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

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

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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Mindfulness in Movement with Linda Turnbull

May 26 @ 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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Breath is Key. In this class we will begin with a short yoga practice to connect body and breath. Moving off the mat, we will move into more grounded, flowing floor and partner work exploring the sense of touch and using our breath as a soundscape. Linda is an Edmonton-based movement artist and teacher. She has performed, choreographed and collaborated with many artists in her career, but her most challenging and fulfilling work is being a mother to two very energetic…

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June 2019

Body-Breath-Voice with David Wilson

June 2 @ 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

June 9 @ 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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Integrated, Disability and Crip Performance (Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers)  

June 23 @ 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 of contexts for…

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Mad Performance Creation with Lindsay Eales

June 30 @ 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 will also embody…

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July 2019

Body-Breath-Voice with David Wilson

July 7 @ 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-Talk/Talking-Body with Richard Lee

July 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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In terms of both training and performance-making, I’m interested in the overlap between text and movement. What are the kinetic shapes of our conversations? How about the velocity and direction of stream-of-consciousness writing? How might we gain a greater sense of the actions of our words through moving, and vice versa?We will start with improvised movement scores to warm up our kinesthetic, spatial, and ensemble awareness. Further in to class we will focus on the overlapping territory between text and…

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Aerial conditioning with Mackenzie Baert

July 21 @ 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 include some of the ground conditioning and stretching typical of an aerial fitness class with a focus on core, balance and posture. The stretching component will depend on the student's requests but can either focus on shoulders, back or legs. Shoes are not required but comfy clothes are recommended. Get ready to sweat! Mackenzie Baert is a circus artist with Firefly Theatre with diverse artistic and athletic skills. As a child and teenager, Mackenzie was a competitive…

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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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September 2019

A Moving Practice: Freedom and Form with Amber Borotsik

September 15 @ 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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Opening Note:  I’m really into the idea of practice.  The idea that what we do is a forever practice. So prepare for the word practitioner. This word somehow seems so serious. Much more serious than the word practice, which I’m loving because it’s just so simple and unfussy.  If the word practitioner distances you from this outline just swap in another word - like dancer, actor, interested person who wants to move around etc. etc. What:  This (fun and sweaty)…

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A Moving Practice: Freedom and Form with Amber Borotsik

September 22 @ 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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Opening Note:  I’m really into the idea of practice.  The idea that what we do is a forever practice. So prepare for the word practitioner. This word somehow seems so serious. Much more serious than the word practice, which I’m loving because it’s just so simple and unfussy.  If the word practitioner distances you from this outline just swap in another word - like dancer, actor, interested person who wants to move around etc. etc. What:  This (fun and sweaty)…

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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 Lab with Minggao Zhang

October 6 @ 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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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 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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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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November 2019

Powwow 102- Movement & Footwork with Sissy Thiessen

November 3 @ 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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Az Lab – Enlivening the Peripheral in Text-Based Performance

November 10 @ 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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A continuation of the previous week's explorations, a laboratory guided by Amber Borotsik and Vanessa Sabourin based on their experiences in the rehearsal hall together where the text and the body wanna play together instinctually and in synchronicity. These sessions will explore processes for combining a movement based practice within the context of text-based performance.  Methodologies used will be a mush of process and practice that have been built over 10 years of collaborations on theatrical performance where the body…

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Writing from the Body with Charlie Peters

November 17 @ 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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Clown and Physical Comedy Series in collaboration with Small Matters Productions and The Physical Comedy Lab This workshop will offer a variety of techniques for creating text “from the body.” Drawing from Pochinko clowning, the methodology of the UK’s Frantic Assembly, and other movement-based practices, the aim will be to offer participants a variety of skills and techniques which they can adapt for their own purposes, goals, and practices. We will move, we will imagine, we will write - and…

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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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