Season in the Studio
New fully-developed work by young and independent companies in the studio.
Premiering this season, eight artistic companies will be performing their diverse creations from dance to theatre, to puppetry to spoken word. We provide the space, front of house, box office, management, marketing and technical support at no charge to the artists.
Thank you to The Calgary Foundation for supporting the pilot season of NEXT STAGE through a Community Grant.
Sponsored by: Imperial Oil
Quinn Kliewer & Kyra Newton
November 16 – 19, 2017
Quinn Kliewer and Kyra Newton are two professional dance artists based in Calgary, Alberta. The two have been collaborating for the past year and opening themselves up to new ways of crafting movement. The dancers have produced two pieces of work – I am___. was performed at Decidedly Jazz Dance Theatre as a part of W&M Dance Company’s Artist in Residency program. The second piece, I am Intrinsic, was performed at the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists in June 2017. Next Stage will mark the premiere of their first performance as Incarnatio Dance Collective. These movement artists are excited to present themselves as a new contemporary dance collective with the intention of enriching their community. Their work aligns with the principles of authentic movement and they are inspired by the endless possibilities within improvisational scores and meditative breath practices.
The work will produce a greater focus on the process and it values the intimacy of every moment invested. Intrinsic will be the dancers’ first experience integrating props into their work to create architecture in the space and exploring how external elements affect the body in motion. Consider the number of ways paper is prevalent in our lives. It can provide information, entertainment, wrap a gift, and become art in itself. The focus of the work will be on shape, size, texture and colour. Quinn and Kyra will use the knowledge they have gained to evoke curiosity and to examine and interpret the essence of their movements in relationship to paper in its various forms.
Incarnatio Dance Collective: Quinn Kliewer and Kyra Newton
TIMMY, TOMMY & THE HAUNTED HOTEL
Pape & Taper Productions
December 14 – 17, 2017
When sisters Timmy and Tommy find themselves trapped inside the haunted Barrington Hotel, they must rely on the help of the ghostly inhabitants to defeat the vengeful manager and return home in time for dinner. A new play about death, change and growing up, Timmy and Tommy brings a new flavor to musicals and puppetry using satire and a macabre style.
Timmy & Tommy was first created through Chromatic Theatres Greater Forest Lawn Playwrights Intensive and has since has been featured in the International Festival of Animated Objects, Regina Fringe and Edmonton Fringe. The play features original music from local singer songwriter Kathryn Smith (KP Smith) and handmade puppets from theatre creator Ali DeRegt.
Written by: Ali DeRegt & Kathryn Smith
Music and lyrics by: Kathryn Smith
Directed by: Jenna Rodgers
Puppet & Costume Design: Ali DeRegt
Lighting Design: Breezy Manning
Set Design: Megan Thatcher
BODY SO FLUORESCENT
January 11 – 14, 2018
What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends attempt to retrace their steps to figure out how it all ended in an explosive fight. In their effort to figure out the facts, both friends shift from self to alter-ego and are met with stunning revelations. BODY SO FLUORESCENT is inviting and outrageous – asking difficult questions about blackness, otherness and relational oppressions.
BODY SO FLUORESCENT returns to Calgary from its premiere at the IGNITE! Festival in June 2017, where it received an overwhelmingly positive response. After tour stops in Stratford and the United States, madonnanera is thrilled to finesse and finalize BODY SO FLUORESCENT at Theatre Junction GRAND.
David di Giovanni : Writer / Director
Amanda Cordner : Writer / Performer
Felicia Bonee : Performer *subject to change
MY FAIR LADY – THE PUNK VERSION
February 22 – 25, 2018
A Multidisciplinary Work
“On a whim I got married in San Francisco in 1987. I filled a trunk full of all my worldly possessions and shipped it from Winnipeg to San Francisco as I waited for my Green Card and permission to join the love of my life. As it turned out, I was in an abusive relationship. So I got divorced and had him ship my trunk back to Canada, and I never ended up getting my Green Card. This is the story of what came before…before I was smart enough to realize what was happening. My name has been changed to Jodie to protect my privacy. If you meet me in person, I am a spitting image of Jodie Foster. I have been told that at least five hundred times since Taxi Driver came out in 1976. So I thought that maybe I could hide behind that name. Which doesn’t really work, after all.”
My Fair Lady – The Punk Version is a modern take on Pygmalion. A 19-year-old ballerina becomes the subject of a bet between her boyfriend and the kingpin of the local punk scene, who claims he can corrupt her innocence and teach her to be a jaded but educated punk. Set in 1985 Winnipeg and San Francisco, the play is a brash and sexy-coming-of-age story with a rock n’ roll score that makes the feminist message go down easy.
The Reykjavik Grapevine called it “gritty and compelling – it reverberates with the stirrings of revolution and the spirit of change.” The newspaper offers the synopsis: “ The audience is taken to 1980s Winnipeg and meets Jodie, a wide-eyed ballerina who is just waking up to the world. Then Jodie meets Adam, an older man with a punk-rock attitude. Adam tutors Jodie and introduces her to the underground anarchist movement, helping her to develop her own independent mind against the background of her controlling and oppressive boyfriend.”
The show brims with the best music of that generation, including Patti Smith, Marianne Faithful, The Velvet Underground and The Residents. Based on a true story (or almost truth), the performance blurs the lines between reality and fiction and is an unsettling look at dysfunction and manipulation. This narrative-driven short-story-photo-movement-performance conveys a clear feminist message while exposing the vulnerabilities of all involved.
Written, Performed and Co-Directed by Rita Bozi
Co-Direction and Sound Design by Ken Cameron
Production Design by Cimmeron Meyer
March 8 – 11 , 2018
Theatre & Dance
A Greek embodied tragedy for glory, cream, guts and the quest for happiness. Convicted from the revenge of Dionysus of madness in ecstasy and rage; we are Hero’s of stories untold, but no one believes in Hero’s anymore.
Created by Elaine Weryshko
KARL NIMENI IS NOT DEAD – I KILLED KARL NIMENI
Dancing Monkey Laboratories
May 3 – 6, 2018
Night Play & Theatrical Poem
KARL NIMENI IS NOT DEAD – I KILLED KARL NIMENI is part Dada, part surrealist, part existentialist but mostly this play is influenced by, and structured on, the teachings and research of Karl Nimeni.
Charles Fleming is in crisis; nothing makes sense or allows him to follow the flow of existence. Being is becoming difficult. We meet him in a jail cell, charged with the murder of Karl Nimeni. The only evidence against him is a dream. He speaks to the audience or the jury or his god or himself. His reality has been compromised by his own dreams. We learn that he believes he is innocent because Karl Nimeni murdered him.
On this narrative journey, we meet different versions of Karl Nimeni as understood by Charles, a man he might have never met, and a dancer who represents a primitive longing in Charles, beyond rationality and logic.
Through dialogue, movement, sound and projection, we learn who Charles Fleming truly is, we discover the teachings of Karl Nimeni and we (whoever we are) leave the theatre with more questions than when we arrived. If you ask if Karl Nimeni really exists, you have to ask if you exist first.
KARL NIMENI IS NOT DEAD – I KILLED KARL NIMENI is a night play, a theatrical poem, a moment in time and a narrative dream. It is a play that is more than it seems and less than is known.
**Karl Nimeni is a pioneer and an absent mentor for everyone who goes on to explore the night, dreams and the unclear in his/her own way, between art and science
A Night Play and Theatrical Poem written by Mike Czuba
Created by Dancing Monkey Laboratories
Writer/Director: Mike Czuba
Choreographer/Dancer: Melissa Tuplin
Composer: Nathaniel Schmidt
Designer: Leon Schwesinger
Actor: Amy Sawka
Link to a paper describing the machanisms of ‘The Night Play’:
Link to an early trailer from the 2013 workshop:
Link to a Page One:
Links to Original score from 2013:
THE STARVING TIME
The Deep End Collective
June 7 – 10, 2018
Inspired by evidence found in 2013 that definitively proved the settlers in Jamestown had resorted to cannibalism in the face of freezing temperatures and the onset of starvation, The Starving Time is an exploration of what it really means to be hungry.
The need to fill ourselves up, to consume, to suppress.
A poetic piece of theatrical writing, The Starving Time is lyrical and non-linear. Is this Jamestown? Is this New Canada? Is this another world?
Originally developed through the Alberta Playwrights’ Network and the RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program.
Written and performed by Jenna Turk
Directed by Sharon Pollock
Major Matt Mason Collective
June 21 – 24, 2018
Premium Content is a play about art, the Internet and their effects on the minds and morals of anyone engaging with them in a sustained way. It’s a play about hazy personal boundaries and hazy romantic entanglements. It’s a play about the difference between a funeral and a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a play about trying really hard to be really cool.
The Major Matt Mason Collective will be premiering this new play with an ensemble of seven actors. Each night the actors will switch roles to give a new perspective of the gender and power dynamics within the work.
Featuring live video feeds, original animation, immersive design and an ensemble engaging in the impossible, Premium Content is an entirely live performance as up to date as tomorrow.
David Gagnon Walker – Playwright
Geoffrey Simon Brown – Director
Alexis Lerigny – Intimacy Coach
Alison Yanota – Production Design
Tyler Longmire – Video Design & Animation
Mikaela Cochrane, Zoe Glassman, Charlie Gould, Evan Medd, Joe Perry