Artists and Collaborators

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Alexandra Tigchelaar (Sasha Van Bon Bon) is co-founder of Operation Snatch (formerly The Scandelles) and has been writing, creating and performing with the company since 2000. Tigchelaar studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia University but was most inspired as a writer and performer by her many years working in Montreal and Toronto’s strip clubs. It was in this furtive environment that she found her creative voice, along with a keen interest in unorthodox performance and social spaces.
Tigchelaar has been a nationally syndicated sex columnist since 1994 and has written extensively about sexuality for many local and national publications. She writes all the company’s productions and enjoys the progression of creation from intimate to collaborative. Notable productions are Under the Mink, Les Demimondes, Neon Nightz and The Death Show. Tigchelaar also wrote the script for a short porn film in collaboration with Bruce LaBruce called Give Piece of Ass a Chance, which starred The Scandelles and screened at over 20 international film festivals.
She has held many odd and wonderful jobs in the field of human sexuality, from penning an erotic comic for Eros Comics called Beatrix Dominatrix, to teaching teens about sexuality, to hosting erotic events to performing as a go-go dancer with Rick Mercer on the CBC’s 60th anniversary show. For two years she sat on the board of directors of Maggie’s, an organization dedicated to the rights of sex workers. She has given several lectures on sex workers rights to academic and social institutions, most recently for The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal as part of their exhibit Imperfect Health.

Catherine Nimmo (Kitty Neptune) is co-founder and co-director/creator of Operation Snatch (formerly The Scandelles). She has been producing, choreographing, directing and performing with this movement theatre company since 2000. Her early training was at the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, where she was honoured with the triple threat performer award in her class. Nimmo has worked as a dancer/actor for the Kawartha Summer Festival and has toured extensively singing and dancing all over North America with a musical variety show.

To date, Nimmo has choreographed and directed four full-length cabarets for The Scandelles. Under The Mink, was performed for a two week run of sold out crowds at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in January of 2006. In 2007,Nimmo choreographed and performed Les Demimondes, a cabaret dissecting the cultural pariah status/fascination of sex workers. In 2008, Nimmo’s direction of Who’s Your Dada? a surrealist cabaret deemed “absolutely delicious” by Globe and Mail theatre critic Paula Citron. In June 2010, Kitty Neptune directed, choreographed and performed in The Death Show, a cabaret exploring the social stigma around mental illness and how we deal with it when it touches personally. Neon NIghtz, the memoirs of Tigchelaar’s forays into the strip clubs of Montreal as a young dancer in the 80’s and 90’s has now toured twice to Montreal in 2010/11. Nimmo choreographed this show, and plays the myriad dancers that Tigchelaar met throughout her decade long career in strip clubs.

COLLABERATORS

Charissa Wilcox (Production Manager/Technical Director) Charissa has worked at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (BIBTT) for the past twelve years. She has been the Head of Production for this Queer Canadian Theatre for the last seven.  She first met The Scandelles in 2004 and has worked with them on various productions. BIBT’s 2009/2010 season open, Neon Nightz, is the production where Charissa expanded her personal and professional relationship with Kitty and Sasha.  Kitty began teaching her pole dancing and she has never looked back.  On May 16, 2010, Charissa, along with fellow Pole Club members Miller Time, Axel Blows, Smash and (instructor) Kitty Neptune, performed in the first annual pole Recital, hosted by Sasha van Bon Bon.  A second Recital is already in the works. In addition to her work at BIBTT; Charissa is also the brains and brawn behind the new company Scratching Post, which builds and installs custom stripper poles.

Born and bred in Conception Bay South, NL, Andrya Duff landed in Toronto to pursue dance. Since her arrival Ms. Duff has had the fortune of working with choreographers Kate Franklin and Meredith Thompson (Dusk Dances Tour 2009), Steeve Paquette (Dancermakers) Jesse Dell (JD Dance) Rebecca Hope Terry (The Moving Company), Susie Burpee (Nuit Blanche 2009) Tina Fushell (Guelph Dance Festival) Shawn Newman (The Scandelles) Anisa Tejpar (Hit and Run Productions) Barbara Lindenberg (UpDarling) among many others. Ms. Duff has also worked with Blue Mouth Group (Dance Marathon), Praxis Theatre (The Master and Maragrita), The Scandelles (Who’s your DaDA?, Under the Mink, The Death Show) and Soundstreams (The Children’s Crusade). Ms Duff has appeared in films ‘Fictional Dance Party’ and ‘Utopics’ by Geoff Pugen for Bravofact, ‘The Things We Do’ by Beau Dickson for the Moving Pictures Festival and ‘Ava’ by Chris Craig. Andrya was a feature character in Jonathan Heppner and Sasha Kovacs “Headbangers” (Rhubarb Festival) and “The Proust Project” by Moynan King (Festival of Ideas and Creation at Canstage). Most recently Ms. Duff has appeared with the QCC (Queer Comedy Collective) as a writer/performer in two successful runs in Toronto. Ms. Duff was a co-host on CKLN 88.1 FM’s ‘Stage Left’ for 3 years and is currently a co-host on CIUT 89.5 FM’s “Evi-Dance”. Both shows are dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in Canada and abroad.

Jesse Dell received her BFA in Dance from York University in 2003.  As a dancer/performer Dell has worked with an array of choreographers and companies including, Larchaud Dance Project, Kate Franklin, Susan Lee, Shannon Litzenberger, Tracey Norman, Holly Small, Samara L. Thompson and The Scandelles, now Operation Snatch.  As an independent choreographer Dell has created work for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) and The Scandelles/Operation Snatch, as well as various dance and music festivals.  As a producer and creator Dell has successfully created and mounted several projects including Carnival Cabaret (2009), Ethereal Forest for Nuit Blanche (2008), and Fallen (2007).  In 2009 Dell teamed up with Jordana Deveau to found JD dance. JDd in association with The Young Centre for the Performing Arts presented Ink to flesh (2010), featuring new work by Dell, Deveau and Kate Franklin.  Most recently Dell has joined Kaha:wi Dance Theatre to perform in Medicine Bear, a new creation by Santee Smith.  Also dabbling in costume design and alteration Dell has worked with ProArteDanza, Event Horizon Dance, CCDT, Susie Burpee, Roberto Campanella and Colin Conner.

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