Performance Art


True North Performance based in Richmond B.C., is an interdisciplinary company with Artistic Director, Catherine Lee at the helm. About 6 years ago, myself and Laura Crema, began this project as part of the Dance Lab at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. It has been evolving and changing ever since. We are constantly exploring the possibilities of what this amazing dome can do. It is created by Evelyn Roth. We incorporate dance, mime, expressive movement with vocal work. Catherine calls this work ‘Vocal Body”.

upaya joyce3

This dome is a living, breathing part of the process, constantly shape shifting new formations. The dome a has zippered entrance at the back and there are pockets attached to the dome from the inside for arms and faces to slip into and protrude from the surface outward. This allows the movers to manipulate the dome and in this way, the dome, images and the dancers are all in unison. They alter and animate the shape of the event creating an array of unexpected keneitc imagery – human and nature forms blending into one. The movement of the performers inside, outside, on top of, underneath the dome along with the added flexibility and vibrancy of the projections which greatly influences and supports the performers. The projections of nature and of my art work become distorted and amplified as though they are alive and breathing. It undulates like waves in the ocean and flows like the sand in the wind.

The beginnings of Upaya

This piece is primarily about the process of Transformation. It was first created as a part of Scotia Dance Centre’s Dance Lab in May 2009. Catherine Lee, myself and Laura Crema, who were the first co-creators/performers of “Upaya” with Catherine Lee as director/choreographer. We have been revising and adding on to the original production which took place at The Dance Centre in Vancouver B.C. We aquired a ‘Dance Lab’ and we were offered free rehearsal time. In the past year, Christine Elsey and Carmen Rosen came on board to continue the transformation of this work. The inflatable created by Evelyn, the art projections by myself and nature images assembled by Xris Sumpton and Jorden Watkins

This piece is primarily about the process of Transformation. Our first public presentation was in the lobby outside Yaletown Gallery in Vancouver  where my paintings were hung – a series I call Human Nature.

yaletown refpdf

This performance of UPAYA took place in 2011 at Kits House before the renovations. One event was an evening of performance in tribute to Hannelore, fabric and celebration artist and a good friend and collaborator of Evelyn Roth. Another performance of Upaya at Kitslano’s Kits House was with Christine Elsey in first performances was with Laura Crema.

The Colors of the Butterfly

An excerpt from Upaya. Projections of Angela’s art work  with Angela dancing presented by True North Performance.


UPAYA True North Performance

Interdisciplinary piece directed by Catherine Lee

Inflatable dome by Evelyn Roth

Art work projections Angela Brown

Technical support and projection Jorden Lloyd

Performed by Carmen Rosen, Angela Brown and Christine Elsey


Maiden, Mother and Crone

Choreographed written and directed by Angela Brown, visuals by Angela, music written and arranged by Earl Peach. Performed at Gallery Gachet Vancouver B.C.. This white inflatable sculpture created by Evelyn Roth was awarded to Angela as part payment for her participation in SALA fest (South Australia).

Live Painting

BC Oct 13

“Live painting” for Bohemian Caress Vancouver B.C. in 2012 and 2013

Poster for Bohemian Caress Septemb


Roundhouse called ANU, Sex on Earth

In 2007, Angela painted live for an interdisciplinary performance at the Roundhouse called ANU, Sex on Earth, under the Artistic Direction of Steve Duncan and produced by Jabbar Jabbar. Angela, and three other painters, painted live while a large group of musicians, spoken word artists and dancers performed.

Artists in our Midst

two a three ptgMehlinda and I brought up members of the audience to draw “live”  with me

Angela danced & painted creating  “live art” while Mehlinda Heartt (Two Amuse – see Historical Dance & Theatre) sang opera and played harp for “Artists in our Midst” at the Grunt Gallery in Vancouver.


art p amuselivepaint

Angela had a solo exhibition “Visions of the Goddess” at Ironworks Studio in Vancouver of paintings and sculptures. The opening night included a live performances, Live Painting (by Angela) dance, music and spoken word (Steve Duncan). Angela danced in and around projections of her work and she presented “live painting” to song and music by Historical Performance Ensemble & Mehlinda Heartt. Angela and Michelle Hersey danced in and around projections of art work and she presented “live painting” to song and music by Historical Performance Ensemble (Catherine Lee (singer)  and Pat Unruh (Viola de Gamba).