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

Facilitated by Amber Borotsik
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

The Lobbyists are a group of emerging performers who create a series of performance works that will inhabit the Westbury Lobby throughout the festival.   Intended to activate and open up the spaces in between performances these works are facilitated by Expanse Founder and Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik

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.

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

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!