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Rachel Silver Maddock

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Rachel Silver is an independent dance artist, teacher, and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a BA in Visual Culture and Performance Studies from Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts. Her professional dance training in commercial and contemporary styles led her to England where she obtained a Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014. In the UK, she apprenticed and toured with both Springs Dance Company and urban-contemporary fusion the REbirth Network. In 2015, she co-choreographed This Thin Place, a collaborative dance show that performed in both Vancouver and Campbell River. Most recently, she performed with Vancouver’s plastic orchid factory in their performance/installation Digital Folk.

Rachel was an intern with The Dance Current between May 2016 through August 2016.  

Rachel Silver Maddock's Work

 

That Sweet Spot Between Gallery and Stage

Alexa Mardon and Erika Mitsuhashi’s Tender Engine By Rachel Silver Maddock

Across four evenings this June, VIVO presented Tender Engine, a performance-installation piece co-choreographed by Alexa Mardon and Erika Mitsuhashi. The artists have been in research for over a year through residencies in Vancouver and Halifax, during which they investigated four areas: technology, language, storytelling and “performative expertise.”

 
On the Ground

Nurturing Impulse

By Rachel Silver Maddock

Jennifer Mascall talks about the role of improvisation in her career as both a performer and choreographer and reflects on her recent two-week improvisation workshop.

 

Skin, Pain, Plastic and Paper

Kelly McInnes’s SHINY at the Vancouver International Dance Festival By Rachel Silver Maddock

Just how deep does the damage go? In SHINY Kelly McInnes gets to the guts of this question in a persistent and stealthy topic: the effects of the beauty standards inflicted on women through media.

 

Alien Rituals

10 Gates Dancing’s TRUST at the Vancouver International Dance Festival By Rachel Silver Maddock

The program describes the duet as a “requiem for wood and stone” – a “primitive mystery of vulnerability and transformation.” With or without these descriptions, the setup places us immediately inside some kind of ritual or spiritual journey, though its parameters and significance are unclear.

Loud and Clear

By Rachel Silver Maddock

With his dance company, Radical System Art, lined up for multiple tours in the coming months, Artistic Director Shay Kuebler sits down with Rachel Maddock to talk about his life in dance.

 

Curating Time

Plastic orchid factory’s i miss doing nothing By Rachel Silver Maddock

In a large white studio, an immersive dance installation is going on, drawing audience members (or participants) into a space distinct from yet porous with the street below. To mark the ten-year anniversary of plastic orchid factory, performers and directors Natalie LeFebvre Gnam and James Gnam designed a unique movement retrospective framed by the present – i miss doing nothing.

In Review

By Valeria Nunziato, James Oscar, Rachel Silver Maddock, Aparita Bhandari, Philip Szporer, Fawnda Mithrush, Molly Johnson, Mark Mann, Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current reflects on a year of dance criticism, by placing image and text together

Movers

Intuitive Choices By Rachel Silver Maddock

Scott Fowler’s sixth season with Ballet BC

 

On Double-Touch and Performing Objects

Deanna Peters’ META By Rachel Silver Maddock

META showcases Deanna Peters’ unabashed personal style and, with collaborators Justine A. Chambers and Kim Sato, explores the complexity of the human body and its potential for connectivity within and without its physical limits. The work delves into its topic from two angles: exploring the human body first, then placing it in relationship to objects and other bodies.

Young in Spirit

By Rachel Silver Maddock

Across the country, older Canadians are bringing their energy and enthusiasm to the dance community. This photo essay presents a range of different contexts in which seniors are participating in and shaping the Canadian dance landscape.

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