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Shion Skye Carter Photo credit : Lula-Belle Jedynak
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About the Artist

Shion Skye Carter (she/they) is a dance artist originally from Gifu, Japan, who lives and dedicates time to her artistic practice in Vancouver, Canada as a guest on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Through choreography hybridized with heritage artforms that interact with digital and sculptural objects, Shion’s work looks inward to the facets of her intersectional identity as a lens to process the world around her. As co-founder of olive theory, an interdisciplinary duo with musician Stefan Nazarevich, she collaborates to experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation art, and live sound. Their ongoing project reach-close features an interactive, sculptural, amplified piano wire installation. The artists activate the wires by plucking, using violin bows, and scraping their buzzed haircuts, creating an interactive performance for both performers and audiences.

Shion has performed her work across Canada, including presentations at The Dance Centre (Vancouver), Tangente (Montréal), Kinetic Studio (Halifax), and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and her experimental dance films have been screened at festivals globally, including Dancing on the Edge Festival (Canada), International Portrait Film Festival (Bulgaria), CAPSULE by the National Arts Centre (Canada), Hibrido Brazilian Videodance Festival (Brazil), and Dance Days Chania (Greece). As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), Wen Wei Dance, and Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance). She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University, and is grateful to be the recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2021) and the Chrystal Dance Prize (2022).

  • Ethnic Origins

    East Asian , Other

  • Languages

    English, Japanese

  • My Disciplines

    Dance, Interdisciplinary Arts, Performing Arts