tapashta Episode 9

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Incognegro

Megan Legesse is a recent graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working as an actor, writer, and director based in Toronto. She has worked on projects with Canadian Stage, Hamilton Fringe Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, and SummerWorks Festival (creating work for the latter two). Incognegro started as a final project for her B.F.A, and she is continuing to adapt it into a full-length movement piece.

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Megan Lagesse She/Her

Bounce

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“Bounce” is a short, whimsical film that features dynamic movement and falling objects, creating a highly imaginative and energizing world for the audience to experience. In this experimental

and collaborative project, Teighan and Sarah work independently in their hometowns Alberta and British Columbia, and also together through the digital world.  Their movements are inspired by their bodily responses to falling/fallen objects and surfaces that are affected. Other exploration of this project includes experimentation

of real life weight and digital weight, both our bodies, and objects; and navigating momentum in weight changing.

Teighan Hauff She/Her

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Sarah U She/Her

Teighan Hauff is an Edmonton, Alberta

born contemporary dance artist. Some of her performances include the Edmonton Opera, Edmonton symphony, and the Edmonton Fringe festival.  She is well versed in ballet, (RAD and Cecchetti), lyrical, modern, tap, contemporary, musical theater and jazz. Teighan moved to Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in dance, at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and completed her degree in 2021. While at SFU Teighan has been part of many performances; repertory shows, Ascension (a student collaboration show), Mainstage (a dance major choreography show), and Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Speakeasy. She has attained academic success while at SFU and graduated on the Dean’s list. Due to Covid-19 she moved back to Edmonton to complete her degree online. While back in Edmonton she has gained a passion for creating dance on film. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Sarah U who she greatly admires.

Sarah U 余衍晴 is a Chinese-Canadian dance artist that also works in the medium of  filmmaking and installation. Sarah’s work has been presented by National Arts Centre (Ottawa),  Impulse theater (Victoria), Vines Art Festival (Vancouver) among others..She was formerly a company dancer of Free Flow Dance Theatre in Saskatoon, and is now training with a full scholarship with EDAM in Vancouver. She holds a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology in Simon Fraser University, and that is where she meets the co-creator of this project, Teighan Hauff.

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Fixing Our Spirits

Yuli Cruz Roo, or Yuli, is an 18-year-old musician/actor who has a passion for entertaining, performing, and making people happy. Yuli is very passionate about exploring her identity through music, and expressing her emotions through her art. Some words that people have used to describe Yuli’s personality include confident, outgoing, loud, and fun. Fixing Our Spirits is an original song that was written as an act of defiance against the racism and systemic oppression that Yuli never knew how to handle. She hopes that other women of colour with similar struggles can feel empowered by this song.

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