Kayla Henry

Victoria-based Artist in Residence

Kayla Henry

Dance Days Rough Cut studio showing

Luminaries (working title)

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 8:00 – 8:45 pm

Choreographer & Performers: Kayla Henry (she/her), Alia Saurini (she/her)

Musician/Collaborator: Finley Rose (they/them)  Mentor: Constance Cooke (she/her)

Kayla Henry’s new contemporary dance duet is inspired by mycelium, a network of underground fungal threads which act as a communication system for mushrooms. Mycelium is analogous to our own mammalian nervous system. As the two are inherently linked, our survival depends on them.

Kayla received her professional training from The School of Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg) where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for three seasons as well as in works by Rachel Browne, Ming Hon, and Odette Heyn (Winnipeg), Helen Husak and Sasha Ivanochko (Calgary), Paras Terezakis (Vancouver), Menaka Thakkar (Toronto), Constance Cooke (Victoria) and many more. Since 2011, Kayla has regularly appeared in works with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Kayla is the founder and Artistic Director of Noble Riot Dance Theatre (2021).

Kayla Henry is a mother, performer, creator, and teacher based on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lekwungen People, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Kayla received her professional training from The School of Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg) where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduating, she joined Canada’s longest-running contemporary dance company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for three seasons.

Kayla has performed in works by Canadian choreographers Rachel Browne, Ming Hon, and Odette Heyn (Winnipeg), Helen Husak and Sasha Ivanochko (Calgary), Paras Terezakis (Vancouver), Menaka Thakkar (Toronto), Constance Cooke (Victoria) and many more. Since 2011, Kayla has regularly appeared in works with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Internationally, Kayla has performed with sisterMAGAZINE N°9 (Berlin), in works by Christina Medina (Austria), and performed at the New York City Musical Theatre Festival (USA).

Kayla has been choreographing for the last eight years. Her creative processes have been supported through mentorships and residencies with Dance Victoria, Jennifer Mascall (Vancouver) and Theatre Junction Grand (Calgary)

Her works have been presented by Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton), Springboard Performance (Calgary), Constance Cooke Dance (Victoria), and Impulse Theatre (Victoria).

Kayla is the founder and Artistic Director of Noble Riot Dance Theatre (2021). To date, the company has received support from Dance Victoria, a number of private donors, and funding from the CRD Arts Commission – 2021 Incubation Grant.