New interdisciplinary series kicks off September 10th at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo
SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts is a new series of shows featuring improvising artists, held at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo in Little Italy. The original idea came from MZD’s Artistic Director and UAlberta Drama grad, Gerry Morita (‘12 MFA), who asked Jen Mesch and me to co-curate a series that offers an audience a chance to witness the process of artistic creation.
Dancers Jen Mesch and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Photo by Ernest Augustus.
We are all used to experiencing art as a finished piece: a painting, symphony, movie, song, or play. Jen and I wanted to offer something different. Improvisation is vulnerable, ephemeral and electric, certainly when improvising with others. For an audience, the communication and sensitivity in an improvisation show is almost palpable.
SubArctic’s first show will be September 10 and we are thrilled to feature a musician from New York, trumpeter Nate Wooley. As a soloist, Nate performed an improvisation in Edmonton two years ago and changed the way I think of the trumpet as well as how I approach improvisation. Do not miss your chance to hear him!
Nate Wooley, America’s trumpet sweetheart. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.
Also on this program:
Jodie Vandekerkhove, dance
Thom Golub, bass
Yoav Engelberg, spoken word
Jen Mesch, dance
David Janzen, visual art
and me, Allison Balcetis, saxophone
Allison Balcetis. Photo by André Mestre.
Presenter: Mile Zero Dance
Event Title: SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts Series
Venue: Spazio Performativo (10816-95 Street)
Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 available at the door (or best offer!)
Feature image collage clockwise: Nate Wooley by Ziga Koritnik, Jen Mesch by Marc J Chalifoux, Thom Golub, Yoav Engelberg by Tracy Kolenchuk, Allison Balcetis by Yuri Pires Tavares, and Jodie Vandekerkhove by Tracy Kolenchuk.
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