Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum

Posted on April 12th, 2012

To celebrate National Dance Week The Contingency Plan is being co-presented by The Dance Center and Vancouver Biennale. We are showing a new site-specific work at Kits Beach at Echoes which was created by Michel Goulet.

This New Work is an Excerpt of “what belongs to you”
Choreographed By: Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with the Dancers
Performed By: Cai Glover, Michael Kong and Erika Mitsuhashi
Creative input also from Jane Osborne

When: Saturday April 28th at 11:30am
For the full schedule for the weeks events please visit: Vancouver Biennale
Location: Kitsilano Beach in front of The Boat House Restaurant

Photo Credit: Jane Osborne
Work: unlike taste (2011 Victory Square)
Choreographed by: Vanessa Goodman


Posted on November 25th, 2011

tripping. closely. perception

A Double Bill featuring new works by The Contingency Plan and a commission from Tara Cheyenne Performance

January 11th-14th 2011
The Firehall Arts Centre @ 8pm
To purchase tickets please visit
The Firehall Box Office

The Contingency Plan, described as “one of the smallest but most innovative troupes in the city” by Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight, premieres Adhere. Adhere layers innovative movement, text written by Samantha Mehra and an atmospheric soundtrack composed by Gabriel Saloman to explore the countless ways we experience being alone and the struggle we face between belonging within ourselves and outside in the world.

The second half of the evening is brought to you by the imaginative genius of Tara Cheyenne Performance. In recognizing both a shared acronym and enthralled by Tara’s brilliance, The Contingency Plan is thrilled to premiere this new commission. Inspired by icons -the Virgin Mary, and Steve Martin – choreographer extraordinaire Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and composer Marc Stewart fashion a comedic new piece for the three ladies of The Contingency Plan.

Performances by: Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne and Lina Fitzner
Lighting Design by: James Proudfoot

This Production is made possible with the generous support of The Firehall Arts Centre and The British Columbia Arts Council

Dusk Dances 2011

Posted on July 31st, 2011

The Contingency Plan has been invited to Toronto to perform in this years Dusk Dances in Withrow Park. We are so excited by this opportunity to perform in Toronto, especially since two of us grew up there!

We are performing “Strathcona High, Class of ’56”
The work was created collaboratively by the collective members: Leigha Wald, Vanessa Goodman and Jane Osborne
It will be performed by: Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne and special guest, Lisa Gelley

Other great performances by:

Hosted by Ryan Egan, with a musical performance by Moonshiner’s Daughter.
Exciting choreography from:

• Lua Shayenne and Roshanak Jaberi
• Michael Caldwell with The Horologium
• Throwdown Collective
• Karen Kaeja, with Eugene Walks with Grace

Dusk Dances @ Withrow Park
Address: 725 Logan Avenue

DATES: August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th @ 7pm

Kids and Dogs welcome!

For more Dusk Dances information visit:

Watch an introductory video for Strathcona High.

Come, bring a blanket and a picnic and see dance in the park on a warm summer’s night!
Hope to see you there!


Posted on June 20th, 2011

The Contingency Plan is excited to announce that they will perform their newest commission; subject, scale and perspective, choreographed by the plastic orchid factory’s, James Gnam at this years Dancing on the Edge Festival. Vanessa Goodman and Jane Osborne will perform this duet at EDGE ONE. The creation of this work was generously supported the British Columbia Arts Council and through a residency at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.


July 8th at 7pm
subject, scale and perspective – James Gnam / The Contingency Plan
Nosh and stammer – Laura Hicks
Allemande – Josh Beamish / MOVE: the company

July 10th at 9pm
subject, scale and perspective – James Gnam / The Contingency Plan
Allemande – Josh Beamish / MOVE: the company

Dancing on the Edge Tickets:
Regular Tickets: $28
Regular DOTE Member tickets: $24
Student/Senior Tickets: $26
Student/Senior DOTE Member Tickets: $22
Box Office: 604.689.0926

The Firehall Arts Centre:
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 1L3

unlike taste at DOTE 2011

Posted on June 20th, 2011

The Dancing on the Edge Festival presents unlike taste on July 11th & 12th at 5pm and 5:30pm at Victory Square, 200 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

unlike taste is a FREE site-specific work choreographed by Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with the dancers and with an original sound composition by Gabriel Saloman. This work features seven dance artists; Cai Glover, Jacqui Lopez, Lindsey White, Michael Kong, Lexi Vajda, Marisa Gold and Milena Read

unlike taste is an exploration of the olfactory system and is an excerpt of the full-length piece titled what belongs to you, and is set to premiere in 2012. The Firehall Arts Centre and The Dancing on the Edge Festival generously supported the creation of this new work.

The Contingency Plan Trio