Current Season

2017 – 18 Azimuth Season

This season we are excited to include new initiatives and new partnerships along with our tried and true.

The Performance Lab is a new professional development opportunity presented in partnership with The Citadel Theatre.
Sept 17, 2017 – Aug 26, 2018

The Exchange: Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts is an evening of thoughtful discussion presented by The Citadel Theatre in collaboration with Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, Azimuth Theatre, and The Maggie Tree.
October 2, 2017

The 2018 Alberta Emerging Company Showcase, Cardiac Theatre’s The Listening Room, is reaching down the QEII to partner with Downstage in Calgary.
January 18-28, 2018

The Expanse Festival returns to the Chinook Series.
February 8-18, 2018

The Snow Queen, a contemporary re-visioning of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, is a new Azimuth production premiering in the spring.
May 17-27, 2018

Performance Lab

Weekly, drop-in, pay-what-you-can, performance training and professional practice sessions.

Azimuth Theatre, in partnership with The Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, is offering a new professional ongoing performance training laboratory for artists who are interested in a long-term, exploratory, physical practice to enhance, supplement, and complement their performative and creative capacities. A blend of methodologies led primarily by Dave Horak and Amber Borotsik, with guest facilitators throughout the year, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play.

The sessions are set at a professional training level; however the only prerequisite for the class is a commitment to the rigours of the work. For actors, directors, creators, stage managers, playwrights, dancers, performance artists, teachers, technicians, visiting artists, emerging artists, as-yet-undefined artists, administrators, engaged and active community members.

The drop-in sessions will run weekly, Sundays 11 am-12:30 pm, Sept 17-Aug 26 (no classes Dec 17, 24, 31) at the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre.

Fees are pay-what-you-will ($5-10 recommendation)

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The Exchange: Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts

Presented by The Citadel as part of The Exchange series, in collaboration with Aboriginal Arts, Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, Azimuth Theatre and The Maggie Tree

October 2, 2017
at The Club in The Citadel
7-10 pm, Cocktails at 6:30 pm

An evening for community discussion on diversity and inclusion. Ubuntu. Guest Speaker Jovanni Sy, a panel discussion with members of the Edmonton theatre community, followed by drinks and snacks.

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The Listening Room

by Michaela Jeffery
January 18-28, 2018
The Studio Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns. 10330 84th Ave

“You have to fight, or there’s nothing.” – Marcus, The Listening Room

On the fringes of a remote desert society, a group of teenage dissidents search for fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. Using antiquated 21st century radio telescopes, The Listeners risk everything to connect to a past that has faded both from memory and record. On the eve of a trial that would decide their fate, The Listeners must choose to conform, or to strike out and seize the future they want to inherit.

Cardiac Theatre is an Edmonton-based collective comprised of producer Jessica Glover and director Harley Morison. Founded by the pair in 2015, their focus is producing intimate theatre in styles not normally seen in Alberta, providing opportunities for the development of young, professional artists, and cultivating young adult audiences.Since their inception, they have set their sights on producing works in Alberta by contemporary national and international playwrights: Hot Mess by Ella Hickson, Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouawad, Pompeii, L.A. by Declan Greene, and the Sterling-nominated Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes by Jordan Tannahill.

Azimuth is proudly expanding the Emerging Company Showcase program with the generous support of Downstage in Calgary. Cardiac Theatre’s premiere production of The Listening Room by Calgary Playwright, Michaela Jeffery, will bring together a team of independent artists from both Edmonton and Calgary and will perform in both cities. This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

Downstage is a Calgary-based company dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates meaningful conversation around social issues. Their work provokes vibrant dialogue, both informally and through their nightly post-show discussions. With a focus on new work created by local artists, Downstage offers artistic experiences that are entertaining, inventive, thought-provoking and highly relevant to your everyday life.

Expanse Festival

February 8-18, 2018

As part of The Chinook Series

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An MT Space & Gwaandak Theatre co-production
Written by: Patti Flather
Directed by: Majdi Bou-Matar
Aldrin Bundoc (Khalil)*
Nicholas Cumming (Wally)
Pam Patel (Rachel)
Michael Peng (George)*
Stage Manager: Zac Gungl
Technical Director: Julie Ferguson
Set & Properties Design: David Skelton
Sound Design and Composition: Jordy Walker
Lighting Design: Jennifer Jimenez
Costume Design: Melaina Sheldon

Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Westbury Theatre
Feb. 9. at 8:45 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 Gwaandak Theatre’s Patti Flather with the distinct physical style of MT Space.

* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance • Opera • Theatre (DOT) Policy.

Hole in the Sky

Producer: Hunter Cardinal
Producer/ Director: Joshua Jackson
Choreographer: Arik Pipestem
Composer: Benjamin Bubeck
Dancers: Robin Berube and Sabrina Cheung
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Westubry Theatre
Feb. 11 at 8:30 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 8:30 p.m. Westbury Theatre
Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Westbury Theatre

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: Megan Morrison, 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.

The Snow Queen
Workshop Production

May 17-27, 2018
Shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. (no show on Monday, May 21)
#202-10545 108 Street (behind Grant MacEwan University)

Crossing the worlds of fairytale and reality, The Snow Queen is a contemporary “escape room” theatrical interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale that takes the audience on an epic immersive journey with its characters. Created by professional Edmonton theatre artists Aaron Macri, Amber Borotsik, Andrés Moreno, Belinda Cornish, Michelle Diaz, Kristi Hansen, and Vanessa Sabourin and featuring an ensemble of high school performers and creators.

Director/Creator: Vanessa Sabourin*
Project dramaturg/Collaborator: Ron Jenkins
Creators/Performers: Michelle Diaz, Andrés Moreno, Amber Borotsik*, Belinda Cornish*, and Kristi Hansen*
Production Designer: Tessa Stamp
Assistant Production Designer: Emily Randall
Sound Designer/Creator: Aaron Macri
Video/Media Designer: Julia Grochowski
Stage Manager: Lisa Dalmazzi
Production Manager: Chris Hicks

*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

High School Ensemble:
Assistant Director/Collaborator: Jacquelin Walters
Performers/Collaborators: Michael Watt, Zackary Nay, Olivia Stover, Maya Parkins,  Rashaun Ellis,  and Joshua Graham

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