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
2020 Lobbyist Ensemble: Yvette Prefontaine, Dhana Cartmell, Cynthia Sentara, and Brooke Leifso with video by Shay Erlich and Jenna Roy
Somewhere in-between performance, installation, and party lie “The Lobbyists”: a yearly collective of interdisciplinary artists. Intended to activate and open up the spaces in between performances these works are facilitated by Expanse Founder and Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik.

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.

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.

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 []

This is My Voice

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

This is My Voice is a series of movement works created, choreographed, 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 This is My Voice 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.
Creation and Performance:
Yvette Prefontaine
Erin Lepine
Kelsey Hawkins
Jaymee Howarth
Sam Crier
Laura Traverse
Cynthia Sentara
Amber Borotsik

Music Composition and Performance:
Laura Raboud
Aaron Macri

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.

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.

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.

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!