Helen Goodwin (British, 1927-1985) was a dancer and choreographer who played a crucial role in the development of dance and the place of the “live arts” in Vancouver with the body as an ideal medium for depicting movement within visual arts. Goodwin taught at the University of British Columbia in the Physical Education and Theatre Departments beginning in 1955. She was active in performing and in presenting the work of experimental choreographers to Vancouver audiences through her participation in organizing programs such as Festival of Contemporary Arts at the University of British Columbia. In 1966, Goodwin became involved with the fledgling Sound Gallery, an artist-initiated space credited as having hosted Vancouver’s earliest multimedia performance in March 1966. The Sound Gallery become Motion Studio in 1967 and Goodwin’s dance troupe WECO became TheCo. Goodwin and TheCo joined with a group of visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, architects, and filmmakers to found Vancouver’s Intermedia Society in 1967. Before the Intermedia Society and TheCo wound up in 1971, Goodwin and her collaborators had held many highly successful performance events and festivals of local and international acclaim throughout Vancouver and at UBC including Intermedia Nights (1968), a five-day festival which included TheCo’s performance of Plus Minus 216 and the Intermedia Dome Show produced by Intermedia at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1971) which included Goodwin’s Dance Night / Dance Loops. TheCo’s final performance was Goodwin’s Environmental Opera presented at Spanish Banks in 1971 featuring many Intermedia affiliated artists. On December 18, 1985, Goodwin walked into the ocean near Spanish Banks and drowned. A wake was held the following week nearby. On December 21, 1987 at 3:45 pm, a performance of Winter Solstice was performed in memory of Goodwin at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.