Con8 Collective was founded in 2013 by dancers/choreographers Georgina Alpen and Charlotte Newman. While both undergraduate students in dance and Simon Fraser University, they recognized a creative connection and mutual fascination for choreography. This led to the initial idea to create a fun, playful and unique duet together. hush-hush was born and after it's success at the Student Mainstage show, there was no question that this was the seed of a flourishing creative partnership.
Through the final year of their undergraduate degree they continued to choreograph together under the name Con8 Collective. pack4, a fun quartet, was their next work in collaboration with composer Scott Jeffrey and dancers David Clennin and Nathan Todd for Ascension 2014 at SFU. Simutaneously Con8 Collective was excited to be commissioned by Vancouver Moving Theatre Company and the Dovbush Dancers to create a short contemporary/ukrainian dance for the Heart of the City Festival's Bread and Salt.
Underneath all of this, research had begun for their first full-length work she and her and I to be shown in the show Collectors (produced by Con8 Collective) as part of the Undergraduate Performance Series the following semester. This would be the culminating graduation project for both Charlotte and Gina's final semester at SFU.
Looking forward past the grad show Ellipsis where they are excited to show Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh - a remounting of hush-hush for their graduating class, Con8 Collective is excited to continue creating work and expanding their Collective as well as pursuing individual careers in dance. They anticipate collaborating with other artists from Vancouver and are excited at the prospect of being involved in many upcoming festivals.
"Using our own choreographic techniques we generate a movement vocabulary unique to us. Fascinated by human relationships, we seek to communicate their intricacies, beauty and importance in our work."