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choreographer, dancer, designer of community engagement

Miriam Colvin is an independent dance artist based out of Smithers, BC, Canada on Wetsuwet’en territory. Smithers, BC is a small town of 6,000 located 1,200 km north of Vancouver and 350 km inland from the ocean. Drawing from many artistic influences, Miriam facilitates choreographic processes that invite individual voice, ensemble listening, articulate bodies and room for improvisation.

Her artistic practice has been shaped both by a sense of the remote, a love of this landscape, and an engagement with our rural cultural diversity. Place and geography have become central to her work.

She works to integrate dance in its many forms into her community. She enjoys collaborating to make meaningful art with dancers, visual artists, puppet masters, musicians and people who just love to move. She has a passion for all avenues of improvisation and collective creation. She has shaped projects that have ranged from site-specific multimedia installations and flashmobs to community-wide creations.

Miriam holds a BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University, CT, USA in dance and psychology. She spent six years performing, teaching and creating dances in Minneapolis, MN before immigrating to Canada in 2004.  Her dances have been presented in Washington DC, Boston, MA, Minneapolis MN, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC and Smithers BC. Miriam established Myriad Dance Projects to create a platform for launching performances, initiating residencies and inviting her local community into engagement with movement.

Recent projects include: expanding circles, an Arts-Based Community Development Project, Findings/Trouvailles with Julie Lebel and the Roundhouse Community Dancers and Into the Current: communities exploring our water and fish.

Miriam is Community Engagement Facilitator and Presenter with Made in BC - Dance on Tour network and BV Concert Association. She has recently completed a two-season residency at the Roundhouse Community Center, Vancouver in collaboration with Julie Lebel.