Krista Posyniak is no stranger to Mile Zero Dance having worked administration for two years, but it’ll be the first time she’ll be curating and hosting Dirt Buffet Cabaret on March 7. Posyniak is the latest artist to join MZD’s roster of incredible talent to host and curate Dirt Buffet, which previously featured local artists Nasra Adem, Liam Coady, Jill Pollock, and Mustafa Rafiq as guest curators/hosts. The show also marks Posyniak’s return to the stage since her two-year maternity hiatus. Ben Gorodetsky spoke to Posyniak over email about her upcoming show, parenthood, the Polar Vortex, and more.

Ben Gorodetsky: Who do you think the ideal audience for your Dirt Buffet is? Who do you imagine sitting in the charmingly mismatched MZD seats as you curate the lineup?

Krista Posyniak: Since I worked at Mile Zero Dance for two years, and have gone to see their shows for the past decade, I am honestly saying anyone. I expect to see people from all moments of life, different social economic backgrounds and varying art interests. Dirt Buffet is literally a buffet, a little of something to try each time. It is cheaper than a night out anywhere else, and all the acts are only 10 minutes so what have you got to lose? I expect to see neighbours and strangers sitting in performing art quests together. Wear your stretchy, mind-bending pants folks because you will want to fill up on this!

BG: Something I love about the variety show format is the possibility for wild stylistic and emotional juxtaposition. Can you recall a time you experienced strong contrasting emotions in a performance? Like laughter and fear? Or comfort and alienation?

KP: I just saw Wen Wei Dance on Friday in Edmonton, presented by Brian Webb Dance Company. One artist made me smile from ear to ear and then I found myself almost shaking as I was about to cry. The performance was so rich and full of emotion, and the dancing was superb. I couldn’t help but feel so excited and feel his vulnerability at the same time.
Second time: Richard Lee at a Dirt Buffet – When he blended a happy meal and then drank it, right after he did 100 push ups, some outside – Or was it the other way around? Either way, I was fascinated, grossed-out, and in complete and utter awe all at once. I also kinda wanted to help him throw up, or run from the room as I thought that might happen.

BG: How has your experience as a parent to a young kid changed your approach to dance-making and artistic creativity?

KP: I think it’s more playful, just due of my everyday opportunities to spend time with my toddler. However, I wouldn’t say it is sillier, just approached with more play. I find it more precious now, since there is less time to daydream or set aside for creativity. However, holding all that time so dear also means being more matter of fact and getting into it faster, with direct purpose. So, more playful but streamlined.

BG: Edmonton is pretty cold, y’know? How do you think the cold affects the art made in this city?

KP: I think the cold goes both ways in Edmonton. Edmontonians will get out to see a BIG show, you know, it doesn’t matter the temperature. They will risk the elements to see a SHOW! As a result, the independent art being made in Edmonton is not so much BIG in production, but it does take risks. People get squirrely being couped up and I think they dream up wild things. When I do go to see local Edmonton shows, I am truly curious about what I might see. Sometimes it is purely staged theatre, but I think the creativity that breeds while we are isolated by the cold seeps out of the cracks in most performances, with eclectic performers, intricate sets, experimental music and dream-machine ideas.

BG: If you could curate anyone (living or dead, local or global) for a DBC, who would it be?

KP: Margie Gillis. She’s still alive. My life is forever changed and better because of her. Everyone should take a chance to see her perform or take a workshop with her. And, John Cleese.

– Ben Gorodetsky


Dirt Buffet Cabaret
March 7
8 PM
$10 (or best offer)