Sarah Wong & Ileanna Cheladyn

Multidisciplinary Artists And Choreographers

Sarah and Ileanna are dance artists based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Their practices find a home in writing, producing, installation, crafting, and performing. Since 2019 they have been working together on projects that prioritize experiences of rest, care, and resistance. Sarah’s work emerges from her lived experience as a queer and disabled second-generation Chinese-Canadian woman, focusing on archival processes and accessing embodied intergenerational knowledge. Ileanna, a queer white woman, explores practices of somatic justice within dance techniques and communities, looking at how they account for and tend to limits of exhaustion, mutual aid, and political action. Sarah and Ileanna come together with slowness at the forefront to remain critical of taken for granted currents of the production and consumption of art, labour, and identities.