IGNITE! 2017 LIST OF PROGRAMMING

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IGNITE! Theatre Series

CURATOR: Charles Netto

All That’s Left

by Laura Couch

Six people trapped in a nightclub, with fear and darkness outside. This is a story of optimism and the human capacity for hope and strength. Inspired by recent events in Orlando, All That’s Left aims to give hope to those feeling scared or isolated.

Body so Fluorescent

by David di Giovanni in collaboration with Amanda Cordner

What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends try to retrace their steps from the night before to figure out just how it all ended in an explosive fight. In their effort to figure out last night’s facts, both friends shift from self to alter-ego, and along the way, are met with stunning revelations. BODY SO FLUORESCENT is inviting and outrageous: asking difficult questions about blackness, otherness and relational oppressions.

Double Bill

A Millennial’s Guide to Dating in the 21st Century by AJ Baragar & Erin Watson

Whether it’s how to begin dating, what it means to be sexually active, or breaking up, this guide has you completely covered. We take the audience through a set of chapters outlining the best way to find one’s “future soulmate.” Through clever monologues and zany actions, you experience the ridiculousness, the heart-warming moments, and the harsh reality of modern dating.

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#JustGirlyThings by Samantha Ketsa and Emily Sunderland

#JustGirlyThings looks at the impact on the perspectives and connections of young women in the digital age. Inspired by a distinct need to release twenty years of repressed rage, Ketsa and Sunderland have collaborated with seven emerging performers to create a visceral performance that comments on how…

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Never mind, it’s fine. No, seriously, everything is perfect. See you at the show. 🙂

Harun

by Makram Ayache

As Harun and his friends finalize preparations for a protest against a major pipeline project, Harun is struck with a prophecy. A dystopian future awaits him, and a masked Angel says “listen to the answer from the highest of holies…should you fail, this is the future you inherit.” Reality blurs with spiritual revelation in this tale of an immigrant Arab-Canadian navigating his sexuality in Canada.

Functional

by Louise Casemore, presented with Defiance Theatre

SPECIAL OFFSITE PRESENTATION

The MicroMech boardroom.

201-1950 10 Ave SW

What would you give up to gain something you’re not sure you need?

Functional explores the reality of people who need help but will never ask for it. From happy hour cocktails to bonding over beers to good day/bad day/bored day/days-that-end-in-Y-days, there is a cultural embrace towards the use of substances as life’s new mandatory coping mechanism. Servers, lawyers, retail employees, pilots, moms, students, artists, telephone marketing specialists – It’s about you. And me. And them. And us. You know, the ones who are doing fine.

Located in a nondescript room in inner city Calgary, Functional uses the format of a support group to examine those struggling with the part between the beginning and rock bottom.

Based on dozens of interviews, hands on research, and personal experience, Functional is an immersive piece from the award winning Defiance Theatre inviting guests to observe, share, witness, or ignore.

No two shows are ever the same, seating is extremely limited.

IGNITE! Animation Series!

Curated by Quickdraw Animation Society

Come check out emerging animators! Click here for a full lineup of the presented films.

IGNITE! Dance Series

CURATOR: Pam Tzeng

The Light at End of the Tunnel, Choreographer: Janelle Schiffner Light has given rise to many positive outcomes, but has also limited us. Light defines space and time. Shadow depicts a mirror image of the subject. Simultaneously, they exist one next to the other in both space and time. The dimensions of a shadow can expand proportionally faster than the object’s own rate of movement.

The invention of the light bulb provided society with longer work hours, increasing productivity over time but also stress. This energy source augmented a sense of control over the population. This control encouraged the rate at which the speed of light could be influence. The light bulb, itself, also inspired a larger spectrum of color, bringing greater essence to life that already existed.

Tunnel, Choreographers: Chantal Wall & Eric Osborne
A tunnel opens up as the underworld leaks out into the human world through absurd and seemingly insignificant events. The fates measure and divide while we are faced with our demons.

“Suddenly the earth yawned and opened wide with gulf immeasurable… and forth leapt a savage cohort of ghosts: forms which spawn and lurk midst the eternal shade.” – Seneca

I am Intrinsic, Choreographer: Kyra Newton
Breathing is an essential part of our everyday life and yet is often ignored. Movement that originates from the breath requires more from the mover and in turn establishes a deeper dialogue between the two. This piece explores multiple forms of breath related to our experiences as human beings, the dancers unravel the variety of patterns and emotions attached to an inhale and exhale.

Averting East, Choreographer: Alen Chaudhry
This work takes inspiration from a personal adventure where an identity, coerced subliminally from birth, is one that no longer applies to the individual and is no longer desired. Conscious in every respect, this identity shift encounters difficulties and consequences both anticipated and unexpected.

IGNITE! Improv Series

CURATOR: Owen Chan

We’re presenting two different improv projects this year:

Two Truths and A Lie

Curtis Wilson, Ellis Lalonde, Alan Le, Breanna Kennedy

Four improvisers direct scenes based on truths and lies from their lives. Can you guess who is the liar is?

Sunday Boys

Have you ever wanted to see a demon working at Starbucks? Maybe wondered what a Rabbit with an addiction to carrots looks like. Well, Sunday Boys are here to help. Sunday Boys is a Calgary based, improv collective exploring the use of larger than life characters in real world scenarios. Be sure to wear your Sunday best.

IGNITE! Interdisciplinary Series

CURATOR: Charles Netto

Interdisciplinary Series at IGNITE! Festival
Sponsored by Loft 112

A series of artist blind dates! Poets, musicians, writers, theatre artists, filmmakers and makeup artists are paired together to create a new 10-12 minute performance piece. Sparks will fly but will it lead to true artistic love? Join us and find out!

Tickets & Additional Information: www.sagetheatre.com

Shows:
Tue, Jun 6th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

This year’s feature artists:
Katherine Holm and Isabelle Jackson
[Theatre Artist & Visual Artist]
Davinder Malhi – Respectful Child
[Writer & Musician]
Ivanna Ihekwoba – Kyle Hinton
[Poet & Sound Artist]
Gillian McKercher – Connor Prichard
[Filmmaker & Make up artist]

Stage Managed by Jessica Haggeman
Lighting Design by Skylar Desjardins.

IGNITE! Site Specific Art Tours

CURATOR: Mark Hopkins and Alicia Ward

Meanderings: A Site-Specific Performance Tour

part of Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

June 6-10, 2017
Tuesday-Friday at 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 10 at 5:30 & 8:15 pm
Tickets $15 – buy online or at the door
Click here for volunteer opportunities

Meet at the Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW
NOTE: These are outdoor walking performances in Pumphouse Park; please dress appropriately.

Once again, the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists is packed with so much talent, it’s spilling outside of the theatre!

Join us in Pumphouse Park for thrilling outdoor performances by some of Calgary’s most exciting emerging artists, including dance on a bench and storytelling amongst the trees. Our eclectic set of artists work in the Calgary community as arts administrators, dance teachers, violin players, company-starters – and they’re now taking a stab at site-specific performance!

Be sure to follow Sage Theatre and the IGNITE! Festival on Facebook, or tune into #IgniteYYC on Twitter for more festival action!

Artists
Sleman Aldib
Joleen Ceraldi
Chelsea Dwarika
Sidney Knapp
Taylor Ritchie and Jana Stevenson
Kris Teo

Artist Coordinator: Alicia Ward
Curators / Mentors: Mark Hopkins & Charles Netto

For more info, call 403.710.0093 or e-mail info@swallowabicycle.com.

IGNITE! CLUB – Sleaze

Date: Thu, Jun 8th, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Join us for an outrageous one night (art) stand.

The IGNITE! Club Series is an art party, a multi-disciplinary performance party. It’s an exploratory, off-the-wall, never-before-seen, might-not-ever-be-seen-again: performance experiences.

All of the work at this art club are created around the theme of SLEAZE. An exploration of all things sex, excess, gender blender / blending / identifying, and over the top sex pop flare. We celebrate the lewd, rude, risqué and sexual on this one night of new performative work.

For the evening we are taking over the whole bar of Venue 628.

Curated by Elaine Weryshko and Morgan Cairns

Tickets & Additional Information:
http://sagetheatre.com/

Featuring Work By:
Matthew Waddell
Katherine Anderson
Kayla Gale
Alisha Van Wieren
Matthew Hall
Eric Olliver
Mike Hooves
Rebecca Reid
Lindsay Brandon
Brandon Eyck
M Jane Colette
Jordan May
Danielle French & Rodney Brent
Brianne Messing
Keely Kamikaze
Louise Casemore
Celene Harder
Melissa Buluran

*Safer Spaces*
IGNITE! asks that you:
Respect yourself.
Respect each other.
Respect the space.
Recognize that consent for anything is clear, communicated, enthusiastic, ongoing, and can be renegotiated or withheld at any time.

Be sure to follow Sage Theatre and the IGNITE! Festival on Facebook, or tune into #IgniteYYC on Twitter for more festival action!

Want to volunteer for this event? We are currently recruiting volunteers! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0949a4ae22a4f85-ignite

IGNITE! CLUB – Prophecy

For one night only see the future…through the lens of art.

IGNITE! Club: Prophecy is a multi-disciplinary performance party. It’s an exploratory, off-the-wall, never-before-seen, might-not-ever-be-seen-again: performance experiences.

All of the work at this art club are created around PROPHECY – Installations, music, video, performance and more will create a future dystopian/utopian vision. Technology and art will blend to create a unique art party.

On this futuristic night, we’ll be in The Royal Canadian Legion No. 1.

Curated by Kevin Jesuino and Morgan Cairns

Date: Fri, Jun 9th, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Tickets & Additional Information:
http://sagetheatre.com/

Featured Artists:
Matthew Waddell
Lindsay Brandon
Tracey Marie/AGoGo
Ian Kinney
Rebecca Reid
Nay-Yar
Mathew Hall
Alisha Van Wieren
Jordan Boye
Simon MacLeod
Respectful Child
Eric Osborne
Conner Christmas
Molly Caldwell

*Accessibility*
The Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 is located at 116 7 Avenue SE. There is an elevator available as well as the main entrance that has a series of stairs with handrails on both side. There are several bathrooms that will be gender neutral for the event.

*Safer Spaces*
IGNITE! asks that you:
Respect yourself.
Respect each other.
Respect the space.
Recognize that consent for anything is clear, communicated, enthusiastic, ongoing, and can be renegotiated or withheld at any time.

Be sure to follow Sage Theatre and the IGNITE! Festival on Facebook, or tune into #IgniteYYC on Twitter for more festival action!

Want to volunteer for this event? We are currently recruiting volunteers! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0949a4ae22a4f85-ignite

The IGNITE! Festival presents exciting work from new voices. Take in the bleeding edge of theatre, music, and dance at a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines.