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Fluid Fest


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Fluid Fest


Fluid Fest October 13 - 29

 
 

Are you Dance Curious?

Fluid Movement Arts Festival brings artists and audiences together to stir the city with contemporary art, dance and physical performance. From grassroots to glitz - extraordinary international, national and local artists gather in Calgary for three weeks. The Fluid Festival pours on a bold, beautiful spectrum of dance that reflects our current times. The festival, a creative ideas generator, ignites the city with performances, workshops, artist talks and happenings to inspire and connect.

 

Tickets available below, by visiting our online box office, or by calling 403.265.3230

Fluid 4-PACK  -  $100

Indulge your curiosity. Create your own dance experience. The Fluid Fest 4-Pack lets you pick and choose any four shows to design your festival adventure for the best value.

A limited time offer. Available until October 1st.



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Dance Curious Group Rate

Gather your friends for an unforgettable group outing and evening of dance. Buy 6 or more tickets to one show on the same night and save $8 on $30 tickets or $10 on every $45 ticket. 
Use the Dance Curious Group Rate promotional code FluidGroup16.


Be part of the Movement. 


Events Schedule

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It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend


Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez (Belgium)

October 14, 15 - 8:30PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

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It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend


Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez (Belgium)

October 14, 15 - 8:30PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez
Belgium

October 14 (FRI), 8:30 PM
October 15 (SAT), 8:30 PM
DJD Dance Centre
  | $45

Speeches are powerful weapons. Magnetic Belgian dancer theatre artist Lisbeth Gruwez grips your attention like an old-style preacher working a revival tent.
— Janet Smith, Geogia Straight

A speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries it has enthused countless masses and galvanized them into action, for better or for worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Just by the power of words. But a speech does not only enthuse the hearers, often it also transposes the speaker into a state of trance. Then he loses himself in a stream of words, in an obsessive, ecstatic way of speaking. The power of a speech often depends on the trance of the speaker.

In "It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend" Lisbeth Gruwez dances the trance of that ecstatic speechifying. In the process, she takes advantage of fragments from a speech by the ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

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Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 15

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Major Motion Picture


Out Innerspace (Vancouver)

October 20 - 7PM, 21,22 - 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

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Major Motion Picture


Out Innerspace (Vancouver)

October 20 - 7PM, 21,22 - 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

Out Innerspace
Vancouver

Co-presented by Fluid Festival
& Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

October 20 (THU), 7:00 PM
October 21 (FRI), 9:00 PM
October 22 (SAT), 9:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

A glorious nightmare... of (fleeting hope) amid Big Brother surveillance. It’s a magnificent piece of theatrical sleight of hand.
— Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist

Major Motion Picture explores timely themes of surveillance, otherness, propaganda and belief through eccentric and lawless characters. A hybrid performance language includes infrared technology and an on-stage surveillance system alongside Out Innerspace’s trailblazing movement invention. 7 dancers fight for the theatre, losing and gaining the grounds for their power and identity. A mysterious third party is present in every conflict, teaching us how to desire, and leading us into patterns. Living in the wings, The Others hack into the theatre with wild attempts to steal the show and regain the stage as their own. With influences ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Die Antwoord, Orson Welles to Slavoj Zizek, the music of Bernard Herrmann meets urban underground and an original composition by Belgian producer Tristan Vloeberghs.

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 21

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Moi & les Autres (Me & the Others)


La Otra Orilla | Myriam Allard (Montreal)

October 28 - 7PM, 29 - 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

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Moi & les Autres (Me & the Others)


La Otra Orilla | Myriam Allard (Montreal)

October 28 - 7PM, 29 - 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $45

La Otra Orilla | Myriam Allard
Montreal

October 28 (FRI), 7:00 PM
October 29 (SAT), 9:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre
  | $45

Catch this incredible show in which the rhythms of a hybrid, uninhibited flamenco dazzle through the steps of exceptional dancers and musicians. It’s an audacious, poetic and sublime piece.
— Huffington Post

Charismatic dancer-choreographer Myriam Allard and the singer and director Hedi Graja reaffirm their unique style of reinvented flamenco. Hybrid, iconoclastic and poetic. Performing in an ongoing dialogue with the three musicians, Allard presents a spirited variation on the multiple ways of communicating with the other. Between solitude and fusion, mystery and the familiar, the other offers a reflection or leaves an impression that is felt deep in the flesh. And here the other is not only the human spirit, but also music and song.

Updating its age-old codes and stripped of its costumes and traditional figures, this flamenco vibrates with sincerity and depth, with the intensity of the dancer’s presence and the powerful emotions it evokes.  

 

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 29

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Dollhouse


Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie | Bill Coleman (Toronto)

October 14, 15 - 7PM
DJD Community Living Room | $30

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Dollhouse


Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie | Bill Coleman (Toronto)

October 14, 15 - 7PM
DJD Community Living Room | $30

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie | Bill Coleman
Toronto

October 14 (FRI), 7:00 PM
October 15 (SAT), 7:00 PM
DJD Community Living Room | $30

Blinded by Sound, Playing at Life
— The Dance Current

Prolific Canadian dancer/choreographer Bill Coleman confronts a series of almost biblical challenges in this cataclysmic new performance of tap, performance art, and dance-theatre, entwined with mechanical and electronic manipulated objects, handmade and found, render rhythms equally sonic and visual, about a man out of sync with his surroundings.

Objects fall, shatter and move of their own accord creating a unique soundscape that accompanies one man's descent into chaos. Coleman, a master performer, plays the role of modern fakir as he navigates through situations, at times verging on the comic, culminating in a hypnotic symphony of sight and sound created and performed in collaboration with celebrated avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan.

 

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 14

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Double Bill: Lab Rats & The Moon at Midnight


Forcier Stage Works | Marie France Forcier (Calgary)
Amber Borotzik (Edmonton)

October 21, 22 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

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Double Bill: Lab Rats & The Moon at Midnight


Forcier Stage Works | Marie France Forcier (Calgary)
Amber Borotzik (Edmonton)

October 21, 22 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

DOUBLE BILL:
Lab Rats & 
The Moon at Midnight

October 21 (FRI), 7:00 PM
October 22 (SAT), 7:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 22


Lab Rats

Forcier Stage Works | Marie France Forcier
Calgary

Forcier has created a compelling, dream-like microcosm of the world, inside and out.
— Evidanceradio.com

Lab Rats is a study on the discrepancies of human behavior in context of solitary versus combined seclusion, where the performers become the subjects, and the audience, the invisible observers.

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The Moon at Midnight

Amber Borotsik
Edmonton

Presented in partnership with the Prairie Dance Circuit

Perhaps Borotsik’s greatest gift was creating the layer of melancholy that pervaded the dance and it’s violent surface.
— Paula Citron responding to Here. Like this, The Globe and Mail

Two women move across the floor in a slow duet of shared care. Endless, incalculable and epic in its necessary monotony this central grind just keeps going... The Moon at Midnight is the newest work by Edmonton creator Amber Borotsik. Sparked after seeing a city smashing monster movie. The Moon at Midnight is a love letter to physical truth. The earth shaking and the sublime. An intersection between dance, theatre and sound, The Moon at Midnight is performed by an intergenerational and inter-ability company. It examines the inner truth of lived experience and explodes it out in cinematic fashion. 

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Triple Bill: Leftovers | The Distance that Separates Us | Dance Story


605 Company | Josh Martin (Vancouver)
Graham McKelvie (Calgary)
Jacinte Armstrong (Halifax)

October 28 - 9PM, 29 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

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Triple Bill: Leftovers | The Distance that Separates Us | Dance Story


605 Company | Josh Martin (Vancouver)
Graham McKelvie (Calgary)
Jacinte Armstrong (Halifax)

October 28 - 9PM, 29 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Leftovers
The Distance that Separates Us
Dance Story

October 28 (FRI), 9:00 PM
October 29 (SAT), 7:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 29


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Leftovers

Company 605 | Josh Martin
Vancouver

...But this is more than just weird virtuosity; Martin gives shape to the subconscious conflict between action and thought, and between past and present.
— Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen

Performed by Company 605 Co-Artistic Director Josh Martin, this solitary dance began as an investigation surrounding an idea that the body holds a separate memory bank. Muscle tissue, bones, tendons and organs all storing their own accounts of past events, actions and trauma, with this collected information not readily shared or easily accessed by the mind. The process has been an exploration of how to consistently find, enter, and move through different states and sensations. In a constant effort to disconnect movement from thought, the dance is an attempt to externalize the inner moments of body recall, and an expansion of what gets churned up in the retrieval.

Leftovers was the winner of the 2014 Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, where it received 1st Prize for Choreography and 2nd Prize for Performance.


The Distance that Separates Us

Graham McKelvie
Calgary

The Distance that Separates Us explores how we are increasingly connected yet find ourselves paradoxically more lonely. We are progressively more connected through all kinds of social media. Yet, can the impersonal, time independent, safely distant web, replace the intimate, immediate, ineffable experience of living life in person? 


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Dance Story

Jacinte Armstrong
Halifax

This new solo for Halifax-based dancer Jacinte Armstrong is a ‘dance story’ by B.C.-based choreographer Sarah Chase. Chase’s works have earned her national and international acclaim for intricately weaving together storytelling and complex gestural movement patterns. Armstrong’s unique and quirky presence will bring to life this lyrical, mathematical new work.

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Cabarets


Urban Culture Cabaret
Physical Therapy Cabaret
Cabaret of Flamenco Experiments

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Cabarets


Urban Culture Cabaret
Physical Therapy Cabaret
Cabaret of Flamenco Experiments

Urban Culture Cabaret

October 18 (TUE), 8:30pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage | $15

Doors Open at 8:00 PM

Gill Co & Guests

A Slam Performance Spoken Word Lovechild Take 2. Urban Culture Cabaret is back promising a blistering set of wordplay, physical prowess, rhythmic jousting, and musical acupuncture, that will play with all your senses. Experience powerful performances from the innermost circles of YYC urban culture, including Calgary poets, dancers, and musicians. Curated by Gill Co, you will be moved and inspired by the next wave of #yyccreativity. Passionate urban culture, poetry, and performance enthusiasts rejoice.

Physical Therapy Cabaret

October 21 (FRI), 10:00 PM
October 22 (SAT), 10:00 PM
DJD Community Living Room |
$15

Calgary Artists & National Guests
Emceed by Allison Zwozdesky

Gloriously bound by a small space and unlimited imagination, the Physical Therapy Cabaret invites Calgary artists and national guests to share whimsical and irreverent performance. This is a not-to-be missed night of tiny stage spectacle and controlled chaos that you can’t prepare for, where audiences can expect the unexpected. Pull up a chair in our festival lounge for a cocktail of physical surprise.

Feature Artists:
Ralph Escamillan
Richard Lee
Judith Mendelsohn
Chenise Mitchell
Oriana Pagnotta
Lin Snelling
Linnea Swan
Pam Tzeng
Jeannie Vandekerkhove
Alicia Ward

Cabaret of Flamenco Experiments

October 27 (THU), 8:30 PM
October 28 (FRI), 10:00 PM
DJD Community Living Room | $15

Terracciano, Allard, Graja, Dadge,
Maruk & Guests

This is flamenco, plus everything else. Here, flamenco connects to its improvisational roots. Dancers Myriam Allard (Montreal) and Rosanna Terracciano (Calgary) perform together with flamenco singer Hedi Graja (Montreal), improviser/multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Calgary), video artist Bryce Maruk (Calgary) and guests.

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Fluid at Noon: This is Flamenco


Rosanna Terracciano | Calgary

October 19 - Noon
ProArts Cathedral Church  | Free

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Fluid at Noon: This is Flamenco


Rosanna Terracciano | Calgary

October 19 - Noon
ProArts Cathedral Church  | Free

This is Flamenco (The Sometimes-You-Can't-Find-a-Flamenco-Singer-When-You-Need-One Edition)

Rosanna Terracciano
Calgary

Co-presented by Fluid Festival & ProArts@Noon Concert Series

October 19 (WED), 12:00 PM
ProArts Cathedral Church | FREE

Artist Talk, Post-Show

There are only a few people in Canada who experiment with flamenco the way Terracciano does...
— Cadence Mandybura, FFWD

Rosanna Terracciano initiated the This is Flamenco series in 2012, to share the powerful trinity of flamenco song, guitar and dance with Calgary audiences. Sometimes that distance between Spain and Calgary can prove challenging, and so this edition sees Rosanna channelling the masters of traditional flamenco song using only locally sourced musical resources.

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Happenings


Getting to Know You(Tube) Dance Party
Tzavta Cultural Salon & Dinner
Receptions & Community Gatherings

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Happenings


Getting to Know You(Tube) Dance Party
Tzavta Cultural Salon & Dinner
Receptions & Community Gatherings

Tzavta Cultural Salon and Dinner
with Lisbeth Gruwez (Belgium)

October 12 (WED), 6:00 -8:30 PM
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery | Tickets & Details Soon!


‘Tzavta’: Hebrew for the act of sitting together.
Curated conversation about art and substance.

“Tzavta” is  Sidewalk Citizen Bakery monthly cultural dinner salon hosting, curators, animators, writers, installers, artists and scientists – the people behind the scenes. The inspiration is (of course) bread: seemingly simple yet inherently complex requiring skill, diligence and dedication to make.

Join us for an intimate, lively talk, devoid of encouraging advice about life but filled with information, stories and an open discussion where one is free to ask and learn. The conversation is preceded by dinner create in honour of speakers and based on their inspiration, heritage or passion.

Getting to Know You(Tube) Dance Edition
& Fluid Fest Wrap UP Party with DJ Goodword

October 29 (SAT), 10:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | FREE


Presentations begin at 10:00pm. 
Fluid Fest closing celebrations to follow!

Getting to Know You(Tube) brings people together for an evening of watching and hearing about YouTube videos chosen by three presenters. It's a chance to share and present on something that they’ve been curiously thinking or dreaming about in a format that we're all guilty of indulging in—who hasn't gone down an infinite YouTube rabbit hole?

Embracing the theme ‘Are you Dance Curious?’, feature You(Tube)-ers Tyler Longmire, Tet Millare and Jacquie Gallos Aquines will teach an assortment of dance using You(Tube) Videos. Non-dancers sharing moves with dancers and general public. Get ready to dance!

Getting to Know You(Tube) was originally founded and run by Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom (2011-2015) in Portland, OR. Getting to Know You(Tube) Calgary is facilitated and organized by Kevin Jesuino.


RECEPTIONS & GATHERINGS


PECHAKUCHA
RECEPTION

October 13 (THUR), 9:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | FREE

FLUID FEST OPENING RECEPTION

October 14 (FRI), 9:30 PM
DJD Dance Centre | FREE


FLUID FEST COMMUNITY POTLUCK

October 18 (WEDS), 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Metro Vino | Fluid Fest Artists & Community

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MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

October 20 (THUR), 8:30 PM
DJD Dance Centre | FREE

Hosted by Fluid Fest & Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

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PechaKucha Night Calgary #27


October 13 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $10

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PechaKucha Night Calgary #27


October 13 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $10

Co-presented by Fluid Festival & PechaKucha Calgary

October 13 (THU), 7:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $10

Ticket Release - September 2016


Calgary’s hottest speaker series invite 10 subversive speakers to topple ideas you thought you had and re-frame them before your eyes. Armed with 20 images, each for 20 seconds, these business and creative outsiders will delight as they recount how they’ve disrupted the norms around them.
 

ABOUT PECHAKUCHA

Devised in Tokyo in 2003, PechaKucha Night are now taking place in over 450 cities around the world. Drawing their name from the Japanese term from the sound of "chit chat". PechaKucha Nights are based on a simple presentation format: speakers present 20 slides each, for only 20 seconds per slide. It's a format that makes presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

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Workshops


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Workshops


CONNECTING ARTISTS & EXCHANGING PRACTICE

Technique Classes (1.5 - 2 hrs) 
$15 Drop-In, cash only

Creative Practice with Lisbeth Gruwez
Oct 12, 1:30-4:30pm

$45 Drop-In, $36 Pre-Registered
To pre-register e-mail: makeshiftprojectyyc@gmail.com

Technique, Improvisation & Choreography with Myriam Allard
Oct 29, 3:00-4:30pm

$40. Pre-registration required.
To pre-register e-mail: pam@springboardperformance.com

 Detailed workshop description and artist bio available in calendar below.

Fluid Fest Workshops are presented with our partners:
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
University of Calgary School of Performing Arts
Make Shift Dance Project

Workshop Locations:
DJD Dance Centre | 111 - 12 Ave SE.
University of Calgary | 2500 University Dr NW.
Free House Dance Plus | 2020 12 Ave NW.