Dirty Feet

No More Radio presents Dirty Feet; a podcast on the topic of dance and movement-based performing arts. Unique, informed and accessible dialogue surrounding artistic creation, the dance industry and the role of movement in people’s lives.

No More Radio vous présente Dirty Feet; un podcast (émission parlée en baladodiffusion) qui traite de danse et tout art du mouvement. Le podcast engendre des dialogues qui englobent les différents thèmes de la créativité artistique, du rôle du mouvement dans la vie des gens, de l’interaction entre ce secteur des arts et la population, etc.

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Who We Are

Allison Burns

Founder, Producer & Host

Allison Burns is an enthusiastic member of the dance community who works as a dancer, choreographer, producer and teacher. Allison was involved with CKUT 90.3FM’s Movement Museum from 2009-2011, working as the dance radio show’s co-producer and co-host. She was a dance writer and critic for Bloody Underrated in 2012 & 2013.

Allison was Artistic Producer of the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival for several years. She choreographed and performed in Enough Already, a play that was nominated for two Frankie Awards at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival. She has danced for choreographers Jérôme Bel (Gala, FTA 2016), and Stéphanie Morin-Robert (pour corps et lumière / for body and light, 2014 & 2015 Canadian tours). Allison’s collaboration with the band FASTER won the Freebie Award at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival. Allison was a co-founder and producer of the Montréal independent collective, Inertia Productions, which received several awards during its 2008-2010 existence. Allison graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Contemporary Dance with distinction in 2010.

Photo by Michael Kovacs

Tristan Henry

Resident Composer

Tristan Henry is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher currently based out of Montréal. He holds a A.E.C in Audio Techniques from Musitechnic and a B.F.A in Composition from Concordia University. Born in Tokyo and raised in Ottawa he was surrounded by arts culture at a young age; He harbored a passion for dance in particular,
as his sister is a professional dancer/choreographer. He began playing music at the age of 5 first learning piano then eventually moving over to percussion. By 16 he began studying composition in all it’s forms and has passionately continued to this day. He has had his work featured in the Fringe Festival, Festival Quartier Dance as well as multiple independent productions in the disciplines of dance, theatre and film.

Additional music provided by: stroboscopica

Visit Tristan’s website for more information, and to listen to some of his music. You can hear his work as of episode #45 of the Dirty Feet Podcast and as a guest on episode #33: “The Musician’s Perspective.”

Joannie Pharand

Translator & Past Host

Joannie Pharand graduated from the Contemporary Dance Program at Concordia University in 2008. Shortly after, she danced on the French TV show Le Match des étoiles, in a choreography by Darren Bonon and Monik Vincent. She has presented work as part of Inertia Productions at the Fringe Festival (Montréal and Toronto) in 2008 and 2009. The Inertia Productions dance collective received the Spirit of the Fringe Award for Diverge (2008 Montréal Fringe Festival).

In 2010, Joannie left for England to better her technique and expand her horizons (i.e. dance classes at the awesome Pineapple Dance Studios, and attending great shows at Sadler’s Well). After 14 months, and many crumpets, she came back to Montréal to pursue Translations studies.

She now lives in Dallas, Texas where she works as a French Translator. www.traductionjp.com

Linnea Gwiazda

Guest Host

Raised in Victoria, BC, Linnea Gwiazda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, awarded with distinction, from Concordia University (Montréal, QC, 2013) where she majored in Contemporary Dance. As an interdisciplinary artist she works with contemporary dance, performance, video, installation and photography. Her work has appeared in such venues as La Baraque (2013), RURART: art contemporain en milieu rural (2012), Eastern Bloc (2012), Montréal En Lumière (2012), The St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival (2011) and Metro Theater (Victoria, BC 2010). As a dancer and performer, Linnea has performed on stage, video and film in both Canada and The United States. She has worked with Ingrid Bachmann in the video piece The Gift as part of The Hybrid Bodies Project, which was exhibited at The Phi Centre (2014) and featured at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (Dubai, UAE 2014).

Most recently, Linnea Gwiazda has worked with Stéphanie Morin-Robert and Ian Ferrier as both dancer and collaborator for the company FOR BODY AND LIGHT (2013/14). As a member of FOR BODY AND LIGHT, Linnea took part in residencies at MainLine Theatre (2013/14) and Main & Station (Parrsboro, NS, 2013). With the company, Linnea has preformed in a variety of venues, including Words Aloud Festival (Durham, ON 2014), VERSeFEST (Ottawa, ON 2014), New York Frigid Festival (New York, NY 2014), TANGENTE: Laboratoire de mouvements contemporains (2014), MainLine Theatre (2013), The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2013) and Festival PHENOMENA (2013). In the Summer of 2014, Linnea completed a 6 week tour of Western Canada with FOR BODY AND LIGHT.

Linnea has worked as Assistant Events Coordinator for the St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival (2014) and as Co-curator of both, From That Time for The Art Matters Festival and In Our Time for Montréal En Lumière (2012). In 2012, Linnea also contributed to the founding of RURART: art contemporain en milieu rural. Linnea Gwiazda currently lives and works in Montreal QC.

J.D. Papillon

Past Contributor

J.D. Papillon is a dancer, choreographer and dance journalist established in Montréal and currently finishing his last year in the dance program at Concordia University.  He has a strong interest in a variety of movement-based activities, such as capoeira, parkour and circus arts.  His work has been presented in Studio 7 and Art Matters.  As a performer, he has danced for some of his peers, such as Cassandre Lescarbeau, Stéphanie Morin-Robert and Auja Ragnarsdottir in festivals such as the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival and the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.

Stéphanie Morin-Robert

Past Contributor

Multidisciplinary artist Stéphanie Morin-Robert graduated both from Cégep de Drummondville with a DEC in dance (2008) and Concordia University with a degree in Contemporary Dance (2011) where she was titled the most outstanding graduate underlining her successful run as a Fine Art student.

Stéphanie is the choreographer, artistic director and administrator for the company FOR BODY AND LIGHT (a collaboration with musician/spoken word artist Ian Ferrier) creating pieces that are intimately inspired by the memory, imagination, strength and fragility of the human body. After a creative residency at L’arrêt de bus (Montreal, Québec) and at the Main & Station (Parrsboro, Nova Scotia), Stéphanie is presently continuing to develop both her solo work ME, MYSELF & EYE and her work with FOR BODY AND LIGHT at MainLine Theater (Montreal, Québec), where she has been artist in residence since September 2013. In Montréal, her work has been presented at Studio 303/EDGY WOMEN, Tangente, St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE festival, Bouge d’ici dance festival, Nuit Blanche, Mile End Poets festival, Carmagnole festival, Canadien Spoken Word festival and Phénomena festival. In addition, FOR BODY AND LIGHT’s hit show COMING AND GOING recently toured across the country with performances in Montréal (QC), New York (NYC) Ottawa (ON), Saskatoon (SK), Edmonton (AB), Victoria (BC) and Vancouver (BC). Stéphanie and Ian are currently planning a second Canadian tour with bookings in Toronto (ON) and Winnipeg (MB) to present COMING AND GOING, and Saskatoon (SK), Edmonton (AB), Victoria (BC) and Vancouver (BC) to present their new show BEAR DREAMS.

Stephanie a proud member of the DIRTY FEET podcast team and is also a collaborating member of the multidisciplinary improvisation collective BODY SLAM directed by Greg Selinger. Stephanie currently works as Artist Liaison of the Montreal FRINGE festival and is Media Ticket Coordinator of the Just For Laughs PR team in Montreal.

Photo by Tristan Brand

Jenn Doan

Past Contributor

Jenn works as a producer, choreographer, dancer, vocalist, and life coach based in Calgary, Alberta. She began her dance studies at the University of Calgary and while finishing a BFA in Contemporary Choreography at Concordia University she co-founded a dance theater company called Inertia Productions (2007). The award winning company self-produced and toured within the Canadian Fringe Festivals. Jenn co-choreographed ADDICTED (2009) with House of Dangerkat touring to NYC and Europe, produced Transfigurations (2009) at Dancers’ Studio West with spoken word artist Moe Clark, and both the 1st & 2nd installments of inlayers: an interactive online reality dance creation.

She is now the co-artistic director of Woo Me Myth, a dance rock opera performance company. Jenn has collaborated on many creative projects with vocalists, composers, filmmakers, visual artists, and theater artists. Jenn has been a guest speaker at YES Montreal’s 2011 Artist Conference and Quebec Drama Federation’s 2011 Artist Symposium speaking on topics of Alternative Fundraising for Artists and Diversity in the Arts.