Calgary: January 4 - 7, 2007

7th semi-annual networking session.


CALENDAR of Events

Thursday January 4
All events at the Rosza Centre, University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

10:00 – 11:30 am

Calgary is one of Canada’s powerhouse centres for the creation and export of contemporary performance. Building A City will trace the roots of Calgary's contemporary performance milieu from the early days of the birth of the Calgary Stampede, the Chautauqua years, through the 60s to today’s explosion of theatre, dance, music, performance art and spoken word. The story of Calgary’s growth is told by those who were there to play a major role in the formation of the city we live in today.

Moderator: Michael Green
Panelists: Joyce Doolittle, Quentin Doolittle, Brian Rusted, Sandra Vida, Vicki Willis, Sheri-D Wilson

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Communities are built on the cooperation and collaboration between groups and individuals. A nation is built upon on the tacit and explicit collaboration between communities. Canada’s networks are the nerve systems that allow for the exchange of thoughts and ideas that define national character. Canada benefits greatly from the strength and variety of its vibrant networks. The Canadian Networks session introduces PCC to a few of these: New Music Network, Pop Start, Full Circle (national network for Aboriginal Performers), Regroupement des Arts Interdisciplinaires du Québec, CANDANCE and Disability Arts & Culture Network, and others.

Moderator: Eric Moschopedis
Panelists: Tim Brady, Michele Decottignes, Nathalie Derome, Miriam Ginestier, Margo Kane, Stefan St-Laurent

3:45 – 5:30 pm

Gerry Thurston is a seminal instructor of performance creation at the
University of Calgary and one of the co-founders of Performance Creation
Canada. His contribution to Calgary's performance community as a creator,
collaborator and e-ducer of performance are deeply ingrained in the
community. The role of performance creation as a pedagogy and methodology in Calgary has been and continues to be instrumental to the development of the contemporary ecology of our performing arts. "Keynote Collage" is a visual overview of works that have come to define performance creation for Gerry Thurston during his tenure.

Friday January 5
All Events At Vertigo Playhouse Theatre
161, 115 - 9 Avenue SE

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Co-presented by the University of Calgary Faculty of Fine Arts

Moderator: Lori Blondeau

This panel features three theatre artists working in an educational context.

David Diamond is the Artistic Director of Headlines Theatre in Vancouver, B.C.  The work of Headlines Theatre is based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed .  The company has devised numerous plays and projects in collaboration with First Nations and multicultural communities.  Headlines is the resident theatre company of the Vancouver School District and began this collaboration by setting up a program of POWER PLAYS on race relations in secondary schools.

Lisa Doolittle is a professor of Theatre and Dramatic Arts at the University of Lethbridge.  Her research and creative interest is in intercultural and multicultural performance, theatre for community development, and Canadian dance.  She holds a three-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study culturally embodied practices such as dance in the development of Canada’s multicultural identity.  Her film, “Dancing Bodies,” won an Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association award for Best Educational Documentary.

Marrie Mumford is the Artistic Producer of Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space in  the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.  Marrie came to Trent in 2004, where she is an assistant professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Arts and Literature. Formerly she was the Artistic Director of the Aboriginal Arts Program at the Banff Centre.

1:30 – 3:30 pm
Co-presented by The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society

Performative works have historically existed on the leading edge of artistic practices. This panel will focus on discovering how performance practices are evolving, will examine how the elements of performance in relation to risk-taking, critical engagement, innovation, novel technologies, and the reconfiguring of more traditional forms are pushing the edge of performance. The participants of this panel will represent a range of artists and arts administrators to maximize the dialogue around what drives the development of performance practices in relation to media, intercultural work, risk, and community.

Moderator: Tammy McGrath
Panelists: David Bateman, Annie Dugan, Terrance Houle, David LaRiviere, Tarik Robinson, Claude Schryer


3:45 – 5:30 pm

Lori Blondeau, Margo Kane, Terrance Houle – three fresh, multi-award winning voices from Canada’s rich and varied contemporary Aboriginal performance milieu – create, reflect, and challenge notions and images of “the Indian” in contemporary Canadian culture. This interdisciplinary performance lecture explodes outdated notions and assumptions. Whose reality? Whose fantasy? Whose fiction? Whose perspective? You won’t be thinking Hollywood after this!

Moderator: Marrie Mumford

Saturday, January 6th
Events at various venues

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club: 109 - 7 Ave SW

Drop by for a quintessentially Calgarian 'hangover' brunch, or some
mean brisket. Meet, mix and mingle with other PCC participants,
delegates and panelists. This is the Performance Creation Canada
network in action!

ALL FUNDERS INFORMATION SESSION ON PERFORMANCE CREATION (theatre, dance, music, performance art, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary performing arts)
Noon - 1:30 pm
Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club 109 - 7 Ave SW

Representatives from municipal, provincial and federal funding agencies will be present to provide information and answer questions.



3:45 – 5:30 pm
Martha Cohen Theatre
EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts
225 - 8 Ave SE

It is a theatre cliché that an animal on stage will always be more interesting than a human, no matter how brilliant the human’s performance. In the arena of artifice, the unrehearsed and accidental is often much more beautiful, astonishing and revealing. Getting someone on stage simply to be themselves has always been one of theatre’s most daunting aspirations. Q & A accomplishes this, as well as providing an opportunity for people to get to know each other.


(with Jan Krueger and the Tipplers)

10:00 pm – 1:30 am
Big Secret Theatre
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
(PCC Delegates pay $24 -$6 off of regular priced tickets.
Book in advance to ensure availability by calling (403) 264-3224)

Alejandro Escovedo is a rarity, a legend that has remained true to his vision for more than four decades, through his tenure in bands like Rank and File and True Believers, to his own critically acclaimed solo career. David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes Escovedo as "a folk-blues classicist with a gritty, plaintive voice and an equal fondness for dirty boogie and spectral balladry." His latest recording, The Boxing Mirror, was produced by John Cale, and marks a triumphant return to form after a five-year hiatus.

Alejandro Escovedo is co-presented with the assistance of Heritage Posters and Music and sponsored by the One Yellow Rabbit Board of Directors, the Ship & Anchor Pub, Calgary Arts Development Authority, Calgary Economic Development and The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede.

Sunday, January 7
Events at various venues

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Big Secret Theatre
EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts

During these last hours of PCC - Calgary, please plan to attend and
participate in this inclusive Open Forum. Topics for discussion will
include the weekend's proceedings and the future of Performance
Creation Canada. Everyone is invited.


3:45 – 5:30 pm
Engineered Air Theatre
EPCOR Centre for the Performance Arts

Existing to inspire and showcase new contemporary performance, and to bring together artists from diverse backgrounds, Interrarium is the culmination of a two-week creative residency. Internationally renowned Canadian creators Istvan Kantor, Darren O’Donnell and Tedd Robinson have collaborated with a half dozen emerging artists from across the country and from a wide range of disciplines. The residency was a process-oriented, fluid, creative environment for dialogue, critical thinking and experimentation held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The results will be exhibited here.

Peer into the creative process of the three ‘monitors’ (Kantor, O’Donnell and Robinson) through an afternoon of performance and discussion




Co-Produced by Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary Arts Development/Calgary Economic Development, Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society, One Yellow Rabbit, Springboard Dance and University of Calgary Faculty of Fine Arts.