During our residency at The Grand 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 […]Read More We Begin.
Hey look, I’m not starting this with a definition! What that word means to us will change depending on our reality, age, culture, ambition, maybe even gender and hundreds of other factors. To some it might be the simple act of starting something, let alone finishing anything, or it needs to be something bigger, a […]Read More What Does Achievement Actually Mean?
This is a version of a paper that I was supposed to give at a conference at York University at the end of the month – which unfortunately was cancelled due to Covid-19. So I decided to turn it into a Dancing Monkey Performance Paper. This is part two of the ‘Thr(3)e Dimensional Text‘ series, […]Read More An Alt-Traditional Structure
A very successful premiere reading was presented at Glenbow Museum, in November 2019, which was followed by two more staged readings. January 19th in Red Deer, Alberta, by the Red Deer Players, and then the US premiere reading on February 8th, at The Art Studio in Beaumont, directed by Elayne LeTraunik. **The Next reading will […]Read More Upcoming Staged Readings of ‘AFTER MOURNING’
On Feb 8th at The Art Studio Inc., in Beaumont, Texans, a group of artists and performers, led and directed by Elayne LeTraunik, supported by Chairman: Stephan Malick, Board Member: Michael Saar and driven by Marilyn Manson-Hayes – presented the US premiere staged reading of Mike Czuba’s new play AFTER MOURNING. Following the reading, a […]Read More ‘AFTER MOURNING’ IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS
On January 30th, 2020, at KOI, The Dancing Monkey Players assembled to present Le Salon Des Refusés #4, a spirited staged reading / interpretation of PLAY DEAD (This version by Mike Czuba, based on the many previous versions by Mike Czuba, Andrew K. Martin, Gordon Currie and Chris Angel.) The performance was a Master-Class in […]Read More Father!!!! (Salon Des Refusés #4)
Ahead of the staged reading happening at The Art Studio Inc. in Beaumont Texas (Feb 8th), their in-house paper ISSUE, wrote this fantastic piece, talking about the play and Johanna. Article by Stephan Malick, ISSUE staff writer, with quotes by director Elayne LeTraunik. Full article can be found HERE.Read More Beaumont, TX, talking Johanna
On January 19th, 2020, the Red Deer Players Society presented a staged reading of Mike Czuba’s new play AFTER MOURNING at the Red Deer Public Library. The reading was followed by an engaged talk-back session about the work and, of course, Johanna. Directed by Ash Mercia, and performed by: Older Johanna: Erna SoderbergYounger Johanna: Aimbree […]Read More AFTER MOURNING in Red Deer, Alberta