understory promo 2 copy.jpg

2013 Fluid Festival Lineup


2013 Fluid Festival Lineup

Welcome to the Fluid Movement Arts Festival

Take a plunge into the unfamiliar and be transported by local, national and international artists, into the raucous world of movement and music through a kaleidoscope of outstanding contemporary physical performances.

Showy. Dazzling. Provocative.  The 2013 Fluid Movement Arts Festival delivers a good time with a twist of genius and a slice of audacity. We invite you to join us for the best in contemporary dance and physical performance from down the block and around the world.


The Fluid Festival, a giddy mix of glitter and grassroots.
— Paula Citron, The Globe & Mail

henri michaux : mouvements

henri michaux : mouvements



Marie Chouinard


Meet the Artist
Marie Chouinard | October 23 6:30pm


October 23-25, 8:00pm
Theatre Junction GRAND

“A hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness.”
- The New York Times

Brilliant choreographer, Marie Chouinard returns to Calgary, pushing the limits of her exceptional dancers in a highly original double bill. With Henri Michaux:Mouvements she orchestrates living embodiments of  India ink drawings by artist and writer Henri Michaux. The dancers meld into impossible shapes driven by the action of the edgy percussive score. Then in Gymnopedies Chouinard transports her dancers into the distinctive space-time of the beautiful piano music of Eric Satie. In a dreamy counterpoint to Mouvements the dancers work in duo. The contrast is in an invitation to savour multiple aspects of major talents. 

Presented by Springboard Performance's Fluid Festival in association with Theatre Junction GRAND

More ⟶ 



physical therapy cabaret

physical therapy cabaret


Oct 25 & 26, 9:30pmTheatre Junction Grand 608 1st Street SW


Bounded by the constraints of physical space and born from the premise of creating a whole lot of impact from a limitless amount of passion, the Physical Therapy Cabaret is at the core of the Festival designed to stretch the imagination and transform the audience—it is truly is a fan favourite!

Every year the Fluid Festival invites our friends and guests to pull up a chair in our favorite bar where Calgary artists and invited national guests get whimsical and irreverent. This is a not-to-be missed night of ribald entertainment and controlled chaos that you can’t prepare for, where audiences can expect the unexpected.


  • Serenella Argueta
  • Jessalyn Britton
  • Ainsley Hillyard | Good Women Dance Collective
  • Winnie Ho
  • Mark Ikeda | MoMo Dance Theatre
  • Taryn Javier | lookworks
  • Tony Tran
  • Danielle Wensley
  • Mark Ikeda [emcee]
Cabaret features: (click for descriptions) | Close All

Choreographer: Taryn Javier
Interpreters: Winnie Ho, Kim Ilott, Jessica Kwong, and Andrea Sirrs
Swod - "Intro"
Swod - "Fugitif 1"

Taryn Javier has been playing with movement since the tender age of three. She believes dance is expansive to all disciplines and that strength of expression can be found in the simple things we do and say. Javier has created and presented work across Canada including; Dance Montage, Aleatoires 48 heures, Alberta’s Dance Explosions, the High Performance Rodeo, the Fluid Festival (Spark & containR), and Dancers’ Studio West’s AIR. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including; The UofC Dean’s Creative Achievement Award, Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Danceweb scholarship to the ImpulsTanz festival in Vienna. Javier co-produced and directed inlayers - an online interactive contemporary dance experience initiated and directed by Javier in Montreal, 2010, with a second creation phase shown here in Calgary in February, 2012. Webisodes of this project can be viewed and the work discussed live at www.inlayers.ca Currently, Javier has found a passion for promoting health through movement and can be found teaching private GYROTONIC® sessions in the city. Most recently she danced for Pamela Tzeng’s 8x3 project. She is honored to participate a third time in this year’s Fluid Festival!

As long as there’s no pain
Created & performed by Danielle Wensley
Music: Karl Thunder Axe

Danielle Wensley is interested in creating movement to sound as well as creating sound through movement. She began her training in dance at the age of 3 in Calgary. Over the last 10 years she focused predominantly on Jazz dance as a member of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' professional company. The intricacies of jazz music drive Danielle's exploration of movement. She also seeks inspiration from human relationships, animal impulses and of course, other art forms. Danielle is pleased to be involved in this year's Fluid Festival. The festival allows such freedom and innovation, which is essential to push the development of Calgary's movement art community.

Let's Talk About Sex
Choreographer: Mark Ikeda
Performers: Momo Dance Theatre

MoMo Dance Theatre weaves together stories, fantasies and mysteries all about humanity's favourite past-time. While the main-stream projects ideals, and standards onto all of us, how does it affect people with disabilities? Take in this multi-sensory, multi-media coming out party that will serve as the initial public presentation of a larger work that will be presented in the fall of 2014.

For the love of money
Creator/Performer: Ainsley Hillyard
Music: For the Love of Money by The O'Jays
Short Description: "For the love of money" is a reaction to the Sun News Network interview by Krista Erickson with Margie Gillis that aired in June 2011.

Ainsley Hillyard is a performer, choreographer, and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. As member of the Good Women Dance Collective, she has created and/or performed works for TedX Edmonton, the Brian Webb Dance Company, Dancers' Studio West, the Expanse Festival, The Mayor's Celebration for the Arts, Mile Zero Dance, and numerous other arts festivals and organizations across Alberta. Ainsley is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, and is thrilled to be performing at this years Fluid Festival Cabaret!

Going Up?
Choreographer: Jessalyn Britton
Performers: Jessalyn Britton, Terra Plum, Jennifer deWolf
Music: Stoney Street - Amon Tobin
Push the button. Wait. Ding. Crowd Control. Push the button. Trapped with strangers. Cue music.

Jessalyn Britton is an emerging dancer and choreographer involved in both contemporary and jazz dance performance and creation. She holds a B.A. in Dance with distinction from the UofC. Jessalyn has worked with kloetzel&co. for several seasons and just recently performed as 'Alice' in "The Alice Odyssey" in Toronto’s Dusk Dances. Currently, Jessalyn is dancing in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program. Both her contemporary training and her work at DJD have inspired her to explore her own style and creation with both jazz and contemporary influences. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph in ADF, Dusk Dances, Feats Festival, Fluid Festival, Ignite!, Soulocentric, and Vancouver’s Tangents.

As both a dancer and choreographer, Terra Plum is an emerging artist in the Calgary Dance community. Originally from Ontario, Terra trained at California Pacific College of the Performing Arts and completed her BA in Dance at the University of Calgary. Currently, Terra is training in the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. She has performed with contemporary dance company Kloetzel&co, Front Row Centre Players, Storybook Theatre and The University of Calgary’s Operetta Company. Terra has danced in Alberta Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, Footprints 2012 and Nextfest 2013. When she's not dancing, Terra can be found at Active Physiotherapy and Wellness where she works full time as a physiotherapist.

Jennifer DeWolf has a B.A. in Dance, with a concentration in choreography and performance from the University of Calgary. She has performed and choreographed for numerous productions around Calgary and surrounding areas. Jennifer has travelled abroad to Cuba, France, Finland and Poland where she took workshops in Afro-Cuban and Contemporary dance. She is adept in many styles of dance and thoroughly enjoys the journey of artistic creation.

Fur Diaper Ritual for the Living Dead Part 2
Creator & Performer: Winnie Ho
Music: Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
This piece explores the mortality of living things, of death, loneliness and the search for connection.

Winnie Ho was born in Hong Kong and originally trained as a classical pianist. She studied Contemporary Dance as well as Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology. Currently, she divides her time between Canada and Germany, working, researching, and applying herself as a performance artist.

Winnie is passionate about using the moving body within a wider context of contemporary art. Her interest in site specific performances has brought her to some unconventional projects both in Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Choreographer: Serenella Argueta
Dancers: Jordan Wallan, Heather Anne-Fee, Kimberley Powley
Music: “Dance me to the end of love” by Leonard Cohen
Absurd: Contrary to reason or beyond the limits of rational thought; paradoxical, nonsensical, or meaningless. According to Camus, Sartre, and other existentialists, absurdity is an inescapable consequence of any sensitive effort to live in the face of an indifferent reality.

Serenella Argueta holds a BA with a Minor in Dance from the University of Calgary and is currently pursuing a career as a choreographer. She participated in dance workshops at Alonzo King Lines Ballet and SFCD in the US, Salzburg Ballet Academy in Austria and The DDD Division in the Netherlands. Serenella has danced for La Caravan Company, Mainstage, Alberta Dance Festival and she is currently dancing with W and M Physical Theatre. Serenella has also done choreographic work for the Alberta Dance Festival 2011/2012/2013, Fluid Festival SPARK 2011 and Dance Montage 2012.

Good Girls Need Not Apply
Choreographer: Tony Tran
Performers: Sabrina Naz, Tony Tran & Vernon Rubiano
Music - DJ Sliink, Kevin JZ Prodigy, Diplo & laidback Luke
Description: We choose not to look before we jump, instead we look after we jump.

Tony Tran is an Alberta-based dance artist, and holds a BComm in Marketing with a Minor in Dance from the University of Calgary. Tran is an active member of the Calgary Dance Community especially in the urban dance scene through his work as an instructor, performer, choreographer and founder/artistic director of The Bad Girls Club YYC. Select credits include: The House of Dangerkat, Nordic Moves, Diplo, Kingdom, Cherie Lily, Hopschotch Halifax, and The Box NYC.




MAYDAY | Montreal


Melanie Demers


Meet the Artist
Mélanie Demers | October 16 & 17, post-show


October 16 - 19, 8:00pm
Theatre Junction Grand
Co-presented by Springboard Performance's Fluid Festival and Theatre Junction GRAND

“Demers brings her social conscience to the dance scene with a highly creative work that manages to juggle the strange, the political and the humorous without ever dropping the balls. A call to action that is fueled by the power of imagination.”
- S. Vesrstricht, Indyish

Mayday’s Junkyard/Paradise exists in the fragile place between precious and disposable where a junkyard shelters what is precious and paradise is a dumping ground for our love stories. Founder and choreographer Mélanie Demers examines the fate of the world and individuals; reconciling hope with a society in distress as it is caught between beauty and atrocity. Her work speaks with a theatrical surrealistic aesthetic—full of searing raw emotion and poetic physicality. Junkyard/Paradise is an existential exposition of the world we live in and explores our responsibility as individuals.

Presented in association with The Banff Centre 


More ⟶



quiver | his & hers

quiver | his & hers

NICOLE MION | Calgary / Vancouver

QUIVER | His and Hers

Presented in partnership with the Prairie Dance Circuit


Quiver flies high in the clouds of the imagination. Nicole Mion’s new work presents her magical realism way of thinking about experiencing the air that connects us all.  In two solos tailored for stellar Canadian performers Justine Chambers and James Gnam there is two meetings of the mind…and two takes on the magical. Accompanying them live is the duo talent Tariq, the singer songwriter from the Vancouver band Brasstronaut and well-known CBC Radio host. 

A quiver is known as a container for holding sharp objects and musical instruments and for Nicole Mion it is the choreographic frame for making the imagination dance. In Quiver she plays with the existence of invisible energies and different realities. Through dance with absent people and inanimate objects, where the energy of a plastic bag and a fan can represent an inner landscape and the air around us, we witness impossible events that jumpstart our imagination, putting the rational explanation of the skeptic in doubt and vice versa.


understory promo 2 copy.jpg

the understory

the understory



Presented in partnership with the Prairie Dance Circuit



 Meet the Artist
Mion/Bundon | October 19, post-show

Oct 18-19, 8pm
Dancers’ Studio West 
2007 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB


The Understory follows two performers living and travelling through a winter landscape where at times they become the land. This work explores a fine balance between isolation and interdependence and is rooted in the image of a sparse field in prairie winter and the transformative power of fire.



urban cabaret

urban cabaret

October 18 & 19, 9:30pm
Theatre Junction Grand 608 1st Street SW

Urban dance, music, spoken word and visual arts


Curated by Tony Tran

The Urban Culture Cabaret expresses the voice of a new generation of artists who bring together urban culture and identity in entirely innovative and unexpected ways. Artists remix, mash-up and juxtapose the old with the new as a means to re-imagine Calgary's urban thumbprint. 


  • ContraVerse Collective 
  • DJ Sonidef
  • Erick 'Eazyg' Gutierrez 
  • Fresh Funk Crew - Jonny Linton & Jordan Bailey 
  • Melinda Yeoh
  • Nathan "Pleasant" Lenet
  • Sabrina Naz 
  • Tomorrows from Pulse Studios




Fluid Festival 2013 workshops. Connecting artists and creative ideas


Fluid Festival 2013 workshops. Connecting artists and creative ideas

Connecting artists and creative ideas

Fluid Festival Artist Talks
Free to the public


Free Workshop! 

Sat Oct 19 2:00 - 4:00pm

Springboard Performance's Fluid Festival and Theatre Junction GRAND present:


HERE and NOW or NEVER – a workshop with Mélanie Demers (Mayday) 


Theatre Junction GRAND Studio

Mélanie Demers’ workshops are designed in a way to create a territory where real meetings are possible. Tailored according to the context and the needs of the group, the classes become laboratories to experiment and risk in a safe environment.


More information

 *This workshop is open to emerging and professional dancers. Register through the Theatre Junction box office by calling 403.205.2922




Sat Oct 19 4:30 - 6:00pm


The Talking, Thinking, Dancing BodyDancers' Studio West


The Talking thinking dancing body is a conversation about aesthetics, context, and artistic processes, that was originally developed by Lee Su-Feh of Vancouver's battery opera performance.

Grounded in the experience of observing dance in both performance and rehearsal, this conversation will be amplified and facilitated by m-body artistic Director, Davida Monk and Vancouver based Dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Justine Chambers. Two opinionated and charismatic artists, who bring to the conversation a rich and varied dance experience.


Wed Oct 23 6:30 - 7:30

Meet the Artist, Talk with Marie Chouinard
Theatre Junction GRAND

A discussion with Marie Chouinard. Understand the creative process of a Canadian icon. Facilitated by Artistic Director of the Fluid Festival, Nicole Mion, and Human Performance and Information Technology expert, Dr. Patrick Finn. 


Fluid Festival Workshops


Mayday | Mélanie Demers
Technique workshop 
U of C Studio KIN163 | 12 - 1:30 pm | $12


Justine Chambers 
Technique Workshop 
DJD | 9:15 - 10:45 am | $12

Technique Workshop 
U of C Studio KIN163 | 10 - 11:50 am | $12

James Gnam
Technique Workshop 
U of C Aux Gym | 12 - 1:45 pm | $12


Mayday | Brianna Lombardo
Technique Workshop
U of C Studio KIN163 | 12 pm - 1:30 pm | $12

Mon Oct 21


Compangie Marie Chouinard | Carol Prieur
Technique workshop
U of C Aux Gym | 12 - 1:30pm | $12



Tue Oct 22


Compangie Marie Chouinard | Carol Prieur
Technique workshop
DJD | 10 - 11:30 am | $12

Liquid Loft | Stephanie Cumming
Technique Workshop 
U of C Aux Gym | 12pm - 1:30pm | $12



Thu Oct 24


Liquid Loft | Stephanie Cumming
Technique Workshop
DJD | 11:00 - 12:30pm | $12


Sat Oct 26


Liquid Loft | Chris Haring, Andreas Berger, Stephanie Cumming
Creative Process Workshop
Dancers' Studio West | 11 - 2pm | $20

Fluid Festival Workshops are Presented with our partners


Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Theatre Junction GRAND

Dancers' Studio West


Calgary Contemporary Dance Collective

Good Women Dance Society

University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts, Dance



running sushi

running sushi



Chris Haring

Meet the Artist
Chris Haring | October 24, post-show



Oct 24-26, 8pmDancers’ Studio West 


2007 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

The absurdity of “Running Sushi” manifests itself in the live-reconstructions of manga and MTV… what you see is what you get – and that’s great, in this case. 
- Süddeutsche Zeitung

Liquid Loft glances into the Zen philosophy of a Manga household. 

On his first tour to Canada, Austria’s performer king, Chris Haring brings a provocative duet that features brilliant performances and striking visuals. Inspired by contemporary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakmi, who critiques the shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture; our protagonists morph into a Manga couple trapped in a consumer arena. Love, desire, freedom of information, shame, fashion, and the superficial… 

Running Sushi shines light on modern life with evocative perfection!

Liquid Loft looks for the path of the Samurai on stage, it exercises Feng Shui in cyberspace and performs chopstick high-jumping of the greatest order. Calgary trained and lead performer with Liquid Loft, Stephanie Cummings from Fort McMurray, has become an uber-performer extraordinaire throughout Europe. Stephanie is excited to be performing for her very first time in Calgary where it all began.

More ⟶



Fluid Festival at containR

Fluid Festival at containR

The Fluid Festival took to the streets with DANCE at containR in Sunnyside
Saturday October 19 1 - 3:30pm

This was the first of many FREE family-friendly events.

Brought to you by Springboard Performance and the Fluid Festival.

Brace Artistic Director, Edward Mitchell, and Ensemble Member, Megan Gole, perform a series of short improvised duets that engage notions of community, structure, power, and landscape. Do you have an opinion about art? Be prepared to have your voice heard as the audience is asked to tell the performers what to do.  


Join kloetzel&co. for a showing of Dwindling Dispute TKO, a duet based on the Red Queen/White Queen dialogue from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Performed on a bright green square of artificial turf, Dwindling Dispute TKO will whisk you away to a land of regal ribbon-cuttings, sportingevents, and dog lawns. You won't want to miss kloetzel&co. members Naomi Brand and Melanie Kloetzel in this hilarious boxing match of manners both onstage and off! 

Created with support by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Banff Centre.

Jamie Tea Presents Sister Mary! Sister Mary's spiritual experience continues with another whimsical, site-specific episode!  Storytelling, music and comedy blend with physical theatre for a quirky take on divinity, cosmic oneness, and transformational journeys of the soul.

Jamie Tognazzini (alias Jamie Tea) is a singer, dancer, puppeteer, circus artist, and performance artist based in Calgary, AB.  Recent appearances include 'Bamboozled' at Vancouver's Dancing on the Edge festival (MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society), 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Orbs' at Q the Arts (presented by Swallow-a-bicycle), and the monkrat infestation at Phantom Wing (King Edward School pre-demolition project).

Previous episodes of Mary's spiritual experience include 'Our Lady of the Pitz', 'Barring an Act of Gawd', 'Sisters of the Oyster Cloister' (presented by Springboard Dance),  'Mary's Near Death Experience' (Soulocentric), the full length 'Fishscale Raincoat/Radioactive Tuna' (Soulocentric), and many more.  Jamie's also appeared in numerous musical theatre productions, including Evil Dead the Musical (GZT/H&M Calgary and Vancouver), The Toxic Avenger Musical (Broadway West), and The Astonishing Adventures of Awesome Girl and Radical Boy (Lunchbox Theatre).   Jamie has also been a proud associate artist with Green Fools Theatre for the past 7 years.  Big thanks for another awesome Fluid Festival!

Citrus Photography