Season 35 

City of Glass

by Julianne Chapple of Future Leisure

Streaming online on:

  • March 12 — 7PM MST
  • March 13 — 2PM MST

Julianne Chapple draws inspiration from the West Coast ‘wellness’ movement in creation of a new work, City of Glass – a solo exploration of text, movement, sound and objects that investigates the isolation and dissociation of contemporary commodification of the body.

By using the climate-controlled skyscraper (colloquially known as glass coffins) as a symbol of both containment and display, City of Glass traces the connections between the incorruptible bodies of Catholic Saints, to the fitness models trending on social media.

“The value placed on beauty, youth and stasis, collapses time. Person becomes object, becomes image; disintegrating into pixels that maintain their perfect clarity forever.”

 – Julianne Chapple

Collaborator on this project include Vancouver based fine artist and UBC Okanagan President’s Purchase Award Ed Spence, and Maxine Chadburn, a dance and performance artist based on the traditional unceded Territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

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About Julianne Chapple

Julianne Chapple is the Artistic Director of Vancouver-based dance company Future Leisure, co-producer of the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, and a member of the women-led media artists collective, The Work Group. She has presented her work across Canada, Italy, Ireland, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Read More about Julianne and Future Leisure.

Show Collaborators

Ed Spence is a fine artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in Salmon Arm, BC, and in 2005 received his BFA from UBC Okanagan where he was awarded the President’s Purchase Award. His work has been exhibited across Canada, The United States, Poland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In 2012 he was awarded a two month research residency in Italy which gave him the opportunity to develop various personal projects and collaborate with numerous international artists. His early experience in computer-generated imagery and formal artistic training have allowed him to develop a rich and diverse visual language that ranges from figurative watercolour illustrations and photographic collage to ambient textural video installations and sculpture. His interest in alternative culture is merged with his knowledge of historic art movements and current trends in new media and information technology. Ed is represented by Franc Gallery in Vancouver.

Maxine Chadburn is a dance and performance artist based on the traditional unceded Territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She lives and works as an uninvited guest on their land. She has toured nationally and internationally, working both as an independent dance artist and company member for various choreographers and contemporary dance companies including Daina Ashbee, Kelly McInnes, Shay Keubler’s Radical System Arts and Future Leisure. She has studied with Modus Operandi and Edam Dance. Max’s acting career in film and television has brought her further opportunities to indulge her imagination and love of storytelling, as well as 2 award nominations (Leo and UBCP/ACTRA Awards). In 2019 Maxine became licensed to teach the GYROKINESIS® movement method.


Show Credits

Direction/sound/video: Julianne Chapple

Performance: Maxine Chadburn

Videography/industrial design: Ed Spence

Technical Director: Trent Crosby

Front of House/Chat Moderator: Elise Jason

Special thanks to:

Sophia Wolfe

Antonio Somera Jr.

Larkin Flynn

Jen Yan

Chick Snipper

Livestream filmed at 45W