need for tender care.