Current Program

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.

The Lobbyists

Thursday, February 6
Friday, February 7
Saturday, February 8
Thursday, February 13
Friday, February 14
Saturday, February 15
Westbury Theatre Lobby and all the spaces in between

Facilitated by Amber Borotsik

Somewhere in-between performance, installation and site specific squat lie The Lobbyists, a yearly collective of interdisciplinary artists and charged with the task of awakening spaces, both on the festival site and in the city surrounding. This year the relationship between community and art is being teased apart by an outstanding ensemble of creators, performers and instigators: Yvette Prefontaine, Cynthia Sentara, Dhana Cartmell, Brooke Leifso.
In addition to live performance the lobbyists are also honoured to feature and engage with the dance film A Provocation on Wheels by Shay Erlich and Jenna Roy:
Wheels represent possibility and plurality: the space between motion and stillness, the balance point between safety and risk, and how imagination creates opportunities for new motions to emerge. In animating the inanimate device, the user is in turn animated, perpetuating motion, relationships and explorations.


Century Song: A Volcano production in association with Moveable Beast and Richard Jordan Productions

Photography by: John Lauener and Dahlia Katz

Thursday, February 6 at 9 p.m.
Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Westbury Theatre

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

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

Thursday, February, 6 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m.
Friday, February 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m.

Pawâkan Macbeth happens before colonization, when Plains Cree were allied with Stoney Nakoda, and at war with Blackfoot over territory, food, supplies and trade. The Canadian Government were making their way west with Sir John A. MacDonald as its leader. Harsh environments brought immense fear, starvation, and uncertainty together to awaken the darkest of Cree spirits, the Wihtiko – a being with an insatiable greed. Through the exploration of Cree language, history, stories and cosmology Arluk asks, what is it to be human? What makes a human vulnerable to the Wihtiko? Inspired by working with the youth of Frog Lake First Nation, and shared stories from Elders in the Treaty 6 region, Arluk has created a terrifying journey through love, greed, honour and betrayal, with coyote howlers teaching us that resurgence requires balance.


culturecapital, the performing arts economy trading card game

February 9th at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
February 10th at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm
February 11th at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm
February 12th at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm
February 13th at 6:30pm, 7:30pm (semi-finals)
Fringe Board Room
Final Performance:
Thursday, February 13 at 9 p.m.
Westbury Theatre

Wait—you’re probably thinking: Did two artists from Vancouver (BC) really spend hundreds of hours over 3 years going through public funding data and talking to people to make a card game about the arts economy in Canada?

Yes they did.

Summon real companies. Roll for grant money. Play super rad projects. And use strategies to attract more communities to your side. Welcome to culturecapital.

Come play a game and learn about and/or test your knowledge of your local arts community. Featuring customizable decks containing real arts companies, with project cards and strategies that were birthed from countless interviews with local artists, culturecapital is both a performance and a living archive that reflects upon and celebrates the vibrant performing arts communities here in Edmonton and Calgary.

The first four days will be the round robin tournament: bring your deck from the culturecapital crowdfunding campaign or borrow one from us, sit at a table, battle your opponent, get ranked on the leaderboard with your top three scores. The top finalists ascend to the digital media spectacle arena, where the 2020 Chinook Series Champion will be crowned. It could be YOU.

culturecapital has upcoming versions and tournaments in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. The most up-to-date information can be found online at []


The Magical Kingdom of Queens

The Nina Haggerty Dance Collective
Saturday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
Studio Theatre

The Magical Kingdom of Queens is a fantastical exploration of duality created and performed by the Nina Haggerty Dance Collective. The Nina Haggerty Dance Collective, facilitated by Amber Borotsik and assisted by Cynthia Sentara, is a collective of artists with developmental disabilities who pursue both a dance and visual art practice at The Nina Haggerty Centre. For The Magical Kingdom of Queens the collective has been working with musicians Laura Raboud and Aaron Macri, exploring the various ways in which their dances, voices, stories and truths take space in the world.

Very Special Thanks to The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, to Karen and everyone a the The Alberta Avenue Community Centre and to Gerry Morita and Mile Zero Dance who began this whole program.

Creation and Performance:
Yvette Prefontaine
Erin Lepine
Kelsey Hawkins
Jaymee Howarth
Sam Crier
Cynthia Sentara
Amber Borotsik
Laura Raboud
Aaron Macri

Music Composition and Performance:
Laura Raboud
Aaron Macri

Brittany Leitheiser

Event by donation at the door

The Makings of a Voice, written and performed by Dana Wylie

Tuesday, February 11 at 8:45 p.m.
Backstage Theatre

A public reading of a new musical performance in development about discovering our individual identity within generational narratives. A personal and intimate journey that sits in a fluid place somewhere between the past and the present, between motherhood and daughterhood, between music and monologue.

Event by donation at the door

Interior Landscapes: Curated by Good Women Dance Collective
Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
Westbury Theatre

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.

Alison Neuman

Angela Sekulic
Alex Sutherland
Heath Birkholz
Iris Dykes
Julie Heffel
Roxanne Ulanicki
Rebecca Sadowski

Choreography Understudy:
Ainsley Hillyard

Choreographic Support Staff:
Angie Staines

Tom Merklinger

Lighting Designer:
Elise Jason

The Strike is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council, the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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.

what we don’t see/site of a sacrifice, by Kristy Janvier

“sacrifice” MiBC Creative Residency Showing, July 26 2019/photographer (c) Sophia Mai Wolfe, 2019

Curated by Good Women Dance Collective

It’s often we don’t see what one has given up when making decisions. A sacrifice can be made for another, an idea, something of value for ourselves or greater good of all or survival. At times all we have left is what we can hold onto.

Company/Artist: Choreographer/Performer: Kristy Janvier
Sound: Shamanic DJ, recordings by Kristy Janvier, vocals Jana Dutkiewicz
Video: Kristy Janvier


Stump Kitchen LIVE! with Alexis Hillyard

Alexis Hillyard created the web series “Stump Kitchen.”

Friday, February 14 at 8:45 p.m.
Westbury Theatre

Join Alexis from Stump Kitchen for a whirlwind adventure featuring some delicious vegan cooking and, you guessed it, her Stump! Alexis will create a delectable vegan meal for you in front of your eyes, featuring many of the ‘Stump Techniques’ that are featured weekly on her YouTube Channel, and maybe even a few surprise guests!