Karl Nimeni is not Dead – Trailer 2018

An international call was sent out to Nimenists far and wide to participate in the trailer for Dancing Monkey Laboratories new production of Karl Nimeni is not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni.

May 3rd to the 6th, Calgary, AB. Presented by Theatre Junction Grand’s Next Stage series.

*Karl Nimeni has yet to respond.

Participants:
1 – Jimmy Hayes
2 – Tracy MacNeil
3 – Chenise Mitchell
4 – Patricia Mckenzie
5 – Marie Curley
6 – Louise hedenskog
7 – Dirk Van Satralen
8 – Luke Sinclaire
9 – Tina Lambert
10 – Jason Roar
11 – Lora Randolph Mander
12 – Catherine from Norway
13 – George Kneiser
14 – Nina Gerschack
15 – Djed Moros
16 – Nicolas Marti
17 – Eric Cohen
18 – Sol Battaglio
19 – Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd
20 – Mike Czuba
21 – Sylvain Auclaire
22 – Gnome Eric
23 – Meghann Michalsky
24 – Binh Nguyen
25 – Phoenix Starllen
26 – Her Highness Sonja Rainey, 476th Queen of Gnomelandia
27 – Neil Napier
28 – Katherine Bjornestol
29 – Trevor Mark
30 – Sarah Start
31 – Chandler Smith
32 – Ksenia Thurgood
33 – Edmund Idziak
34 – Rebecca Moschopedis
35 – Sylvie Moquin
36 – Nathaniel Schmidt
37 – Melissa Tuplin
38 – Leon Schwesinger
39 – Amy Sawka

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WE FOUND BIGFOOT!!

On January 31st, the Dancing Monkey Players presented Le Salon Des Refusés #2 at Cafe Koi, reading Mike Czuba’s play/screenplay/something called WAITING FOR GORDO*.

Introducing the Dancing Monkey Players (left to right on the stage: ‘Original’ Filsan Dualeh, Michelle Brandenburg, Dean Combitsis, Wil Knoll, Lonni Olson and Melissa Tuplin. (pics by Leon Schwesinger)

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There were hats!

*A play, based on a screenplay by Mike Czuba, Andrew Kenneth Martin and Gordon Currie, based ever-so loosely on another play by some other dude and influenced by a single episode of the Six-Million Dollar Man. In no way does the content of this play infringe on the copyright of any other plays with similar titles. Any similarities to any other persons or characters alive or dead is 100% coincidental and should be treated as such. If you have to ask if something is real… it already is.

Monkeys on Late Night.

On November 29th, the Dancing Monkey crew was invited to present their performance video GOOD FORTUNE DRINKS TOO MUCH at LATE NIGHT AT THE PLAZA.

We felt very comfortable in their special brand of madness.
We also discovered that monkeys fit quite snuggly on questionable chesterfields.

Pics from Wise Photo.
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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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