Springboard Performance is a non-profit organization devoted to connecting artists, audiences, the body and the mind through physical contemporary creation and public space manipulation. We provide opportunities to artists to risk, learn, create, perform and connect with a local and national community.
Springboard Performance bridges disciplines with clustered festival programming, creative residencies, performances and more. Springboard champions exploration of physical contemporary practices; in deepening understanding of art and ideas, and supports the aesthetic risk-taking that challenges both artists and audiences with new ways of seeing, representing and responding to contemporary life.
Under the artistic direction of Nicole Mion, Springboard maintains five separate arms of company activity:
containR A pop-up arts and community installation, built from recycled shipping containers. Currently installed in Sunnyside.
Fluid Movement Arts Festival Contemporary performance and dance festival of regional, national, and international artists.
Interrarium Creation and professional development residency for professional artists in Calgary and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Interrarium is an international multi-disciplined platform for contemporary performance that explores and reveals creative practice.
Creation and Dissemination of work by Artistic Director Nicole Mion. Creation and Dissemination: of new modes of creativity and interdisciplinary performance for stage and screen integrating dance, theatre, new media and installation.
Springboard was incorporated in 1988 by a group of Calgary dancers and choreographers who wanted to create opportunities to develop and perform their own work. Under the original name, Springboard Dance Collective, the company produced shows and offered classes and workshops to the community. The company provided opportunities to numerous artists to risk, learn, create, perform and connect with a local and national community. Artists involved in the early direction of the company have included Linda Baker, Alison Bonney-Gregson, Kim Dunlop, Mariette Labelle, Robert Meilleur, Nicole Mion, Laurie Montemurro, Lucinda Neufeld, Trina Rasmuson, and Shelly Tognazzini. Springboard continues to build on its 30-year history. producing and presenting physical based contemporary creation in Calgary, Alberta. In 2003, Nicole Mion took over the artistic directorship for Springboard and has spearheaded the company’s redevelopment.
Springboard Performance acknowledges that it operates on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuu T’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. Also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Springboard would like to thank the Treaty 7 Nations who have protected our land and water for generations, and for welcoming us here today. The place where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, is known by the Blackfoot name “Mohkinstsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary. May we all love and honour this place, and celebrate that we are all treaty people.
Springboard Dance Collective Calgary Society - Springboard Performance - is a registered non-profit, operating in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Springboard's Charity number is: 888267242 RR 0001