A co-production of dance and visual artists between MZD and Lowlands Project Space. For three nights, dancers will animate the backyard gallery of Lowlands, in a conversation with upcycled sculptures commissioned by local artists.
Each day is a different performance featuring two distinct pieces by different dancers.
FRIDAY at 8 PM
- Jason Romero with music by The Code, Jacob Gurevitsch, Buiko, IJsBrand and Gert
- Katherine Semchuk with live music by Julian Anderson-Bowes
- After party with DJ Airisuai
SATURDAY at 8 PM
- Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy with live music by Blipvert
- Masani St. Rose with live music by Robert Kpogo, body paint by Natalie Meyer
- After party with DJ TheGiovanni
SUNDAY at 2 PM
- Jeannie Vandekerkhove with live music by Mustafa Rafiq
- Deviani Andrea with live music by Aaron Macri
- After party with DJ Mustafa Rafiq
Read the artist statements on the MZD BLOG!
If you live out of town or would like to watch the show remotely, all shows will be livestreamed simultaneously!
Register here for the LIVESTREAM RECORDING Link.
September 17: Jason Romero (Dancer/Choreographer); Katherine Semchuk (Dancer/Choreographer); Julian Anderson-Bowes (Live Musician); Airisuai (DJ).
September 18: Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy (Dancer/Choreographer); Masani St. Rose -Dancer/Choreographer; Blipvert (Live Musician); Robert Kpogo (Live Musician); Natalie Meyer (Body painter); TheGiovanni (DJ)
September 19: Jeannie Vandekerkhove (Dancer/Choreographer); Deviani Andrea (Dancer/Choreographer); Mustafa Rafiq (Live Musician & DJ); Aaron Macri (Live Musician).
Daniela Masellis (Lighting Designer); Trent Crosby (Technical Director); Shawn Tse (Videographer); Gerry Morita ( Artistic Director); Whittyn Jason (Front of House ); Kelly Ruth (Chat Moderator for livestream).
Thank you to Steve Teeuwsen, curator of Lowlands Project Space.
Masani St. Rose
A native Calgarian who immersed into dancing at the tender age of 3, specializing in West African and Caribbean dance. Upon the introduction to dance, Masani found passion for the West African culture and style. It was through training under Michèle Moss-Johnston at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, she was able to build her foundation. Still working very closely with Michèle Moss-Johnston and various other artists from Guinea, West Africa, she finds every opportunity to take master classes from artists from various regions of Africa including, Congo, Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Zimbabwe.
Mexican born, Canadian in process. “I have passion for and find pleasure in a wide variety of things: movement, teaching, feeling, talking, planning. I’ve danced here and there (National Folk Company, Mile Zero, NextFest, ODPG) and now I’m focused on creating my own art, getting my hands on the production part of dance.”
After studying and performing for many years as a violinist, Jen Mesch began training in modern dance as a young adult under Therese Povolo. Initially bypassing ballet, tap and jazz, she was influenced largely by US postmodernist dancers and performance artists. At age 22 she committed to intense dance study and by age 24 she was accepted as a dance major at Western Michigan University. 33 years later, Mesch has created over 200 works of dance, performance art, film, and installation. Since 1998 she has been operating an independent dance company, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy. She has been living and contributing to the dance, visual art, literary, and new music scene in Edmonton for the past 12 years.
Jason Romero is a Canadian Movement Artist whose current focus is to push himself creatively and to maintain a rigorous Movement practice during these unprecedented times. Having worked in television/film as well as many works for the stage, Jason's accomplishments span a variety of mediums and audiences.
Jeannie is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher residing in Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton, on Treaty 6 Territory. She began her training at an early age on Treaty 8 Territory in Fort McMurray, Alberta, furthering her studies through Arts Umbrella’s Professional Training Program, and Graduate Programs in Vancouver, as well as Ballet BC’s Mentor Program. Over the past seventeen years, Jeannie has worked professionally in Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton, performing nationally and internationally for a variety of renowned choreographers.
Katherine is co-artistic director of Nostos Collectives and a program coordinator for Kaeja d’Dance. She continues to investigate her own creative practice and has presented her work through numerous festivals and platforms across Canada. Her passion for sharing has brought her to teach at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Canada's National Ballet School, Canadian Ice Academy, Ballet Edmonton, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, The University of Alberta, Edmonton Public School Board, and YYC Contemporary Training.