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

September 2019

Ashtanga Yoga with Linda Turnbull

September 29 @ 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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October 2019

Performance, Pleasure & Play with Christine Lesiak

October 13 @ 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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Find the pleasure in not knowing and spontaneous discovery! Christine will lead participants in movement games and active exercises to rediscover the joy of play, the fun in failure, and the power of partnership – important skills for creating comedy and connecting with an audience. It's great for actors, clowns, dancers, burlesque artists, variety performers, puppeteers, improvisers…  anyone interested in bringing more humour, and honesty to their work. Participants should wear comfortable movement clothes, bring water, and expect to participate…

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Powwow 101- Teachings & Ethics with Sissy Thiessen

October 20 @ 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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What is Powwow, connection to the drum, its importance to Indigenous People, stories of creation of each style, rights to practise, allyship vs ownership, regalia care and how to practice the dances with respect and integrity. The session will begin with a smudge ceremony to cleanse the space and get started in a good way. The session will also include role-playing & a warm up, movement activity.  Please bring a water bottle & comfortable clothing.  *attendance preferred to attend follow…

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Powwow 102- Movement & Footwork with Sissy Thiessen

October 27 @ 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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The session will begin with a smudge ceremony to cleanse the space and get started in a good way. We will then have a review of ethics & allyship vs ownership discussed in Powwow 101. The group will then move on to cultural warm up activities popular in schools across Edmonton. The session will conclude with learning some basic footwork appropriate for intertribal songs at Powwows and round dances.  Please bring a water bottle and wear clothes you can move…

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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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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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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…

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