Meredith Kalaman is a two time Chrystal Dance Prize recipient, dance educator and enjoys both dancing in other artists work and creating her own. She has created pieces about; giraffes, girl guiding, exploring constellations, superheroes, female identity and the impacts of gender socialization. Choreographers that have left a particular influence on her include; John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon, Farley Johansson, Karen Jamieson, Peggy Baker, Judith Marcuse, Judith Garay, Julie Lebel and Kate Franklin. Her first full length work Femme Fatales toured to Victoria, Edmonton and and was presented at Ufertstudios in Berlin in 2017. Presentation highlights including sharing the stage with the Good Women Dance Collective, Dance in Vancouver 2017, Dancing on the Edge and New Works. Meredith is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Most recently she has been training with Raïna von Waldenburg in I AM ONE WHO which is based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski. She is interested in shifting the context of how ballet relates to our 21st century bodies and inviting bodies to be in dynamic movement. Her company credits include: MovEnt, Judith Marcuse Projects, Dancers Dancing, Joe Ink and Foolish Productions. She has commissioned works from Noam Gagnon, Farley Johannson and John Ottmann and created two dancer theatre solos with Sophie Yendole. Meredith is thankful to be and artist who grew up in Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is now grateful to reside on the land of the Mi’kma’ki in Nova Scotia.
As a dance educator, Meredith has taught ballet, modern, contemporary, improvisation, partnering and composition for the last 18 years to dancers between the ages of 3-24 years and is most excited about movement being available to all bodies and framing it as a part of each person’s day to expand their joy or expression and being. Teachers that have impacted her practice include: John Ottmann, Christine Wright, Sarah Brewer-Clowes and Peggy Baker.