Expanse Program

Paradise

An MT Space & Gwaandak Theatre (Yukon) co-production
Written by: Patti Flather
Directed by: Majdi Bou-Matar
Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Westbury Theatre
Feb. 9. At 9 p.m. Westbury Theatre

An unemployed logger, a young man accused of terrorism, a family doctor and his daughter, all searching for their humanity inside the systems that cage us all. A poetic, complex and challenging work, Paradise is a beautiful marriage of the text and imagery of Patti Flather with the distinct physical style of MT Space.

Hole in the Sky

Producer: Hunter Cardinal
Producer/ Director: Joshua Jackson
Choreographer: Arik Pipestem
Composer: Benjamin Bubeck
Dancers: Robin Berube, Willow Eaglespeaker
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Westubry Theatre
Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. Westbury Theatre

“Long ago, there were beings of light and energy called Kisikookuk. These ‘star people’ roamed the realities looking for new experiences, new understandings and new perspectives. The Cree people believe that one of the Kisikookuk, named Atchakos Iskwew, or Star Woman, came down from the Hole in the Sky (Pakone Kisik) into our reality. From her, all people found their way here to learn, experience, gain insight and perspective and teach— and then [move] on.”
– Wilfred Buck

Journey through the universe as two souls discover themselves through newfound love and kinship. This unique exploration transcends the physical world as they discover all sides of their own energy in a space beyond time. The Hole in the Sky blends traditionally rooted indigenous hoop dancing with contemporary combat and mask work.

Coast to Coast

Curated by The Good Women Dance Collective
Feb. 13 at 8:45 p.m. Westbury Theatre
Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Westbury Theatre

heart–work
direction & concept: Marcela Giesche
movement & performance: Sahara Morimoto
soundscape/editing: Marcela Giesche

heart – work emerged from the necessity to connect to the physicality and power of the heart.
Through rhythm, variable frequencies, and incessant pulsing – the body of the dancer becomes the heart of the space.

Femme Fatales
Choreography: Meredith Kalaman in collaboration with Kate Franklin, Felicia Lau, Gabi Beier and Teghan Fedor
Performers: Kate Franklin, Felicia Lau & Meredith Kalaman

Femme Fatales is a poetic trio, blending narrative and contemporary dance to bring to light the impact of gender socialization. How do we embody gender beyond a conversation from our logical mind and how do we articulate who we are with or without gender?

I can’t sit still
by Katerine Semchuk
Recipient of the 2017 Good Women New Work Award

Performers/collaborators: Abbie Cogger, Emily O’Neil, Katherine Semchuk
Choreographer: Katherine Semchuk
Sound: Composed by Dan Tansy, featuring Warren Krick, Ross Nicoll and Cameron O’Neil
Lighting Design: Julie Ferguson
Development Credits: Good Women Dance Collective and Expanse Festivals’ New Work Award, Ainsley Hillyard, Robyn Learn, Kate Stashko, Emily Spearing.

Head in ten places
Spread too thin
Bite off more than you can chew
Wears many hats
Bent out of shape
In over your head…

I can’t sit still is an exploration of idiomatic expressions relating to trying to do everything at once. With a compulsion to say yes and urge to remain occupied, three parts of one can very quickly diverge from focus.

What (Black) Life Requires

Dirt Buffet #31 (co-presented with Mile Zero Dance)
Co-created and performed by Mpoe Mogale, Lebo Disele, Ade Adeleye and Hillary Warren
Poetry by Brandon Wint
Feb. 16 at 8:45 p.m. Westbury Theatre
Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Westbury Theatre

What (Black) Life Requires is an interdisciplinary performance which fuses modern, contemporary and ballet dance styles with spoken word poetry to explore the resilience, ingenuity, diversity and brilliance of Black Life. The piece is a powerful expression of Black creative unity, diversity, and womanhood, which explores the tension between personal narrative and collective experience within the context of Black life in Canada.

Expanse Ancillary Events

Workshops, The Lobbyists, Salon Discussions. Program info coming soon