Rianne Svelnis is a queer dance artist and a settler of Baltic and Flemish descent on stolen + occupied Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories.
Before starting her path in dance, she worked in support, advocacy and organizing in the DTES and in Theatre of the Oppressed/Theatre for Living. She works on dance as an entrypoint to magic, pleasure and disruption, and as a way to hold and move in the complexities of being together.
Since graduating from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program in 2016, Rianne has continued technical training with Peter Bingham, Helen Walkley, Justine Chambers, Emmalena Fredriksson and at La Cantera studio in Mexico City. She has danced in works by Justine Chambers, MACHiNENOiSY, Emmalena Fredriksson, Sasha Kleinplatz, Daisy Thompson, Olivia Davies and Naomi Brand, among others. Rianne has also presented her own choreographic work in collaboration with All Bodies Dance, Zahra Shahab, Kelly McInnes and Areli Moran (Mexico).