Company 605


Livestreaming April 29 & 30 at 7pm & May 1 at 4pm PDT

Join us for the live Q&A with Josh Martin following the April 30 performance!

Josh Martin Photo David Cooper

Led by artistic co-directors Lisa Mariko Gelley and Josh Martin, Company 605 is an arts organization based in Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Producing various dance projects and performances through shared creative process, the artists place emphasis on rigorous choreographic propositions and movement invention, building physically demanding work that juxtaposes raw with precision, and highlights effort, risk, and interconnection. 605 is an ongoing exchange between separate people, bodies, and ideas, recognizing and celebrating the unique possibilities created in their attempt to co-exist. Valuing collaboration as an essential tool for new directions in dance, Company 605 continues to awaken a fresh and ever-evolving aesthetic, building a highly athletic art form derived from the human experience.

With an expanding repertoire of diverse works, the company has performed from coast to coast in over 30 cities across Canada, as well as touring in the US, Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. 605's co-directors have created commissioned works for several dance companies, including Ballet BC (Anthem, 2017). Their collaborations with filmmakers have allowed 605's work to be shared globally, with short dance films shown at over 45 dance-on-screen festivals around the world.

Created and performed by Artistic Co-Director Josh Martin, Brimming is a new solo investigating the body as a container: a rigid frame holding in and concealing its stored inner contents. The piece imagines the body as a hollow interior space continuously shaped and reshaped, filled and emptied, and inhabited through different states. A performer trapped inside his own form, the dance is a meeting of both the seen and unseen – the invisible contents that slosh up against the sides, pushing against the outer surface from beneath, and occasionally leaking under its pressure. Brimming explores this shape we are in, how it holds us, and what might eventually spill out when the walls begin to bend.


Creation & Performance: Josh Martin

Creative Collaborators: Justine A. Chambers, Lisa Mariko Gelley & Maiko Yamamoto

Music: Ian William Craig & Matthew Tomkinson

Sound Design: Matthew Tomkinson

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot

Scenic Design: Josh Martin

Set Construction Coordination and Build: Paula Viitanen Aldazosa & Juan Carlos Aldazosa Bazúa

Video Direction / Stage Management: Jessica Han

Company 605 Managing Producer: Francesca Piscopo (Eponymous)


Special Thanks: Kate Franklin, David Cooper, Barbara Bourget, Diego Romero / Boombox, Donna Spencer / DOTE, Electric Company Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Progress Lab 1422, GNW Scene Shop, Innovation Lighting.