Shion Skye Carter is a Japanese-Canadian dance artist from Gifu prefecture, Japan, who is currently based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
Through choreography hybridized with calligraphy, video, sculpture, and sound, her work celebrates the discovery of one’s ethnographic identity and connection to heritage. Shion has performed at venues spanning Vancouver and Halifax, including Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Gold Saucer studio, Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, and Kinetic Studio. In 2021, her new solo Residuals (住み・墨) will premiere in Montreal, presented by Tangente.
In 2018, Shion co-founded the interdisciplinary duo olive theory with musician Stefan Nazarevich. This collaboration allows her to expand the scope of her intimate performances, and experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation, and live sound. Their debut project reach-close premiered in Vancouver in October 2019 with two sold-out shows, co-presented by plastic orchid factory. In this project, they build their own structural spaces and instruments, forging intimacy with one another, installation materials, technology, and audiences.
Alongside her piloted creative endeavours, Shion performs in projects directed by other artists, including Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, plastic orchid factory, and Ziyian Kwan. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.