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.

NOBODY SAY ANYTHING – LIVE.

Dancing Monkey’s Nathaniel Schmidt is about present his latest musical endeavour called Nobody Say Anything. The group is comprised of Nathaniel with Chris Dadge, Mark, Limacher, and Nate Waters. They play music like you’ve maybe never heard but maybe you have – but not from them.

Thanks to a Small Experiments Grant from CADA (Calgary Arts Development), they were able to put this show together and experiment with new sounds and new ways discovering sounds. It would be great if you could join them at this live concert event in fulfillment of the the grant. There will be beer and a few other special surprises.

June 29th, Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta. Doors open at 7pm.

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Poster design by the very cool Gregg Muller.

Accidental Euphoria – NEXTFEST.

Melissa Tuplin will be bringing her latest solo work “Accidental Euphoria” to NEXTFEST in Edmonton as part of the PIVOT Dance series curated by the Good Women Dance Collective.

The story of a Dance: http://www.theatrejunction.com/a-day-in-the-life-accidental-euphoria/

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L’UniThéâtre in La Cité Francophone | 8627 91 St.
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:00 (talkback to follow)
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 5:00pm

“The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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*Originally performed as part of Dancer’s Studio West’s 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.

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

KARL NIMENI: REDUX – DREAMS

On the night of April 22nd, Dancing Monkey once again dove into the Nocturlogical deep end to investigate the philosophies of Karl Nimeni and the trial of Charles Fleming. As part of Theatre Junction Grand’s “La Nuit Sauvage” fundraising event, the Monkeys, with spiralar thinking, re-litigated Charles Fleming’s crimes and continued to seek the original dream that led to his arrest.

Featuring: Melissa Tuplin, Amy Sawka and members of TimePoint Ensemble.
Text by: Mike Czuba
Design by: Leon Schwesinger
Music by: Nathaniel Schmidt.

A special thanks to Theatre Junction Grand, Tonya Lailey, Karen Bell, Guy de Carteret, Lizzy Evashkevich and Aldona Barutowicz.

“The concept of the unclear is difficult because we are programmed for order and an outcome, for containment and catharsis but, but… Why can’t we be in the space between a part and apart so we won’t be blinded by trickery? What if we ask the questions but let the answers arrive when they’re ready? What if we reveled in our un-understanding? What if, what if we didn’t try to make sense of everything and let mystery back into our lives? What if we find a gnome and ask the question, have you ever dreamt of a tree?”

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BOY SEES FLYING SAUCER

Dancing Monkey’s Mike Czuba has won The Laurie Award from Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey for his TYA play, BOY SEES FLYING SAUCER, based on a true and original story by Brian Dorscht.

The play will have its world premiere in February 2018.
*Contact dancingmonkeylab@gmail.com for more information on the play.

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Bobby Radcliffe is sure he has lost his brand-new bicycle. After his parents go out for the evening, he is left with his sister and instructions from his father to “make sure the bike is found and in the garage” before Bobby goes to bed. Frustrated that he can’t find his bike, he returns home and decides to tell a lie to his gullible sister; “A flying saucer came down and took my bike”. Half believing what he says, she asks him for details of how it happened – and a story starts to develop.  The sister runs to the phone to tell her best friend what Bobby just told her.  The best friend tells her father who is the town Sheriff and tells her he is coming over to the house.

Bobby has to decide to either continue the lie, or confess the truth.  Surely they would know this isn’t true. But, people in the neighbourhood and around the City get stirred up and excited to know that a UFO landed in their City. It hits the media the next day, and for the next week the location becomes a tourist attraction with Bobby telling his story. What he doesn’t suspect is the arrival of a “mystery man” who shows up with photo books full of pictures of Martians, and moon men, and the inside flying saucers, who just wants to get home.

THE VOID – In New York

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Dancing Monkey Laboratories’ short film THE VOID was selected to take part in the 5th annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film festival in New York, this May – Monday the 29th, as part of the “Trippy and Experimental” section.  

THE VOID is a short film based on Dancing Monkey’s new, in progress performance work – Humanoid –  A LOVE SUPREME

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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.