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ARE YOU
DANCE
CURIOUS?

OCTOBER 15 - 27
2019

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eMBRACE EXPERIENCE

BE MOVED. BE CURIOUS. BE FLUID.

Fluid Fest brings artists and audiences together to stir the city of Calgary with contemporary art, dance and physical performance. For two weeks celebrate outstanding performance and the vast spectrum of what dance can be. Featuring extraordinary local, national and international artists, Fluid Fest ignites the city with performances, workshops, artist talks, and happenings to inspire and connect.

2019 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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SADONNA

Miguel Gutierrez

Oct 3, 8pm

Dickens Pub

FLUID FEST LAUNCH
PERFORMANCE + PARTY

Co-presented with Calgary Queer Arts Society

SADONNA is exactly what it sounds like: sad versions of Madonna songs. In this music project, choreographer Miguel Gutierrez shows just how tiny the spiritual distance is between the international pop superstar and himself. Backed by the SLUTINOS, SADONNA ekes out the melancholy cry for help hidden within Madonna’s uplifting lyrics.

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GENDER SPLENDOR CABARET

Calgary Artists & National Guests

Oct 15, 8pm

Dickens Pub

Co-presented with Calgary Queer Arts Society

A night of gender defying grace and debauchery by and for gender diverse artists and performers. In partnership with Fluid Festival; join Oliver Twirl and their fellow trans and non-binary aliens as they dance through the gender spectrum performing spectacles and feats that will Wow you and make you feel things you thought you couldn't. Be encouraged: if you're comfortable the whole time, we're not doing our job!

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THE BEAUTY OF FALLING APART

Hilde Elbers & Heather Ware

Oct 16 & 17, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

Part of a double bill with The Other Half

The Beauty of Falling Apart is a mental experiment through the body. An uncanny and yet seductively precise exercise in how two individuals strive to find trust, to inhabit the thin edge of being just "safe enough".

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THE OTHER HALF

Action at a Distance

Oct 16 & 17, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

Part of a double bill with The Beauty of Falling Apart

It was half their lifetimes ago that Goodman and McGuire last danced together while growing up in Toronto. Collaborating now after 18 years apart, they revisit the shared muscle memory of their youth as a starting point to create a new duet that views their physicality through the prism of an immune system.

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HINKYPUNK

FakeKnot

Oct 18, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

HINKYPUNK is an unidentified identity – an archetype, a hero, the unreachable. HINKYPUNK is the idolized/idealized version of the self, a distant mirage of the here and now. HINKYPUNK is the most real that real can get. HINKYPUNK is the glamorous façade leading the construction of cultural identity. HINKYPUNK is the faceless face we look for and who shapes what we become.

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ROAD TRIP

Susie Burpee & Linnea Swan

Oct 18 7:30pm & Oct 19 5pm

cSPACE

Part of a double bill with I AM A GENIUS

Road Trip seamlessly integrates dance, theatre and Bouffon to create a distinct and irreverent aesthetic. The audience is taken on an exhilarating ride where two women wrestle with the ephemeral, their mortality, and each other on a tragicomic odyssey to the unknown.

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I AM A GENIUS

Lois Brown

Oct 18 7:30pm & Oct 19 5pm

cSPACE

Part of a double bill with Road Trip

Co-presented with Neighbourhood Dance Works

Microphones, paper, foil wrap, and an out-dated dictionary Lois inherited after her Dad died of dementia create a sonic choreography in I AM A GENIUS does anyone here know me?

Lois Brown and James O’Callaghan invite the audience into a playful investigation of memory, patience, boredom, democratization, things and relationality.

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FLUID KIKI BALL

Oct 18, 9:30pm

Dickens Pub

VogueYYC & Ralph Escamillan

Celebrate the Vogue/Ballroom culture with Fluid Festival this year at the first Fluid Kiki Vogue Ball. In collaboration with Ralph Escamillan, VogueYYC and co presented Calgary Queer Arts Society and Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe.

Open to all, serve your art history knowledge and werk your favourite works of art for a chance to win cash prizes and more!

*This ball is OPEN TO ALL, highlighting and celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC communities*

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TO NAME AN OTHER

Jeffrey Gibson

Oct 19, 3pm

Atlantic Avenue Art Block Lobby

In this special performance, as part of Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition Time Carriers at Esker Foundation, fifty performers will be brought together for a drumming event to give names to our current political climate.

The performance is produced in partnership with Springboard Performance, the Fluid Festival and Esker Foundation, as part of Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition Time Carriers.

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SPLIT

Lucy Guerin Inc

Oct 19, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

Revelling in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations, Split reflects the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others in a world of increased pressure and reduced resources.

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THE SPACE WHERE YOU DREAM

Su Lin Tseng

Oct 22, 7:30pm

cSPACE

Part of a double bill with oblivion

Are we humans as different as animals captured in a zoo?

The Space Where You Dream and I Live explores the relationship between audience-spectators and performers-captured animals.

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OBLIVION

Mari Osanai

Oct 22, 7:30pm

cSPACE

Part of a double bill with The Space Where You Dream & I Live

A solo dance performance by Mari Osanai, Aomori Japan.

"A tightly closed mind is opened
Something flows out from there.
Warmly, coldly, into the body
The cells dissolve into flows,
Then vaporize and scatter."
— MARI OSANAI 2019

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POUR

Daina Ashbee

Oct 23 & 24, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

Daina Ashbee confronts her audiences with yet another dark and powerful piece about women. She explores the vulnerabilities and strengths of bodies layered with pain and littered with social oppression. Yet, layers of joy and celebration pierce through the tension providing for a liberating and transformative experience like no other.

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TALKING TRUTHS:

PERFORMANCE

Oct 23 7:30pm

cSPACE

Three choreographies by up and coming female indigenous artists.

Featuring:
  • Jessica McMann (Calgary)
  • Olivia C. Davies (Vancouver)
  • Ayla Modeste (Edmonton)
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TALKING TRUTHS:

Community Connections

Oct 23 8:30pm

cSPACE

A gathering centering the indigenous female creative voice. Everyone is invited to listen and participate.

An embodied conversation. An exchange between four Indigenous artists in conversation with community. The featured artists use traditional and contemporary dance to share meaningful stories and cultivate connection in and for their communities.

With Olivia C. Davies, Suitaakii Black, Cherith Marks, Jessica McMann and Ayla Modeste.

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No ticket neccessary, RSVP to guarantee your spot

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PHYSICAL THERAPY CABARET

Calgary Artists & National Guests

Oct 24 & 26, 9pm

DJD Dance Centre Living Room

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.

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THAW

Zahra Shahab

Oct 25 & 26, 7:30pm

cSPACE

Part of a triple bill with Extended Body and No More Fantasies

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.

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EXTENDED BODY

Erin Ball

Oct 25 & 26, 7:30pm

cSPACE

Part of a triple bill with thaw and No More Fantasies

Co-presented with Inside Out Theatre

Extended Body explores movement and sound with various mobility devices and extensions or lack thereof, of Erin Ball’s physical body.

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NO MORE FANTASIES

Future Leisure

Oct 25 & 26, 7:30pm

cSPACE

Part of a triple bill with thaw and Extended Body

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.

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RUNNING PIECE

Jacques Poulin-Denis

Oct 25 & 26, 8pm

DJD Dance Centre

Running Piece is a work for dancer and treadmill. On this confined yet infinite space, a man travels without leaving, constantly forced to go forward. He moves through the situations and moments that define us. On the path of humanity and civilization, or on the transit to work, we are the high hope joggers, the overly capable multi-taskers, the compulsive lateness sufferers. Running Piece substantiates our proneness to constantly chase our tails and our pursuit for the divine sublimity of busyness.

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FLUID FEST AT THE LIBRARY

England | Funk | La Musa

Oct 26 & 27, 12-4pm

Central Library

FREE - Family Friendly Event

In partnership with Calgary Public Library

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

Featuring:
  • L.O.V.E.deconstructed
    Barbara England
  • Moving Meditation
    Julie Funk
  • DE(RE)-CONSTRUCT: DANCE (RE)-BORN
    Anastassiia La Musa
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No ticket necessary!

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THIS IS ACTIVELY BUILT

CanDance Creative Exchange

Oct 15 - 20

Creative Exchange Residency

A 6-day research residency that carves out a space for queer dance artists from Calgary and Montreal to dialogue, collaborate and create, with a focus on queering collaborative creation structures through cross-pollination. Initiated and curated by Nate Yaffe.

CanDance Creative Exchange / CanDanse Échange en Création. Co-presented with the CanDance Network and Studio 303

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CYCLING WITH ANIMALS

Eric & Mia and Action Hero

Oct 16 - Nov 3

Creative Exchange Residency

In partnership with Contemporary Calgary Collider

Cycling with Animals is a durational project for public space. Created by Action Hero (UK) and Mia & Eric (CA), Cycling With Animals brings together elements of game play, intervention, and poetics to interrogate municipal bylaws that govern public spaces. Over a period of two weeks, the team laboriously cuts up different sections of a city’s bylaws into individual words and then painstakingly re-assemble them into strange accidental poetry. These new poetic bylaws are entirely spontaneous, unpredictable and unique to the city they’re working in.

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THIS IS ACTIVELY BUILT

Open Studio Sharing

Oct 20, 7:30pm

cSPACE, TE Abattoir

Join the artists of This is Actively Built for an open studio sharing of what transpired for them over the course of their 6-day research residency.

This is Actively Built invites queer dance artists from Alberta and Montreal to dialogue, collaborate and create, with a focus on queering collaborative creation structures through cross-pollination. Initiated and curated by Nate Yaffe.

CanDance Creative Exchange / CanDanse Échange en Création. Co-presented with the CanDance Network and Studio 303

TICKETS & PASSEs

 
 

Festival Venues

DJD Dance Centre | 111 12 Ave SE.
cSPACE King Edward | 1721 29 Ave. SW
Dickens Pub | 1000 9 Ave SW.
Central Library | 800 3 St SE.
Atlantic Avenue Art Block | 1011 9th Avenue SE.


BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT.


Springboard believes that art should be experienced by everyone. If cost is a barrier, we have made 5% of our seats per show Pay What You Can. To book a PWYC accessible ticket, complete the form below.

 

 

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DEEP DIVE ACTIVITIES

Deep Dive Fluid Activities provide context and sparks dialogue around the projects we present, through workshops, lectures, salons, roundtable discussions, and parties.

STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER.


 

FLUID FEST LAUNCH
PERFORMANCE + PARTY

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SADONNA
MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
(NEW YORK)

OCT 3, 8PM
DICKENS PUB
$25

*No one turned away for lack of funds PWYC

Co-presented with Calgary Queer Arts Society

Join us for a special Fluid Festival Launch presentation featuring SADONNA. Backed by the SLUTINOS, the Sad Latino Boys Backup Singers, Miguel Gutierrez’s SADONNA ekes out the melancholy cry for help hidden within Madonna’s uplifting lyrics.


GATHERINGS & CONNECTIONS

Alberta Dance Alliance:
Supporting A Thriving Alberta Indigenous Dance Community

OCT 24, 11AM - 12:30PM
cSPACE King Edward | 4th Floor Treehouse North Room

Join the ADA and Executive Director Bobbi Westman, in looking at new paths of support and resources for Indigenous dance artists. Working towards mapping out funding, resources, and support to build a strong community.

Dance at the Betty Mitchell Awards

OCT 27, 3:30 - 5:00PM
Central Library| Room 0-14

A long-awaited conversation about the potential inclusion of dance at Calgary's professional arts awards.

An open community conversation to discuss the addition of a dance category to the Betty Mitchell Awards. There are unique challenges and possibilities that must be understood if we are to move forward with this cooperative initiative. By referencing the framework of the Betty Mitchell Awards theatre division, and the methods used in other cities, we will identify if our artistic communities would like to pursue this potential collaboration.

Facilitated by Mark Kunji Ikeda
Featuring Nikki Giguere - Betty Mitchell Awards President

 

WORKSHOPS

Enrich your dance practice workshops taught by 2019 festival artists and guests

Festival workshop schedule will be listed on Oct 1, 2019.

Nourish your movement & creative practice PRE and POST Fluid Fest with
interrarium workshops

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Baby, this is what you came for


or

I’m walking on my future


Miguel Gutierrez (New York)

SEPT 26 - OCT 5

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Noguchi Taiso Movement and Dance Training

MARI OSANAI (JAPAN)

Nov 9 & 10, 2019





FLUID FEST FEATURED ARTIST IMAGES

Featured on the Fluid Fest posters, postcards and website banners are:

HINKYPUNK by Ralph Escamillan. Image credit: Dancer Ralph Escamillan, Photographer Richie Lubaton.
Running Piece by Jacques Poulin-Denis / Grand Poney. Image credit: Dancer Jacques Poulin-Denis, Photographer Dominique Skoltz.
Pour by Dana Ashbee. Image credit: Dancer Paige Culley, Photographer Dana Ashbee.

Graphic Design for Fluid Fest 2019 by Mike Hooves.


A special thank you to our Funders, Partners and Sponsors for supporting Springboard Performance in celebrating movement and building a creative community.

Funders

Festival Partners

FESTIVAL Sponsors