AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD. A reading in Calgary (Oh the fluids!)

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.



Call for Dancer: HUMANOID – A LOVE SUPREME. November 18 – December 1

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.

The dancer should be comfortable in an experimental, collaborative, and exploratory creative environment, with strong improvisatory skills and contemporary dance technique. Experience working with text and voice is an asset.

Rehearsals will occur during days and evenings throughout the session. The outcome showing will be at 8 pm on December 1. The rehearsal schedule will be flexible and scheduled around commitments, however you should be available on weekend days, some weekdays, and some evenings. Collaborators will be compensated with an honorarium.

Reply to with a link to a demo tape or performance video, a brief description of your experience, and why you want to be involved.


Melissa Tuplin’s Dancebag.

Dancing Monkey’s Melissa Tuplin is featured in this month’s The Dance Current, in the their column “What’s in your dancebag?


Accidental Euphoria – A new dance work.

This past September, Dancing Monkey’s Melissa Tuplin presented her new solo work Accidental Euphoria as part of the Alberta Dance Festival.

A review from The Dance CurrentCalgarian Melissa Tuplin’s Accidental Euphoria, a solo performed with notable virtuosity. Through a series of tension-laden, contorted positions, Tuplin gave off the impression of riding a euphoric-depressive roller coaster. Reference to the medically induced hypertensive crises resultant of Iproniazid usage, a strong antidepressant prescribed in the 1950s that caused intracranial hemorrhages, was Tuplin’s creative seed for the work, according to her program notes. Sensations at extremes of the pain-pleasure continuum were embodied with kinesthetic efficiency, which generated empathy.

Photo courtesy of:  Tim Nguyen / Citrus Photography and Dancers’ Studio West.

A Savage God in Calgary.

October 18th – Dancing Monkey Laboratories presents a staged reading of Mike Czuba’s play: AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD.

“A play that speaks directly to our current political environment. One part (un)historical biography – one part biting satire on our modern media.”

**Warning: Contains Adult language, fluids and depravity.

The readers are: Michelle BRANDENBURG, Lonni OLSON, Dean COMBITSIS, Filsan DUALEH and Melissa TUPLIN.

The history books all suggest the writer and full time lunatic, Alfred Jarry, died from a combination of malnutrition and a super-human consumption of alcohol. After Us The Savage God will offer another hypothesis – Time travel.