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Fluid Fest 2017


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Fluid Fest 2017


Fluid Fest October 18 - 28, 2017

 
 

Embrace Experience

BE MOVED. BE CURIOUS. BE FLUID. Fluid Movement Arts Festival brings artists and audiences together to stir the city with contemporary art, dance and physical performance. For two weeks celebrate outstanding performance and the vast spectrum of what dance can be. Featuring extraordinary local, national and international artists, Fluid Fest ignites the city with performances, workshops, artist talks and happenings to inspire and connect.

Ticket and show information below.
Visit our online box office
or call 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. 4 Shows. $100

Used any way you want. Want 4 people to see one show? Perfect! 2 date nights, Yes! See 2 shows by yourself, and one with a friend? Definitely. You design your experience.

Fluid Festival Pass | $120

A special pass for the dance and live performance enthusiast. Enjoy all the regularly ticketed shows that Fluid has to offer

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 20% off your order.

Be part of the Movement


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Thus Spoke...


Frédérick Gravel & Étienne Lepage (Montreal)

October, 18 - 21 - 8:00PM
Theatre Junction Grand | $20-40

Co-Presented with Theatre Junction Grand

Thus Spoke...


Frédérick Gravel & Étienne Lepage (Montreal)

October, 18 - 21 - 8:00PM
Theatre Junction Grand | $20-40

Co-Presented with Theatre Junction Grand

Thus Spoke...
Frédérick Gravel & Étienne Lepage (Montreal)

Co-Presented with Theatre Junction Grand

Oct 18 (Wed), 8:00PM
Oct 19 (Thu), 8:00PM

Oct 20 (Fri), 8:00PM
Oct 21 (Sat), 8:00PM
Theatre Junction Grand | $20-$40

Rock’n’roll collides with philosophy in this irresistible show
— The List UK

 

Thus Spoke… is an electrifying piece of existential pop from two of Montreal’s most celebrated artists. Challenging the status quo, brilliant writer, Étienne Lepage and rock star of Canadian contemporary dance, Frédérick Gravel defy the conventions of both theatre and dance. It is a magnificently playful antidote to misery and apathy. From Nietzsche to Hendrix, Thus Spoke… shifts from scathing diatribe to rock and roll polemic in the most philosophically charming show you’ll see.

*contains sexual scenes and references, strong language and political content

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Telemetry


Shay Kuebler, Radical System Art (Vancouver)

Oct 20, 21 - 8:00PM
DJD Dance Centre | $40

Telemetry


Shay Kuebler, Radical System Art (Vancouver)

Oct 20, 21 - 8:00PM
DJD Dance Centre | $40

Telemetry
Shay Kuebler, Radical System Art (Vancouver)
 

Oct 20 (Fri), 8:00 PM
Oct 21 (Sat), 8:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre
  | $40

Telemetry hits a high frequency of movement, sound, and speed.
— Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

Singing the body electric! The human body as antenna, a satellite for sound, energy and memory, translating and transmitting information into a purely kinetic vocabulary – this is the starting point for an explosive new dance creation from Vancouver’s high octane wunderkind Shay Kuebler.

A convulsive synchronicity of bebop, swing, and contemporary dance—and featuring Canadian tap virtuoso Danny Nielsen—Telemetry tunes in to radio sciences and systems to generate a magnetically charged performance from its seemingly indefatigable, hugely versatile company of seven dancers. 

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Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 21

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Prairie Dance Circuit


Nicole Mion (Calgary)
Robin Poitras (Regina)
Brian Webb (Edmonton)

Oct 18, 7PM, Oct 19, 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Prairie Dance Circuit


Nicole Mion (Calgary)
Robin Poitras (Regina)
Brian Webb (Edmonton)

Oct 18, 7PM, Oct 19, 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

prairie dance circuit

October 18 (Wed), 7PM
October 19 (Thu), 9PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Nicole Mion (Calgary), Robin Poitras (Regina) and Brian Webb (Edmonton) each create a new piece for a local performer who intrigues and inspires them. The premise? Anything is possible.
 

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 18


Nicole Mion (Calgary)

Still Moving. Land.
Acknowledgement.

A physical dialogue. Two perspectives acknowledging the sources that feed us. Realized and performed in collaboration with Troy Emery Twigg.

Preserve. Persevere. Or be eaten. 
An excerpted section from I Eat You, a choreographic installation focused on transformation in food and performance.

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Robin Poitras (Regina)

THIS

THIS, a solo work in evolutionary change created for Krista Solheim, began in a previous group work entitled the End of Winter by Edward Poitras and Robin Poitras.

The calving of an iceberg into the ocean, with music rooted in the Russian avant garde THIS, traverses a metaphorical landscape of loss.

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Brian Webb (Edmonton)

Portrait
Portrait reveals Tony Olivares, one of Edmonton’s most dynamic dancers,  as a vulnerable individual who celebrates the
complexities of life through the body as a vessel of memory.

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Double Bill - Yes & Sara Does a Solo


Linnea Swan (Calgary) / Sara Porter (Toronto)

Oct 18 (Wed) 9PM
Oct 19 (Thu) 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Double Bill - Yes & Sara Does a Solo


Linnea Swan (Calgary) / Sara Porter (Toronto)

Oct 18 (Wed) 9PM
Oct 19 (Thu) 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

YES &
Sara does a SOlo

Oct 18 (Wed), 9PM
Oct 19 (Thu), 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Double Bill

Two outspoken female artists speak their minds through humor, story, and movement.  Funny and irreverent dance theatre.

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 18


YES

Linnea Swan
(Calgary)

Relevant, entertaining and skillfully executed, YES is a solo that must be seen far and wide.
— The Dance Current

An electrifying new dance manifesto. YES takes the audience on a wild ride through the turbulent history of Contemporary Dance.

Known for her fearless approach to controversial issues, Linnea Swan unapologetically addresses Yvonne Rainer’s 1965 No Manifesto’s legacy on the current state of contemporary dance, calling out fellow artists on their audience-alienating tendencies with wit and mastery.


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Sara does a Solo

Sara Porter
(Toronto)

Outrageously funny … and brutally vulnerable.
— Scott Charles, The Writer’s Block, San Francisco

Sara does a Solo is being celebrated on both sides of the border, called “soulful”, “urgent” and a “tour de force” by New York presenters. After 25 years writing on the works and lives of other artists, Porter turns her pen on herself to present a collision of dance, storytelling, poetry, stand-up, singing and visual design in an inter-play of fact and fiction, memoir and fantasy, confession and caricature.

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This Duet That We've Already Done (so many times)


Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)

Oct 25, 26 - 8:00PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

This Duet That We've Already Done (so many times)


Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)

Oct 25, 26 - 8:00PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

This Duet That We've Already Done
(so many times) 
Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)

Oct 25  (Wed), 8:00 PM
Oct 26  (Thu), 8:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre
  | $30

[...] Their delicate and rowdy union, enhanced by a matching musical support, speaks all the passion’s rage and fire. Just as sweet as it is rough, this creation is an incandescent beauty.
— Toute la culture (Paris, France)

This Duet is an ode to the contemporary couple, in all its complexity. Hybrid and iconoclastic, at once dramatic and wacky, this dance theatre piece touchingly captures the complex relations of attraction and repulsion that can unite two people. An intentional awkwardness and a troublingly natural game of tiny accidents that transform into multiple arguments, that reconsider our everyday banality. Brianna Lombardo’s fierce sensuality and Fréderick Gravel’s tender clumsiness create an idiosyncratic vibrant performance. Alive with humor, grace, and everyday moments of instinct, this work never ceases to surprise and destabilize.

*contains nudity and sexuality

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Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 26

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Triple Bill - How long can we do this for?/ Submission to Entropy / It Began With Watching


Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton)
Karissa Barry (Vancouver)
kloetzel&co. (Calgary)

October 27, 28 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Triple Bill - How long can we do this for?/ Submission to Entropy / It Began With Watching


Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton)
Karissa Barry (Vancouver)
kloetzel&co. (Calgary)

October 27, 28 - 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

How long can we do this for?,
Submission Entropy & It began with watching

October 27 (FRI), 7:00 PM
October 28 (SAT), 7:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $30

Triple Bill

Idiosyncratic group works by western Canadian movers and shakers

Artist Talk
Post-Show
Oct 27


How long can we do this for?

Good Women Dance Collective
(Edmonton)

This new work is a question of duration. How long can we keep doing something and when does it transform from being ok to not being ok? With sound designer Shawn Pinchbeck, Good Women Dance Collective considers insatiability in the context of society and the body. When is enough enough?

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Submission to Entropy

Karissa Barry
(Vancouver)

Weirdly hilarious...conjuring up Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy cartoons with their angular unison moves
— Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight

 

Entropy is commonly known as a measure of disorder, randomness of a system, or of our lack of information about it. This work is inspired by the human response to change and follows the transformation of two beings that evolve from the discovery and recognition of disorder.


It began with watching

kloetzel&co.
(Calgary)

Through sardonic interactions, blunt physicality, and a brutally humorous text, It began with watching explores the warping of democracy as governments, concentrated wealth, and surveillance technologies join forces. With ‘alternative facts’ and outlandish acts, the puppet master toys with his political minions who enact any whim or fancy he can conjure.

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Dancing Difference


Manyfingers (Calgary) & Solomon (Toronto)
Janz & Colmers (Edmonton)
All Bodies Dance Project (Vancouver)

Oct 27, 7PM, Oct 28, 4PM & 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $20

Co-Presented with Inside Out Theatre

Dancing Difference


Manyfingers (Calgary) & Solomon (Toronto)
Janz & Colmers (Edmonton)
All Bodies Dance Project (Vancouver)

Oct 27, 7PM, Oct 28, 4PM & 7PM
DJD Dance Centre | $20

Co-Presented with Inside Out Theatre

DANCING DIFFERENCE

Co-Presented with Inside Out Theatre

Oct 27 (Fri), 7:00 PM
Oct 28 (Sat), 4:00PM & 7:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | $20

Dancing difference celebrates creative voices from across the country exploring the potential of inclusive performance.

Artist Talk
Post-Show
Oct 28 (Matinee)


What Is Left Of Us

Justin Manyfingers (Calgary)
& Brian Solomon (Toronto)

Two 2 spirited ndns with only two hands between them. A gloriously deranged world of dance, storytelling, and the unexpected things that make you sexy.


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We Regret To Inform You...

Heidi Janz & Eva Colmer
(Edmonton)

In a check-box society that functions by dividing us into neatly-defined categories, where does someone with a strong mind and a weak body fit in? Dr. Heidi Janz - award-winning playwright, accomplished academic, and self-described ‘crip’ – has a curious problem. Despite her obvious physical limitations she is denied financial assistance from government programs because of her “productive” mind. Following Heidi through her everyday life, with all its unique responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges, We Regret to Inform You... offers an unsentimental, and unapologetic, look at what it means to be both “disabled” and “productive”.


See and Be Seen & Verbatim

All Bodies Dance Project
(Vancouver)

All Bodies Dance Project is an inclusive dance company located on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Our work brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore movement as a means of creative expression. In our inclusive dance practice, differences are regarded as a creative strength as we explore the choreographic possibilities of wheelchairs, crutches and canes diverse ways of moving and perceiving. We want to widen the spectrum of who dances and what dance can be.

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Physical Therapy Cabaret


Calgary Artists & National Guests

Oct 27 & 28, 9:30PM

DJD Dance Centre | $20

Physical Therapy Cabaret


Calgary Artists & National Guests

Oct 27 & 28, 9:30PM

DJD Dance Centre | $20

Physical Therapy Cabaret

Oct 27 (FRI), 9:30PM
Oct 28 (SAT), 9:30PM
DJD Community Living Room | $20

Calgary Artists & National Guests

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:
Karissa Barry
Jason Galeos
Terrance Houle
Kaja Irwin
Jessica McCann
Makambe K Simamba
Brian Solomon
Su-Lin Tseng
Allison Zwozdesky

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Fluid Happenings


I EAT YOU / TZVATA
Receptions & Gatherings

Fluid Happenings


I EAT YOU / TZVATA
Receptions & Gatherings

I EAT YOU / TZAVTA
Nicole Mion in collaboration with
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

October 28 (Sat), 5:00PM
St. Louis Hotel



‘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.

 

RECEPTIONS & GATHERINGS


FLUID FEST OPENING RECEPTION

October 20 (FRI), 9:00 PM
DJD Dance Centre | FREE


Canadian Dance Assembly
2017 National Conference -
FROM LAND TO STAGE

October 19 & 20 | 2-Day Registration
Kahanoff Conference Centre

The Canadian Dance Assembly is pleased to host its next National Conference in Calgary from October 19-20 2017 at the Kahanoff Conference Centre. Taking place during the annual Fluid Fest, participants will be able to take in an array of performances alongside conference sessions. We will also be gathering in the beautiful new DJD Dance Centre to raise our glasses and toast colleagues new and old. It will be a pivotal gathering for Prairie activists and equity leaders. 

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