Vanessa Goodman


Strike Tone

Vanessa Goodman is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic. She is the artistic director of Action at a Distance Dance Society.

Vanessa’s work has been presented by DanceHouse, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Dance Centre, The Chutzpah! Festival, SFU Woodwards (Vancouver) and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby). Other presenters include the Fluid Festival (Calgary), Kinetic Studio (Halifax), Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto), On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), Offset Dance Fest (Brooklyn) and The Bienal Internacional de Dança Do Ceará (Brazil).

Vanessa has been artist-in-residence at The Dance Centre (Vancouver), Dance Victoria, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), The Shadbolt Centre and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Recently she presented work and facilitated at Trinity Laban’s 2020 Co-Lab Project (London). Commissions include Springboard Dansé Montréal, the plastic orchid factory (with Ame Henderson), Votive Dance, Lamon Dance and Modus Operandi. She is also involved in collaborations with Scott Morgan (Loscil); Caroline Shaw (premiering January 2021); and Simona Deaconescu (premiering at National Dance House, Romania).

Awards and honours include The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2013); The Yulanda M. Faris Scholarship (2017/18); The Chrystal Dance Prize (2019); The Schultz Endowment from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2019); and the “Space to Fail” program (2019/20) in New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver.

Vanessa respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.