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Fluid Festival 2015 Lineup


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Fluid Festival 2015 Lineup


The idea of sharing is older than the concept of accumulating. When we share we connect and when we connect we share our imaginations, hopes and dreams. So we at Springboard Performance are sharing with the good people of Calgary the 10th annual Fluid Festival, featuring a brilliant wave of art from a lineup of dance and performing artists hailing from around world and across Canada. Our imagination, hopes and dreams are tied up in delivering the Fluid Festival - two weeks of live performances, music, workshops, talks, and installations —moving and activating the people of Calgary with art for our times.

The Fluid Festival celebrates a vast vibrant spectrum of what dance can be, and serves as a space for dialogue and exchange that fosters curiosity and connection. From morning workshops and afternoon artist talks to evening main stage shows and site-specific collaborations that flow into Alberta artist showcases, and late-night performances - Fluid Festival is an inexhaustible immersive forum of new forms and brings forth new feelings for these experiences.

Internationally celebrated Hofesh Shechter Company returns to the festival with a sinuously powerful dance; Flip FabriQue surprises with an outrageous gravity defying family friendly contemporary circus; and clever wordplay meets dance play with Fujiwara Dance inventions in an adaptation of Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Christian Bok’s celebrated poem EUNOIA; key Canadian artists draw our attention to the water ways that connect our country; national artists astound with vibrant creations; local artists connect words and movement in fun and novel ways; and local artists bring their distinct creative perspectives to the stage.

Art is fluid. It evolves. It captures our fluid state of being in this world.Art and performance show us what matters, an adventure with unexpected turns - it lends us hope, dignifies sorrow, expands our horizons, helps us to understand ourselves, rebalances us, and makes us appreciate the familiar anew and make the unfamiliar oh so compelling. Interpretation is Fluid. Our state of being is Fluid. Be a part of the Fluid exchange @ the Fluid Festival. We are the Fluid folks!

Thank you.
Nicole Mion
Artistic Director & Curator Fluid Movement Arts Festival

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Tickets & Information


October 14 - 25

Tickets & Information


October 14 - 25

Join us for the 10th Anniversary of our Fluid Festival!

Artists

Hofesh Shechter Company - Barbarians (England)
Co-Presented with The Banff Centre

Flip FabriQue - CATCH ME!
Co-presented with Y Stage Theatre Series, Springboard Performance's Fluid Movement Arts Festival and Theatre Junction 

Fujiwara Dance Inventions - Eunoia (Toronto)

Manuel Roque Danse Contemporaine (Montreal)
Helen Husak Dance (Calgary)
Urban Culture Cabaret
Body Politic Cabaret
+ More Local Artists


Fluid Movement Festival

Give people what they don’t know they want yet.
- Diana Vreeland

Dancing is discovery, discovery, discovery. Your donation here will help us bring in the awesome international contemporary dance company we will host in Calgary and Banff for this year’s festival in October.

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Body Politic Cabaret


October 14, 19 - 7p

Body Politic Cabaret


October 14, 19 - 7p

Body Politic Cabaret | $20

Royal Canadian Legion
October 14, 19 - 7p

Body Politic Cabaret (formerly known as Physical Therapy Cabaret) In honour of our Canadian Federal election, invited artists and creative thinkers take on the political system with curator and masterful ringleader, Mark Ikeda.

Break through the absurdity of the political process with performance designed to stretch the imagination and transform the audience.

A Fluid Festival crowd favourite, the Physical Therapy Cabaret, gets political! Who better than Artists to critique the political process, and hold folks responsible for their words and actions?

We're storming The Royal Canadian Legion to see dance and movement critique our political system.

How does a Marxist dance? What are the movement patterns of the Left and Right wing? Can you structure a ballet of Anarchy?

This ain't no tea party! {The bar is open}

VOTE-this is our time.

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A Weird Kind of Openness


October 15, 17 9:30p

Double Bill:
Dreaded Delirium
Footnotes

A Weird Kind of Openness


October 15, 17 9:30p

Double Bill:
Dreaded Delirium
Footnotes

Midnight Yoga for Alcoholics + Beautiful Young Artists Collective | Mark Hopkins & Serenella Sol

A Weird Kind of Openness

Big Secret Theatre
October 15, 17 9:30p

Double Bill

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 15

Dreaded Delirium

First off grab a back porch gut-bucket of blues with snake tongued slide guitar, blended with the modern cadences of incisive spoken word that tastes like the city. If you add four Beautiful Young Artists to the mix you have a night out on the town you ain’t going forget. If this performance featuring Midnight Yoga for Alcoholics doesn’t start a revolution, there isn’t going to be one.


Footnotes

"Everything that is said is said underneath".*

Lights down, curtains up, spotlight. When the show begins, everything else fades away: the audience, the backstage crew, the outside world. But in the theatre - just like the grocery store, the citizenship ceremony, the critical essay or the bedroom - the situation's truth is written in the margins. In this original performance, Mark Hopkins (Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre) and Serenella Sol dig into the unseen, undocumented and unacknowledged.**

Special thanks to W&M Physical Theatre, Jenny Boully and Patrick Stewart.

* From The Body: An Essay by Jenny Boully
** What the f**k is this supposed to mean?




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Urban Culture Cabaret


Urban Culture Cabaret
October 15 7:30p, October 16 9:30p

Urban Culture Cabaret


Urban Culture Cabaret
October 15 7:30p, October 16 9:30p

Urban Culture Cabaret - Performance Slam | $20

Big Secret Theatre
October 15 7:30p, October 16 9:30p

A Slam Performance Spoken Word Lovechild.

Promising a blistering set of urban culture wordplay, physical prowess, rhythmic jousting, and musical acupuncture, that will play with all your senses.

Featuring Pulse Studios, Calgary’s 2015 Slam Poet Team, Micah Stone, Tony Tran, Gill Co, Jason Owin F. Galeos and numerous other artists from the Urban Culture community.

Experience powerful performances from the innermost circles of Calgary poets, dancers, and musicians. You will be moved and inspired. What is the Urban Culture of Calgary? Multi-talented, fluidly adaptable, the next wave of #yyccreativity.

Passionate urban culture, poetry, and performance enthusiasts rejoice.  

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The Songs of Crime Does Not Pay: A Concert Performance


Demeanor, Rhymer, Downstage | Calgary
October 16 7:30p

The Songs of Crime Does Not Pay: A Concert Performance


Demeanor, Rhymer, Downstage | Calgary
October 16 7:30p

Demeanor, Rhymer, Downstage | Calgary

The Songs of Crime Does Not Pay: A Concert Performance | $25

Big Secret Theatre
October 16 7:30p

Hear the songs that tell the story: be dazzled, delighted, provoked, frightened and implicated.

Award-winning Calgary composer David Rhymer and musician & Calgary Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor are collaborating with Calgary theatre company Downstage to create a musical and theatrical exploration of the glorification of crime, proliferation of violence in the media, the nature of censorship and the responsibility of artistic creation.

This new musical, set to premiere in 2017, is inspired by the 1940s comic book Crime Does Not Pay that depicted an astonishing array of offences in lurid detail under the guise of morality tales about supposedly true crime exploits – with the bizarre twist of cartoonist Bob Wood committing a murder much like the characters of his nightmarish creation.

Rhymer, Demeanor and musical guests will share the full slate of songs from this new musical in a special, one-night-only concert performance that's not to be missed!

“Jealousy flirting with fire
Avarice making a fortune
Everything coming up green
Everything coming up corpses!”
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EUNOIA


Fujiwara Dance Inventions | Bok
Theatre Junction GRAND, October 16, 17 - 8pm

EUNOIA


Fujiwara Dance Inventions | Bok
Theatre Junction GRAND, October 16, 17 - 8pm

Fujiwara Dance Inventions | Toronto

EUNOIA | $44 / $20 (student)

Theatre Junction GRAND, October 16- 17 | 8pm

 

Artist Talk
Pre-Show 7:30pm
October 16 & 17

Fusing words and movement, acclaimed choreographer Denise Fujiwara brings together leading dance artists for a compelling production based on the witty and eccentric Griffin-winning “univocalic” work by poet Christian Bök. Poetry becomes motion as a writer’s profound constraint is transformed into movement in this Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated production.

Eunoia is Greek for ‘beautiful thinking’. In Bök’s Eunoia, each chapter is constrained to the use of a single vowel and despite this, he is able to create oddly fascinating worlds. With exacting precision, Fujiwara adapts these formal rules into her own dance and allows them to transform her choreography. The result is a witty and absorbing monument to human expression.  

Eunoia is one of the best dance events of the season. Clever, witty, engrossing.
— Paul Citron, dance critic at the Globe & Mail
 
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Stunning Ancient Time Warpers


Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary) | Serge Bennathan (Vancouver)
October 17 & 18, 7:30p

Stunning Ancient Time Warpers


Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary) | Serge Bennathan (Vancouver)
October 17 & 18, 7:30p

Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary) | Serge Bennathan (Vancouver)

Stunning Ancient Time Warpers | $25

Big Secret Theatre
October 17 & 18, 7:30p

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 17

Reflections on art, beauty, and lives lived in the arts.

Double Bill:

Supercharged

Tour de Force Artists unite for two nights. Expect high energy. Word-&-Soul-Play that promises to stimulate the spirit and senses. Experience a powerful performance where old wave meets new #yyccreativity.

Let's do the Time Warp of Fierce Duende - Together.

By Sheri-D Wilson & Michèle Moss 

with Audrey Lane Cockett, Lin Elder, Géorgelaine Milot, and Sabrina "Naz" Comanescu


Just Words  (Excerpt of work-in-progress)

Les Production Figlio | Serge Bennathan (Vancouver)

A work about a life in dance, and the dance of life - a tale about dance viewed from the wings.

Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words sketches a portrait in words and movement of both the profound and happy characteristics that shape an artistic life.

Writer and choreographer Serge Bennathan  confronts the reality of becoming an 'artistic orphan', a challenge that every artist faces as important people and influential mentors in their lives disappear. Bennathan's poetry interweaves with Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell's powerfully physicality, inviting us to reflect on the essence of beauty.

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Data


Manuel Roque Danse Contemporaine | Montreal
October 20, 21 | 7:30 pm

Data


Manuel Roque Danse Contemporaine | Montreal
October 20, 21 | 7:30 pm

Manuel Roque | Montreal

DATA | $25

Vertigo Studio Theatre, October 20, 21 | 7:30pm

A rising star on the Montreal scene. Manuel Roque tells the story of humanity in a stunning physical performance that is profoundly moving. An exceptional dancer, an astounding work. 

Resonant with emotion, imaginary landscapes, and dynamic range, Roque delivers an impressive and touching piece performed to the music of Faure’s Requiem (attengue on e). Even the tiniest bone or joint, the smallest particle of skin, is rich with life that radiates elements of the universe. A profound exploration of the territories of the body.

A work as grotesque as sublime, an admirably mature solo.
— Christian St Pierre, Le Devoir

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 21


 
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On Foot & Polyhedron


Danny Nielsen | Catherine Hayward & Shayne Johnson
October 20, 21 - 9:30p

On Foot & Polyhedron


Danny Nielsen | Catherine Hayward & Shayne Johnson
October 20, 21 - 9:30p

On Foot & Polyhedron - Double Bill | $25

Vertigo Studio
October 20, 21 - 9:30p

Double Bill

On Foot

Danny Nielsen is one of Canada's brightest rising tap talents. He has performed in Europe, South America, and all over the Canada and United States. Accompanied by live music, Danny showcases tap dance as a percussive and musical art form as he melds with with the band. Playing an array of jazz tunes from swing to hard bop, this performance promises to leave you mesmerized. 



Polyhedron

Catherine Hayward and Shayne Johnson share their take on tap with an unconventional approach to the form. Voiceless creatures, speaking with sound. Broken rhythms and twisted figures. A duet of disguised conversation that leads the pair to an altered state.

 
 
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Six Years Later & The Hill


Roy Assaf | Israel
October 22, 23 -  8p

Six Years Later & The Hill


Roy Assaf | Israel
October 22, 23 -  8p

Roy Assaf | Israel

Six Years Later & The Hill | $44

Vertigo Playhouse
October 22, 23 -  8p

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 22

Six Years Later

What event preceded this encounter six years later.

Knowing that a certain past eventually caused the new encounter, moving between the obvious present and the presumed past.

We don’t know if they met, or loved, or if there will be more encounters. We don’t know if these six years were important in their lives or the reason that they separated.

We can understand what happened during the six years preceding this moment only by looking at what separated us.

A quiet meeting, embarrassing, hushed, perhaps we remember each other, maybe we are trying to prove that these six years were not in vain.

It’s impossible for a person to know about these images unless he creates them.

While their gestures are passing in front of your eyes, each flicker of movement will either confirm what we thought or shatter our assumptions.

This is a duet about past and present, they listen to one another, firmly bonded to each other , like an inevitable love story.


The Hill

Water borne erosion debris, mounting pressure, accumulations of soil or sand….a hill is born.

A man climbs upon a hill of earth, he stands at the top, and something makes him think that he is standing on holy ground.

People, men to be exact, inexplicably involved in periodic struggles over this mound of earth. By their actions, they validate the significance of this hill for themselves, even enduring anger, curses and blind faith.

Songs will be sung, dances will be danced to affirm their faith and ensure it will live on forever.

The three men on the hill… One cannot tell for what purpose they were positioned there or by whom. And their dance, in a constant circular movement, demonstrates a loop of absurdity, a cycle of fear and masculinity of sorts, evoking laughter, terror and tears. Their movements demonstrates the essence of occupation, soldiers with chests puffed out with conviction. Intoxicated by a sense of self importance, they are fighting to the sounds of heroic anthems glorifying the past, during the battle celebrations they are mechanical, as though under a curse. A type of ritual ghost dance, a festive circle of camaraderie executed in perfect yet disturbing coordination.

Will they finally realize that the hill is only a figment of their imagination?

Uniforms ripped, revelations shattered, the three heroes crash in order for a broken fragment to flutter on the edge: The hill is a deception.

It couldn’t be conquered, yet it also couldn’t be abandoned. From that moment that they reached the summit, they were destined to stay forever, against their will; together in partnership. And now they have no one else, except each other... suddenly they yearn for softness, tickling, laughter and fraternity… their struggle to reach the summit has ended and the men sing to the hill, but the hill is deaf. And they dance in honor of the quivering hill, while it is laughing an underground laugh, water borne erosion debris, mounting pressure, accumulations of soil or sand… a hill is born.

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Solo (2)


Helen Husak Dance | Calgary
October 22, 23 - 7:30pm

Solo (2)


Helen Husak Dance | Calgary
October 22, 23 - 7:30pm

Helen Husak | Calgary

Solo (2) | $25

Vertigo Studio
October 22, 23 -  7:30p

Artist Talk
Post-Show
October 23

SOLO (2) features two new solo works by choreographer Helen Husak, both oriented toward the darkness and beauty of humanity, one focusing on the performer's psychological environment and the other zeroing in on our natural surroundings.

MISE EN ABYME, created with performer Kate Stashko, takes inspiration from eastern European nesting dolls and the work of M.C. Escher to explore ideas of infinity, femininity and confinement.

STASIS, a collaborative exchange between installation artist Peter von Tiesenhausen and performer Helen Husak, inhabits the power and vulnerability of the wild, where vast spaces continuously become smaller and smaller microcosms of themselves.

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Catch Me


Flip FabriQue | Quebec City
October 23, 7pm. October 24, 1pm, 7pm. October 25, 1pm, 3:30pm.

Catch Me


Flip FabriQue | Quebec City
October 23, 7pm. October 24, 1pm, 7pm. October 25, 1pm, 3:30pm.

Flip FabriQue | Quebec City

CATCH ME | $30

Co-presented with Y Stage Theatre Series, Springboard Performance's Fluid Movement Arts Festival and Theatre Junction GRAND

Theatre Junction GRAND

October 23, 7pm. October 24, 1pm, 7pm. October 25, 1pm, 3:30pm.

Post-Show Artist Talk every performance!

You will say WOW out loud! 

One of the most thrilling and heart pounding contemporary circus shows around. Fearless, fast paced athleticism that takes physical showmanship to new heights. A high flying Canadian contemporary circus with street smarts that blends theatre, movement, and thrilling acrobatics, with brilliant inventiveness. An awesome family friendly event!

Hoops twirl, diablos whirl, and acrobats soar - all in a days work and play for Flip FabriQue. Fun, funny, and fresh faced, the nouveau circus crew take athleticism and showmanship to new heights in Catch Me. In an exploration of happiness, this giggle-and-gasp-inducing gang packs all the joy of a summer's day into only 75 minutes. From bouncing off balance beams, scaling a trampoline wall, ferocious spinning hoolahoops, great music, mind boggling juggling, and a popsicle eating contest, these cool kids of circus dare you to catch them this fall - before they bounce out of town.

A smile generator with the ability to enchant children and adults alike. A must see
— Huffington Post & NYC critics pick.
 
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Barbarians


Hofesh Shechter Company | UK
Co-Presented with The Banff Centre

 October 24, 7:30p

Barbarians


Hofesh Shechter Company | UK
Co-Presented with The Banff Centre

 October 24, 7:30p

Hofesh Shechter Company | UK

BARBARIANS

$40 / $20 (student)

Reception
Post-Show
October24

**OVERNIGHT OFFER**

Two tickets to Hofesh Shechter Company’s Barbarians, accommodation and breakfast for two from $229 plus taxes and fees based on double occupancy.

To book call 1.800.884.7574 or 403.762.6308

Eric Harvie Theatre, The Banff Centre,
October 24 7:30 pm

Co-presented by the Fluid Festival & the Banff Centre

In 2009 Hofesh Shechter wowed Calgary audiences with “Uprising” and “In Your Rooms.” Now this British-Israeli choreographer and musician returns to set the Fluid Festival stage ablaze with furious dance, explosive music and virtuosic performances. The infinitely unpredictable Shechter presents three wildly different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love. A truly contemporary confession set to an ecclesiastic baroque score, inspires a sparse world in which dancers move with mathematical passion and precision. A percussive score drives a fluid, urban movement score, inspired by groove and darkness, and a new duet is flavoured with the quirky and unique performance styles of each dancer. BARBARIANS is an extraordinarily elegant and intimate offering from one of the world’s most sought after choreographers.

Hofesh Shechter is renowned for fearless “zeitgeisty, gutsy dance” (The Melbourne Age), for expanding the boundaries of the art form, and for shapes that sear into your mind.

superb stuff: juicy, nervy ensembles and a wittily unsettling commentary.
— The Guardian
 
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Festival Events & Workshops


Festival Events & Workshops


Fluid At Noon

October 21 | Pro Arts | Cathedral Church

Fluid at Noon, a glimpse into the Fluid Fest
ProArts co-present with the Fluid Festival

Iitahpoyii

Troy Emery Twigg in collaboration with dancer Justin Many Fingers

Vibrations are felt and transmitted in very ancient forms of communication from earth to universe and back again...from heart to soul through body and earth...it is all embraced energy, reformed and sent out again. Troy and Justin embark on a journey to rediscover knowledge that forms their existence as Blackfoot Peoples. 

A Necessary Fable

Choreographed & Performed by Kayla Henry

Kayla Henry is a professional contemporary dance artist that is deeply drawn to the truth. The revealing of the dominator culture, the shifting of authority, the discovery of ancestral history, and the empowering of the human image. She’s dedicated to revealing lies, to encouraging questions and to finding beauty within chaos. 


Connecting Communities Dance Service

A meeting of minds.
A conversation of possibilities.
Meet your community.
Make change together.

Join us to reflect on our current Alberta Dance landscape and the contextual shifts in the local and provincial dance territory, with a focus on how to ensure that artists and the cultural community thrive and continue to nurture thought provoking contemporary art in Calgary, the province, and the country.

Time to meet, connect, discuss, debate, learn, inspire, and drink wine. TOGETHER. Alberta Dance Alliance, Canadian Dance Assembly, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, CADA/ West, and Springboard Performance will provide snacks, workshop materials and engaging, thought-provoking questions. These organizations have worked together to plan the days’ events and will all be in attendance.

Community Discussion

Get to know your service organization near you

10am-Noon
Vertigo Theatre Lobby

Speed Dating/Networking

Starts 5:00pm
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Alberta Showcase | Choreographic Lift

Vertigo Studio Theatre October 21 - 3:30-5:00pm

A showcase celebrating our unique creative micro-climate and the distinct choreographers and artists that call Alberta home.

Dario Charles, Kimberley Cooper, Gessuri Gaitan, Jill Henis, Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Nyquist-Shultz, Krista Posniak, Pamela Tzeng, Larissa Swayze 

Orographic Lift

The region surrounding the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is notable for having the highest frequency of hail in Canada, which is caused by orographic lifting from the nearby Rocky Mountains. This micro-climate is unique and the only one of its kind across the country. Nestled within this same corridor is professional dance in Alberta, rife with creativity and entrepreneurial prowess while facing distinct challenges that set it apart from other major centres. 


Body Of Water: Creative Exchange

September 26 & 27 2:00pm | Alberta Culture Days

Water is personal. Water is political. Water is essential.
Water has always connected this country. 

Water is personal. Water is political. Water is essential. Water has always connected this country. Three distinct water systems and communities paired with artists Wojciech Mochniej (Calgary), Anne Troake (St. John’s), Aimée Dawn Robinson (Whitehorse). An accumulation of experience, questions, histories, debate through the body, performance, film, and dance.

The Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse), Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival (Calgary), and Neighbourhood Dance Works’ Festival of New Dance (St John’s), through CanDance Network’s Creative Exchange program, join forces to plunge in to our water systems. Throughout this cross-country process, the Body of Water project acknowledges all Nations who care, and cared for, the land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded). 


Workshops

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Fluid Festival 2015 Schedule


Fluid Festival 2015 Schedule