IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
When you mix shipping containers with the performance world you get containR — a portable environment that provides fertile ground for experimentation in the arts. It’s a gypsy caravan of pop-up stages and art galleries.
We invite you to jump in, submerge yourself and revel in the surprise of it all.
October 17 & 18, 6 PM & 8 PM | $15
Jessica Barrera (Calgary)
Taryn Javier (Calgary)
Brendan Jensen (Toronto)
Nicole Tritter | Mark Ikeda (Calgary)
Jeannie Vandekerkhove | Adam Tindale (Edmonton)
October 19 & 20, 6 PM & 8 PM | $15
La Caravan | Maya Lewandowsky (Calgary)
Gerry Morita | Shaun Pinchbeck | Lin Snelling (Edmonton)
Kate Nankervis (Toronto)
Pam Tzeng (Calgary)
Danielle Wensley (Calgary)
What Darwin Didn’t Know
One of the world’s most treasured secrets, the Beagle Conservatory is a traveling, shifting and constantly evolving ecosystem. Join the Curator’s in the conservatory and find out what Darwin didn’t know.
Jessica Barrera is an ex-Cirque du Soleil performer with a passion for merging physical mediums and narrative. Her ultimate goal: to enjoy the process, learn and invite others to come along for an adventure.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, Lee Cookson pursues collaborative projects that blend the skills of artists of any and all mediums. His goal is to provide original, awe-inspiring and insightful experiences, which engage the community he is a part of.
A work in progress
Concept and Direction: Taryn Javier |Concept and Design Assistance: Vernon Rubiano |Task Agents: Vernon Rubiano & Tony Tran |Creation & interpretation/dancers: Sabrina Naz, Zahra Shahab & Danielle Wensley
This work seeks to discover how the audience/performer connection can be manipulated. How can we alter the experience from voyeurism to inclusion — deepening the experience by sharing moments at heightened levels?
Taryn Javier has created and presented work across Canada including Aleatoires 48 heures, Alberta Dance Explosions, High Performance Rodeo, Fluid Festival. Taryn graduated from the University of Calgary with the Dean’s Creative Achievement Award; and The Dance Program of Ryerson Polytechnic University. She was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship holder for Impulstanz Festival 2003 in Vienna. Most recently Taryn successfully produced and directed the second installment of Inlayers — an online interactive contemporary dance experience initiated in Montreal, 2010. This second portion was shown in Calgary in February 2012 -
I Saw the Sign a playful event co-authored by Brendan Jensen & Stephen Thompson.
Discover the seen and unseen boundaries of an unfolding invitation to be present in a given space. Through a series of happenings, written and accidental, both participant and performer challenge the act of performance with the use of transformations and shifts in perception. Are you the ghost in the space that is felt but not seen? Or are you the main attraction? The door will be open.
Brendan Jensen is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and was a dancer for Toronto Dance Theatre from 2000 to 2008. He has also danced with Les Carre des Lombes, Sylvain Emard and others. He is currently an active member of Public Recordings Performance Projects under the Artistic direction of Ame Henderson. Brendan was one of two Canadians to receive the prestigious DanceWeb Europe scholarship in conjunction with the ‘2008 Impulstanz’ festival in Vienna, Austria. He has presented dance work at ‘Series 8:08’, ‘At the Wrecking Ball’, ‘Monster Feelings‘ and ‘Full Scale Revolution’
Stephen Thompson is a contemporary artist working within dance, performance and choreography. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, he received a Bachelor of Kinesiology minor Contemporary Dance from the University of Calgary. Stephen works nomadically between Canada, USA and Europe collaborating with artists and companies including: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Foundation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Par B.L.eux (Benoit Lachambre), Lee Su-Feh, DANS.KIAS (Austria), Fabrice Lambert (France), Fabrice Ramalingom (France), Antonija Livingstone, Public Recordings (Ame Hendersen) and Trajal Harrell (New York). He has signed several choreographies presented internationally and received a Paula Citron award for the “best of 2011” for his Etude: Arms (gauche/droit) in Calgary’s Fluid Festival 2011.
Nicole Tritter | Mark Ikeda
ex + perhaps plōrāre
A video installation
to cry out | to search into | to penetrate
to explore | to look into | to find connection
Nicole Tritter is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Calgary. Her background is contemporary dance, but her passion is combining art forms. Poetry and movement, sculpture and performance, climbing and dance are but some of her current explorations. Most recently, her work has been seen at the Denman Art Gallery on Denman Island, BC and the Kaliedo Arts Festival in Edmonton, AB.
Mark Ikeda enjoys classical music, climbing trees and tea. After training in theatre Mark has emerged into the world of dance. His passion for theatre and contemporary dance has brought him endless amounts of joy and possibility. Large amounts of gratitude rest with One Yellow Rabbit, Springboard Performance, and the University of Calgary for the wonderful experiences and friendships.
Jeannie Vandekerkhove | Adam Tindale
For amplified dancer
Performed by Jeannie Vandekerkhove and Jodie Vandekerkhove
A series of intimate vignettes, inspired by the architecture of the body, semantic/autobiographical memory and reactionary/sensory spaces. This dance will be modified in continuum by the sound created, looped within the confines of these steel walls. Everyday activities act as the impetus, followed by the narratives embedded within these actions.
Jeannie Vandekerkhove studied at Arts Umbrella and the Ballet BC Mentor Program. She has danced professionally in Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver, receiving opportunities to perform both nationally and internationally. Her choreographic work has been presented in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Banff, and Vancouver.
Jodie Vandekerkhove graduated from Grant MacEwan College (Dance Diploma), Simon Fraser University(BFA-Dance), and is currently working towards her Masters in Dance at the University of Alberta. Jodie has performed with Off Center Dance Company, Plan B, Manifest Human Arts, Brian Webb Dance Company, Mile Zero dance, Heidi Bunting Dance, Nancy Sandercock, Kathy Ochoa:KO Dance Projects and Jen Mesch Conspiracy. She is interested in Dance Education and has worked with the Learning through the Arts Program (LTTA). Presently Jodie teaches as a Sessional Dance Instructor at Concordia College and University of Alberta Campus Recreation.
Adam Tindale is an electronic drummer and digital instrument designer. He was a Permanent Instructor of Interaction Design in the Media Arts and Digital Technologies department at the Alberta College of Art and Design and is now an instructor at Ontario College of Art and Design University teaching Human Computer Interaction. He completed a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, a Masters of Music Technology at McGill University, and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Music, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria.
Maya Lewandowsky | La Caravan Dance Theatre
An examination of the relationships between movement and light and music and dance. Blending opera with projection design, contemporary dance and the grace of ballet, Inter-action pushes the viewer to be within and among the movement, and pierce the boundaries between these relationships. Featuring choreography from Maya Lewandowsky, this piece is sure to provoke and propel, breaking through the boundaries that separate us.
La Caravan Dance Theatre aims to inspire ordinary people to dance in extraordinary ways and to encourage extraordinary dancers to explore physical art that is greater than themselves.
The company blends traditional with contemporary dance to create an innovative international dance language combined with theatrical presentation. Under the artistic direction of Maya Lewandowsky since 2003, La Caravan has thrilled audiences across western Canada with electric, startling, and inherently original dance works of immense theatrical presence.
Gerry Morita | Shawn Pinchbeck | Lin Snelling
Duplex is an ongoing investigation of spaces, and the people who exist, coexist, or who have previously existed within them. By dancing the space as if it were a duplex where walls barely separate existence, emotion, longing, remembering, and motion, how much do we consciously or subconsciously affect each other? How much does our space determine what we do and how we feel?
Concept & Performer: Gerry Morita | Performer: Lin Snelling | Composer: Shawn Pinchbeck | Projectionist: Patrick Ares-Pilon | Special thanks to Mile Zero Dance
Shawn Pinchbeck has been active since 1984 as an electroacoustic composer, sound artist, video artist, performer, installation artist, teacher, curator, sound engineer, and consultant. His current works centre around computer vision, real-time and studio based acousmatic music composition, interactivity, video, multi-channel sound, and live performance -
Gerry Morita is as dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher whose body of work involves continuous inquiry into new ways of seeing movement, sound, and the spaces between us. As Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton, Alberta for the past five years, she has worked with artists from all disciplines in a vast array of both conventional and site specific venues -
Natif de la belle ville d’Edmonton, Patrick Arès-Pilon aime se promener dans les rues en contemplant la beauté innée du bruit, de la lumière et du mouvement des choses. Amant du film, Patrick s’intéresse à sa préservation, à sa désintégration et à sa projection.
Lin Snelling is a dancer, improviser, choreographer and teacher with an interest in relationship and re-invention in her work, which often involves creating with artists from other disciplines. Lin has performed with Carbone 14 (1989-2001) touring extensively both nationally and internationally. Lin teaches movement in the Drama Department at U of A and collaborates with many Edmonton-based companies.
Kate Nankervis | Katheros in Motion
A woman found alone but for a desk, chair, lamp and collection of love letters. Her lives lived, lovers loved and secrets kept unravel in a single room – the only place her eerie reveries and imaginary encounters come alive. Her distorted scenes are weaved together by original sound design reminiscent of a DJ spinning trance, electronica and dub step musical sets by Linedrawing.
Katheros in Motion is the choreographic work of Kate Nankervis Toronto-based dance artist. She has a BFA (Honours) in Dance from York University, Toronto and studied at Tisch at NYU, NY. Her first solo show Only Place premiere in Prague in June 2012. Her dancer credits includes working for Heidi Strauss, Elke Schroeder, Eroca Nicols/Lady Janitor, Maxine Heppner and Viv Moore, Krista Posyinak and collectives and companies Bonne Compagnie (Toronto) and Bone Gossip Dance Theatre ( Toronto/Edmonton), Bluemouth Inc. (NY) and Tino Sehgal (GER). She is a member of the Toronto Dance Community Love- In and an intern and rehearsal assistant for Adelheid Dance Projects. www.katherosinmotion.ca
As a matter of box.
What’s in a box? A new pair of shoes? A sheet of tantalizing bubble wrap that’s itching to be popped? Or perhaps, all the evils found in the world? Ubiquitous in daily life, these spectacular right-angled, cuboid containers store and transport what is precious, necessary and sometimes unwanted.
An Alberta-based dance artist, Pamela Tzeng’s artistic journey has brought her to train and perform in western Canada, Europe and Brazil. As a performer she has worked with Arsenale della Danza and choreographers Ismael Ivo, Kenji Takagi, Noam Gagnon, Stephen Thompson and Taryn Javier. Her choreography has been presented in several festivals in Alberta. Recent and upcoming projects include: performing Inlayers , the DSW Dance Lab and Creation 2012; and Tania Alvarado’s new work for the Prairie Dance Circuit.
Danielle Wensley | Jamie Wensley
There is a light where there is life. There is a sound when the light is bright. What reverberates when the light goes out?
Danielle Wensley is a dancer and choreographer from Calgary, Alberta. She has danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks since 2008 and in work produced for local festivals such as the High Performance Rodeo, Fluid Festival and Alberta Dance Festival. Her choreography has been featured in several DJD dancer-choreographed shows, Physical Therapy Cabaret (Fluid Festival), Freak Show (High Performance Rodeo), Alberta Dance Theatre’s productions of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and most recently in The Pie Factory Collective’s Lost ‘n Lost Department.