Meet the artists
ROOTS & WINGS brings together movement mastery, live music and Jungian psychology.
Desirée Dunbar is an embodiment facilitator and award winning choreographer.
She received a Masters of Fine Arts in 2012 from the University of Arizona and has since created Dezza Dance Performance & The Secret Garden Society School.
Desirée has travelled the world performing, studying and teaching and now with her roots firmly planted in Vancouver, she delivers cutting-edge programs that reawaken one's playful inner child and deepen their connection to vitality, inspiration and joy.
An expert in physical alignment, dynamic movement and emotional intelligence, Desirée is motivated to quieten the mind, elevate the spirit and activate potential.
Through working with Desirée you can expect practical wisdom to develop your mind-body connection and awaken to profound creativity.
Desirée co-creates an inspiring and energetic space that is fertile ground for deep personal development.
She is a celebrated educator specializing in healthy aging programs and leads weekly Collaborative Creative Dance Workshops for Older Adults in Vancouver. Dezza Dance is resident Dance company at Aberthau Mansion/ West Point Grey Community Centre.
Desirée lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Martin Reisle is a Vancouver BC based composer, performer, educator, artistic collaborator and calligrapher/designer. Whether using his voice, cello, tenor-banjo, or guitar, Martin is consistently dedicated to the support and creation of local culture and community music making.
Previously Martin has collaborated with Dezzadance on a number of productions, playing and writing for: A Port in The Storm, Chiaroscuro, No Place Like Home.
Next year Martin intends to move to Germany, to immerse himself in the language and pursue calligraphy/design in a scholastic context.
Martin graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Composition. He studied classical guitar performance with Michael Strutt, songwriting with Meryn Cadell, and Shari Ulrich, and composition with Keith Hamel, and Giorgio Magnanensi (Vancouver New Music).
He has toured and recorded with his own, and other ensembles (Maria in the Shower, The End Tree, Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast, Very Good, David Ward), performing his work across Canada, the United States, England and Europe. Written, arranged, & orchestrated works for theatre (Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret), dance, and concert (Turning Point, Plastic Acid Orchestra), film/tv, and arranged/orchestrated for pop groups (David Ward, Jay Malinowski, 54-40).
Róisín Adams is a composer, pianist and educator based in Vancouver, Canada, whose work has been praised for its evocative, entrancing and ethereal qualities. She founded the improvisatory instrumental jazz quartet Hildegard’s Ghost in 2013, and performs with contemporary acoustic trio Adams/Hopkins/Romain, and drummer Kevin Romain’s project Enemy Pigeon.
Adams has studied with Lisa Cay Miller, Sharon Minemoto, Alan Matheson and François Houle. Her compositions have been performed by Ellwood Epps, Vicky Mettler, Elisa Thorn, Michael James Park, Rachel Iwaasa, Catherine Laub and NOW Society Orchestra. Her work has been featured at the Silk Purse Jazz Waves Series, Queer Arts Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, Western Front, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Kay Meek Theatre, and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Adams was a recipient of a Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity residency (2017), Vancouver Community College Contemporary Competition Award (2013), Chris Gage Memorial Award, Fred Bass Scholarship, and Andres Alejandro Espinoza Memorial Scholarship. She has also been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (2016), Creative BC Music Fund (2017), British Columbia Arts Council (2018) and SOCAN Foundation (2018).
British/Canadian tenor, Mark Atherton, is a graduate of the UBC opera program. Whilst at UBC he performed a variety of roles in excerpts and fully staged operatic productions, including Gerardo in Gianni Schicchi, Ralph in H.M.S Pinafore, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte and Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore. He has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC Symphony Orchestra. He is also a yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and a meditation teacher. He enjoys the opportunity to blend the music and yoga worlds together and noticed a profound shift in his music when embarking on his yoga journey. He is currently back at university pursuing a psychology degree.
Martin is a lifetime student of mysticism, a student of the art of astrology for three decades and a practicing astrologer for the past ten years. He combines dream work and the symbolism of alchemy with the techniques of analytical psychology to bring clarity to the changing times. His passion for the work of renowned Suisse psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875 1961) brings a unique perspective to the art his practice of astrology.
Martin teaches a workshop series called “The Healer and The Dreamer: astrology for a new age” which offers the participants with the opportunity to integrate astrology into their healing, spiritual and creative practices. He also reaches “The Symbolic Life: Astrology, Alchemy, Dreamtime and Jung.” This workshops series seeks to provide the participants with the tools needed to navigate these important times of transformation.
Martin lives deep in the mountains of the interior but travels extensively throughout B.C. and the rest of Canada doing readings and giving lectures and workshops to help prepare people for the reality of the changing times. He also welcomes students to his mountain hideaway offering retreats and seminars.