Expanse Workshop Series

You Move Me
led by Meredith Kalaman
February 14, 2018
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre

Turn off your mind and completely let your body flow in movement during this workshop with contemporary dancer and choreographer, Meredith Kalaman. You will develop new tools of listening in the body that will open new patterns and connections in your body. Come experience yourself in your body in a way you have always known is possible. Suitable for people that have a practice in their body and are comfortable in improvised movement and making your own choices in a directed design.


Senses in Motion
Led by Sahara Morimoto
February 14, 2018
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre

Through this workshop, Sahara Morimoto will be sharing ways of activating your senses to discover your individual connection to awareness & imagination inside your physicality. Finding familiar and unfamiliar movements within the body, the class challenges duration both with the body and the mind, in order to find better stamina and to better utilize moments when you’re in them and when you aren’t. Variations will be offered, and both dance professionals and physical performance enthusiasts are welcome.


Intimacy for the Stage
February 15 & 16, 2018

Siobhan Richardson from Intimacy Directors International will lead two workshops for theatre professionals, one for performers and one for directors, coaches and choreographers.

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Christie Lites Sales.

Intimacy For The Stage – Facilitators
February 15, 2018
10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre

Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling. Clarify the artistic and practical approach to this work. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on facilitating a workspace that allows for physical and emotional chemistry between characters – without compromising personal boundaries – resulting in powerful chemistry between characters and clear, effective storytelling. Discussion topics include: creating instant chemistry, The Pillars, permission vs. consent, Best Practices and minimum working conditions, and psychological safety.


Intimacy For The Stage – Performers
February 16, 2018
10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre

In this workshop, you’ll learn specific techniques for accessing your vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. The principles can include the intimacy between lovers, between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence. Discussion topics include: consent, boundaries, psychological safety, best practices and working conditions.


Performance Lab – Chinook Series
February 11 & 18, 2018
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre

This weekly, drop-in, pay-what-you-can, performance training and professional practice session is moving to the heart of Old Strathcona to soak up some mid-winter heat at the Chinook Series.

In partnership with The Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, Azimuth is now offering a performance training laboratory for artists who are interested in a long-term, exploratory, physical practice to enhance, supplement, and complement their performative and creative capacities.

A blend of methodologies, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play. They are set at a professional training level; however the only prerequisite for the class is a commitment to the rigours of the work. 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.

February 11: Majdi Bou-Matar & Pam Patel

Body, Theatricality and the Creative Space

This workshop focuses on the body presence, movements and actions in the creation space. It explores how the collective physical presence and interaction on stage could lead into powerful theatricality. It looks at how the idea develops, alongside emotion and movement to achieve a creative moment. Starting from simple improvised everyday gestures and actions the workshop will lead participants to move beyond the usual into unexplored ways of body expression.

February 18: Amber Borotsik, ASL interpretation by NICA Consolidated

The Talking Body Shaping Space

In this fun and physical class we will explore movement improvisation as a tool to open and extend our ability to communicate through the body. Working in groups and in partners we will also play with ways to shape and understand space – refining our ability to use space and proximity as a creation tool.

This class is suitable for dancers, actors and all lovers of movement.
Because the floor can be slippery we will work in bare feet.