Humanoid – A LOVE SUPREME exists in multiple worlds. While the collective and an amazing group of collaborators are in residency at Theatre Junction’s TJLab exploring the worlds of the Citizens and the Humanoids (outcome presentation Dec 1st – 8pm), a short film was constructed to show a space in between.
There are 34 Citizen Laws. Not everyone follows them.
Director – Mike Czuba. Dancer – Melissa Tuplin. Music – Nathaniel Schmidt. Shot and Masks – Leon Schwesinger. Costume Design/Construction – Katrina Muller. Animation – Samantha Scafidi. Sound Editing – Alex Bohn.
“How violent are the battles waged inside of ourselves to try and conform to our programming? Are they as violent as the constant attack of advertising and cultural indoctrination that has permeated so deeply into our daily lives? So deeply that there is no need for them to be subliminal or even liminal, they are simply right there in the open.”
Dancing Monkey Laboratories is pleased to share with you the artists participating and collaborating on their new work Humanoid – A LOVE SUPREME. This new work is being developed at Theatre Junction’s TJLab #4 and will have a public outcome (PWYC) of the work-in-progress on December 1st at 8pm.
Joining Writer Mike Czuba, Choreographer Melissa Tuplin, Composer Nathaniel Schmidt and Designer Leon Schwesinger will be:
Hailey McLeod is a dancer, actor, creator and teacher who explores many ventures in the arts realm. She pursued dance training in contemporary and jazz styles while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Calgary in 2014. While attending university Hailey performed in Dance Montage, Mainstage and Dance@Night (2010-14). She has also performed professionally in Alberta with La Caravan Dance Theatre (2013-14), DSW’s Alberta Dance Festival (2015) and continues to work for small dinner theatre company, Aspen Crossing. She has presented her own choreographic works in Yellowknife, Calgary, Edmonton and Helsinki (Finland). Hailey also holds an M.Sc. in Dance Science and teaches Anatomy for Dancers at the University of Calgary.
Connor Williams is an emerging actor based in Calgary. In the past he has done some plays and also some clowning. He is happiest when there are children in the audience, whatever their age. Connor is both afraid of and excited by experimental theatre, and would like to thank Dancing Monkey Laboratories for giving him an opportunity to be frightened and excited.
Geneviève Paré is in the practice and profession of building, shaping and performing live theatre. As an artist she is drawn to the rustic and abstract. She seeks out authenticity and finds it most frequently in movement and in nature. Geneviève is at odds with her deep sense of nostalgia, and is meanwhile motivated by the prospect that the future could be more romantic than the past. While gravitating towards the discarded, the androgynous, the natural and the lyrical, she resists and reasons with technology. Geneviève believe’s that storytelling is essential in the construction, renewal, and celebration of collective identity. Geneviève Paré has received a number of accolades as a performer, playwright and director including: Betty Mitchell Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama (Polygraph 2013), Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award (Theatre Calgary 2013), Calgary Theatre Critics Award Nomination for Best New Script (The Hudson Bay Epic 2015), Nomination for Best Staging at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival (My Funny Valentine 2012)
Chantal Wall is a Calgary dance artist who has cultivated a practice that melds diverse perspectives from contemporary physical theatre, jazz, film and contact improvisation. After receiving her degree in contemporary dance from the University of Calgary, Chantal furthered her studies in jazz dance through the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Chantal continues to choreograph and perform for festivals including: The Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, and Nextfest. Most recent adventures brought Chantal to study contemporary performance in Montreal with Danse á la Carte, and Vienna for the international festival ImPulsTanz. In her return to Calgary, Chantal is looking forward to engaging with the community and supporting contemporary performance and creation.
Sylvie Moquin is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in Calgary. She received her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University in Toronto and moved to Calgary to attend the Professional Training Program with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. In Toronto, she worked extensively with Rock Bottom Movement Dance Company and has also worked as a company member with Corps Bara Dance Theatre. She has performed in shows such as Fresh Blood, Dance: made in Canada Festival, Dance Montage, CrossCurrents, Footprints, Ignite! Festival, Absence, the 34th Annual Alberta Dance Festival, and the Variety Pack Cabaret. Sylvie was part of the Lab Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) with Dancers’ Studio West where she took part in the Dance Action Lab 2015: Mythbehavin’, and performed in works by Helen Husak, Mark Ikeda, and Deanne Walsh. Her most recent choreographic explorations include presenting work at Dance Montage, CrossCurrents 2015, NextFest Festival in Edmonton, Footprints, the Annual Alberta Dance Festival 2015, and the Dance Series at Ignite! Festival 2016. In September, she presented her newest work Zōdiakos on twelve dancers at the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Sylvie recently spent time studying contemporary dance in Vienna at its international dance festival – Impulstanz. She is eager to continue furthering herself as an artist, performer, and choreographer in the Calgary arts community.
Constantine Combitsis graduated from the University
of Calgary in ‘14 with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor in Drama. With a main lilt toward playwriting/directing, Constantine started his love affair with theatre as an actor, and, every now and then, as a way of spicing up that relationship, has been known to undertake the odd acting role. Recent writing/directing credits include ‘Quarantine’ [Peripheral Theatre Co., Dec. ‘15], ‘Opaque’, ‘All Roads Diverge’, and a staged reading of ‘Post’ [Search Tower Co., Common Ground Festival ‘14, ‘15 & ‘16], and ‘Stag/Stagette’ [Calgary Regional One Act Festival, ‘15], as well as directing Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ [Search Tower Co., ‘16]. Recent acting credits include a staged reading of ‘After Us A Savage God’ [Dancing Monkey Laboratory, ‘16], and ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’ [Search Tower Co., ‘16]. Constantine most recently undertook the role of assistant director on the University of Calgary’s Main Stage production of ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’, by Luigi Pirandello, and is currently working on several unfinished original scripts, as well as being in the process of applying to undertake an MFA in Directing in the fall of ‘17.
Alongside these artist will be Musicians Mark Limacher, Chris Dadge and Nate Waters as well as Filmmaker Kevin Dong. And thanks to Orin McCusker.
*Dancing Monkey would also like to thank everyone who donated to our funding campaign to make this experience possible.
On Tuesday October 18th, the beast was released. Dancing Monkey presented a staged reading of Mike Czuba’s play, After Us The Savage God, in a basement bar (Wine Ohs). The lighting was low, the absurdity high and the drinks flowed.
There was filthy, filthy language.
The readers were: Michelle BRANDENBURG, Lonni OLSON, Dean COMBITSIS, David SKLAR and Melissa TUPLIN.
Photography by Maria Arseniuk.
Dancing Monkey Laboratories is looking for a dancer to join the HUMANOID – A LOVE SUPREME team for our Theatre Junction LAB November 18 – December 1.