10-Minute Plays for Jane's Walk
Five local groups will be performing 10 minute plays as part of Theatre Junction’s Jane’s Walk event, 10 Minute Plays For Jane’s Walk.
On April 4, five local arts groups were selected to create and perform a 10 minute piece, based on a Calgary neighbourhood.
On May 6, each group will perform their piece inside Theatre Junction Grand; each piece will be performed in sequence in a different area of the GRAND historic theatre. Performances begin at 2pm and again at 3pm. Patrons meet in the GRAND lobby.
On May 7, each group will perform their piece in the neighbourhood it is based on. See www.janeswalk.org/canada/calgary for individual group listings and performance times.
Meet the five groups!
Saturday May 6th at 2:00pm and at 3:00pm – performing in the Theatre Junction Lobby
Sunday May 7th at 11:00am and at 2:00pm – performing in the East Village at the back side of Bookers Crab Shack (located at 316 3rd Street SE)
Taylor Hicks is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s BFA in Drama program and has spent her last year working as an intern at Alberta Theatre Projects. She has focused in many streams of theatre over the past five years including directing, choreographing, acting, and playwriting. Her most recent works include The Cycle (Playwright/ Director, Common Ground Festival), Yoncé (Director/ Choreographer, ND Theatre), and Whole-Grain Cereal (Actor, Taking Flight Festival). She is very excited to have this chance to work with Vanessa and Brydie for a third time and looks forward to many more collaborations in the future.
Brydie Thomas has just finished her final year at the University of Calgary and is excited to be taking advantage of opportunities within the city. She worked on many productions during her time at the U of C taking on many roles in the process. Most recently she worked on the Taking Flight Festival in both the role of a Stage Manager and Performer. Getting the opportunity to create a new piece of work with Vanessa and Taylor is something she is very grateful for. She hopes you enjoy watching it as much as they enjoyed creating it!
Vanessa Wenzel is graduating from the University of Calgary with a BA in Film, Drama Minor this spring. She has appeared in several plays at UCalgary including Splendour (Micheleine), The Learned Ladies (Armande), Closer to the Heart (Avery), and The Real Inspector Hound (Felicity Cunningham). She has also appeared in and worked on several indie films around southern Alberta. Vanessa hopes to continue pursuing her love of the visual arts after graduation through film directing and theatre/screen-acting. She is excited to begin this journey with the opportunity to be part of 10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk.
ABOUT PERFORMANCE PIECE
This piece is a physical exploration of Crab Theory. The theory is the basic idea of ‘if i can’t have it, neither can you’. If you put one crab in a bucket it will easily escape but if you put multiple crabs in a single bucket they will pull each other down, leading to the inevitable death of them all. Contrasting dance styles of ballet and tap will represent this.
Tangy Lime Dance Projects
Saturday May 6th at 2:10pm and at 3:10pm – performing in the Theatre Junction Ocular
Sunday May 7th at 3:00pm – performing in Montgomery in the Enchanted Shouldice Forest and at 4:30pm – performing in Montgomery at the Bowmont Natural Area (lookout off of 52nd Street NW)
Allara Gooliaff works, writes, and choreographs for dance, musical theatre, and stilt-based performance. She shapes her movement metaphors from common moments of shared experience. She explores patterns which unconsciously take shape in our bodies and put meaning into our everyday motions. Her choreography highlights the “small minutes” and otherwise meaningless moments whose gravity shape our hours, days, and ultimately our lives.
Allara is the Artistic Director of Three Left Feet Movement Creations. Her independent work with Tangy Lime Dance Projects has recently been showcased in festivals and performances by Soulocentric, Tziporah Productions, BlueBird Moving Arts, and Springboard Performance.
ABOUT PERFORMANCE PIECE
Did you know that Canada has a new national bird? It’s the Grey Jay! True story. Not the Canada Goose—too squawky. Not the Common Loon—sings in only in the minor key—too sad. Canadians are a happy, polite people and the Grey Jay reflects our country’s collectively clever and cheerful personality. Performed on stilts for Jane’s Walk 2017, Tangy Lime Dance Projects presents a lightly satiric look at our new national emblem.
A Pile of Parts Productions
Saturday May 6th at 2:20pm and at 3:20pm – performing on the Theatre Junction Grand Staircase
Sunday May 7th at 2:00pm and at 8:00pm – performing in Ramsay on Scotsman’s Hill
Matthew Hall is an enterprising performer and creator drawn by curiosity. Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, he received a foundation in art from his family members before pursuing formal training in Calgary. It was during his BFA that he began to develop his personal style, performing and creating abstract physical performance influenced by a multidisciplinary approach.
After graduation, his passion for learning was rewarded with an internship from Alberta Theatre Projects, a two-week TJ LAB workshop and a co-creation credit at the Alberta Dance Festival. Matt’s goals are to create and develop original works while exploring his creative process and broadening boundaries and perspectives.
ABOUT PERFORMANCE PIECE
WHERE ART IS MADE, NOT SOLD
Where Art is Made, Not Sold combines physical theatre, installation art, music, and site-specific creation. It highlights fragments, short stories, and memories, found space, historical research, architecture, and still images. The space becomes a place to screen through the past and create possible futures. This story is composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may imaginatively call it the art form of the city.
In contrast to traditional narratives, Hall is actor/dancer/sound designer and poet employing a site specific and aesthetic point of view to sound out the unique and charming neighborhood of Ramsay. Through the use of multiple mediums and disciplines, Where Art Is Made, Not Sold explores the heartbeat of the city: Ramsay.
Valour & Tea
Saturday May 6th at 2:30pm and at 3:30pm – performing in the Theatre Junction Mezzanine
Sunday May 7th at 12:50pm – performing in Mayland Heights at the Crossroads Community Hall
Drawn together by a love of vaudeville, physical comedy and the absurd, Val Duncan and Celene Harder have been creating theatre magic as Valour and Tea since 2012. Past works include Mercutio & Tybalt ; Max & George’s Underground Revue; DOES THIS TURN YOU ON? (Calgary Fringe Festival), and The Beyond the Curtain Site Specific Spectacular (Swallow-a-Bicycle and High Performance Rodeo). The duo’s performances blend old-world traditions with modern sensibilities for laughs and occasional profit. Dubbed “irreverent and witty” by the Calgary Herald, “sassy and stylish” by the Calgary Sun, and “most likely to succeed” in high school, Valour and Tea is thrilled to be working with Jane’s Walks and Theatre Junction in this urban exploration of Mayland Heights.
JAN AND PEG”S VACATION SLIDESHOW
It’s vacation time, and this year Jan and Peg are flying north to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary! Bursting with excitement about their adventures, these two feathery friends invite you to indulge with them in the time-honoured tradition of vacation slideshow viewing. Thrill with stories of plumage-ruffling proportions as these two present a bird’s eye view of the neighbourhood of Mayland Heights.
University of Calgary Improv Club
Saturday May 6th at 2:40pm and at 3:40pm – performing in the Theatre Junction Vintage Room
Sunday May 7th at 10:40am – performing in the Beltline in Central Memorial Park
Anton is a 3rd year BSc chemistry major/drama minor at the University of Calgary, but in his spare time he is an active improviser, who can most likely be found performing in improv shows in UofC’s Matthews theatre or hiding in one of the basements of UofC’s science buildings, trying to figure out how chemicals work (or something, idk). A lover of all things funny, Anton is excited to tell the story of the Beltline community, through 10 minutes of laughter, and unscripted theatre.
Adam Kostiuk is a boy who likes pizza, hiking, and Halloween. Everything else is just filler. He can be seen most recently in a production of ‘Oh Hell, I Overcommitted to Everything’ as performed by the bags under his eyes.
The beautiful Beltline: established in 1905 as the neighbourhood of Connaught, the Beltline offers a taste of Calgary’s rich history and character with architecture spanning different time periods, beautiful inner city parks, and historical sites such as the Peter Lougheed house and the Stampede grounds. As well as being one of the oldest neighbourhoods, the Beltline has also become one of Calgary’s destinations for vibrant nightlife, from 17th ave to old Electric Avenue (11th ave), entertaining many with bars and shops that take advantage of the unique and timeless buildings that the neighbourhood has to offer. Through the use of short form improvised theatre and interactive games, the UofC improve club hopes to draw upon the many cultural, historical, and local nuances of the Beltline area, as well as the ambiance, to create an authentic improvised performance which will explore the history and current events of the Beltline area and the people in it.