Isabelle Kirouac is an award-winning interdisciplinary choreographer, dance artist, acrobatic stilt walker and movement educator. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Simon Fraser University, and taught as well as presented her artistic work in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and West Africa. Isabelle has been teaching various movement practices and interdisciplinary arts to young people of all ages since 2004, often leading to the creation of performance work in collaboration with the students. She taught through the Vancouver International Children's Festival, Port Moody Arts Center, Still Moon Arts Society, Runaway Moon Theatre, Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, CCAFCB, Franco-Cultural Association of Yellowknife, Arcata Playhouse (USA), and more. Isabelle shares her artistic practice with students of all ages, working in an innovative, stimulating and non-competitive environment. As a movement educator, her approach is inspired by various techniques, including dance improvisation, contemporary dance, partner dance (Contact Improvisation), acrobatics, physical theater, site-specific installation, somatic practices, stilts and voice work. She offers students the opportunity to move together, create artistic material that respect their interests and their bodies, and develop new technical skills through play.
For a decade Isabelle has taught dance and acrobatic stilts to youth through Still Moon Arts Society, creating interdisciplinary shows in collaboration with them for the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. She proved herself to be an intelligent and sensitive teacher, equally comfortable in developing solid technique and in exploring unusual pathways and challenging her students to also work outside the box. Over the last two years, I also hired her to create a performing arts training for a group of kids hired to perform at the Vancouver International Children's Festival. She co-directed Lost & Found: Stories of Still Creek with me, a site-specific interdisciplinary performance mixing professional artists and youth, inspired by the landscape and residents of Still Creek. The artistic work that Isabelle creates is thoughtful, skillful and extremely appreciated by the local community. She has been significantly impacting the creative development and education of youths in our neighborhood. Carmen Rosen, Artistic Director, Still Moon Arts Society
We had the pleasure to collaborate with Isabelle on several occasions, in particular during the artist residency Caravane des Arts. In this project, she toured across francophone BC schools, teaching in collaboration with five other artists. Working with Isabelle was a great experience. She is dedicated, professional and at ease working with various age groups. Isabelle brings her art with passion and it shows! Jean-François Packwood, Executive Director, Conseil Culturel Artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
Passionate about the arts, Isabelle engages all students in creative and meaningful activities. She creates connections with students of all ages. What creativity! Isabelle is playful, organized and flexible in her approach. Cécile Desgagné, Principal, École du Pacifique, Sechelt
Through this workshop, students will work indoors and/or outdoors, exploring the way in which architecture, space and the ecology of a place influence their moving bodies. Guided through warm ups, movement improvisations, task-based scores, experimental map making, drawing and writing exercises, students will tune into all of their senses and create artistic material in response to a chosen site. This workshop can lead to a series of short site-specific performances presented to classmates or be offered as a longer residency and culminate in a school presentation. The site(s) will be chosen in collaboration with the teachers. Examples of sites: park, playground, classroom, library, etc. This workshop can also be offered in collaboration with a naturalist and/or with a focus in mycology or ornithology if desired. Suitable for Grades 3-12.
Depending on the students' interests, I can offer classes in creative dance, movement improvisation, physical theatre, acrobatic dance and/or stilt-walking. Movement scores in relationship to a specific theme or curriculum subject chosen by the school can be integrated into each class. In addition, several short performances featuring the chosen theme can be created in collaboration with the students and presented in front of a school audience. Depending on time, ressources and interests, the performance may incorporate props and/or costumes. Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
During this workshop, students will explore the link between dance, composition and recorded images. Through dance improvisation and task-based scores using the language of the camera (zoom, travelling, panorama, etc.), students will awaken their visual sense, perception and imagination. Exercises with eyes closed and eyes open will be offered. Students will make their own view finders to observe and compose the movement of their collegues and the space surrounding them. Video cameras may be used to record short one-take videos and/or stop-motion dance videos. A small screening/exhibition may be offered. Suitable for Secondary students.