A celebration of art in motion, Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse invites you to be moved by the power of high-velocity body made art. Please note: All Expanse events are Deaf friendly.


THE LOBBYISTS

Here, there, everywhere throughout Chinook

featuring Kendra Shorter, Sarah Feutl, Mpoe Mogale, Carmen Tiemstra Nieuwenhuis, Bridget Louise Jessome

Somewhere in-between performance, installation and party lay The Lobbyists, a yearly collective of emerging, interdisciplinary artists brought together by Expanse Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik. This project connects artists emerging into a professional performance practice and charges them with the task of awakening spaces around and between us. With pop up performances between shows, bodies, and even glasses of wine, The Lobbyists will surely move you. Follow The Lobbyists throughout Chinook and around town – tune into chinookseries.ca to see where they’ll pop up next.

ALBERTA GROWN

Thursday, February 9 at 8:30pm
Friday, February 10 at 7pm
in the Westbury Theatre

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two new work by dance artists from across Alberta

vulnerable and soft and strange and stomping

Performance & Choreography: Aimee Rushton
Sound Design: Aaron Macri
Development Credits: Good Women Dance Collective, Matthew MacKenzie, Mia Rushton, and Eric Moschopedis

vulnerable and soft and strange and stomping explores our past and present identities, the ultra-thin distance from then to now. Using fragments of the artist’s personal writing and biographical details to create a soundscape that moves between coherent and disorienting. vulnerable and soft and strange and stomping aims to address notions of persona and radical self-acceptance. Aimee Rushton was the recipient of the 2016 Good Women New Work Award.

“A Meditation on the End,” by Jo-Lee

Choreography & Performance: Pam Tzeng
Rehearsal Direction: Linnea Swann and Helen Husak
Dramaturgy: Andy Curtis
Lighting Design: Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie
Sound Design: Krzysztof Sujata
Acknowledgements: Created with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and W&M Dance Projects Artist in Residence Program. Research support from Canada Council for the Arts and One Yellow Rabbit.

“A Meditation on The End”, by Jo-Lee is a dark and playful exploration of mortality. With death in arms, then at her feet, Jo-Lee muses on what has given her unconventionally conventional life meaning. With this new work, Tzeng leaps into the fragmented memories of an imagined “other”, crafting a poetic and humorous theatrical dance that embraces existential longing and the certainty of uncertainty.

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BODY PARTS

Saturday, February 11 at 7pm
Sunday, February 12 at 8:30pm
in the Westbury Theatre

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the hidden identity of the self that lays within the body.

Re:Pairing

Choreographer & Performer: Emily Gualtieri
Performer & Collaborator: Linnea Swan
Rehearsal Director: David Albert-Toth
Lighting Designer: Timothy Rodriques
Audio arranged by: David Albert-Toth
Stage manager: Maria Simone

Re:Pairing plays with an interest in our stories, specifically in those that are often unheard or forgotten. Voice, text, and movement act as motors for discovering these hidden avenues, revealing a surreal and dreamlike world – entrances and exits that are at once theatrical and entertaining, as they are intimate and vulnerable, shape the work. When do we choose to enter and why do we leave? How do we allow ourselves to be visible in front of others, and when and why do we choose to be invisible?

BodyunTitled

Choreography, concept and performance: Daša Grgič
Direction: Luca Quaia
Masks: Stefano Perocco di Meduna
Lighting design: Raffaele Cavarra
Costumes: Silva Gregorčič
Coproduction: Slovene Permanent Theatre in Triest

BodyunTitled is a very personal experiment into the question of identity. Clad in a reimagined suit, dress, jacket and hat, Daša Grgič invents a creature in movement whose charisma hinges on the “attraction-repulsion” equation. With the body of a headless pin-up, she explores the whole range of physical possibilities: with smooth or jerky movements and inverted positions, she introduces us to a world of unsettling fantasies. The piece wasn’t conceived of as a provocation but rather as an invitation to observe the dual nature of what we think of as familiar.

COAST TO COAST

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 15 at 8:30pm
in the Westbury Theatre

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three pieces by artists from across Canada. Curated by the Good Women Dance Collective.

There she was

Choreographer & Performer: Jane Alison McKinney
Outside eye: Heidi Strauss

A woman navigating the reality of her past self and the imaginary aspects of the real world she lives in now. Dealing with strength, momentum, and mania, this person moves through a series of events quickly while being seen. Can one person, transform a room of people? How does the history of all these people affect the now? How do the tasks that are being accomplished relate to what is real. Is this real?

POLKA(dots)

Creator & Performer: Rosanna Terracciano
Composer: Chris Dadge, with voice by Hedi Graja, accordion by Danilo Terra, guitar by David Matyas
Costumer: Flamencura Ropa & Giuseppina Terracciano

“My mom has always loved polka-dot flamenco dresses. My dad has always loved dancing the polka.”

Flamenco meets polka in this multi-coloured solo, a collaboration with bata de cola (one long flamenco dress) and farolillos (many paper patio lanterns from the annual Sevilla spring fair). POLKA(dots) is a commentary on the act of celebrating, where dances and stories for polka-dots and polkas set the stage for play. It was created and developed with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Studio Pleamar (Montréal) Artist in Residence Program and Dancers’ Studio West Alberta Dance Festival.

Submission to Entropy

Performer: Karissa Barry & Elya Grant
Choreographer: Karissa Barry
Sound Composer & Performer: Stefana Fratila
Original Lighting Designer: Rob Sondergaard
Original Performers: Lexi Vajda, Jess Wilkie
Development & Financial support: BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Small Stage, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, private donors.

Entropy is commonly known as a measure of disorder, randomness of a system, or of our lack of information about it. This work is inspired by the human response to change and follows the transformation of two beings that evolve from the discovery and recognition of disorder.

THE MOON AT MIDNIGHT

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Choreographer & Co-Creator: Amber Borotsik
Dramaturge & Co-Creator: Jesse Gervais
Sound Designer: Aaron Macri
Production Manager: Julie Ferguson
Lighting Designer: Stephanie Bahniuk
Performers/Collaborators: Pearl Edwards, Richard Lee
Hsi*, Brooke Leifso, Laura Raboud, Lin Snelling, Gianna
Vacirca, Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Bill Yong

Inspired by a city smashing monster movie, The Moon at
Midnight
explores the relatonship between strength and
fragility, celebratng the ofen shadowed but profoundly
heroic experience of healing – the kind of experience
that bashes a person flat, slams caregivers into acton
and jams the movie channel on, on, on to electrify
endless, black hours. An intersecton between dance,
theatre and sound installaton,
The Moon at Midnight
is performed by an inter-generatonal and inter-ability
company. It’s a love leter to dark, empty nights. And to
monster movies.

The Moon at Midnight company would like to thank
Murray Utas, Brian Webb, Expanse, Gerry Morita and
Mile Zero Dance, Diana Stevenson, The Citadel Theatre,
Foote Theatre School, The Alberta Avenue Community
League, David Barnet, The Edmonton Arts Council, The
Alberta Foundaton for the Arts and The Prairie Dance
Circuit: The Brian Webb Dance Company, Winnipeg’s
Contemporary Dancers, New Dance Horizons,
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, and The Fluid
Festval for supportng the development of this work.

* The participation of Richard Lee Hsi is arranged by permission of Canadian
Actors’ Equity Associaton under the provisions of the Dance●Opera●Theatre
Policy (DOT)