About The Contingency Plan

The Contingency Plan is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance collective whose focus is to create and present work that is socially relevant and accessible. The collective endeavors to pursue work that depicts a distinct and original voice, and whose process is undertaken with the passion, fearlessness and committment inherent to rigorous creative practice. The collective members, Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne and Leigha Wald met while pursuing degrees in dance at Simon Fraser University. Their goal is to engage audiences with work that is visceral, thoughtful, physical and when it is called for, highly entertaining and ridiculous. They seek to integrate communities by creating an opportunity for audiences to fully engage in work that is honest and sincere. As active and passionate teachers, performers and choreographers, wherever possible the colllective strives to involve community in their process. As individuals, they are committed to the versatility required for contemporary performance and as such seek ongoing opportunities to further develop and diversify their craft. Choreographically, The Contigency Plan are currently investigating the genre of dance-theatre, interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of humor within contemporary works.

Since their inception in 2008, one of the primary concentrations has been the commissioning of artists whose work is both inspiring and conscientious. Past commissions include Serge Bennathan, Justine A. Chambers, James Gnam and Rob Kitsos. The Contigency Plan have been presented by The Society of Yukon Independent Dance Artists (SYIDA), Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dusk Dances (Vancouver & Toronto), Dances for a Small Stage, BC Buds Spring Arts Fair and Here Be Monsters, among others. In 2009 the collective co-produced the first two installments of Here to Go, a new contemporary dance series featuring emerging companies in Vancouver. In October 2009 they self-produced SUBMERGED, an evening of diverse contemporary dance and video, supported by a partnership from The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, and funding from the British Columbia Arts Council. As individuals and collectively, they have received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the Yukon Advanced Artist Award, the BC Buds Silver Development Award (2010), The Firehall Arts Centre, The Roundhouse Community Centre and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

VANESSA GOODMAN is originally from Toronto, where she received her early dance training from The Etobicoke School for the Arts, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre and PBJ Dance Projects. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University. For the past six years she has been a company member with Dancers Dancing under the artistic direction of Judith Garay. Vanessa has had the pleasure of interpreting works by Serge Bennathan, Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke, James Gnam, Rob Kitsos, Simone Orlando and Julia Sasso. In 2011 she was commissioned to create a new site-specific work for Vancouver's The Dancing on the Edge Festival at Victory Square. Recent projects have also included commissions for Simon Fraser University and Arts Umbrella, as well as an artist residency in Masset, BC. As a seasoned dance instructor Vanessa has taught master classes throughout BC. Vanessa is certified as a Pilates Mat instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute.

JANE OSBORNE was first taken to ballet class in Princes Risborough, England by her Grandmother when she was five years old. After moving to Toronto, Canada at the age of eight she enrolled in RAD ballet classes at the Conservatory of Dance and Music under the direction of Cynthia Fisher, A.R.A.D. Now based in Vancouver, BC, Jane holds a degree in dance from Simon Fraser University and since graduating, has continued her training both at home, and abroad in the USA, UK, Belgium, Spain, France and the Netherlands. As an independent dance artist she has had the pleasure of working with Martha Carter (apprenticeship), Justine A. Chambers, Tara Cheyenne-Friedenberg, Jennifer Clarke, Judith Garay (understudy), Rob Kitsos, Deanna Peters, Alvin Tolentino/Co. Erasga, Peter Chin (apprenticeship), and Chengxin Wei, performing at numerous local and national venues, and internationally at the Hong Kong Dance Festival. As a choreographer, Jane creates collaboratively with The Contingency Plan, and in the medium of dance on film in partnership with Filmmaker, Jeff Pelletier. An active and passionate teacher, Jane is currently on staff at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC where she has taught dance to children and adults for several years. She is also certified as a Pilates Mat instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and is currently working towards her Equipment certification.

LEIGHA WALD was raised in the Yukon and studied dance at Grant MacEwan College and Simon Fraser University. Since graduating with her BFA Leigha has worked independently with Anatomica (apprenticeship), LINK Dance, Keith Johnson, Rob Kitsos, Caroline Liffmann, Deanna Peters, and The Yukon Dance Ensemble. Leigha has performed across Canada in festivals including Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Luminato (Toronto), Expanse (Edmonton) and Winterfest (Seattle).

Guest Artists

LINA FITZNER has established her multi-faceted career in the International dance community as an inventive and idiosyncratic choreographer, a stylish dancer informed by street classicism and a rehearsal director that has the understanding to work with many choreographers. Sharing her time between Germany and Vancouver working with established choreographers and young children, Lina is a dance artist that draws her inspiration from many sources. 

LISA GELLEY is a versatile performer, teacher and choreographer in contemporary and urban dance. She received her training in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada and abroad in Belgium, France and Italy. During the 07/08 Season, Lisa trained at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa and was a guest interpreter for the In-House Process, monitored by Peter Boneham and Tony Chong. Now back in Vancouver, Lisa interprets for the response. dance (Amber Funk Barton), and Aeriosa Dance (Julia Taffe), having most recently performed in the company's world premiere of IN SITU choreographed by Amelia Rudolph (Project Bandaloop). Lisa is co-director of The 605 Collective, a collaborative group of emerging dance artists who integrate many forms of movement into a contemporary dance setting. The collective's most recent work includes their first full-length piece, AUDIBLE, which premiered at Dancing On the Edge Festival 2009 and has since toured throughout B.C., across Canada, and the United States, as well as a co-production with Animals of Distinction, "new animal", by Dana Gingras. Lisa has recently returned from Tel Aviv, Israel where she spent two weeks training intensively in Ohad Naharin's (Batsheva Dance Company) Gaga technique.