Residuals (住み・墨)

Residuals (住み・墨) is a solo dance performance that draws visual, sonic, and physical influences from Japanese calligraphy, through an exploration of personal and ancestral history. Dynamic brushstrokes inform Shion’s movement as she dances among sheets of translucent paper, evoking an abstracted memory of her Japanese grandparents’ rural home. Reliving these memories sparks a journey of self-discovery, where the layers of her identity begin to unfurl.

This project is made possible through support from the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, Powell Street Festival Society and Canadian Heritage, Dumb Instrument Dance and their sponsorship through City of Vancouver Arts and Cultural Services, and past support from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.


Creation/performance: Shion Skye Carter


Ziyian Kwan (creative consultant)

Tomoyo Yamada (dramaturg)

Stefan Nazarevich (composer)

Colin Williscroft (video design)

Andie Lloyd (lighting design)

Hannah Sofia Eriksson (costume design)

Yoko Murakami, at Gladstone Japanese Language School (calligraphy mentor)

Special thanks to Matthew Wylie for prop design, and to all of my artistic collaborators who have contributed their voices to this work.


Nov 4 + 5, 2022

Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC
Featuring a new solo, Daydream Shadow, choreographed by Ziyian Kwan and commissioned/performed by Juolin Lee
Presented through The Dance Centre’s Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, co-presented with Powell Street Festival Society with support from Canadian Heritage.


Oct 23-26, 2021

Tangente, Montreal, QC (world premiere)


Jan 15-25, 2021

Dance Days Festival at Dance Victoria, Victoria, BC (film screening)


Sept 23, 2020

Studio Salon Series (livestream) hosted by Co.ERASGA in Vancouver, BC (work-in-progress excerpt performance)


Feb 6-8, 2020

Open Studio Series at Kinetic Studio in Halifax, NS (work-in-progress excerpt performance)

Photography: Akina Chan, Lula-Belle Jedynak