2017-Dance Crush 2017-10-30T18:07:38+00:00

Dance Crush 2017

Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St
$15 Members
$20 General

Location of “Family Dinner” 
TBA and tickets $45 Members, $50 General

Local and national artists curated by Gerry Morita expose Edmonton audience to the most current ideas about movement and the body in performance.

November 30 and December 1 at 6:30 PM
Justine Chambers  (Vancouver) “Family Dinner” – SOLD OUT

December 2 and 3 at 8 PM
Justine Chambers “Family Dinner: The Lexicon” – Buy tickets

Family Dinner: The Lexicon is a choreographic culling of each immersive dining performance of Family Dinner, to date. While Family Dinner prioritizes what is felt over what is seen and offers a co-creation with dinner guests, The Lexicon proposes choreography as a method for archiving gesture. The 227 gestures have been sourced from the people present at each dinner. The bodies of the performers are used as imperfect recording devices to hold each dinner guest in the memory of the work. The Lexicon re-organizes and categorizes the inventory of dining gestures to create a living catalogue of movement.

January 19 to 20 at 8 PM
Rebecca Sadowki “The Sash Maker”

Edmonton’s Rebecca Sadowski in collaboration with Aboriginal Arts Alberta. Sadowski uses Metis traditional sash weaving as an entry point to exploring her own heritage through movement.

The Sash Maker is a collaboration between performing artist Rebecca Sadowski, and poet and author Naomi McIlwraith. The Sash Maker was first workshopped at Good Women Dance Collective’s “What’s Cooking?” showcase, before being presented at the Nextfest Festival in June of 2017. The piece has also been performed in Alberta Dance Alliance’s Feats Festival, and at Fort Edmonton Park.

Rebecca and Naomi met while working as historical interpreters for Fort Edmonton Park. They both felt a common pull towards exploring and researching their shared Métis heritage. They found a lot of shame and concealment surrounding their family’s backgrounds, and were inspired to explore ideas about Métis identity through art. The piece connects dance, poetry, and traditional finger- weaving together, promoting healing through deeply rooted cultural ties. The lives of the Métis have been woven together from a variety of cultures, traditions, and beliefs. It is a composite. It is a mixture. It is Métis.

“My people will sleep for one hundred years, 
But when they awake, it will be the artists 
Who give them back their spirit.”

-Louis Riel, July 4th, 1885

About Rebecca Sadowski
Rebecca is a performing artist, choreographer, and dance instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has choreographed for the Nextfest Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Feats Festival, the Common Ground Found Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival. She teaches dance with dancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and has performed with various theatre companies in Toronto including the Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Creativiva Incorporated. She is passionate about her Métis heritage, and has taught Métis and historical dance styles at Fort Edmonton Park. Rebecca is excited to be dancing with Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, and Punctuate! Theatre this upcoming season.

About Naomi McIlwraith
Born and raised in amiskwacîy-wâskahikan, Naomi McIlwraith is a Métis writer, a teacher, a canoeist, a poet, and a conversationalist extraordinaire, a bird lover and a tree hugger with no apologies, a worrier and a warrior, and word weaver and a story teller with a heckuva story to tell! One more thing: she can start a fire with a flint and steel!

February 23 to 24 at 8 PM
Andrew Tay “You Can’t Buy It (but I’ll sell it to you anyways) SUCKA”

Montreal’s Andrew Tay questions ideas of human connection and spirituality through a complicated relationship to modern technology and social media actions- a challenging blend of movement research, queer aesthetics and inter-active performance.

A shared desire for revelation – pointing towards magic. my body as a wishing well. No resolution. A compositional abyss. endlessly discovering but never resolved.

About Andrew Tay
Andrew Tay is a hybrid form of performer, choreographer and performance curator based in Montreal. In 2005 he co-founded (with collaborator Sasha Kleinplatz) the company Wants&Needs danse. Since then, the company has produced the wildly popular performance events Piss in the Pool and Short&Sweet which take place in non-traditional venues throughout the city.
In August 2016, Tay received the Risk and Innovation Award from the Summerworks Performance Festival for his work Fame Praver / Eating. In 2017, he joined the team of the O Vertigo Centre for Creation as Artistic Curator. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.

March 16 to 18 at 8 PM
Kristine Nutting (Ed) and Linnea Swan (Cal) new work.

Two legendary ladies of the prairies join forces for an explosion of physical creativity.