The Real Disaster Show
Choreographed by Gerry Morita (Edmonton)
April 29, 2022 – 8PM MT
April 30, 2022 – 8PM MT
FAVA Production Studio (10045 156 St NW)
$25 – General Admission
$20 – Members
Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00 PM
MZD Artistic Director Gerry Morita and team explores the notion of the body facing climate change, pitting humans against fire, hurricane, and melting ice in a series of vignettes providing both a lament and a warning. This show is a continuation of work with T. Erin Gruber, aAron Munson, Deviani Andrea, eryn tempest, Tia Kushniruk, Nicolás Arnáez, Farhad Khosravi, and Daniel Stadnicki.
A note regarding parking, the parking lot at the Orange Hub is currently under construction. The best place to park is at the Belfort hotel on the North side of Stony Plain Rd. There is a paid parking lot there managed by Diamond Parking.
Trash Poem by Deviani Andrea
“Nadie quería creer el fuego. Las llamas ensordecían con sus secos susurros. Todos podían sentirlo y asfixiarse con su humo acaparador, envolvente. El fuego llenó de calor nuestros ojos y volteamos hacia otra parte. Nadie pudo creer el fuego, pero las brasas no se apagaron… Así los restos siguen suspirando”
Cry of Indifference by Farhad Khosravi
آتش را هیچ کس باور نکرد آن گاه که شعله های سوزانش، به دور از دیدگان متحیر، خاکستر می افشانید، بادی خشمناک تر، دودش را به چشمان سرگردانشان می برد. باد را هیچ کس باور نکرد. آن گاه که نفسی برای کشیدن نمانده بود، صدای گذرایشان فریاد بی اعتنایی را،
Behold, Your Disaster: A Praise Song by Mary Pinkoski
This Season, MZD has commissioned poets to respond to the work created by dance artists. Thinking about dance through poetry adds a different perspective to the work and opens up conversation between artists in their creative practice. Mary Pinkoski’s poem Behold, Your Disaster: A Praise Song is in response to
Gerry Morita (BA Dance/ MFA Theatre) is from the rolling hills of Rex, Saskatchewan, and has lived and worked in Vancouver, Montréal, and Tokyo as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher before arriving in Edmonton in 2001. Her performances have toured Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Canada, and Japan.
Morita’s body of work involves continuous inquiry into new ways of seeing movement, the body, and the spaces between us. She studies and teaches contact improvisation, Noguchi Taiso and other somatic-based and improving techniques, working with artists from all disciplines in a vast array of both conventional and site-specific venues.
She has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Artistic Direction, the Edmonton Salute for Excellence, Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund and was recognized by the AFA as one of Alberta’s 25 Influential Artists.
T. Erin Gruber
Erin is an artist working professionally as a visual storyteller.
She collaborates with directors, builders, performers and technicians to bring experiences to audiences across Canada. She is committed to combining the powers of visual communication with the passion and emotion of live performance.
The projects that excite her most connect her core values of human compassion, empathetic awakening and joyful experience with the audience- the community of people she strives to serve.
As a young person her artistic spirit was cultivated through a rigorous and committed dance practice- she trained in the professional division with the School of Alberta Ballet and developed a true sense of dedication to craft and expression. Achieving a degree with distinction in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta honed her skills as a scenographer and enabled her to develop her connection between physical and visual storytelling.
She is a proven specialist in the field of integrating projected media elements into live theatrical performance and this passion was born of her discovery that she could move as a designer. The application of her internal rhythm, balance and passion for performance to her visual and technical skill sets became the doorway to the niche that continues to fulfill and ignite her professional identity.
aAron Munson is a Canadian filmmaker, cinematographer and multimedia artist. His work has taken him from his personal studio to war zones, high-Arctic weather stations, reindeer nomad camps in Siberia, and the Arabian Desert. aAron’s projects tackle extreme human experiences, both far from and close to home, utilizing film, video, photography and sound to create visual explorations relating to mental illness, memory, and the nature of consciousness.
Deviani Andrea (she/her) is emerging as a choreographer, dancer, and collaborator. With a background in different styles of dance, she has performed as a dancer with the National Folk-Dance Company and Mexican Folk-Dance Company, touring national-wide in her natal México. Since moving to Canada, she is actively engaging with well-established dance groups in Amiskwaciwâskahikan such as Good Women Dance Collective, Mile Zero Dance Society, and dance groups at the University of Alberta.
Her work has been part of NextFest and Dance Blitz, and has participated in GWDC's Creative Incubator and the Creative Practice for Contemporary Dance workshop by the Banff Center for the arts. She likes to dance in relationship with space, sometimes translating visual cues to movement, sometimes feeling the space occupied by the body in relation to other objects. Stay tuned!
eryn tempest is a Canadian choreographer, film maker, and glitch artist of settler descent currently splitting their time between amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) and Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). They are engaged in practices around softness, transformation, and disruption, encountering the body as the strange ineffable site where dreams coalesce into matter and where imagination takes form. As a performer they have worked with Mile Zero Dance, K.O Dance Project, Andrea Peña, Benoît Lachambre, Project Contrabête, Camille Lacelle-Wilsey, and Nien Tzu Weng. eryn’s work has been presented by Le Festival International du Film Sur L’Art (QC), Nextfest (AB), Expanse (AB), Vous Êtes Ici/You Are Here (QC), Tangente Danse (QC), Mile Zero Dance (AB), Dyscorpia (AB) and Shooting Gallery Performance Series (BC). They have danced in experimental films by choreographer/film maker Kaitlyn Ramsden as well as in music videos for Basia Bulat, Camille Delean, and Busty and the Bass. They have received support from Circuit-est, The Edmonton Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. They were an artist in residence at Lorganisme (QC) as part of the Linterface digital residency program 2022. eryn is one third of the sun sets collective, an interdisciplinary research project that explores the real and the artificial through the phenomenon of the sunset.
Tia Ashley Kushniruk is from the Treaty 6 Territory of Edmonton AB. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil and a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey with Toy Guns Dance Theatre. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) in 2017 and received the Kathryn Ash Scholarship in 2016. She has had the pleasure of performing works of Antony Hamilton, Paul Andre-Fortier, Peggy Baker, Aria Evans, Christopher House, Shay Kuebler (SK/RSA), Christianne Ullmark, and Jasmyn Fyffe - touring Nationally in Canada and Internationally to Israel, The U.S.A, Colombia, China, and France. Tia’s work has been presented by STDT’s Student Council (Toronto, 2014-2017), Edmonton Dance Theatre’s Dancing in the Park, NextFest (Edmonton, 2016, 2020), and Festival Internacional Nomada (El Salvador, 2020). Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014.
Originally from Godoy Cruz Mendoza Argentina, Nicolás Arnáez is now based in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. His music compositions use as a root the concept of interactivity in music, which applies in electroacoustic pieces with real-time sound processing, the creation of interactive sound installations as well as into acoustic ensembles. These pieces have the characteristic of using the space of reproduction as an expressive music parameter; sounds are carefully spread on the space with specific trajectories and locations, carefully loaded with constructive characteristics, this is technically accomplished in a multichannel speakers distribution by the use of different spatialization tools like intensity panning, two or three dimensional ambisonics and VBAP, this is normally combined by performers’ specific positioning, movement in space indications, among others.
Nicolás' works and contribution to the cultural scene have been awarded in Argentina and Canada; his pieces have been performed also in Brazil and the United States. He is an active and experienced sound technician and sound projectionist on both, the popular and new music scenes. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Alberta.
Farhad Khosravi & Daniel Stadnicki
Farhad and Daniel have been collaborating as a duo and in a string ensemble since 2017 starting with Farhad’s debut album titled ‘Sleeping in Sorrow’. Farhad plays the santur, the Iranian hammered dulcimer, and Daniel is an award-winning percussionist, music scholar, and educator specializing in adapted drum kit practice. Although coming from very different cultural backgrounds, the long resonating tones of Farhad’s santur weave naturally with the earthy sounds of Daniel’s percussion, creating a seamless musical journey.
Farhad released his sophomore album titled “Mosàfer” on August 8th, 2020. This work is a santur and percussion duo that translates some of the deepest existential Persian poetries into instrumental music. Farhad and Daniel have performed in multiple venues and festivals in Edmonton including Royal Alberta Museum, Alberta Culture Days, Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Spotlight, and the Yardbird Suite.