Traverse Your Azimuth: Our 2019-2020 Season

People, Performance, Process

A Producer and Presenter of original performance, an avid Supporter of local independent creators, and an engaged Community Member.

AZIMUTH THEATRE believes in social change and the vital contributing role of professional theatre.

We continues to offer live theatre opportunities for both artists and audiences. Here is a list of what to expect this year.

Azimuth Theatre Performance Lab


September 15, 2019-August 23, 2020

Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre

Practice, Development, and Community. This professional ongoing performance training laboratory is for inquisitive artists interested in a long-term, exploratory, physical practice to enhance, supplement, and complement their performative and creative capacities. 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.

Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They are drop-in and pay-what-you-can with a $10 recommendation.

Pay what you can. Take what you will.

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Expanse Festival 

as part of the Chinook Series
February 6-16, 2020
The ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84th Avenue

A celebration of the body in performance including performances by local and national artists, salon discussions, workshops, and pop-up lobby performances. Expanse is one stream in the Chinook Series.

Photography by: John Lauener and Dahlia Katz

Volcano Theatre’s Century Song

Century Song is a live performance hybrid created by powerful Dora-Award winning soprano Neema Bickersteth, and Dora-award winning collaborators Ross Manson (direction) and Kate Alton (choreography).

Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Bickersteth seamlessly melds song and movement to inhabit a century of women whose identities are contained within her own.

This exquisitely unique show features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers, as well as a projection design by Germany’s fettFilm – extraordinary visuals that bring alive major art movements of the 20th century. Both whimsical and riveting, Century Song is a wordless chronicle of the age, built from art.

Akpik Theatre’s Pawâkan Macbeth

The groundbreaking Pawâkan Macbeth is Indigenous playwright, Reneltta Arluk’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s darkest play into Cree history, legend and cosmology.

Set in Plains Cree territory in the 1870s, before the establishment of First Nations reserves, Pawâkan Macbeth takes place in a time when First Nations warred with each other and the Canadian Government over territory, food supply and trade. Harsh environments brought immense fear, starvation, and uncertainty together to awaken the darkest of Cree spirits, the Wihtiko – an evil being with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

Inspired from stories shared by Indigenous Elders in Frog Lake First Nation following protocol, Arluk has created a new, visceral experience of Macbeth; a convergence of Shakespeare’s language, modern English, and Cree. As historical wars are waged with the Cree and Nakoda against the Blackfoot, Macikosisân (Macbeth), a great Okihcitâw (warrior), becomes consumed by the cannibal spirit Wihtiko. He plots with Kâwanihot Iskwew (Lady Macbeth), to kill their Chief, Okimâw Wîpâstim (Duncan). Pawâkan Macbeth is a terrifying journey through love, greed, honor and betrayal, with trickster beings that lie like truth.

 

The Strike, by Alison Neuman as part of the Good Women New Work Award

The Strike examines the lives of a building’s residences who fight between light and darkness as the walls close around them.

 

Marynia’s house of awkward pleasure, by Marynia Fekecz

Curated by Good Women Dance Collective

Marynia’s house of awkward pleasure is the examination and interpretation of Polish dancer Marynia Fekecz’s life in Canada. Drawing from childhood memories, animals and humans, Marynia creates her own world which can be defined as awkward or full of pleasure.

Stump Kitchen LIVE! with Alexis Hillyard

Stump Kitchen celebrates body diversity, gluten free vegan cooking, and the amazing, unique ways we move through the world. This year at Expanse, Alexis is going LIVE with her cooking show inspired by her hit Youtube series. Stump Kitchen is all about following your heart in the kitchen, celebrating limb difference and accessibility, and most of all – having FUN!

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Tell Us What Happened

by Michelle Robb

A co-production with Theatre Yes
May 14-24, 2020
La Cité Francophone
Director: Heather Inglis

For the past three years, 21-year old Charlie and her two roommates have been running a secret online girl group called “Tell Us What Happened”, which now has over 400 members. Tensions rise when a few members realize they have all been sexually mistreated by the same guy — and that guy happens to be Charlie’s best friend. As the girls try to resolve the situation on their own, their beliefs are put to the test and they are forced to question what the group stands for.
**Content Warning: TELL US WHAT HAPPENED deals with issues of consent, sexual assault, and mental health**

Emerging Company Showcase: Impossible Mongoose
June 2020
GEF!

 

A psychological-thriller jazz-age musical with the paranormal at its core.
Book and Lyrics by Jessy Ardern
Music by Erik Mortimer
Conceived and Directed by Corben Kushneryk
Production Design by Alison Yanota
Created in collaboration with Kristen Padayas

Impossible Mongoose (IMP) is an award-winning Edmonton-based independent theatre company engaged in unearthing lesser-known theatrical gems and the creation of inventive new Canadian theatre. Founded by Corben Kushneryk in 2013, IMP expanded in 2017 with the addition of Artistic Co-Producers Kristen Padayas and Jessy Ardern.

All That Binds Us Workshop
December 2-14, 2019

The workshop of a new work created by the 2018/19/20 Azimuth Ensemble: Reneltta Arluk, Amena Shehab, Jenna Rogers, Barry Bilinsky, and Lebogang Disele.

All That Binds Us is about how we come together as a globalized community, and through new art making processes, what are the stories we wish to share and why are they important to us here, to us now? The goal of this process and this production is a complex, more thorough understanding of our country, our province, and our city – the land, and the people, that we are bound to. The ensemble at the helm of the creative team of All That Binds Us are all actively engaged in the discussions surrounding equity and inclusivity in Canadian theatre and collectively they include playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, producers, performers, and performance academics.