Kristy Janvier in her solo Forest Floor at Nocturne, Halifax; photo Kylee Nunn

Member Profile: Kristy Janvier

“My name is Kristy Janvier and I’m a dance artist based in my hometown of Flin Flon, MB. At first I didn’t think that it would serve me to join CADA/West being based in Northern Manitoba however in 2018, I decided to join. Since I need to travel in and out of my community for performance, training or workshops, I have found the website information very helpful in negotiating contract payments and the training subsidy has been greatly beneficial. I have attached a photo of a workshop I was able to attend in Vancouver last July thanks to this program.”


Kristy Janvier in Tianna/Whenua performance workshop w/ Charles Koroneho; photo Yvonne Chew

Thank you Kristy for the testimonial and beautiful follow-up to our CADA/West in Winnipeg social.

Kristy Janvier is born and raised in Flin Flon and is of Dene (English River First Nation), English/Irish and Ukrainian decent. At the age of 18 she began working overseas as a professional actress/dancer. After 15 years of working in the entertainment industry with Disney, Kristy sought out other forms of movement and dance, making work based on improvisation and interaction with bodies and space. Upon returning to Canada, she has connected to her roots through contemporary-Indigenous dance. She had an opportunity to explore her research on water, the rivers, bloodlines and healing with the support of Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg (winter 2016-17). She has attended 8 Days in Toronto (Jun ’17); performed at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in New Brunswick (Aug ’17), a solo work-in-progress with Free Flow Dance in Saskatoon (Sep ’17), and Weesageechak begins to Dance in Toronto (Nov ’17); and toured as an invited guest with Dancers of Damelahamid (Oct-Nov ’17). The video work from the E|MERGE artist residency at Earthdance, Massachusetts (Feb ’18) has screened at 5 film festivals in Canada.