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

Stéphanie Cyr and Calder White / Photo by David Cooper

Mama, do we die when we sleep? Explores Wonder in a World of Responsibility

Part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, Rachel Meyer’s work was inspired by the question posed by her two-year-old daughter By Rachel Silver Maddock

Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival 2021 kicked off with a welcome return to live performance on the West Coast. Mama, do we die when we sleep? by Rachel Meyer was not the only sold-out show on the program, but it did sell out remarkably fast, even when extra tickets were added last-minute.


The Living Performance Environment in MOTHER sound / body Presents a World of Possibilities

The performers wear sensors on their wrists, which control lighting, music and projections in the performance environment By Rachel Silver Maddock

The show presents a “living” performance environment that responds to dancers almost like a co-performer, and the possibilities of that technology seem endless.


KNOW the RULES, WIN the GAME Is a Clever Look at the Artist in Politics

Kunji Ikeda uses history and humour to ask what would happen if artists today were trusted advisors to government By Rachel Silver Maddock

Kunji Ikeda presents “the artist” as vulnerable though essential to the state in his work KNOW the RULES, WIN the GAME.


Theatre Reimagined

Ismailova Theatre of Dance embraces the digital in Seeking Everyday Magicians By Rachel Silver Maddock Seeking Everyday Magicians

Toronto-based dance-theatre company finds creative ways to connect with a virtual audience.

Celebrating Merce

By Erin Joelle McCurdy, Jia Yi (Judy) Luo, Rachel Silver Maddock, Selma Odom

To celebrate Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday in 2019, the Merce Cunningham Trust organized the Cunningham Centennial celebrations.


Expanding Their Reach

All Bodies Dance Project investigates sightless dance By Rachel Silver Maddock

How do we experience dance through our non-visual senses? This is one of the questions asked by All Bodies Dance Project in their new work Translations.


Reclaiming Narrative for a Contemporary Audience

Josh Beamish’s @giselle By Rachel Silver Maddock

In @giselle, Josh Beamish takes the tragic romance of Giselle, which dates back to 1841, and inserts a third player, social media, to expose its role in modern-day relationships.


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.

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