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 23-Aug 25 (no classes Dec 16, 23, 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

July 2019

Performance Lab with Ayla Modeste

July 28 @ 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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Ayla Modeste is a Nehiyaw, Gwich'in Dancer and Story Teller from Edmonton. She uses her dance training and love for connection to create stories that explore expression in many movement forms. Iskwetew Iskwewak, a burlesque inspired performance group was created by Ayla and other Indigenous Womxn to bring sexual liberation into Indigenous Culture. Ayla has choreographed for her company, Crystal Movement, including dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Ayla has performed for many local Edmonton shows including; Shumka's "Ancestors…

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August 2019

Collective Energy with Ainsley Hillyard

August 4 @ 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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Right now Ainsley is really interested in collective energy, and making decisions as a group without verbal or visual cues. This session will incorporate some movement and improvisational scores and games that heighten our awareness of other bodies in space and how to navigate with/against them. Ainsley Hillyard is an Edmonton-based performer, choreographer and educator working in dance and theatre. She earned her Diploma in dance from Grant MacEwan College and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from The School of…

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Rewriting Distance with Lin Snelling

August 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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These two workshops are meant to give participants an understanding of Rewriting Distance which will be performed at Mile Zero Dance; August 21, 22, 23 at 8 pm and 24 matinée at 2 pm. We will work to create polyphony by simultaneously combining speaking, moving, listening, and writing into another way to tell a story. With Rewriting Distance, the Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and the Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools have developed together a performance practice, which through moving, spoken…

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Rewriting Distance with Lin Snelling

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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These two workshops are meant to give participants an understanding of Rewriting Distance which will be performed at Mile Zero Dance; August 21, 22, 23 at 8 pm and 24 matinée at 2 pm. We will work to create polyphony by simultaneously combining speaking, moving, listening, and writing into another way to tell a story. With Rewriting Distance, the Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and the Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools have developed together a performance practice, which through moving, spoken…

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Butoh Body, Actor Brain with Brennen Campbell

August 25 @ 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 performance lab will focus on Butoh dance and devising for the actor. Butoh is an anti-rational dance which explores extreme states through the use of internal / external imagery, the “dead” body, and the grotesque. Butoh chips away at everyday patterns and reveals the butoh (or pre-social) body in the performer. Participants will be led through a series of butoh exercises and devising prompts to explore extreme physicality, dynamic stage presence, and awareness.  Bio: Brennan Campbell is a theatre and dance artist from Edmonton. He is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre…

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