Monkeys – In – Space!!

Le Salon Des Refusés #3 happened at KOI, on January 3oth, and it was out of this world!

The Dancing Monkey Players presented Shaniqua and the Space Queen by Mike Czuba. A lost gem from the early 2000’s… Gem I tell you!

The Dancing Monkey Players are: Michelle Brandenburg, Lonni Olson, Constantine X. Anastasakis, Filsan Dualeh, Wil Knoll and Melissa Tuplin.

Photos by Christopher Tuplin and Hodan Dualeh.

Le Salon Des Refusés #4 – coming later this year

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Le Salon des Refusés #3

Dancing Monkey is pleased to present the third installment of Le Salon des Refusés, a staged reading of ridiculous plays and screenplays by Mike Czuba. This time out we present SHANIQUA and the SPACE QUEEN. A lost gem from the early 2000’s and missed opportunity for production companies everywhere!! But it’s not too late as no script ever truly dies.

January 30th, 2019 – 8pm at KOI – 1011, 1st Street, SW, Calgary.

Performed by the Dancing Monkey Players: Michelle Brandenburg, Lonni Olson, Constantine X. Anastasakis, Filsan Dualeh, Wil Knoll and Melissa Tuplin (Contracts still in negotiations).

The event is FREE! Bring your thirst, have a little food, and dig in those couches, sofas or chesterfields for some loose change – We’ll be passing the hat at the end.

Images from previous Salons can be found HERE and HERE.

Shaniqua

Shaniqua Johnson is the lead actor in the most popular TV show on the planet. The Space Queen. A cross between the original Star Trek and Baywatch. And she hates it.

But then, a rabid and obsessed fan has kidnapped her. Convinced they were meant to be together, he keeps her prisoner, locked in a soundproof apartment for his own sick satisfaction.  

Shaniqua has visions of the Space Queen telling her to be strong. She soon realizes that the only chance she has to save herself is to make peace with her screen persona. To survive, Shaniqua must become what she hates, the Space Queen.

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
Complete show images can be found HERE.

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