Performance Lab

Weekly, drop-in, pay-what-you-can, performance training and professional practice sessions.

Azimuth Theatre, in partnership with The Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, is offering a new professional ongoing 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 led primarily by Dave Horak and Amber Borotsik, with guest facilitators throughout the year, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play.

The sessions 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.

The drop-in sessions will run weekly, Sundays 11 am-12:30 pm, Sept 15-Aug 23 (no classes Dec 15, 22, or 30) at the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre.

Fees are pay-what-you-will ($10+ recommendation)

We are open to and excited for feedback and requests. If there is someone you would like to have come in and lead a session, or a methodology you are interested in, or something you would like to share, let us know. Fees raised beyond the class’ operational cost will be pooled to bring in a special guest that may otherwise be inaccessible. This guest will be decided in dialogue with Lab participants. Contact Vanessa Sabourin to share your feedback and requests.

 


Upcoming Performance Lab Events

November 2019

Radical Joy with Mpoe Mogale

November 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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This class will be an exploration of the notion of radical joy, and its implementation into our lives through movement--that transcends the boundaries of genres. About Mpoe Mogale: Mpoe is a Black Queer Femme that reigns from Lebowakgomo, South Africa. Amongst many other things they do, they are a professionally trained dancer, currently with Decidedly Jazz Dance's Professional Training Program. They have curated several shows including one produced by Mile Zero Dance and Azimuth Theatre, titled "What (Black) Life Requires."…

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December 2019

Movement for Physical Theatre with Minggao Zhang

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Using different methods (Asian and Western styles), this session will explore both dancer and actor’s bodies through music, text, dialogues, and instruments, deepening our understanding of how we move our body into different forms. The technique from this class will use contemporary movements with Asian styles.  

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Body-Breath-Voice with David Wilson

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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This fun, safe and informative session is about utilizing your Whole Self; body, mind, breath, voice and imagination. Our goal is open, honest, vulnerable communication. Whether your modes of communication include voice, body, paintbrush, dance or quill, this workshop aims at improving confidence, increasing flow, and promoting joy. We will make use of restorative yoga, breath therapy, transformative vocal entrainment, support system pedagogy, empowerment & confidence cultivation, core awakening principles, somatic movement and creative flow work. Please wear comfortable, loose,…

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January 2020

Ashtanga Yoga with Linda Turnbull

January 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Ashtanga yoga is one of the oldest forms of modern yoga that is still practiced today. It's lineage (Krishnamacharya, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois) has influenced many other styles of yoga and fitness in north America and around the world. Join Linda Turnbull for an indepth workshop on Tristana; Breath, Bandha and Movement Synchronicity (vinyasa and asana) and how this can support a deeper connection to your Art. Finding stillness within chaos is not easy, but with practice, "all…

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Clown and Physical Comedy Series in collaboration with Small Matters Productions and The Physical Comedy Lab

January 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Azimuth Theatre, in partnership with the Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, is offering a new professional ongoing 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 led primarily by David Horak and Amber Borotsik, with guest facilitators throughout the year, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play. The sessions are set at a…

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March 2020

Integrated, Disability and Crip Performance with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers

March 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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This workshop will focus on an introduction to integrated dance technique (based on improvisation and contact work), as well as disability and crip arts and culture. It will include creative exercises that prioritize accessibility, inclusive design, disability leadership, critical examination of disability narratives in art and culture, and disability as a site of generativity. We will also offer a short piece of choreography that explores the concepts of adaptation and transformation; concepts that can be used in a wide variety…

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Mad Performance Creation with Lindsay Eales

March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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This workshop introduces Mad performance creation processes that center madness as a site of generativity. For some context, when I refer to “Mad” creation, I am asking what it means to create art while considering the concept of ‘mental illness’ and mental distress as a sociopolitical issue as well as an embodied encounter. This workshop will prioritize the anti-oppressive trauma-informed movement practices of choice, consent and collaboration. We will engage with internal/external sensory and political experiences to generate movement. We…

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Clown And Physical Comedy Series In Collaboration With Small Matters Productions And The Physical Comedy Lab

March 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Azimuth Theatre, in partnership with the Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, is offering a new professional ongoing 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 led primarily by David Horak and Amber Borotsik, with guest facilitators throughout the year, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play. The sessions are set at a…

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April 2020

Ashtanga Yoga with Linda Turnbull

April 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Ashtanga yoga is one of the oldest forms of modern yoga that is still practiced today. It's lineage (Krishnamacharya, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois) has influenced many other styles of yoga and fitness in north America and around the world. Join Linda Turnbull for an indepth workshop on Tristana; Breath, Bandha and Movement Synchronicity (vinyasa and asana) and how this can support a deeper connection to your Art. Finding stillness within chaos is not easy, but with practice, "all…

Find out more »

Clown And Physical Comedy Series In Collaboration With Small Matters Productions And The Physical Comedy Lab

April 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
+ Google Map

Azimuth Theatre, in partnership with the Citadel Theatre and Foote Theatre School, is offering a new professional ongoing 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 led primarily by David Horak and Amber Borotsik, with guest facilitators throughout the year, these sessions are for artists who are committed to technique, discipline, curiosity, and play. The sessions are set at a…

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