FLUID FEST at the LIbrary
Barbara England (Calgary)
Julie Funk (Calgary)
Anastassiia La musa (Calgary)

Oct 26 & 27, 12-4pm
Central library

A series of pop-up physical performances. Are you dance curious?
Fluid Fest invites local artists to animate the Central Libary with intriguing and surprising site-specific performances.

Fluid Fest at the Library is produced with the partnership of
Calgary Public Library.



Barbara England (Calgary)


“ its root, intimacy has the quality of eloquence and brevity” (Lauren Berlant) This is a love story. This is your story; disentangled, dissected, and bare. Together we will sift through fragments of our memories in search for fleeting moments of intimacy.

L.O.V.E.deconstructed explores the complex transition from personal to collective memory, using the experience of intimacy as the source of recollection. This is the aftermath of a series of translations, each decoded by a different body. You will witness the final distillation of a memory, experienced anew, in real time."


BARBARA ENGLAND is a Calgary based dance and performance artist. After completing a classical ballet education, she expanded her training to include contemporary dance, performance, and live art practices. She worked as a dance artist for six years before pursuing a postgraduate choreographic residency in Kassel, Germany. She has recently had the opportunity to work, study, and perform in Kassel, Berlin, Hamburg, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. As a performance maker, she uses practice-based research as the groundwork for delving into experimental, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative processes.

Barbara is particularly interested in the embodiment of intimacy in relation to space and memory. Her work aims to challenge notions of authorship while using the body as the site for public-private discourse. She refers to the ‘private body’ as a vessel that bridges the gap between ‘self/other’ or ‘performer/spectator.’ Her artistic practice is experimental by nature and involves community participation in all phases of the creative process.

Photo credit for original image: Barbara England

Moving Meditation
Julie Funk (Calgary)


This walking pattern of moving meditation must be done - it formed itself and has in it a story to tell - it rides the waves of the songs in the air that long for volume and seeks to temper the world around it.

We are a group of dancers, movement practitioners and educators who gathered to be with each other - to shift our weight together and play in the world the pattern reveals - the choreography is a practice - a device that changes the internal alchemy of the mover and enrich the spaces around it.

JULIE FUNK is an independent Alberta based movement practitioner, educator and sometimes performer who uses dance as way of making sense of this world - currently residing in Calgary she teaches for the CBE, Arts Commons, DJD, Rosebud School of the Arts and HULL services - her work the past 7 years since moving to Calgary has been in chronic pain recovery and transformative spiritual practices.

Favourite roles: Isobel from Lion in the Streets (EST,NYC) IO from Prometheus Bound (East Village Theatre Co. NYC) Titania from A Midsummer Nights Dream (Theatre Prospero, Edmonton AB) Ethel Rosenberg from Angels in America (Keyano Theatre, FortMcMurray) Spear Holder in Titus Andronicus ( Ludlow Arts, NYC) Choreography credits: Annie, Seussical, Oliver, Cats, High School Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Threepenny Opera Directing credits: Company, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest, Thirteen Hands

Photo credit for original image: Ken Myhre

De(Re)-Construct: Dance (Re)-Born
Anastassiia LA MUSA (Calgary)


Explore the elements of tradition and flamenco, unraveled and then evolved. Help guide the dancer to reassemble, and through her improvisation, create new work. Unpredictable and delighting in the unexpected, the new dance is like a shirt turned inside out; still identifiable as a shirt, but in a way, repurposed.


ANASTASSIIA MOUSSATOVA has trained as a flamenco dancer at the famous Amor de Dios academy in Madrid, with legends La Tati and Merche Esmeralda, and top modern innovators Manuel & Antonio Reyes, Carmen La Talegona, and Miguel Cañas. Anastassiia performs with her contemporary flamenco ensemble 12 Musas and as a guest artist with other companies. Recent highlights include Tierra de Luz – Land of Light, a flamenco-opera fusion and collaboration with soprano Linda Faye Miller; a spoken word concert, Words that move me; and her newest co-production, Tarantella, presented first in Calgary and then at the Victoria Flamenco Festival in July 2019. Anastassiia wishes to thank the 2019 Vancouver International Flamenco Festival for selecting her for their creative residency, helping her to develop this show.

Photo credit for original image: Tyler Baker

Fluid Fest at the Libary Banner - Photo credit for original image: Barbara England