Dance Crush 2017

Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St
$15 Members
$20 General

Location of “Family Dinner” 
TBA and tickets $45 Members, $50 General

Local and national artists curated by Gerry Morita expose Edmonton audience to the most current ideas about movement and the body in performance.

February 23 to 24 at 8 PM
Andrew Tay “You Can’t Buy It (but I’ll sell it to you anyways) SUCKA” || Buy tickets

An impossibly confusing combination of magical thinking, internet aesthetics and queer body work from Montreal’s Andrew Tay.

You Can’t buy it (but I’ll sell it to you anyways) SUCKA presents a body as the container for the desires of the public. The work questions ideas of human connection and spirituality through a complicated relationship to modern technology and social media actions. An impossibly confusing combination of magical thinking, internet aesthetics and queer body work from Montreal dance maverick Andrew Tay.

About Andrew Tay
Andrew Tay is a hybrid form of performer, choreographer and performance curator based in Montreal. In 2005 he co-founded (with collaborator Sasha Kleinplatz) the company Wants&Needs danse. Since then, the company has produced the wildly popular performance events Piss in the Pool and Short&Sweet which take place in non-traditional venues throughout the city.
In August 2016, Tay received the Risk and Innovation Award from the Summerworks Performance Festival for his work Fame Praver / Eating. In 2017, he joined the team of the O Vertigo Centre for Creation as Artistic Curator. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.

March 16 to 17 at 8 PM
Kristine Nutting (Ed) and Linnea Swan (Cal)’s “Recipe 4”

Two legendary ladies of the prairies join forces for an explosion of physical creativity. 

Welcome to L and K. L and K are from the past and spent many years living together in a landscape that is mostly unrecognized and undetermined by cultural maps. Mapping systems tend to avoid the landscape we inhabited as children. Therefore L and K exist as adults as Anonymous, unknown and undetermined. They may have been in Europe and are rumored to have incited small revolts at obscure academic art conferences. L and K are rumored to have ruined Performa in New York City in 2011 but it is undetermined if this is a rumor or an actual art credit. Their performances typically go unseen and their aesthetic is best described as the performance of the mundane for an audience of dogs (this is not a metaphor their most regular audience are soft and fluffy canines). Long-time activists L and K have been rumored to have donated millions of dollars from their success to Elon Musk’s space program: Hoping that humanity will do better the next time, in the next world. L and K will be invisible at the performance, or if they are visible they will be mistaken for someone else — as this is part of their oeuvre. For this performance L and K will be joined by P, also known as Painting, also known sometimes as Kai. They all hope you have a nice time and enjoy the art exhibit in the lobby.

Past events

November 30 and December 1 at 6:30 PM
Justine Chambers  (Vancouver) “Family Dinner”

December 2 and 3 at 8 PM
Justine Chambers “Family Dinner: The Lexicon”

Family Dinner: The Lexicon is a choreographic culling of each immersive dining performance of Family Dinner, to date. While Family Dinner prioritizes what is felt over what is seen and offers a co-creation with dinner guests, The Lexicon proposes choreography as a method for archiving gesture. The 227 gestures have been sourced from the people present at each dinner. The bodies of the performers are used as imperfect recording devices to hold each dinner guest in the memory of the work. The Lexicon re-organizes and categorizes the inventory of dining gestures to create a living catalogue of movement.

January 19 to 20 at 8 PM
Rebecca Sadowki “The Sash Maker”

Edmonton’s Rebecca Sadowski in collaboration with Aboriginal Arts Alberta. Sadowski uses Metis traditional sash weaving as an entry point to exploring her own heritage through movement.

The Sash Maker is a collaboration between performing artist Rebecca Sadowski, and poet and author Naomi McIlwraith. The Sash Maker was first workshopped at Good Women Dance Collective’s “What’s Cooking?” showcase, before being presented at the Nextfest Festival in June of 2017. The piece has also been performed in Alberta Dance Alliance’s Feats Festival, and at Fort Edmonton Park.

Rebecca and Naomi met while working as historical interpreters for Fort Edmonton Park. They both felt a common pull towards exploring and researching their shared Métis heritage. They found a lot of shame and concealment surrounding their family’s backgrounds, and were inspired to explore ideas about Métis identity through art. The piece connects dance, poetry, and traditional finger- weaving together, promoting healing through deeply rooted cultural ties. The lives of the Métis have been woven together from a variety of cultures, traditions, and beliefs. It is a composite. It is a mixture. It is Métis.

“My people will sleep for one hundred years, 
But when they awake, it will be the artists 
Who give them back their spirit.”

-Louis Riel, July 4th, 1885

About Rebecca Sadowski
Rebecca is a performing artist, choreographer, and dance instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has choreographed for the Nextfest Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Feats Festival, the Common Ground Found Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival. She teaches dance with dancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and has performed with various theatre companies in Toronto including the Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Creativiva Incorporated. She is passionate about her Métis heritage, and has taught Métis and historical dance styles at Fort Edmonton Park. Rebecca is excited to be dancing with Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, and Punctuate! Theatre this upcoming season.

About Naomi McIlwraith
Born and raised in amiskwacîy-wâskahikan, Naomi McIlwraith is a Métis writer, a teacher, a canoeist, a poet, and a conversationalist extraordinaire, a bird lover and a tree hugger with no apologies, a worrier and a warrior, and word weaver and a story teller with a heckuva story to tell! One more thing: she can start a fire with a flint and steel!