Expanse 2023 Workshops and Panels

Panels

Panel: Exploring the Art of Mentorship in Theatre – Westbury Theatre – April 1 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

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Exploring the Art of Mentorship in Theatre

 

A Panel Discussion Unveiling the Multifaceted World of Apprenticeships on Stage and Behind The Scenes.

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival.

Azimuth Theatre’s AZ-MAP Participants and Program Leaders discuss the Azimuth Mentorship and Apprenticeship Program (AZ-MAP) and how mentorship and apprenticeship have impacted their trajectories, what needs they have witnessed in the community and what their hopes are for other mentorship opportunities.

Panel Speakers

  • Carly Neis
  • Bret Jacobs
  • Morgan Yamada
  • Sue Goberdhan

We are meeting with our AZ-MAP participants for a public panel discussion to discuss how this groundbreaking initiative has changed their approach to theatre practices and work – from exercising more agency over their education plans to achieve their professional goals. With a wide variety of instructional pathways that are tailored to individual participant needs, we aim at creating opportunities on local, provincial & national scales!

AZ-MAP offered two program participants the opportunity to take control of their training and professional development. With a focus on individualized pursuits based on professional goals, we are discussing how this kind of supported mentorship could be implemented nationally — leading to transformation in the landscape for emerging performance artists!

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

Panel: ARTFUL ACCESS – Westbury Theatre – April 2 – 4:00  PM – 5:15 PM

ARTFUL ACCESS PANEL

A Panel Discussion Unveiling the Multifaceted World of Apprenticeships on Stage and Behind The Scenes.

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival.

Let’s undo the myths of the complexity of working with disabled creatives by centering their individual needs and not discounting their stories!

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival.

The importance of centering disabled people’s perspectives! Let’s undo the myths of the complexity of working with disabled creatives by centering their individual needs and not discounting their stories!  “The job of the artist is to make revolution irresistible” – Toni Cade Bambara

Panel Speakers

  • Carly Neis
  • Asia Weinkauf-Bowman
  • Ophira Calof

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

TICKETS
General – $35
Students/Seniors – $15
Workshops – $15
Panels – Pay-What-You-Will

Accessibility
This event will be ASL Interpreted. Onlne and In-Person Options Available

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Workshops and Classes

Access 101: Incorporating accessibility practices within your artistic work

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival.

Workshop  Description

A comprehensive introductory workshop on achieving accessibility in your artistic work. Rethink your artistic practice and current understanding of “Accessibility” and “Inclusion.” This workshop will challenge participants to redefine their personal understanding of access by breaking down one’s experience, social location, and relationship to accessibility. Following this, the group will be able to imagine what access can look like in solo and collaborative work, and what steps are necessary to achieve it. Through introspection, group discussions, and thought-provoking exercises, Artists will leave this workshop with a greater understanding and action plan to better their commitment to achieving and providing accessibility and furthering their inclusion practices.

*Rapid Covid-19 Tests will be provided for workshop participants and masks are encouraged but optional. 

 

About your Instructor

Molly JF Caldwell is a yonsei visual artist and cultural worker based within Mohkinstis (“Calgary, AB”) She graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2017 with a bachelor of fine arts. Since graduating, she has been a highly active community member within the arts, including chairing committees on boards, and recently being hired as Artistic Director of The Bows gallery. She has been working with Inside Out Theatre and the Good Host program since 2021. Through her work with Inside Out Theatre and her own artistic practice, Molly seeks to prioritize equity within the arts.

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $15

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person:

  • Something To Take Notes
  • Water Bottle
  • If youth are wanting to join the workshop we welcome you, but you will need a guardian/adult to join you for the lab.

Online:

  • Your self
  • Something to take notes
  • A Device To Zoom In On
  • An Internet Connection

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

TICKETS
Workshops – $15

Book Your Spot Now

Creating In Surrealism (Puppetry, Object Design and Poetic Body Movement)

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival

Class Description

A workshop to explore the discovery of abstract puppetry and object expression in connection to storytelling with the body. We will create a container to analysis simple movements and going immediate into craft and creation. Finding everyday life observations and rhythms that are transposed into dynamic abstract structures and shapes, meant to be moved in space. Participants will be in direct contact with the basic material of simple cardboard, sticks, tape and garbage to creates forms and then put them into motion to discover their dramatics. We are miming our body for inspiration of structural and architectural and experimental language.

*Rapid Covid-19 Tests will be provided for workshop participants and masks are encouraged but optional. 

About your Lab Instructor

Elaine Weryshko (she/they) is a physical theatre artist and practitioner of live performance from Mohkínstsis||Calgary, Canada. My medium is the poetic body for a Post-Britney world, a practice based out of extensive worldly training in Mask, Clown, Greek Chorus/Ensemble and Puppetry. I write, perform, produce, teach, design and kamikaze live events in alternative spaces all over Alberta. I celebrate the need for epic and abstract ideas, while encouraging our collective exploration into our shared profane experiences with the natural world.

I am interested in creating work that in unimaginable and unreproducible. Inspired through a visceral live honesty to keep pushing the collision of genres and be paving greater roads of permission for how we make live art and how we experience it. Through this physical and visual lens, I have found my voice as protester, punk and artist; an emotional expression which apart from being anarchistic and slightly chaotic, is essentially visual and poetic. I am trying to work in a way that encourages the un-traditional, sparks surrealism and reinvigorates how we gather together in chaos.

Elaine is the co-Educational Director at the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, creator and coordinator of The WunderBriefs series at the Animated Objects Festival and co-curator of, to the AWE, a once reoccurring risk-based performance series in Calgary that finalized in 2021. In the past I have worked with or presented at: The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, Alberta Gallery of Art, Mile Zero Dance, Sage Theatre, Springboard Performance, Alberta Gallery of Art, Swallow A Bicycle, Theatre Junction, the Pacitti Company (UK), The Invisible Dog (NYC), and mentored with immersive theatre giant PunchDrunk in their London production A Drowned Man. I have trained around the world at: The London International School of Performing Arts, Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance and with the SITI Company NYC Summer Viewpoints Intensive.

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $15

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person:

  • Movement Clothes that you will be okay to wear while also using a glue-gun
  • Water Bottle
  • If youth are wanting to join the workshop we welcome you, but you will need a guardian/adult to join you for the lab.

Online:

  • Your self
  • A Device To Zoom In On
  • An Internet Connection
  • Any of the following
    • Glue Gun
    • Glue Gun Sticks
    • Masking Tape
    • Watercolour Paints, Paint Brushes & Pages
    • Cardboard
    • Fun Garbage
    • Craft Paper

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

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Performance Lab – Movement & Expression Through Aerial Arts with Sandra Olarte Mendoza

 

Sandra with the text PERFORMANCE LAB #20. Movement & Expression Through Aerial Arts with Sandra Olarte Mendoza, Online. Sandra and the text are layered on a background of a dark blue, green and purple galaxy sprinkled with stars.

This class is specifically designed for artists who want to explore aerial movement with an emphasis on theatricality, movement, and self-expression.

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival

This class is specifically designed for artists who want to explore aerial movement with an emphasis on theatricality, movement, and self-expression.

Class Description – This class is specifically designed for artists who want to explore aerial movement with an emphasis on theatricality, movement, and self-expression. We will harness the expressive nature of aerials using improvisation, movement, and play to convey ideas, stories, emotions, or simply to help our artistic practice expand to new heights.All artists from all disciplines are welcomed to join. There are no strength prerequisites, the only requirements are an open mind and willingness to explore, collaborate, and have fun!

About your Lab Instructor

Sandra Olarte (she/her) is a Mexican-Canadian aerial artist who has been performing in Canada and abroad since 2009. In Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) she has performed in theatre productions, arts festivals, and public and private events.She is a graduate of the École Nationale de Cirque’s Instructor in Circus Arts program and has completed numerous workshops & teacher training courses all over Canada, USA, Latin America, and Europe.

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $10

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person:

Comfortable, athletic clothing that covers legs & torso are required for success! Bringing an extra top layer to cover the armpits is highly recommended. No clothing with velcro, zippers, or metal, please.

Online

  • Your self
  • Something to take notes
  • A Device To Zoom In On
  • An Internet Connection

Accessibility

In Person

  • ASL Interpretation and Auto-Generated Captions will be provided online

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

Book Your Spot Now

Floorwork basics with Tia Kushniruk

This class is an amalgamation of several forms of floor movement divested into an hour-and-a-half class!

 

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival

Class Description

Welcome to Floorwork Basics! This class is an amalgamation of several forms of floor movement divested into an hour-and-a-half class! We will start with a warm up to strengthen and stretch your bodies for the across the floor. Then the class will consist of basic floorwork drills and movements taken from breaking, capoeria, flying low, and classical modern dance, to lead into larger strings of movement combinations that will challenge direction, velocity, and release. This class draws upon the teachings of Emmalena Fredrickson, Shay Kuebler, Antony Hamilton, and Martha Grahm.

*Rapid Covid-19 Tests will be provided for workshop participants and masks are encouraged but optional. 

About your Lab Instructor

Tia Ashley Kushniruk 亚 女弟 is a movement artist based in the Treaty 6 Territory of Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton. She has performed nationally and internationally, and her own creative work has been presented across Canada and in the cyber space of the world wide web. Keep up with her at tiaakushnir.uk

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $15

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person:

  • Comfortable, clothing to move in.
  • Water Bottle

Online:

  • Your self
  • Something to take notes
  • A Device To Zoom In On
  • An Internet Connection

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.

For group bookings, contact outreach@azimuththeatre.com

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Interactive Interchange

Skye Demas – ᑲᓇᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ Kanacicikewin – Cleanse and Dance Improv Workshop with Molly McDermott

Presented as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival. and Interchange – Dance Curation

A dance performance followed by an improvised dance workshop.

Performance Description – ᑲᓇᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ Kanacicikewin – Cleanse – 5 Mins
Artist Credits (Whole Team Involved):

Performer, Choreographer – Skye Demas
Director – Skye Demas
Sound Design – the song is “Shiver” by Kosh Anade

“The inspiration for my piece stems from my cultural background and teachings. I am of Cree descent, and this piece focuses on my take of how we cleanse through smudging. Our mind, heart, spirit and physical being cleanse with our prayers to the Creator. I took a lot of physical inspiration from the way the sage burns, as well as the actual smoke we see moving through the air. Within the smudging, how we ask for guidance from our ancestors and animal brothers and sisters was also in mind while creating movement.” Skye Demas

Workshop  Description – 30 Mins – Improvisation workshop with Molly McDermott

Join me for a class focused on improvisation, guided by imagery, and task-based scores. Open to all levels and anyone interested in movement. I am influenced by my training in Butoh and a wide variety of contemporary and somatic techniques. I will guide us through a brief led warm-up and we will transition into improvised structures. I hope to encourage listening, curiosity and play.

*Rapid Covid-19 Tests will be provided for workshop participants and masks are encouraged but optional. 

 

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $15

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person:

  • Movement Clothes that you will be okay to wear while also using a glue-gun
  • Water Bottle
  • If youth are wanting to join the workshop we welcome you, but you will need a guardian/adult to join you for the lab.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
All of our tickets are based on a Pay-What-You-Will model. However, to make the art happen, we have suggested rates below! Give more or give less. What’s important to Azimuth Theatre is sharing theatre experiences together. Any contribution is valued and appreciated.