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Evann Siebens

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Evann Siebens
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BornCalgary, Alberta
Known forArtist, Dancer

Evann Siebens is a dancer, media artist and film director from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] Documentary works such as American Aloha, an examination of the traditions of hula, have been shown both nationally and internationally and have won awards.[2] Her dance piece Orange Magpies was commissioned for Vancouver's 2017 Facade Festival.[1] Siebens writes about dance films and techniques for applying filmmaking to dance, and has been praised for her practical insights into the filming of dance and the creative interactions between dance and film technique.[3]

Education[edit | edit source]

Evann Siebens studied dance at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Royal Ballet School in London, England. She danced with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballet in Germany.[2][4][5]

Siebens graduated from New York University in 1996, with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude.[6] She participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Banff, Calgary, UNIT/PITT, Vancouver, and ACME, London UK, with Keith Doyle.[7][8]

Work[edit | edit source]

Films[edit | edit source]

External video
“iMY SYeD -- Evann Siebens, Orange Magpies, Façade Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, September 4 2017”
American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i (Trailer), POV
“Filmmakers Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens talk about the making of American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai“, PBS

Siebens has filmed dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Boal, Viola Farber, Bill T. Jones, Jose Navas, and Sara Rudner.[9] Siebens' documentaries have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and on PBS.[7] Siebens has exhibited at Eyebeam[7], Centre Georges Pompidou[10], Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada[11], Hotshoe Gallery, London, UK, and G++ Media Gallery, Victoria, Canada.

Her film American Aloha, with Lisette Marie Flanary, focuses on the history and rebirth of hula dancing. It was produced for the PBS POV series.[12][13] The film was made on a budget of $300,000.[14] Filmed over period of five years, it focuses on three kumu hula or hula masters teaching in California: Sissy Kaio of Hula Halau O Lilinoʻe, Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu of Na Mele Hula ‘Ohana and Patrick Makuakāne of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu.[15] The film breaks down stereotypes about hula, in part by focusing on male dancers as well as females.[12] To successfully complete the film, it was necessary to spend time with the Hawaiian hula community and win their trust.[15][16] The film won a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2003, a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Bronze Award in Cultural Documentary at WorldFest Houston.[17][18] The film also screened at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, and the Native American Film and Video Festival at the Smithsonian Institute.[19]

Her performance piece Orange Magpies was commissioned by Vancouver's Burrard Arts Foundation and Vancouver Art Gallery in 2017. This work was subsequently exhibited as a large-scale projection on the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the Facade Festival that same year[20]. Siebens' video documented a six minute, choreographed piece performed by dancers James Gnam and Vanessa Goodman. They are featured in locations from across the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, many of them unceded traditional territories of First Nations peoples such as the Coast Salish, the Squamish, the Tsleil-Waututh and the Musqueam. Siebens intent as a non-Indigenous artist was "to use the mediums of dance and film to explore issues of colonialism and her role in reconciliation."[1]

Awards[edit | edit source]

She has received notable awards in her career as an artist, such as; MIMMiC Commission from On Main Gallery + Paul Wong Projects, Vancouver, Canada. Gesture, 2015[21], ID / Identities Istanbul 2012; Best Video Prize for Chromatic Revelry, 2012[22]. Her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting amongst others.[18]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "'It's huge and intimidating:' Façade Festival 2017 set to transform Vancouver Art Gallery". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vokoun, J. (July 9, 2006). Screendance: The State of the Art (proceedings from the American Dance Film Festival Conference) (PDF). Durham, NC: Duke University. p. 10. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. Birringer, Johannes (2008). Performance, technology, & science (1st ed. ed.). New York: PAJ Publications. p. 16. ISBN 978-1555540791.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  4. Spain, Louise (1997). Dance on camera : a guide to dance films and videos. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0810833036.
  5. "Dancer on the brink at New Media Gallery". New West Record. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. "Curriculum Vitae". Evann Siebens. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Evann Siebens". Capture Photography Festival. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  8. McLaughlin, Bryne (November 23, 2012). "Flying car makes comeback in Edmonton courtesy Evann Siebens & Keith Doyle". Canadian Art. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. Mitoma, Judy (2003). Envisioning dance on film and video. London: Routledge. p. 315. ISBN 978-0415941716. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. "Evann Siebens". Capture Photography Festival. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  11. "Vancouver Art Gallery". www.vanartgallery.bc.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  12. 12.0 12.1 POV. "American Aloha | POV | PBS". POV | American Documentary Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  13. "Of Local Note". The Honolulu Advertiser. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. "Hula/ Teachers Bring a Little Hawaiian Tradition With Them". The Californian. 9 August 2003. Retrieved 2018-03-14 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Post, Jennifer C. (2011). Ethnomusicology : a research and information guide (2nd ed. ed.). New York: Routledge. p. 246. ISBN 978-0415879774. Retrieved 13 March 2018.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  16. Choi, Moon Yun (July 28, 2003). "Hula beyond the Islands". The Advertiser. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  17. POV (2016-03-23). "POV Awards | POV | PBS". POV | American Documentary Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  18. 18.0 18.1 ""American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i" Discovers a Renaissance In Hawaiian Culture" (PDF). Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
  19. "12th Native American Film and Video Festival" (PDF). National Museum of the American Indian / Smithsonian Institute.
  20. "The Facade Festival" (PDF).
  21. "The MIMMiC Project". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  22. Institute, Dutch Art. "ID / Identities, an International Art Festival of Photography, Video Art, Computer Graphics, Installation and Performing Art / with Kostas Tzimoulis (DAI, 2011) and numerous others". Dutch Art Institute. Retrieved 2018-03-10.

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