as part of Chinook Series
March 25 – April 4, 2021
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.
Azimuth Theatre is delighted to continue our partnership with Good Women Dance Collective, and to announce the 2021 Good Women New Work Award Winner,
Mexican born, and a Canadian in process, Deviani has performed and toured with the National Folk-Dance Company and Mexican Folk-Dance Company and has quickly found her place within Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) since her big move a few years ago.
Good Women was first introduced to Deviani when she dropped into weekly classes and we immediately recognized her potential as a young dancer. With an impressive drive to learn and find new ways to be creative, we admire how she seeks to find the aesthetic and expressiveness in every single body.
Well-versed in multiple styles of dance, Deviani continues to broaden her artistic range through collaboration, and has been sought out by notable artistic directors. As a contemporary dance performer, she has participated in The Collective Personal by Isabelle Schad, and was featured in the Mile Zero Dance main stage production, The Disaster Show by Gerry Morita in November 2020.
With the support that comes with the New Work Award, Deviani looks forward to creating a longer dance piece which will be presented at the 2021 Chinook Series.
Also, check out the 2020 Good Women New Work Award winning piece, dnaplay: ORB by Nasra, along with the other Good Women curated pieces, Blood Memory and Power of the Drum.
A series of short n’sweet online dance parties.
This is the area for dancing.
We dance. You dance. Every body dances.
Use your computer to connect to your body.
If your eyes are tired
If your heart is dusty
If you’re sad for no reason
(or for every good reason.)
If you’re full of irrational joy.
The Dance Area at Chinook is often the Lobby.
But this year
Arrive when you want.
Leave when you want.
Move how you want.
Watch if you want.
We’ll take care of it all.
Featuring: Njoki Gatama, Marie-Joanne Fogue, Natércia Napoleão, Andres Moreno, Amber Borotsik.
Bring your creative works-in-progress, and we’ll work on them together. Don’t have a craft in progress yet? Come get inspired by someone else’s creative outlet
By: Andrés Moreno, Ft. The Lobbyists
An introspective look at “duty,” a word heavy with connotation, and an action word often misused and under respected. What is our duty as human beings to ourselves, our communities and our species? What happens when duties are not upheld and our communities suffer for it? And how do we uphold duties?
Featuring Njoki Gatama, Marie-Joanne Fogue, Natércia Napoleão, Amber Borotsik, Andrés Moreno
By: Natércia Napoleão
thresh·old | \ ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld \
Definition of threshold
1: the plank, stone, or piece of timber that lies under a door : SILL
2 a: GATE, DOOR
b (1) : END, BOUNDARY
specifically : the end of a runway
(2) : the place or point of entering or beginning : OUTSET
on the threshold of a new age
3 a: the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced
//has a high threshold for pain
b: a level, point, or value above which something is true or will take place and below which it is not or will not
Featuring Njoki Gatama, Marie-Joanne Fogue, Natércia Napoleão, Amber Borotsik, and Andrés Moreno
This project is supported by the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est soutenu par le Fonds pilote pour l’égalité des sexes, une collaboration entre Fondations communautaires du Canada et le Fonds Égalité, avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.
Curated by Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo
an ARTICLE 11 and Downstage production
“My name is Lila and I am a proud Blackfoot woman. What I am doing is illegal.”
So begins Deer Woman, a solo-warrior-woman story of righteous vengeance created by ARTICLE 11. Written by Tara Beagan, directed and designed by Andy Moro, sound design collaboration with Luca Caruso-Moro, with original songs by Lacey Hill, performed by actor and activist Cherish Violet Blood.
Deer Woman tells the story of a young, missing and murdered girl in a country where over 1,600 Indigenous women and girls are officially recognised as being missing or murdered.
Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. She is the daughter of a hunter who taught her all he knew. She’s ex-army, too. When circumstances converge, Lila finds the perfect opportunity to avenge her baby sister’s murder while exercising the skills taught by the Canadian government.
Deer Woman premiered at Tawata Productions’ Kia Mau festival in Wellington, Aotearoa (NZ) in June of 2018. The season ran in the Propellor Stage at BATS Theatre. Deer Woman was hailed as a highlight of the 2019 Sydney Festival, playing at Carriageworks to sold-out houses.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Deer Woman contains extreme, graphic, historical and contemporary violence, disturbing content and descriptions of sexual violence. Restricted to ages 16+
Deer Woman is made possible by the following artists: Tara Beagan, Andy Moro, Cherish Violet Blood, Lacy Hill, Luca Caruso-Moro, Imajyn Cardinal, Michelle Thrush, Caitlyn Pantherbone, Davey Jerry, Aldona B. Creative, Clare Preuss, Danielle Whyte, and Joel David Taylor
Photo Credit: Prudence Upton
A Princess and a Dragon try to survive the pandemic in Latin America, a much different reality. The Guardian: Return of the Princess is inspired by personal stories of migration and survival.
The first chapter The Guardian was inspired by a book called Las Almas de Bradon by Brandon Cesar in a poem called “el guardian.” It’s a story about a princess and the dragon reimagined.
Featuring Gustavo Cardona, Juan David Mendoza, Indirecords, Warlords Music, Remix the Ritual
Special Thank to Claudia Monica Cardona & Esther Julia Tesillo
CONTENT ADVISORY: The Guardian: Return of the Princess features illegal immigrant stories.
By: Miwa Matreyek
The earth. Seeing landscapes from the airplane window, natural history museums.
Created and performed by Miwa Matreyek
Music by Steve Ellison, Mileece, Careful (aka Eric Lindley)
By: Miwa Matreyek
Inspired by the Anthropocene and my own climate grief.
Content Curated By Good Women Dance Collective
dnaplay is an opening ceremony, yet a story within its own; where we join NASRA in exploring the sacred acts of building relations. Whether it be performer to audience, soul to body, friend to friend, ancestor to descendant, or nature to itself. dnaplay offers an in to the relational, ritual, and repetitive conjuring that Black life/ceremony requires.
Beginning with ORB. ORB is the first section of dnaplay. It’s a response to my personal need to share more of an expanded opening ceremony. It’s the physicalization of what performance/being witnessed asks of me. What it looks like to literally spin the energy needed to story tell from in and around me. To show what’s energetically binding me in the space and to use my power of Sight to claim/create that space intentionally. ORB is a forcefield and a playground; both specific about the company is kept.
2020 Good Women New Work Award Winner. Curated By The Good Women Dance Collective.
The seed of inspiration is found in the African roots of Cuban dance, particularly Afrocuban dance celebrating the African Orishas (Yoruban deities) that are grounded on powerful drumming and resonate deeply in our hearts! Even with all the struggles faced by the African slaves in Cuba, their music, drumming and dance has remained a vibrant component of today’s Cuban arts and culture, and a symbol of the resilience of the human spirit that is so needed today!
Leo Gonzalez, Lead choreographer and dancer
Raydel Martinez Portuondo, Assistant choreographer and Dancer
Nathan Ouellette, Music director and drummer
Cecilia Ferreyra, Concept creation, art director and narrator
Special thanks to the nonprofit organization Tyler Baker Photography for the promotional images and lighting support, and to the Good Women Collective for the opportunity to be part of their curated presentation at the Expanse Festival.
By: Ayla Modeste and Tarene Thomas
Blood Memory was derived from the reflections of Ayla Modeste and Tarene Thomas. Both Tarene and Ayla’s artist process explore the innate calling of what it means to be connected to the land, our ancestors and sexuality as they exist individually. Blood Memory is the remembrance that Our Land, Ancestors and Sexuality co-exist.
Curated By The Good Women Dance Collective.
Producer, Choreographer, Director, Editor: Ayla Modeste
Spoken Word and Song: Tarene Thomas Drumming
Videography: Kadeem Baird-Griellmore (The KadeemTeam)