Meet the Artist: Olivia Chan, Tea Master
Tea Master Olivia Chan
MascallDance is delighted to welcome Tea Master Olivia Chan to BLOOM.
During MascallDance’s informal showings of choreographic excerpts, the choreographers in residence present brief excerpts from their work. At the inception of their residencies, they are asked for three words that describe the dance they envision. It is these three words that Tea Master Olivia Chan uses to pair each dance with a tea. Audiences are treated to a tasting, first they sample the dance, then the selected tea – and finally, comedic storyteller Jenn Griffin offers her take on the experience.
Olivia Chan is a rare example of a second generation Chinese merchant in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Her father Mr. Kwok Sun Cheung, founded The Treasure Green Tea Company the first authentic Chinese tea shop in Vancouver. Under her father, Olivia trained in the traditions of the tea business from the ethical sourcing of exclusive and high quality teas from the most famous regions of China, to mastering the tea Ceremony.
She nows serves many of her Father’s loyal customers, who mingle with a new generation of tea lovers. Olivia offers additional artisanal products, special event classes in premium tea tasting and preparation, and step by step training in the traditional tea ceremony and Gong Fu Cha, using ceremonial utensils.
Olivia is featured in the NFB documentary on Vancouver’s changing Chinatown entitled “Everything Will Be” by Sundance award-winning filmmaker Julia Kwan (Eve and the Fire Horse) at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival.