Fluid Festival 2017 Outreach Program

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Fluid Festival 2017 Outreach Program

Are you dance curious?


Each year the 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 artists from around the globe gather in Calgary for performances, workshops, artist talks and happenings to inspire and connect.

This year, we are launching an exciting new outreach initiative that supports those who want to live a creative life.  This is an unique opportunity for students (15+) and seniors (55+) to experience this year’s Fluid Festival.

Get free tickets to two Fluid Fest performances, attend post-show artist talks, and hang out with fellow arts lovers.

Whether you are dance curious or a seasoned superfan, we want you to dive head-first into the vibrant array of programming Fluid Fest has to offer!


All participants are offered free tickets to performance events of their choice. Participants will be expected to attend any 2 out of the 4 following shows (including accompanying Post-Show Artist Talks):

Show #1     


Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art

October 16, 8:00 PM at DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre

Includes a Post-Show Artist Talk

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. 

Show #2

Double Bill

YES | Linnea Swan

Sara does a Solo | Sara Porter

October 18, 9:00 PM at DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre

Includes a Post-Show Artist Talk

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

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.

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.

Show #3

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

Frédérick Gravel

October 21, 8:00 PM at DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre

Includes a Post-Show Artist Talk

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

Show #4

Triple Bill

It began with watching | kloetzel&co.

Submission to Entropy | Karissa Barry & Elissa Hanson

how long can we do this for? | Good Women Dance Collective

        October 27, 8:00 PM at DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre

  Includes a Post-Show Artist Talk

Idiosyncratic group works by western Canadian movers and shakers.

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.

Entropy is commonly known as a measure of disorder, randomness of a system, or of our lack of information about it. Submission to Entropy is a 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.

how long can we do this for? is a question about 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?


Share your passion with us!

In one-page or less, introduce yourself, tell us why you’re interested in Fluid Festival, and why you’d like to take part in the program.

Send submissions to Katherine at fluidfest@springboardperformance.com before 6pm MST, September 25, 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by October 2, 2017


Be curious. Be moved. Be FLUID.