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

January 2019

You’re in your head! How can the intellect and the body speak?

January 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6

Facilitator(s): Amber Borotsik & Dave Horak Actors are often told that they are “in their head” but what does this actually mean?  The assumption seems to be that being in one's head is an undesirable state of being but is that actually true?  And - here comes the million dollar question -  how does one get “out of their head” and into a state of being that unifies mind and body? These are the questions that provide the focus for this class, team taught…

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Moving into the Moment

January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 20, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on February 3, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Facilitator(s): Amber Borotsik In this physical class we will explore movement improvisation as a way to practice moment to moment awareness.   In my personal acting practice, a deep experience of the body is equal to script analysis in terms of its direct impact on my ability to bring myself into a scene.  For years I experienced real struggle trying to connect emotionally to scripted work but then I did a bunch of yoga, a bunch of dancing and discovered…

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Moving into the Moment

January 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 20, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on February 3, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Facilitator(s): Amber Borotsik In this physical class we will explore movement improvisation as a way to practice moment to moment awareness.   In my personal acting practice, a deep experience of the body is equal to script analysis in terms of its direct impact on my ability to bring myself into a scene.  For years I experienced real struggle trying to connect emotionally to scripted work but then I did a bunch of yoga, a bunch of dancing and discovered…

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Making Connections

January 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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Facilitator(s): Amber Borotsik and Joleen Ballendine (a collaboration with Rapid Fire Theatre) The most important and sometimes the most difficult thing for an improviser is to really connect with their partners, audience, or surroundings. Join Amber Borotsik and Joleen Ballendine as they explore tools you can use to help with a way of deeper listening - listening with our mind, heart and body for those connections. This class will be physical and will involve some simple and fun weight sharing…

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February 2019

Moving into the Moment

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 20, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on February 3, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Facilitator(s): Amber Borotsik In this physical class we will explore movement improvisation as a way to practice moment to moment awareness.   In my personal acting practice, a deep experience of the body is equal to script analysis in terms of its direct impact on my ability to bring myself into a scene.  For years I experienced real struggle trying to connect emotionally to scripted work but then I did a bunch of yoga, a bunch of dancing and discovered…

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Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 10, 2019 at 10:00am

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue,
Edmonton, Alberta   T6E 2G9 Canada
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Pricing: Pay what you can = Full price $175, minimum $50, Email Vanessa Sabourin if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation. SPECIAL NOTE: This Intensive is ASL/English Accessible Facilitator(s): Jennine Willett (Third Rail Projects, NYC) Description: Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive Led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, the workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of methods for working in immersive theater formats, where the audience and the performers are not separated by a fourth wall and the multi-sensory experience of…

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Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 10, 2019 at 10:00am

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue,
Edmonton, Alberta   T6E 2G9 Canada
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Pricing: Pay what you can = Full price $175, minimum $50, Email Vanessa Sabourin if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation. SPECIAL NOTE: This Intensive is ASL/English Accessible Facilitator(s): Jennine Willett (Third Rail Projects, NYC) Description: Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive Led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, the workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of methods for working in immersive theater formats, where the audience and the performers are not separated by a fourth wall and the multi-sensory experience of…

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The Anitafrika Method

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 17, 2019 at 9:00am

Pricing: Pay what you can = Full price $175, minimum $50, Email Vanessa Sabourin if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation. SPECIAL NOTE: This Intensive is ASL/English Accessible Facilitator(s): d’bi.young anitafrika The Anitafrika Method is an intersectional, anti-oppressive, liberation praxis.  It cultivates self-recovery, creativity, and leadership in its practitioners.  Originated by queer Black feminist d'bi.young anitafrika, the method has been used as a performance training tool, a self-actualisation framework and a practice in leadership development by artists, instigators, educators, and change-makers globally. …

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The Anitafrika Method

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on February 17, 2019 at 9:00am

Pricing: Pay what you can = Full price $175, minimum $50, Email Vanessa Sabourin if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation. SPECIAL NOTE: This Intensive is ASL/English Accessible Facilitator(s): d’bi.young anitafrika The Anitafrika Method is an intersectional, anti-oppressive, liberation praxis.  It cultivates self-recovery, creativity, and leadership in its practitioners.  Originated by queer Black feminist d'bi.young anitafrika, the method has been used as a performance training tool, a self-actualisation framework and a practice in leadership development by artists, instigators, educators, and change-makers globally. …

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The Creative Rhythm Pattern : Clarifying Creative Impulse through play!

February 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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The Creative Rhythm Pattern : Clarifying Creative Impulse through Play! In the Azimuth Theatre Performance Lab Group with Jan Henderson Sunday, February 24 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classroom B in the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre Pay-What-You-Will at the door (cash, tap, credit) Drop-in All Welcome Come dressed ready to move! Every artist has a unique approach to their work. The playful physical activities in this session are designed to help participants recognize the subconscious aspect of their creative…

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March 2019

Body-Breath-Voice with David Wilson

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 10, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 2, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 9, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 7, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Facilitator(s): David Wilson 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…

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Body-Breath-Voice with David Wilson

March 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 10, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 2, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 9, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 7, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Facilitator(s): David Wilson 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…

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Performance Lab TBA

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

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One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Performance Lab TBA

March 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 24, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on March 31, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 14, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 28, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 12, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 19, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 26, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 16, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 23, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 30, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 14, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 21, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 28, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 11, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 18, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 25, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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Performance Lab TBA

March 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on March 24, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on March 31, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 14, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on April 28, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 12, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 19, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on May 26, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 16, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 23, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on June 30, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 7, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 14, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 21, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on July 28, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 11, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 18, 2019 at 11:00am

One event on August 25, 2019 at 11:00am

The Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue,
Edmonton, AB   T5J 3C6
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April 2019

Powwow 101 with Sissy Thiessen

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2019 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classroom B in the Foote Theatre School of the Citadel Theatre Please enter through the Foote Theatre School entrance on south side of the Citadel by Canada Place. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Pay-What-You-Will All welcome Powwow 101: What it is, its importance to Indigenous People, stories of each style and teachings of how to practice the dances with respect and integrity. The session will begin with a smudge ceremony to cleanse the…

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Moving through Metaphor: Exploring Embodied Metaphor in Dance and Theatre Practice

April 14 @ 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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Moving through Metaphor: Exploring Embodied Metaphor in Dance and Theatre Practice with Alyssa Bartlett Sunday, April 14 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Classroom B in the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre In this class we will explore the sensory channels and structures of muscle, bone and fascia and use information gathered from these explorations to engage in movement improvisation. Comfortable clothing is required. BIO Alyssa Bartlett is a Toronto and Edmonton based actor, dancer, deviser and playwright. She is…

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May 2019

Special Workshop opportunity with Denise Clarke C.M.

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Alberta Fine Arts Building, 8807 112 Street NW,
Edmonton, AB   Canada
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10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Room 3-125 in the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Building (Drama Department) ASL Accessible ASL Interpreters: Nicole Sander and Andrea Konowalec   We will begin with a participant and a chair. Come ready to move.   About Denise Clarke: Denise Clarke is the Associate Artist at One Yellow Rabbit in Calgary and a permanent member of the Creation Ensemble. Clarke stages and performs original work and has established a national/international touring profile, as well as working with various companies across Canada, most recently…

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Bouffon workshop with Michael Kennard

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Alberta Fine Arts Building, 8807 112 Street NW,
Edmonton, AB   Canada
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10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Room 3-125 in the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Building (Drama Department) ASL Accesible ASL Interpreters: Nicole Sander and Andrea Konowalec   A quick hit of Phillipe Gaulier old style Bouffon. Participants will get a basic understanding of what the Bouffon style entails. Please bring morph suit if you have one, if not, stretchy clothing that you can stuff. Also bring things to cover your head and stuff your body ( ie, balls, balloons, small pillows etc.)…

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