Endless Motion Prints - Juan Contreras

Endless Motion Gallery

Endless Motion - Fundraising Initiative

Endless Motion is a celebration of dance and photography. It is also a fundraising initiative that I am proud to lead in partnership with New Performance Works Society (New Works).

The photos featured on this page are for sale as open edition prints and the revenue is shared in equal parts between New Works, the Artists* whose works are depicted, and JucoVisualArts.

Context for this project:

Over the past five years, I have been collaborating with New Works, a Vancouver-based Arts organizations, donating my time and expertise to document scores of dance performances. Through this work, I have produced thousands of photographs that are part of a growing archive of the work that is being created and presented in Metro Vancouver.

In October 2019 we hosted an exhibition under the same name, Endless Motion, at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, launching a three-way fundraising campaign. Please consider supporting by purchasing a photograph and by spreading the word.

Note: *Raices y Alas Flameco have requested that revenue from their photographs go to New Works.

Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization.

The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow.

Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien
Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam
Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien)
Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng
Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe
Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Salomé Nieto, - World Poetry Day, 2019

    Celebrate World Poetry Day with New Works and the Vancouver Public Library. The second edition of Pop Up Dances at the Central Library brings some of Vancouver’s most exciting literary and performance artists under one roof.

  • Salomé Nieto, - World Poetry Day, 2019

    Celebrate World Poetry Day with New Works and the Vancouver Public Library. The second edition of Pop Up Dances at the Central Library brings some of Vancouver’s most exciting literary and performance artists under one roof.

  • Med'Cine Gateway and Rematriate, 2019

    Dance Creation by O.Dela Arts. Home of indigenous contemporary choreographer Olivia C. Davies. GATEWAY: Brought to life by artists from Canada and New Zealand. Gateways questions how we open and close the creative spaces of our bodies and our awareness of the environmental space we inhabit in creation. REMATRIATE: Created in response to the patriarchal systems that hold society hostage to continual technological advancement and ever groing disconnection to reality. To rematriate is to return to source.

  • Med'Cine Gateway and Rematriate, 2019

    Dance Creation by O.Dela Arts. Home of indigenous contemporary choreographer Olivia C. Davies. GATEWAY: Brought to life by artists from Canada and New Zealand. Gateways questions how we open and close the creative spaces of our bodies and our awareness of the environmental space we inhabit in creation. REMATRIATE: Created in response to the patriarchal systems that hold society hostage to continual technological advancement and ever groing disconnection to reality. To rematriate is to return to source.

  • Med'Cine Gateway and Rematriate, 2019

    Dance Creation by O.Dela Arts. Home of indigenous contemporary choreographer Olivia C. Davies. GATEWAY: Brought to life by artists from Canada and New Zealand. Gateways questions how we open and close the creative spaces of our bodies and our awareness of the environmental space we inhabit in creation. REMATRIATE: Created in response to the patriarchal systems that hold society hostage to continual technological advancement and ever groing disconnection to reality. To rematriate is to return to source.

  • Immigrant Lesson: 101, 2019

    Immigrant Lessons is a dance/art collective created to promote cultural pluralism through dance, music, fashion, and visual design. Their latest work, titled 101, uses these elements to tell personal stories of first and second generation immigrants from different backgrounds navigating Canadian culture. 101 exposes the pressure to assimilate while not sacrificing one’s own culture and background. The work puts a spotlight on the added heaviness of realizing the complex and painful reality that the land that has given many of us refuge is the same land that was stolen from peoples of many different First Nations, holders of rich cultures and traditions of their own.

  • Immigrant Lesson: 101, 2018

    Immigrant Lessons is a dance/art collective created to promote cultural pluralism through dance, music, fashion, and visual design. Their latest work, titled 101, uses these elements to tell personal stories of first and second generation immigrants from different backgrounds navigating Canadian culture. 101 exposes the pressure to assimilate while not sacrificing one’s own culture and background. The work puts a spotlight on the added heaviness of realizing the complex and painful reality that the land that has given many of us refuge is the same land that was stolen from peoples of many different First Nations, holders of rich cultures and traditions of their own.

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Flow(er) Dong Mei and Sammy Chien, 2018.

    Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien Flow(er) is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization. The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow. Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei and Sammy Chien Dancer/interpreters: Dong Mei, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin Fraser, Zahra Shahab, Alex Tam Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik (Jonathan Kim & Sammy Chien) Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018 Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Calle Verde, Flamenco - 2018

    Established in 2014, Calle Verde is as a group of flamenco artists steeped in tradition, but not necessarily traditional. Calle Verde is a forum for experimenting with musical and choreographic ideas that soften the boundaries between flamenco and other forms. Their aim is to present works that are authentic to the artists’ experiences, backgrounds and influences while maintaining a deep respect and reverence for traditional flamenco forms and expressions. Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Peter Mole.

  • Immigrant Lesson: 101, 2018

    Immigrant Lessons is a dance/art collective created to promote cultural pluralism through dance, music, fashion, and visual design. Their latest work, titled 101, uses these elements to tell personal stories of first and second generation immigrants from different backgrounds navigating Canadian culture. 101 exposes the pressure to assimilate while not sacrificing one’s own culture and background. The work puts a spotlight on the added heaviness of realizing the complex and painful reality that the land that has given many of us refuge is the same land that was stolen from peoples of many different First Nations, holders of rich cultures and traditions of their own.

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • Raven Spirit Dance, 2018

    Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Choreographed by Michelle Olson

  • VAST - Amber Barton, 2018

    "The Vancouver International Dance Festival opened quietly on March 1, at Scotiabank Dance Centre, with a solo by Vancouver’s Amber Funk Barton. Vast, intended to evoke the way each of us is alone in the universe, and yet also connected, favoured much stillness and waiting, but in the one main section of dance — when Barton allowed her body to let loose, to find its own enthusiastic rhythm — the piece itself found a convincing, invigorating pulse." danceinternational.org

  • VAST - Amber Barton, 2018

    "The Vancouver International Dance Festival opened quietly on March 1, at Scotiabank Dance Centre, with a solo by Vancouver’s Amber Funk Barton. Vast, intended to evoke the way each of us is alone in the universe, and yet also connected, favoured much stillness and waiting, but in the one main section of dance — when Barton allowed her body to let loose, to find its own enthusiastic rhythm — the piece itself found a convincing, invigorating pulse." danceinternational.org

  • VAST - Amber Barton, 2018

    "The Vancouver International Dance Festival opened quietly on March 1, at Scotiabank Dance Centre, with a solo by Vancouver’s Amber Funk Barton. Vast, intended to evoke the way each of us is alone in the universe, and yet also connected, favoured much stillness and waiting, but in the one main section of dance — when Barton allowed her body to let loose, to find its own enthusiastic rhythm — the piece itself found a convincing, invigorating pulse." danceinternational.org

  • VAST - Amber Barton, 2018

    "The Vancouver International Dance Festival opened quietly on March 1, at Scotiabank Dance Centre, with a solo by Vancouver’s Amber Funk Barton. Vast, intended to evoke the way each of us is alone in the universe, and yet also connected, favoured much stillness and waiting, but in the one main section of dance — when Barton allowed her body to let loose, to find its own enthusiastic rhythm — the piece itself found a convincing, invigorating pulse." danceinternational.org

  • OURO COLLECTIVE - TANGENT, 2017

    OURO translates through movement, private and pubic behavior of self-absorption and extreme individualism in the age of over-stimulation, narcissism, isolation and selfishness.

  • OURO COLLECTIVE - TANGENT, 2017

    OURO translates through movement, private and pubic behavior of self-absorption and extreme individualism in the age of over-stimulation, narcissism, isolation and selfishness.

  • The Tunnel, 2017

    THE TUNNEL explores the mysterious world of the mind and the damaging effects of the ego. Set in a dreamlike mind space, a black box theatre is transformed into a complex void of original projections.

  • Raices y Alas del Mar, 2017

    Raíces y Alas Flamenco returns to the New Works stage with the premiere of del Mar in April 2017. This multimedia collaboration between percussive dancers centres around the theme of water – its sounds and movements, the forms it takes and the stories it inspires.

  • 8BITSELF - Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien

    They may be masked, hidden or exposed by light. They are precise, they rarely devolve into chaos. They never emote. They are a blank canvas of abstract gesture, time, and space.

  • 8BITSELF - Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien

    They may be masked, hidden or exposed by light. They are precise, they rarely devolve into chaos. They never emote. They are a blank canvas of abstract gesture, time, and space.

  • 8BITSELF - Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien, 2016

    They may be masked, hidden or exposed by light. They are precise, they rarely devolve into chaos. They never emote. They are a blank canvas of abstract gesture, time, and space.

  • 8BITSELF - Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien, 2016

    They may be masked, hidden or exposed by light. They are precise, they rarely devolve into chaos. They never emote. They are a blank canvas of abstract gesture, time, and space.

  • Andrea Williams - Táctil - Raices y Alas Flamenco, 2016

    The Raíces y Alas Flamenco Project was conceived by Andrea Williams as a platform for the exploration of the traditions of the art of flamenco and its contemporary expansion in Canada. Dance Allsorts is a dynamic and inspiring performance and workshop series presented by New Works

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