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 (June ’17) and performed at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in New Brunswick (August ’17), a solo work-in-progress with Free Flow in Saskatoon (September ’17) and Weesageechak begins to Dance in Toronto (November ’17), toured as an invited guest with Dancers of Damelahamid (October-November ’17). The video work from the E|MERGE artist residency at Earthdance, Massachusetts (February ’18) has screened at 5 film festivals in Canada. In 2019 she is an invited dancer to work with Dancers of Damelahamid on Minowin (premier at NAC), Raven Spirit Dance (Vines Festival 2019) and a creation residency with Made in BC for a new solo piece.
Kristy is part of Dancefest’s Accelerate in Forest Floor.
Follow her at www.kristyjanvier.com
All photos by Tenille Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography