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Fluid Fest


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Fluid Fest


Fluid Fest October 13 - 29, 2016

 
 

Embrace Experience

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.

Ticket and show information below
visit our online box office now
or call 403.265.3230

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Feature Artists:
Audrey Lane
Timothonius Alai & Haven Vanguard
Julian Smith
Tara Wilson
Jared Tobias Herring
Aristotle Nsungani
Tony Tran
Joelle Croteau-Willard
Gill Co
 

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 & Michael Reinhart
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

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

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.

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


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

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 | $35


‘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

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 | $11

TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 10AM.

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. 

Speakers:

  • Bill Coleman - Co-Artistic Director, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
  • Jan Derbyshire - Artistic Director, MoMo Dance Theatre
  • Rosalinda Hernandez - Co-Founder, Red Iron Labs
  • Todd Hirsch - Chief Economist, ATB Financial
  • Christine Johns - Senior Director of Academic & International Strategies, University of Calgary
  • Roger Kingkade - Radio Personality and Startup Founder
  • Rollin Stanley - General Manager of Urban Strategy, City of Calgary
  • Vicki Stroich - Executive Director, Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Zain Velji - Senior Consultant, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hosted by Lori Gibbs.


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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Credits & Biographies


Credits & Biographies


It's Going to Get Worse and Worse and Worse, My Friend

Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez

Duration: 50 minutes
Choreography and Performance:  Lisbeth Gruwez
Composition, Sounddesign & Assistance: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Styling: Veronique Branquinho
Artistic Advisor: Bart Meuleman
Light Design: Harry Cole ; Light Assistant: Caroline Mathieu
Special Thanks to: Tom de Weerdt
Production: Voetvolk vzw

Photo: Luc Depreitere
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Lisbeth Gruwez (°Kortrijk, Belgium 1977) started classical ballet at the age of 6 and in 1991 she was admitted at the ‘Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet' in Antwerp where she could combine a professional dance education with high school. Afterwards she studied contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. .She started her professional career with Ultima Vez, in the Pasolini Project Of Heaven and Hell and Away From Sleeping Dogs with Iztock Kova. Since 1999 Lisbeth Gruwez has been working with Jan Fabre, performing in As Long As the World Needs a Warrior's Soul , followed by Je suis sang, the production for the Cour d'Honneur in Avignon. In 2001 she starred in Pierre Coulibeuf's film Les Guerriers de la beauté about Jan Fabre's work. In 2002 she starred in Images of Affection for Needcompany|Jan Lauwers. A year later Lisbeth worked with Grace Ellen Barkey in Few Things and Cry Me a River by Riina Saastamoinen. Still in 2003 she danced in Foi , which was a production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2004 Jan Fabre created for and with her Quando l'uomo principale è una donna. She also participated in the installation Origine along with Peter Verhelst.


Major Motion Picture

Out Innerspace (Vancouver)

Duration: 65 minutes
Choreographed and performed by David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen in collaboration with Laura Avery, Ralph Escamillan, Elissa Hanson, Arash Khakpour, Renée Sigouin
Lighting Design: James Proudfoot
Video Design and Manipulation: Craig Alfredson, Eric Chad, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen
Costume Design: Kate Burrows, Sherry Randall, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen
Sound Design: Tristan Vloeberghs and Gizem Karaosmanoglu, Kate De Lorme, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen
Music: Tristan Vloeberghs and Gizem Karaosmanoglu, Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, Pulse Percussion Ensemble, Vanalles, Young Gutted, Skeeter Davis
Technical Director: Jeremy Collie-Holmes
Project Mentor: Crystal Pite
Apprentice: Elya Grant

Photo: Wendy D.
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Out Innerspace Dance Theatre is a Vancouver based company dedicated to furthering the development and appreciation of contemporary dance in Canada through the creation of innovative and integral dance works with personal and public significance. Artistic Directors David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen hail from British Columbia but their practice has lead them abroad including a 2 year residency in Belgium before returning to Vancouver to form Out Innerspace. Now OIS tours nationally and leads Modus Operandi a multi-year contemporary dance program for young aspiring professionals. OIS is devoted to movement invention, new technology, dialogue, collaboration, curiosity and risk taking as means to an ever evolving idiom that is both distinct and universally understood. They are determined to push beyond expected aesthetics with uncompromising rigour and unreserved ingenuity to make extraordinary, unforgettable and inclusive dance experiences.


Moi & les Autres (Me & the Others)

La Otra Orilla | Myriam Allard (Montreal)

Duration: 70 minutes
Design, Direction and Choreography: Hedi Graja and Myriam Allard
Music: Caroline Plante
Set design: Hedi Graja
Lighting: Étienne Boucher
Costumes: Marianne Thériault
Rehearsal: Hélène Messier
Sound: Philippe Pelletier
Régie lighting Hugo Ralet
On stage: Myriam Allard, Hedi Graja, Miguel Medina and Caroline Plante

Photo: Lumanessence Photography 2014
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MYRIAM ALLARD - Sensitive to the world of music and dance from very early childhood, Myriam Allard’s life changed when she discovered flamenco. Aged 21, she left her home in Quebec to travel to Spain, where she lived for six years. After intensive training she began dancing professionally at the traditional tablaos flamencos in Spain, Japan, France and Germany. Drawing strength from her rigorous European training and extensive professional experience, Allard’s dance breaks free of the traditional esthetic boundaries to develop an idiom that combines the instinctive and the impulsive with great sensitivity and refinement. She now lives in Montreal, where she founded La Otra Orilla in 2006 with singer and director Hedi Graja. Within this company she has developed a unique choreographic expression and produced 7 different shows that have toured Canada, the US, South America and Great-Britain with much success.

HEDI GRAJA - coartistic director, singer and director
Multidisciplinary artist Hedi Graja was born with one foot on each shore of the Mediterranean, which crucially influenced his artistic identity. initiated into theatre in Paris, then classical singing in Toulouse. He was eventually introduced to flamenco, which would have a pivotal effect. He left for Seville to learn more and flamenco singing became his preferred expressive medium. After spending four years in Andalusia, he completed his studies in art and literature in Paris, where he also continued studying flamenco singing and collaborated as an actor with the theatre company, Le Théâtre du Voyageur. in 2005, he moved to Montréal where he founded company La Otra Orilla with dancer Myriam Allard. Since then, he has developed the company’s visual signature, taking charge of stage direction and design for all their productions. With a strong, fiery bass-baritone voice, rare in flamenco, Hedi Graja’s singing displays the elements of a deep flamenco, anchored and timeless.


Dollhouse

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie | Bill Coleman (Toronto)

Duration: 60 minutes
Choreographer: Bill Coleman
Performers: Bill Coleman/ Gordon Monahan
Lighting designer: Pierre Lavoie
Composer/ sound design: Gordon Monahan
Other acknowledgements: Arrow Jacket created by Edward Poitras.

Photo: Paul Antoine Taillefer
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Bill Coleman is a choreographer and performer and co-artistic director of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. His choreographic work has been presented at the Tramway in Glasgow, New York’s Dance Theatre Workshop, Place Des Arts, Montreal, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Lab Rats | The Moon at Midnight

Lab Rats | Forcier Stage Works | Marie France Forcier (Calgary)

Duration: 30 minutes
Choreographer: Marie France Forcier
Performers: Heather MacPhail, Linnea Swan, Brendan Wyatt
Composer/ sound design: James Bunton

Photo: Walter Lai
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Marie France Forcier draws on her extensive experience as a choreographer and artistic director of Forcier Stage Works in her role of Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Calgary. Her choreography has been commissioned by various venues across North America, Europe and Asia. The bulk of her recent work explores PTSD and its resulting effects on the body.

The Moon at Midnight | Amber Borotsik (Edmonton)

Duration: 50 minutes
Choreographer: Amber Borotsik
Performers: Lin Snelling, Richard Lee, Brooke Leifso, Laura Raboud, Gianna Vacirca, Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Bill Yong, Performer TBA
Lighting designer: Stephanie Bahniuk
Composer/ sound design: Aaron Macr
Co-Creator/Dramaturge: Jesse Gervais

Photo: PK Photography

Originally from rural Manitoba, Amber is an Edmonton based creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, theatre, and contemporary dance practices. All of her work lands somewhere on the dance/theatre continuum, but exactly where changes from piece to piece. It was at the University of Alberta (BFA, Acting) where Amber met her mentor Linda Rubin, who first introduced her to improvisation as a performance practice. To date, Amber has created two full length works (Scythe, Backwater) and numerous shorter works ( Here. Like this.). She has performed, in both theatre and dance, across Canada, the United States and in Japan. in 2015 she received the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in Edmonton, and has been working in integrated and inter-ability dance communities for five years.


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

Leftovers | Company 605 | Josh Martin (Vancouver)

Duration: 18 minutes
Choreography and Performance:  Josh Martin
Lighting Design: Won Kyoon Han
Music: Lightning Bolt / Polmo Polpo
Rehearsal Direction:  Lisa Gelley
Special Thanks: Lee Su-Feh, Justine Chambers, James Proudfoot and Barbara Bourget

Photo: Tim Summers
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Originally from Alberta, Canada, Josh Martin is a diversely trained dance artist with a career-to-date that has led him across North America and Europe, studying and performing in many genres along the way. Josh works primarily as Artistic Co-Director of Company 605 , a Vancouver-based arts organization producing new contemporary dance works in a shared creative process, and often touring across Canada and Internationally. As a performer and collaborator, he has also worked with many contemporary dance companies and independent choreographers such as Amber Funk Barton (the response.), Martha Carter, Day Helesic, Helen Walkley, Gail Lotenberg, Karen Jamieson, Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Vannessa Goodman (The Contingency Plan, Action at a Distance), Wen Wei Wang, and as a past company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham. His solo work has been performed in Vancouver, Moncton, Portland, Seattle, throughout Germany, and recently as part of the National Arts Centre's 2014/15 Season in Ottawa. Off the stage, he serves as Chair for the Artistic Advisory Committee for The Dance Centre in Vancouver, and is Past-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Western Chapter. Josh is the recipient of Vancouver’s 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award - Emerging Dance Category.

The Distance that Separates Us | Graham McKelvie (Calgary)

Duration: 22 minutes
Choreographer: Graham Mckelvie
Performers: Graham Mckelvie, Linnea Swann, the contemporary and professional graduate students of the School of the Alberta Ballet
Composer/Sound Design: John Cage and Phillip Glass

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Graham attended Canada's National Ballet School directly after high school. He continued his training at the school of the Toronto dance theatre, London Contemporary in the U.K. and the Martha Graham school in NYC. He joined the Toronto dance theatre with whom he was a principal dancer for 15 years, performing in the works of David Earle, James Kudelka, Trish Beatty and Christopher House. He was part of the dora award winning "The 4 Horsemen Project". He went on to dance with Coleman et Lemieux et Cie and performed as an independent dancer often in Japan with toru Shimazaki Dance projects. He now teaches at the school of the Alberta Ballet.

Dance Story | Jacinte Armstrong (Halifax)

Duration: 15 mins
Choreographer: Sarah Chase
Performers: Jacinte Armstrong

Photo: Rhonda Baker
jacintearmstrong.com

Jacinte Armstrong is a Halifax-based dance artist who has worked with many collaborators locally and across Canada. She trained at Halifax Dance and went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.

Jacinte co-founded and currently directs SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance. She is also the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio, and performs regularly with Mocean dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians.

She has worked with Cory Bowles, Veronique MacKenzie, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin, Daelik, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Denise Fujiwara, Sarah Chase, Thomas Lehmen (Schreibstuck), Phin Performing Arts, Gwen Noah Dance, Barbara Mavro-Thalassitis, Secret Theatre and more.

Sarah Chase is a B.C.-based, Canadian independent dancer and choreographer. Since 1997 she has been working primarily as a solo dance artist and choreographer, presenting her works on tour across Canada and Europe. She was the recipient of the Jaqueline Lemieux award for excellence in 2004.


Cabarets

Physical Therapy Cabaret

Calgary Artists & National Guests
Emcee: Allison Zwozdesky

Pamela Tzeng

Pam Tzeng is a Calgary based dance artist, performer, choreographer and teacher. Her artistic journey has brought her to train and perform across Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Brazil. Under the creative platform Make Shift Dance Project, Tzeng explores her range as a dance maker and curator. Her choreographies, which span the world of dance theatre and interdisciplinary performance, have been presented in diverse contexts in Canada.

For more info visit: pamtzeng.com
Choreography & Performance: Pam Tzeng

Alicia Ward

Alicia Ward is a multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary who Alicia is fuelled by creating art collaboratively and is thrilled by opportunities to merge her roles as dancer, actor, facilitator and creator. Alicia strives to create art that is instantaneous and uses audience participation.

Choreographer: Alicia Ward
Performers: Alicia Ward and Amanda Ho
Composer/ sound design: Jonathan Molinski

Linnea Swan

In a career spanning over 20 years, Linnea Swan has had the pleasure of working with many of Canada’s leading dance/theatre artists and companies. Her most recent creations include the one­woman show Swan Lake Syndrome, and Roadkill for the DSW Dance Action Lab. Linnea was the 2015 recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance.

Choreographer & Performerr: Linnea Swan

Richard Lee

Richard is an Edmonton-based performer-creator. He worked with Mélanie Demers, Alberta Theatre Projects, Citadel Theatre, Mark Ikeda, Kloetzl&co, Mile Zero Dance, Good Women Dance Collective, Amber Borotsik, Troy Emery Twigg, and Pam Tzeng, among others. His formative training includes a BFA in Acting, contact improvisation, Axis Syllabus, and contemporary dance.

Choreographer & Performer: Richard Lee

Chenise Mitchell

Chenise is a Toronto-based dancer/performer. As a ‘Outstanding Graduate’ of her performing arts high school she developed a drive for entertaining. At Ryerson’s Theatre School she further developed her devotion to collaborative creation and found a love for jazz. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks drew Chenise to Calgary where she attended PTP and now teaches.

Choreographer & Performer: Chenise Mitchell
Poem written and performed by Chenise Mitchell

Ralph Escamillan

Ralph started at age 14, exposing himself to a plethora of dance styles transforming him into a truly versatile performance artist. Graduating from Modus Operandi he is currently working with Out Innerspace Theatre, Co- Erasga Dance, Wen Wei Dance, Company 605 and is now pursuing his own choreographic work.  

Choreographer & Performer: Ralph Escamillan

Oriana Pagnotta

Oriana Pagnotta is a Calgary-based contemporary dance artist. Her choreography includes Fluid Festival 2014 cabaret and ContainR, SURGE Co. (W&M Dance Projects), Annual Alberta Dance Festival (DSW), and Dance Montage (University of Calgary). She is Artistic Director of Dance Montage, Artistic Associate with SURGE Co., and Dance Curator with Ignite! Festival.

Choreographer & Performer: Oriana Pagnotta
Music: “Powered by Steam” by Hangedup

Lin Snelling

Lin Snelling’s performance, writing and teaching is based in the qualities improvisation can offer as it applies to dance, theatre, and somatic practice. She toured the world extensively as a performer with Carbone 14 and has worked with many improvisation ensembles, choreographers and directors. Michael Reinhart, a graduate of The Ontario College of Art, has wide & varied experience in the worlds of interdisciplinary/visual art, music, film & performance, with choreographers, dancers, poets, musicians & directors in Canada, New York & Europe.

Choreographer: Lin Snelling
Performers: Lin Snelling, Michael Reinhart
Composer/ sound design: Michael Reinhart

Urban Culture Cabaret

AUDREY LANE

Audrey Lane is a poet, spoken word artist, arts organizer, gardener, and dreamer.

She is freshly returned from the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency on the Yukon River and a member of Calgary's 2016 Slam Poetry Team. In the daylight hours she works as a park naturalist in Calgary.

Her work reflects her passion for wildness outside and in.
Themes of mental health awareness, gender equality, sunshine and wordplay often percolate into her poems. She has competed and performed nationally and internationally and loves performing in festivals and events that push the edges of art forward.

During her travels she has followed poetry into countless cafes, bar basements, riverbanks, street corners, theatres, and community halls. She has not once regretted it.

Audrey Lane believes art is an avenue for strengthening community, education, and connection to place. She is invested in exploring poetry and its intersections with other art forms, learning, healing, and change.

ARISTOTLE NSUNGANI

An artist with a vision, Aristotle Ngandu Nsungani is passionate about expression in many forms. A choreographer and a teacher, he has been dancing professionally for 8 years - currently teaching house, Afro beat and hip hop classes at Pulse Studios and after school programs for Global Fest. Immersed in his love for music, he is also the founder of More Up, an independent music label. He is also known in the community as Amauri - a singer, emcee and producer. Aristotle dreams to take his passion of teaching across the world.

JOELLE CROTEAU-WILLARD

CO-HOST

GILL CO

HOST & CO-PRODUCER
CO-OWNER/FOUNDER PULSE STUDIOS

TIMOTHONIUS ALAI & HAVEN VANGUARD

HAVEN Vanguard - The pioneers behind the sound of Calgary's music collective, HAVEN YYC. The ensemble consists of keyboardist Timothonius Alai, bassist Maxwell Mcfadyen, and drummer Nathaniel Chiang. With a contemporary fusion of Neo-Soul, Gospel, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Jazz at their command, the Vanguard delivers an unforgettable experience centered around a spirit of pure improvisation.

TARA WILSON

Tara Wilson is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Trained first as a contemporary dancer, Tara holds a degree in dance from the University of Calgary. For the past 15 years she has also focused on Hip Hop dance and has become an important part of the hip hop community in Calgary. She has traveled throughout the United States and Europe in order to continue to develop her skills and hone her craft both as a dance artist and choreographer. Recently Tara has presented work for the Alberta Dance Festival, W & M Dance Theater, University of Calgary and will be part of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ upcoming season. Of interest to Tara is the interplay between contemporary approaches to dance creation fused with Hip Hop aesthetics. Her work is inspired by the many influences she has acquired throughout her dance practice: from Contemporary to Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, and Locking. As a co-owner and creative director of Pulse Studios, Tara is excited to share her passion for Hip Hop and to contribute to the cultural landscape of Calgary’s dance scene.

JARED TOBIAS HERRING

Jared Tobias Herring
Performing tonight as “Tobias”

Born and raised in Calgary, Tobias is a passionatejack of all trades: dancer, musician, singer-songwriter, and DJ. Raised by DJ’s for parents, music has been his closest love.

In 2008 Tobias studied dance at the University Of Calgary. Currently, Tobias is a student in the English Honours program, and also practices Jazz guitar privately, supplementing the recording of his first album.

Tobias recognizes Jason Owin F. Galeos, Melissa Monteros and Wojtek Mochniej as major mentors.

To follow Tobias, please visit: jaredtobiasherring.com

JULIAN SMITH

Julian Smith is a seasoned poet born and raised in Queens, New York.  Writing and performing poetry since 9 years young, Julian’s first taste of the stage was at 6 years old reciting Martin Luther King’s famous I have a dream speech.

Julian is one of the organizers and host of a monthly Spoken Word event “Say Word” which takes place every First and Third Tuesday of the month at 80th and Ivy on 17th ave.  Motivated by causing positive growth and change in people’s lives, he writes utilizing Neurolinguistics in his poems and always hopes that what he says resonates consciously and subconsciously for those who listen.

TONY TRAN

Native to Alberta, Tony Tran holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing with a Minor in Dance. Tran have devoted the past nine years to training, performing and integrating comprehensively the many genres of urban dance, specifically House dance, Voguing and Waacking to all that he creates. He has travelled to New York City, Finland, Montreal, and London in quest for dance knowledge and development with which to share what he has learned to the city of Calgary. Tran contributes as a performer, teacher, creator, producer and a curator. 

Tran’s work has been presented by Sage Theatre’s IGNITE!, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Site Specific Spectacular & Let Down Your Hair, Springboard Performance Fluid Movement Festival, Hopscotch Halifax, Dancers’ Studio West Alberta Annual Dance Festival and the University of Calgary’s Dance Montage. In addition to sharing his craft, Tran has furthered his career by training and volunteering his time to being actively involved in the Calgary arts & culture community as a Board Member of Springboard Performance and member of the University of Calgary Alumni Arts & Culture committee, production assistance for local dance and performance artists, and lastly, the Community Coordinator role for National Youth Arts Week Calgary. 

In 2012, Tran also established his own collective to further the growth and education of Vogue culture and dance in Calgary as the Founder and Artistic Director of The Bad Girls Club YYC (TBGCYYC). This collective of artists integrates Voguing, music, fashion and visual media to create works that challenge performance norms, in favor of diversity, inclusiveness and innovation.

Cabaret of Flamenco Experiments

Rosanna Terracciano, Myriam Allard and Guests

Rosanna Terracciano is a Calgary-based independent artist who dedicates her work to developing a distinct and personal voice at the intersection of flamenco, dance, contemporary performance and short film. Her creations are driven by an urgency to expose the vulnerable and introverted sides of flamenco. Rosanna is a fiercely enthusiastic member of a global collective of flamenco experimentalists, or empiricos, initiated by her mentor Juan Carlos Lérida. Since 2002, her solo dance works and short films have been presented nationally and internationally, including the prestigious 2014 Bienal de Flamenco Sevilla, Flamenco Empirico (Barcelona), Coetáni Experimental Flamenco Festival (Athens), Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Festival of Short Flamenco Films (Madrid/Brazil), Im Raum Flamenco (Vienna), Festival Flamenco Montréal and the Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (Calgary).

Sensitive to the world of music and dance from very early childhood, Myriam Allard’s life changed when she discovered flamenco. Aged 21, she left her home in Quebec to travel to Spain, where she lived for six years. After intensive training she began dancing professionally at the traditional tablaos flamencos in Spain, Japan, France and Germany. Drawing strength from her rigorous European training and extensive professional experience, Allard’s dance breaks free of the traditional esthetic boundaries to develop an idiom that combines the instinctive and the impulsive with great sensitivity and refinement. She now lives in Montreal, where she founded La Otra Orilla in 2006 with singer and director Hedi Graja. Within this company she has developed a unique choreographic expression and produced 7 different shows that have toured Canada, the US, South America and Great-Britain with much success.