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Maybe We Land | Meghann Michalsky /Katherine Semchuk

Join us for MZD’s presentation of Maybe We Land

Meghann Michalsky /Katherine Semchuk (Calgary/Toronto)

Through partner work and spatial parameters, this duet investigates the fluctuating levels of dependence in a relationship and the cyclical nature of care; how one may resist or surrender to support, and how two individuals become one.

Each evening will feature an artist performing an opening set!
October 13 feature artist is Cassia Hardy.
October 14 feature artist is Max Hanic.

EVENT DATES
Oct 13 +14
Doors: 7 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
Tickets $25/$20 MZD Members
Location: Mile Zero Dance, 9931-78 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 1N6

WARNING: Strobe lighting will be used during the show

EVENT PROGRAM
Mile Zero Dance Presents | Maybe we Land

Is a choreographic collaboration between dance artists Meghann Michalsky (Calgary) and Katherine Semchuk (Toronto).

“From the moment we are born, we straddle two sets of contradicting needs: the need for stability and the need for freedom. ” – Esther Perel

Maybe we Land unveils the recurring cycles experienced inside of our relationships. Within the confines of a union, we balance fears of abandonment and vulnerable dependence with euphoric connection and unconditional support. Enveloped and intimately intertwined, we fluctuate between resisting and surrendering to its binding nature. 

Two halves of one whole. Rupture and repair. Rip and restore — Tethered together, at times across chasms, only to return, bound. 

Again… and again… and again…

 

SHOW CREDITS

Choreographers/ Dancers: Meghann Michalsky & Katherine Semchuk

Lighting Designer / Set Designer:  Victoria Bell

Costume Designer: Angela Dale

Outside Eyes/ Dramaturge: Denise Clarke; Mike Czuba; Helen Husak; Emily Spearing; Irma Villafuerte

Sourced Music: Vessel, Drew McDowall, Sarah Neufeld, Colin Stetson,Yves De May 

Sound Mixing: Projectwhatever

Original Composition: Projectwhatever

Photography: Jeremy Mimnagh

Promotional Photography Costume Designer: Alessia Urbani

Technical Director: Chris Hicks

Supported By

Canada Council for the Arts

New Dance Horizons

Evolved Movement Arts

Vitlycke Arts Centre

Centro Gruppo Jobel

Winchester Street Theatre / School of Toronto Dance Theatre

Details

Date & Time:
October 14, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Mile Zero Dance
9931- 78 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Featuring

Katherine Semchuk

Katherine Semchuk is an Eastern European contemporary dance artist currently based in Toronto. Originally from Edmonton AB, she has been establishing creative relationships in multiple cities across the country. She has collaborated with Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton), Kaeja d'Dance (Toronto), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), Nostos Collectives (Toronto), Tapestry Opera (Toronto), The Platform TO, Peggy Baker (Toronto), Radical System Art (Vancouver), Tia Kushniruk (Edmonton), Meghann Michalsky (Calgary), Sasha Ivanochko (Toronto), and Naishi Wang (Toronto). She feels liberated when she is able to act as a physical portal for her own and other collaborator's stories, ideas and sketches.

Katherine’s choreographic work has been presented by Expanse Festival (Edmonton), Fluid Fest (Calgary), FODAR - Market Dances (Annaopolis Royal, NS), Mile Zero Dance, and New Dance Horizons (Regina). She has created choreography with and for the musical projects of Julian Anderson-Bowes, Black Fish Project, Charsu Quartet, Jordan Hart, Younggun Kim and Mear. Through an improvisational practice, the investigation of solo work, and choreographic processes, she continues to dissect her artistic values. She is fascinated by the use of spirals, momentum and opposition/conflict in the body, stability and change, and integrates these ideas into her ever-evolving creative practice. She is currently creating a duet with her collaborator Meghann Michalsky which will tour across Canada in Fall 2023, and a project called “Inner Works: A Solo Study'' which includes commissions from Tia Kushniruk, Sasha Ivanochko and Peggy Baker. Her work has been supported by GWDC’s New Work Award, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts.

Katherine is passionate about cultivating community and the power of dance as a primary form; she coordinates a training platform called westside movement sessions in Tkaronto, rehearsal directs for William Yong/Zata Omm, and is a faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also shared her practice at Canada's National Ballet School, Ballet Edmonton, The University of Alberta, YYC Contemporary Training, public schools and dance studios across Edmonton and Toronto. (Photo credit: Kendra Erik)

Meghann Michalsky

Meghann Michalsky is a dance artist working in Alberta. She is the Artistic Director of YYC Contemporary Technique Training and the Co-Artistic Director of Project InTandem, two programs that offer opportunities to emerging artists in Canada. She was awarded the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions - the first Dancer/Choreographer to receive this award. In December 2021, she was received a residency at the prestigious Banff Centre in Canada.
Since completing her BA in Contemporary Dance, with a concentration in Choreography and Performance, at the University of Calgary in 2014, she has rigorously pursued her dance technique training in Canada as well as in Israel, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany & Austria. Michalsky has worked for an array of individual artists and companies, including Karissa Barry, Laja Feild of LajaMartin, Davida Monk, Linnea Swan, Michele Moss, kloetzel&co, Cloudsway Dance Theatre, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, J-Sik Movements, & Dancers' Studio West - Lab Emerging Artist Program (2016) & Physic/Alchemy (2018), amongst others.

Her most recent choreographic works have been presented at University of Calgary, Chutzpah Festival, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Project InTandem, Fluid Festival, Stream of Dance Festival, Convergence & abroad in Finland. Her research starts with her trust in the body and investigating how bodily experiences are deeply embedded. She creates highly visceral works that combine intense musculature and athletic physicality with subtle internally driven flow-based movements. (Photo credit: Rich Bridgewater)

Cassia Hardy

Cassia Hardy is a loudish musician and songwriter from amiskwacîy, Treaty 6 territory. Her music is electric, dreamy and deliberate, not raw but rather worked to a fine point. As the singer/guitarist for the bands Wares and Wayfinding, she has performed at festivals and clubs from Dawson City to Charlottetown. (Photo credit: Shane Rempel)

Max Hanic

Max Hanic (he/him) is an Amiskwaciwâskahikan raised actor, dancer, singer and instructor who graduated from the University of Alberta Fine Arts Acting program. He also studied contemporary dance at La Faktoria Choreographic Centre in Pamplona, Spain for the 2021/2022 period with grants t from the Edmonton Arts Council and the Canadian Council for the Arts. Credits include but are not limited to: Éphémère a dance and circus piece by Firefly Theatre and Circus, Space and Spectra, a residency on improvisation with live musicians organized by Rumi Jeraj and Aidan Mcconell in collaboration with the Good Women Dance Collective; Mudweed a self choreographed work in collaboration with musical group Pigeon Breeders; Stabat Matter (Edmonton Opera) choreographed by Susanna Hood; Dead Centre of Town (Catch the Keys Productions); Nosotrxs choreographed by Daniel Abreu; W.E choreographed by Mingao Zhang; Kay in Boy Trouble (Amoris Projects, Fringe Spotlight Series 2023, Fringe Festival 2019) for which he received a Sterling Nomination and Mircea in In Camera (Found Fest 2019).


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Details

Date & Time:
October 14, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Mile Zero Dance
9931- 78 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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