We Begin.

During our residency at Theatre Junction in Calgary for their TJLAB sessions we invited filmmaker Kevin Dong to join us in the space and capture some moments of the Monkeys at work.

#webeginwithanemptystudio is a short documentary to introduce ourselves at Dancing Monkey Laboratories. We are interested in researching, exploring, discovering and deconstructing what performance can be by creating new works that speak to diverse audiences.

We’re in the Lab… Dancing.

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Le Salon des Refusés #3

Dancing Monkey is pleased to present the third installment of Le Salon des Refusés, a staged reading of ridiculous plays and screenplays by Mike Czuba. This time out we present SHANIQUA and the SPACE QUEEN. A lost gem from the early 2000’s and missed opportunity for production companies everywhere!! But it’s not too late as no script ever truly dies.

January 30th, 2019 – 8pm at KOI – 1011, 1st Street, SW, Calgary.

Performed by the Dancing Monkey Players: Michelle Brandenburg, Lonni Olson, Constantine X. Anastasakis, Filsan Dualeh, Wil Knoll and Melissa Tuplin (Contracts still in negotiations).

The event is FREE! Bring your thirst, have a little food, and dig in those couches, sofas or chesterfields for some loose change – We’ll be passing the hat at the end.

Images from previous Salons can be found HERE and HERE.

Shaniqua

Shaniqua Johnson is the lead actor in the most popular TV show on the planet. The Space Queen. A cross between the original Star Trek and Baywatch. And she hates it.

But then, a rabid and obsessed fan has kidnapped her. Convinced they were meant to be together, he keeps her prisoner, locked in a soundproof apartment for his own sick satisfaction.  

Shaniqua has visions of the Space Queen telling her to be strong. She soon realizes that the only chance she has to save herself is to make peace with her screen persona. To survive, Shaniqua must become what she hates, the Space Queen.

“Oh Thank God You’re Here” – Sounds for KARL NIMENI

Dancing Monkey Laboratories is thrilled to be able to promote the haunting and beautiful music from our last production of Karl Nimeni is Not  Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni by long-time collaborators Nathaniel Schmidt and David Burnett, otherwise known as SIGNS & LETTERS.

Oh Thank God You’re Here scores the surrealist and cerebral live performance of Karl Nimeni Is Not Dead and is available to stream or purchase right now!

*Album artwork by Gregg Muller.

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REAWAKEN – New Music by Nathaniel Schmidt and David Burnett

This new music will debut as part of Meghann Michalsky‘s new choreography, REAWAKEN, that will premiere at Springboard Performance’s FLUID FEST on October 26th and 27th, 2018.

Composed by David Burnett and Nathaniel Schmidt

Engineered by Warren Tse
Produced by Warren Tse and Donovan Seidle

Donovan Seidle – First Violin
Laura Red – Second Violin
Jeremy Bauman – Viola
Kathleen De Caen – Cello

 

‘LIKE TOM CRUISE LOVES RUNNING’

Like Tom Cruise Loves Running
A New One-Act play by Mike Czuba
czuba.mike@gmail.com
© 2018

An immediate, physical, Meta-Theatrical, one-act play, with 3 people, 3 chairs, much running and a struggle to answer the question: “How do you love?”

Three people, actors, characters meet in a space that looks similar to a theatre stage. They immediately try to show/prove how much they love. Grand statements are made, running on the spot, arguing, debates, agreements and declarations power this play from start to stop with a rhythm and pace that will leave everyone out of breath.

Characters:
Parker
Charlie
Morgan

**All Characters are described as gender/age neutral (They/Them). Although they might lean traditionally one way or another, directors can do what they wish.

**If running is not possible, the “running on the spot” can be replaced with any physical activity/gesture depending on ability of the actor.
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Solo Projects.

In the time honoured, Rock&Roll tradition ( See Kiss ), The Monkeys are going to spend a little time on some solo gigs: various theatre, dance and music things, teaching – across the freakin’ country, community building and more schoolin’.

Monkey works will arrive, here and there, as art-things are hard to stop doing, but nothing full-on Dancing Monkey as we looks for some funding to take our dance-moves to new places; where we can continue to challenge ourselves creatively, and evolve artistically.

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Pic by Wise Photo – From Late Night at the Plaza.