July 9, 2022

“After School” podcast interview

olive theory (Stefan Nazarevich and myself) were interviewed for “After School”, a podcast that features alumni from SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. We had a great time chatting about some of our experiences at SFU, and how we transitioned into the professional arts world.

You can listen to the podcast episode here, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Thanks to Ethan Ukrainetz and Paige Smith for the engaging conversation!

February 15, 2022

AGO x RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence

I’m so excited to be working as artist-in-residence at Art Gallery of Ontario later this year, to develop “Threading Echos” with Ontario-based artists Mayumi Lashbrook and Hitoko Okada. This collaborative performance will take new form as a digital project, interweaving movement and cultural heritage craft while interacting with the gallery’s architecture.

More information about my work in this residency can be found here.

Special thanks to NEXT: New Dance in Development in Vancouver and to all of my collaborators who supported the initial research for this project December 2021.

July 10, 2021

Feature Article in The Georgia Straight

Excited to have a feature article in The Georgia Straight newspaper! I got to discuss the inspirations behind my project Flow Tide with Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu, and how it is evolving to exist in both live performance and digital formats. The original short film created in 2020 is being presented in this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2021), and the live performance version of the work is being presented by both Powell Street Festival (July 2021, at Spanish Banks beach as you can see in the photo) and Vines Art Festival (August 2021).

Looking forward to future collaborations with Kisyuu as we bring our artistic practices together! You can view the article in the Georgia Straight here.

June 1, 2021

Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award

I’m incredibly grateful and humbled to be the 2021 recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, presented by the Scotiabank Dance Centre! This award will allow me to fully develop my new solo dance project Residuals (住み・墨), leading to a week of performances in September 2022 in the Faris Theatre. Thank you to The Dance Centre for supporting my career as a dance artist!

I’m also thankful to the press outlets who have recently featured my interviews, you can check them out below:

Stir Magazine

The Dance Centre

The PEAK Newspaper

Dance International Magazine

April 17, 2021

reach-close 2 home

Filming an olive theory performance and producing an online event for the first time was a success! Big thanks to our co-presenter, VIVO Media Arts. After sharing our film performance of reach-close 2 home in February 2021, we had a great interview session with Mackenzie Seaborn for Stir Magazine about our creative process, and future goals as an artistic duo.

You can check out the article here.

December 14, 2020

VanLive! LED Screen

Thank you to the City of Vancouver for featuring my film Flow Tide, created in collaboration with Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu, as part of Platforms Public Art Program! It was surreal to see our work on the VanLive! LED Screen, presented on a large scale at the intersection of Granville and Robson Street. We appreciate this support from the city where we live and create!

You can see a trailer for the film here.

April 20, 2020

Feature in Dance Current Magazine

The March/April issue of The Dance Current magazine is available now! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to talk about my childhood in Japan, feelings of cultural disconnect, and how those concepts tie into my new solo work Residuals (住み・墨). Special thanks to writer Nicole Descey, for consulting me about my work and sharing it on the printed page.

April 15, 2020

“For the Taking” music video

You can now see the music video for “For the Taking”, which I had the pleasure of choreographing for and performing in! Check out the video below.

Direction: Geordie Starr

Music: “For the Taking” by Old Man Canyon

Choreography: Shion Skye Carter

Performance: Shion Skye Carter, Cassandra Phillips-Grande, Owen Unruh, Jackson Wai Chung Tse

February 29, 2020

Kinetic Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia

February was an exciting month, as I shared an excerpt of my new solo work Residuals (住み・墨) in Halifax, Nova Scotia! Open Studio Series is a bi-annual performance of dance works-in-progress presented by Kinetic Studio, held this Spring from Feb 6-8, 2020. With three evenings of performances along with teaching workshops (including a deeply gratifying BIPOC movement workshop), it was a full week of dancing and connecting with some amazing artists and audiences based in Eastern Canada.

Big thanks to my mentor Ziyian Kwan, who helped me greatly in preparing this excerpt of my solo for Open Studio Series. My collaboration with Ziyian is part of a mentorship project started in October 2019, supported by the BC Arts Council.

(Photograph: Kevin MacCormack)

February 3, 2020

Left of PuSh

olive theory, the interdisciplinary duo founded by me and Stefan Nazarevich, had the opportunity to share an experiment-in-progress at Left of PuSh. The performance involved new research from our time at LEÑA Artist Residency on Galiano Island, examining the relationship between nature and artificiality, contrasting the embodied and the semi-organic with the synthesized and purely electrical. It was an honour to be in a double-bill with Francophone theatre artist, Gilles Poulin-Denis / productions 2par4.

The event took place on January 30, 2020 @ 5pm at Left of Main in Historic Chinatown, Vancouver.

January 3, 2020

LEÑA Artist Residency

LEÑA Artist Residency is “an artist-run, multi-disciplinary, gathering place” on beautiful Galiano Island off the coast of Vancouver. Stefan and I spent one week there in December 2019 as artists-in-residence, where we dove into new research as olive theory as well as for our independent work. An island immersed in nature, LEÑA is truly a sanctuary for artistic creation.

You can read 5 things that shaped each of us as artists and people, in the LEÑA guest book:



(Photograph: Dayna Szyndrowski)

October 10, 2019

Sold out shows!

Stefan and I are so grateful for the outpouring of support we received from friends, family, and the local arts community for our debut performance of reach-close. We couldn’t believe we sold out both shows! Special thanks to plastic orchid factory for co-presenting our work, Emilee Shackleton for lighting design, and Colin Williscroft for taking photos/video.

The image you see here is a portion of the crowd after the performance, when we invite the audience to interact with the piano wire installation themselves! Photo taken by audience member Howard Dai.

*Update: The wonderful Ella Adkins wrote an article about reach-close for SAD Magazine, check it out HERE.

June 12, 2019

Dear Ocean Roaring

On June 8th 2019, I had the pleasure of performing in the work of talented choreographer and long-time collaborator, Anya Saugstad. Commissioned by Vines Art Festival, a free outdoor event where artists share works focused on environment, Anya’s raw and powerful choreography set on the shores of Kitsilano Beach was nothing short of an honour to perform.

Creation: Anya Saugstad

Performance: Shion Skye Carter, Eowynn Enquist, Cindy Kao, Daria Mikhaylyuk, Anya Saugstad, Samantha Priya Wright

June 1, 2019


Welcome to my new website! With this ‘blog’ feature, I will be posting updates and behind-the-scenes media of upcoming projects, both in my work as an independent artist and as part of olive theory. New and exciting things are on their way, and I look forward to sharing them here. Stay tuned!