Subarctic Improv

Fridays at 8 pm
Sept 8, Oct 27, Nov 24, Jan 12, Feb 16, Apr 6, May 4


Spazio Peformativo, 10816 95 St
$15 or best offer

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Mile Zero’s SubArctic Improv is not your average improv show. Co-curated by Jen Mesch and Allison Balcetis, SubArctic is a curious juxtaposition of interdisciplinary collaborations featuring the best dancers, musicians, poets and visual artists of Edmonton and beyond.

This month’s performance features the artistic alchemy of:
Eryn Tempest (dance)
Ainsley Hillyard (dance)
Parker Thiessen (music)
Chaka Zinyemba (music, mbira/voice)
Brandon Wint (text)
Aspen Zettel (visual)


SubArctic Improv #25 on Thursday, May 4 features:
Tania Alvarado (dance)
Jody Hegel (dance)
Jane Berry (music – voice)
Chris Dadge (music)
Julian Nyx (text)
Megan Morman (visual)


ABOUT SUBARCTIC IMPROV

Co-curated by Jen Mesch and Allison Balcetis, these unique events combine forces of local and visiting artists, who share with the audience to a melange of dance, visual art, music, and text. A treat for anyone who thinks that they have seen it all.

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Since 2009 Allison Balcetis has been the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Alberta. Her musical activities include performing with pianist Sandra Joy Friesen as the Bent Note duo, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, improvisation ensemble Damn Magpies, the mixed chamber ensemble UltraViolet, and work with Edmontonian musicians and dance companies such as the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy and Mile Zero Dance.? She is the 2017 winner of the Qualico Artistic Leadership Award for the city of Edmonton and has premiered over 70 works for saxophone both as a soloist and chamber musician. 

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To say that dancer/choreographer Jen Mesch inhabits any performance she gives is an understatement. Described as enigmatic, unusually perceptive and artistically fearless, Mesch’s wide variety of interests often lead her to unique collaborations in unexpected places. Mesch has created over 200 works for dance performances and experimental theatre in the US and Canada. She has danced with Dawn Cargiulo Berman (Momix), Penny Hutchinson (Mark Morris Dance Group), Jack Magai (Troy Chainsaw Ensemble), Linda Mannheim (Martha Graham Dance Company), Jennifer Monson (Birdbrain Dance), Gerry Morita (Mile Zero Dance) and Kimberly Young (a canary torsi).

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