RBC Emerging Artists Workshop Series

The RBC Emerging Artist Workshop Series at Theatre Junction GRAND

In the RBC Emerging Artists Workshop Series, visiting artists being presented in our season are invited to share some aspect of their unique creation process with the emerging and professional theatre, dance, music and visual arts community in Calgary through an intensive workshop. The RBC Emerging Artists Workshop Series exposes local artists to diverse artistic practices, strengthening the infrastructure for contemporary performance in the city of Calgary and infusing our local community with a global perspective that will help our homegrown artists remain at the forefront of their practice. Theatre Junction GRAND is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for emerging and professional artists in the practice of contemporary performance, collaborative creation and new forms. If you are a local emerging or professional artist, we invite you to attend.
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Space is limited; To participate in the workshops please register in advance through our box office by calling 403.205.2922 or please email Courtney at education@theatrejunction.com

The 2014.15 RBC Emerging Artist Workshop Series Presents:


Workshop with L-E-V Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar // Creators of HOUSE (Tel Aviv)
Co-presented by Theatre Junction & Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 // 11 am to 1 pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

Headed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, L-E-V is a daring and provocative new Israeli company fuelled by the artistic momentum of Eyal. For many years, Eyal was muse, dancer, and choreographer at the esteemed Batsheva Dance Company, before breaking away in 2013 to form L-E-V as a means to explore her own idiosyncratic choreographic voice. Partnering with Behar, a well-known producer of live music, techno raves and underground art events in Tel Aviv, the pair has developed a conceptual dance company where movement, music, lighting, fashion, art, and emerging technology meet. Harnessing an original score by composer Ori Lichtik, and the exceptional perfectionism of a powerful ensemble of dancers, including Eyal, L-E-V brings incomparable artistry to the stage.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

Workshop with PIPS:lab // Creators of  Social Fiction (Amsterdam)
Co-Presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

Originating in the dark corners of the Amsterdam underground party scene, PIPS:lab has conquered the theatre, pop and art world in the 10 years of their existence. The work of their company moves in the future, exploring anonymous authenticity, avatars, blogospheres, ego searches, feeds and instant messaging. A PIPS:lab project must always include multiple art forms and the audience must always be involved. Their work is totally self-made – they produce their own software and hardware, creating interactive technologies where fiction and reality are mashed up. Having previously performed Diespace 3.0, the “first online community for the dead” last season, Theatre Junction is excited to continue presenting the work of these absurdist media theatre pioneers.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.


Workshop with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company (NYC)
Co-presented by Theatre Junction & One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (High Performance Rodeo)
Saturday, Jan.17th, 2015 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

Called the “most adventurous playwright of her generation,” Young Jean Lee has been creating a diverse body of work since 2003 with her Obie award-winning New York-based theatre company. Having previously performed her existential cabaret We’re Gonna Die to delighted Theatre Junction audiences in our 2011.12 season, and subsequently releasing the show on an album featuring cameos by Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys), Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre; Bikini Kill) and David Byrne (Talking Heads), we are thrilled to bring the work of this vital playwright back to Calgary audiences. A recipient of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and named one of the ‘top 25 artists who will change the face of American theatre’ by American Theatre Magazine, Young Jean Lee represents the future of American contemporary theatre.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

Workshop with Mark Lawes & Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists  // Creators of  Everybody Knows This Is  Nowhere (Calgary)
Presented by Theatre Junction
Please note that this workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date.
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND 

Since 2006, Lawes has been creating work with Theatre Junction’s multidisciplinary company of artists. His writing for the stage is created organically out of a friction between fragments of history, philosophy, visual art, contemporary dance, music and an alphabet of material coming from dramaturgical research. Utilizing a vibrant and surreal combination of text, live music, dance and film, the ensemble has developed a post-modern aesthetic that’s been described as “hallucinatory Franco-western Canadian gothic”. In their work, time is fragmented, alternating between the hyper-accelerated globalized state and the disorienting absurdity of the sterile suburban environment, creating a juxtaposition between technology and solitude, culture and nature.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.


Workshop with Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary) // Creators of  Famous Puppet Death Scenes
Co-presented by Theatre Junction & The International Festival of Animated Objects
Saturday, March 21, 2015 //  5-8 pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

Founded on a ranch in southern Alberta in 1999, The Old Trouts lived communally and premiered their first show to a bunkhouse full of cowboys and Hutterites, eventually re-locating the company to Calgary. Since its creation, Famous Puppet Death Scenes has subsequently toured across the world, delighting a global audience with The Old Trouts dramatically engaging and visually stunning aesthetic. Theatre Junction is thrilled to partner with The Festival of Animated Objects to present the return of The Old Trouts to our theatre. Featuring an all-new cast and some brand-new scenes, we invite you to once again re-live The Old Trouts promise of an ever-lasting life – or experience it for the first time.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

Workshop with Frédéric Gravel & GAG// Creators of  Usually Beauty Fails  (Montréal)
presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

The Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG) is a variable collective of multi-talented artists who work together to “create extensively, try prolifically and persist enormously.” Led by Frédérick Gravel, a dancer, choreographer, guitarist, singer and lighting designer, their work is presented in all kinds of settings, from classic venues in Montréal, to underground spaces in New York and major festivals in Europe. An established leader in the Montréal dance scene, Gravel’s creations cultivate artistic ambiguity while playing with the cultural zeitgeist. He purposely subverts the expectations and landmarks of the avant-garde in a way that is self-aware and inclusive, incorporating diverse elements of pop culture and performance art that challenge existing paradigms of contemporary dance and bring raw, emotional work to the stage.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.