Olivia C. Davies

Editorial Advisory Committee, Contributor

Olivia C. Davies is a Vancouver-based performer, choreographer and community-arts facilitator of Anishinaabe, French-Canadian and Welsh heritage. Her practice has intrinsic ties to feminist politics and social justice. Davies’ works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her work is currently based on the ancestral and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations

After training at York University, Davies gained professional experience as a compelling improviser in Toronto’s live music and cabaret scene. She pursued commissions to choreograph for gala presentations, fashion shows, festival stages, burlesque revues and music videos. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2011, Davies apprenticed with Body Narratives CollectiveRaven Spirit Dance and Starrwind Dance Projects. She is a founding member of the MataDanze Collective (2005), Circadia Indigena Aboriginal Arts Collective (2016), and Crow’s Nest Collective (2016). Davies is current artist in residence at The Dance Centre for the 2018-2019 season. She recently curated Vancouver’s first annual CoexisDance Western Edition with dancers and musicians from the city’s vibrant live improv community.

Davies’ choreography transmits narrative. She has collaborated with Canadian spoken word artists Julie Peters (I Want, 2018) and Melissa Frost (Gidaashi, 2019) and with award-winning author Carmen Aguirre to adapt the short story Open Fire (2015). Davies combined forces with celebrated Coast Salish storyteller Rosemary Georgeson to create Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone (2017) exploring the shifting landscapes of refuge and dispossession experienced by Indigenous women. Directions (2018) was a site-specific activation of a residential property in East Vancouver that subverted the traditional view of audience/performer and was inspired by elements of the architectural design evident and the unseen forces of the natural world.

Davies’ community-engagement practice includes facilitation of Home: Our Way dance and story weaving workshops, Seniors Dance and collective creation labs. Davies facilitates spaces for movers to find their unique expression of personal legacy. Her work has been presented across Canada in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia since 2004.

Olivia C. Davies' Work


A Global Garden

Mile Zero Dance presents a worldwide performance with Garden Party By Olivia C. Davies

Olivia C. Davies reviews Mile Zero Dance’s Garden Party, a global online event demonstrating dance’s adaptability even within a pandemic.


Living Wages for Dance Artists

By Olivia C. Davies

Olivia Davies talks about her involvement in a research and development project with CADA/West. The project’s goal is to produce new professional standards documents that will ensure the practices of more dance artists are understood.


Shadows Against a Sunset

pataSola dance’s Rift By Olivia C. Davies

Responding to the ongoing worldwide struggle of violence against women and girls, pataSola dance has created a theatrical performance work that pays homage to victims and survivors, while offering a transformative experience of surrender and sanctity.


By Kate Stashko, Seika Boye, Lee Su-Feh, Angie Cheng, Ravyn Ariah Wngz, Jenn Goodwin, Olivia C. Davies, Vivek Patel, Robyn Breen, Aimee Dawn Robinson, Gerry Morita

To celebrate our twentieth anniversary, The Dance Current asked dance artists to write about an issue of their choice and offer a call to action. The contributing artists covered everything from consent in contact improvisation, to creativity within a capitalist framework, to dance and motherhood and everything in between.


Using What You Carry By Olivia C. Davies

Alejandra Miranda Caballero