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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KARL NIMENI – The Show.

For those of you who could not make the performance, grab a cafe, or a drink, settle in, and check out the show.

**We’re looking into festival opportunities, or, if you’re interested in the material for your own production, give us a shout – dancingmonkeylab@gmail.com

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The Un-Birthday

On April 11th. Dancing Monkey had a little get together at Village Brewery’s Tap Room to celebrate the past 5 years of work and to bring together many of the artists we’ve had the honour of working with.  Before the pics, here’s a list of those artists:

Larry Lamont, Laura Allen, Steven Evanik, Jason Galeos, Shelley Woodall, Andrew Woodall, Samantha Scafidi, Andrew Kerr, Olivia Brooks-Golosky, Kensington Sinfonia, Donovan Seidle, Derek Paulich, Michelle Brandenburg, Marcia Liber, Jenn Weihmann, Jarett Sitter, Harry Papavlasopoulos and Jon Tsamalidis, Amy Sawka, Edward Ogum, Emma Casey, Meghann Michalsky, Chandler Smith, Sarah Curts, Chenise Mitchell, Genevieve Pare, Connor Williams, Dean Combitsis, Hailey MacLeod, Sylvie Moquin, Chantal Wall, Maria Arseniuk, Timepoint Ensemble, Lonni Olson, Filsan Dualeh, David Sklar, Wil Knoll, Kevin Dong, Mark Limacher, Chris Dadge, Nate Waters, The Fluid Festival, The Soulocentric Festival, The Ignite! Festival, Theatre Junction

We also had a raffle to raise some funds for Karl Nimeni is Not Dead with generous donations from: Kensington SinfoniaTimepoint EnsembleMountainviewCowtown OperaDIY TheatreThe KinkonautsNew Works Calgary and Crooked Spies

A Sneak Peek

On May 3rd to the 6th of 2018 – Karl Nimeni is not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni will be returning to the stage. In association with Theatre Junction Grand’s NEXT STAGE series, Dancing Monkey will continue to investigate the strange and mysterious arrest and interrogation of the writer Charles Fleming. If you have to ask if something is true, it already is.

Photography by Harry Papavlasopoulos

Written and Directed by Mike Czuba
Choreography by Melissa Tuplin
Featuring: Amy Sawka, Michelle Brandenburg and Melissa Tuplin.
Design by Leon Schwesinger
Music by Nathaniel Schmidt and David Burnett
Stage Managed by Micheal Luong
Costume assistance by Katrina Muller

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Left to Right: Michelle Brandenburg, Melissa Tuplin, and Amy Sawka. Design by Leon Schwesinger. Photo by Harry Papavlasopoulos

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Melissa Tuplin and Amy Sawka. Design by Leon Schwesinger. Photo by Harry Papavlasopoulos

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Michelle Brandenburg. Design by Leon Schwesinger. Photo by Harry Papavlasopoulos

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Melissa Tuplin and Amy Sawka. Design by Leon Schwesinger. Photo by Harry Papavlasopoulos

A little reading: FOREVER EMERGING

In preparation for Dancing Monkey’s upcoming production of Karl Nimeni is not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni, Mike Czuba shared some thoughts with Intermission Magazine about process, making art and identifying as an artist.

https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/artist-perspective/forever-emerging/

“I’ve been an artist for so long that there is very little separation between my art and my life. I am my art now. My art informs my decisions, my perspectives about the world, and my relationships, oftentimes to their detriment. If my art has plateaued—if I have plateaued, if I never become professional—how do I move forward? Turning the page and telling myself that I had a good run doesn’t feel like a constructive or even healthy option.”

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Left to Right: Michelle Brandenburg, Melissa Tuplin, and Amy Sawka. Design by Leon Schwesinger. Photo by Harry Papavlasopoulos

Karl Nimeni Returns.

On May 3rd to the 6th of 2018 – Karl Nimeni is not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni will be returning to the stage. In association with Theatre Junction Grand’s NEXT STAGE series, Dancing Monkey will continue to investigate the strange and mysterious arrest and interrogation of the writer Charles Fleming.

Featuring: Amy Sawka, Michelle Brandenburg and Melissa Tuplin.

If you have to ask if something is true, it already is.

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