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.

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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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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.

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.

Humanoid Workshop Video.

For those who could not make it to the TJLab outcome on December 1st. Here is a video* of the evenings work.

Theatre Junction‘s TJlab sessions are an invaluable opportunity for artists and collectives like ours to have the ability to explore new material at a high level, within a beautiful, intimate space, with lights, live music and tech support.

Filmed by Kevin Dong.
Full credits of the residency HERE.

*the video was created for our own archival and documenting purposes – shared here for the curious.