I am right here.

Welcome to my site. Here you will find the various endings and beginnings of my creative work and various projects I have had the pleasure of participating in and generating. In my capacity as a creator in the Canadian arts community, I have had the fortune of working during Covid-19 with several commissions and residencies in varying artistic formats from coast to coast. The work I make and participate in is often interdisciplinary and genre-stretching asking my collaborators, as well as my audiences, to bend the limits of their predisposed notions around theatre, dance, and individuality on stage, screen, or behind the scenes. As a Queer Woman of Colour, the teams I assemble are with people that have similar identity and beliefs to mine; the gumption to innovate archaic and outdated practices/methods of creation and presentation, the understanding and power that representation holds in what we consume, and those who believe in the power of art.


If you are 'here', I encourage you to click around - it is a website after all ;)

Enjoy your stay, and I welcome your return.

亚 女弟

Tia Ashley Kushniruk

(she/her)

tiaakush71@gmail.com

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artistic statement

I am fascinated with the 4th wall. My stories consistently play with the performer/audience relationship that exists with visual storytelling. As a mixed race person, I am severely aware of the ways in which I can present(represent) myself in a space, and I am continuously reminded of my own inconsistencies as, again, someone of mixed racial presentation. My work tends to invoke individual examination in the viewer by coaxing them in with something familiar to ease them into a space of play, and then shocking them with the violence of their passive witnessing. My work can be violent, graphic, and mean-spirited; I craft my narratives to force an audience to feel the same amount of uncomfortability my characters do. I do not make Art as Therapy. My motive is to show you that your Fictions have Consequences.

biography

Tia Ashley Kushniruk (亚 女弟) is a queer woman of Chinese-Eastern European settler heritage from the Treaty 6 Territory of Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil and is a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey (Toy Guns Dance Theatre). She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2017, receiving the Kathryn Ash Scholarship in 2016.

She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton, Paul Andre-Fortier, Peggy Baker, Aria Evans, Christopher House, Shay Kuebler, Christianne Ullmark, Susie Burpee and Jasmyn Fyffe. She is an illustrator, a curator, a moderator, an animator, a stand-up comedian and a writer, and spends a good amount of her day-to-day meddlings thinking about live performance and audience interaction. Tia has been doing Illustration and Animation commissions since 2020. Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014. She is the inaugural recipient of the CONFLUENCE Fellowship from Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton.

performance c/v click HERE

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Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for your support in my artistic practise, presentation and performance.

image taken from The 2018 Beijing International Dance Festival with Kate Algrame