Zahra shahab (Vancouver)

Extended Body
Erin Ball (Kingston)

Future Leisure (Vancouver)

OCT 25 & 26, 7:30PM


Fluid Fest partners with Inside Out Theatre Good Host Program to present a Relaxed Environment Performance on Saturday, October 26.

The edges of identity and body mobility are explored and unraveled in this triple bill of embodied narratives.


Facilitated by Col Cseke and Nicole Mion

Co-presented with Inside Out Theatre



Zahra Shahab (Vancouver)

thaw is a solo about the liminal spaces between identities. It is a search for morphological transformation of the characters that surface in the body. Allowing the fantastical to create room for unstable narratives, thaw is about suspending oneself in a state of flux and finding the jagged alchemy that occurs there.


ABOUT Zahra Shahab

Entering from a visual arts background, Zahra Shahab began her practice in dance at the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 2014 along with a minor in Visual Studies. She relocated to Vancouver in 2015 to study with Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program and at Emily Carr University. She has presented choreography and experimental films in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, often working with costume design and installation. With a childhood in Islam, a youth in Christianity, an early adulthood cracked open by feminism/queer theories and cradled by Sufi curiosity, Zahra investigates spirituality, identity, and death through her practice. She is interested in the continual fluid process of generating identity alongside the freedom to dismantle it the moment it begins to crystalize.


Choreographer: Zahra Shahab
Performers: Zahra Shahab
Lighting designer: TBD
Music by: Alain Goraguer, Laurel Halo, HOMESHAKE, Oneothrix Point Never
Mentorship/Outside Eyes: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Elizabeth Milton

Thank you to Made in BC Dance on Tour and Jane Gabriels, The Dance Centre, What Lab.

Photo credit for original image: Sophia Wolfe


Extended Body
Erin Ball (Kingston)

Co-presented with Inside Out Theatre

What Is A Body explores movement and sound with various mobility devices and extensions or lack thereof, of Erin Ball’s physical body. Each change brings a different quality, style and aesthetic to the movement. This performance is a result of collaborations with several choreographers and artists, including Holly Treddenick (Femmes du Feu), Keren Zaiontz (Queens University), Michele Frances (SkyCandy) and Jane Kirby (Low Lit Aerial Arts). Erin has also worked on enhancing the piece for blind audiences, under the guidance of Alex Bulmer.

...disability art can be performative without being therapeutic, progressive without being overtly political and celebratory without being framed as a miracle.
— Christiana Myers, Canadian Art

ABOUT Erin Ball

Erin Ball is a circus artist, coach, owner of Kingston Circus Arts and co-owner of LEGacy Circus. After events resulting in the loss of her lower legs, Erin works to create new, creative and different ways of executing her skills as a circus performer.

Jane Kirby is an aerialist, acrobat and choreographer who strives to create engaging performances with a contemporary aesthetic. She can most often be found performing on the aerial silks, but also frequently performs acro-dance and on rope.


Choreographer: Jane Kirby and Erin Ball with special mention to Holly, Michele Frances and Karen Zaointz for various roles
Performer: Erin Ball
Sound design: Alex Bulmer, Erin Ball and live audio description by Kat Germain

Photo credit for original image: Michelle Peek Photography


No More Fantasies
Future Leisure (Vancouver)

Corrupting the form of 'pas de deux' by employing a utilitarian approach to physical interaction, the limits of two female bodies is displayed unadorned; the shake of muscles in contraction, the watery movement of released limbs. There is a detached sense of give and take where consent is pre-established and the co-operative nature of the performers relationship renders weight exchange matter of fact. Limbs are stepped on, handled, lifted, or moved with delicate care, as the two women utilize each other's bodies for motion, propelled through space by surrendering agency to the other.


ABOUT Julianne chapple

Julianne Chapple's choreography has been presented extensively in Canada, as well as Italy, Ireland, Germany and the UK. Most recently, she was awarded the 2017 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and was artist in residence at Echo Echo Studios in Northern Ireland. Julie is a member of media art collective the Work Group, is artistic director of newly formed dance company Future Leisure, and sits on the board of directors for CADA-West.

Choreographer: Julianne Chapple
Performers: Maxine Chadburn and Julianne Chapple
Lighting Designer: Julianne Chapple
Sound Design: Julianne Chapple
Mentor: Chick Snipper
Rehearsal Director/ Safety Captain: Jen Yan

Special thanks to Steve Batts, Jamee Valin, Jan Chadburn, Canada Council for the Arts, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, MartaMarta Productions, plastic orchid factory, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, and the Shooting Gallery Performance Series

Photo credit for original image: Ed Spence