Curated by Good Women Dance Collective, the Nextfest Dance series features emerging artists from around #yeg and across Canada.


Friday, June 1 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 2 at 7:00pm (talkback to follow)
Sunday, June 3 at 5:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

the belly of the whale
Choreographer: Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson
Performers/Collaborators: Lindsay Bowman + Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson
Music: Verso by Anenon
Soundscape: Alex Pothier featuring Agnes de Mille interview

the belly of the whale is a journey through the layers we fabricate, cast off, regift to protect from others, our- selves and our environment, questioning and searching to reveal what lies underneath this mass so intertwined with personal identity/sense of self/belonging.

Choreographer: Alison Neuman Dancers: Angela Sekulic + Alison Neuman

Home is an exploration of learning and companionship as we transition in life.

Choreographer/Performer: Robyn Learn

I MUST, I WILL, I AM? ponders the construction of the self. Is there such a thing as the “true self”? Can one differentiate this from the influence of others? If these forces are in opposition with each other, how can one reconcile this?

Choreographer/Co-Director: Samantha Ketsa Playwright/Co-Director: Emily Sunderland
Performers: Elizabeth Ferns, Megan Koch + Sarah Mitchell
Set and Costume Designer: Myah Van Horn
Sound/Projection Designers: Samantha Ketsa + Emily Sunderland Mentors: Melanie Kloetzel + Zach McKendrick

“We are fascinated, but also repelled. They seem un- dressed. It has taken so little time to change our minds, about things like this. Then I think: I used to dress like that. That was freedom. Westernized, they used to call it.” – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale


Sunday, June 3 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 6 at 9:00pm (talkback to follow)
Friday, June 8 at 5:00pm
in the Backstage Theatre

Tip Off!
Choreographer: NIUBOI, in collaboration with the Dance Xtreme students of Victoria School of the Arts and choreography mentor Ainsley Hillyard
Performers: Julianna Heft, Piper MacDonald, Jerica Hoskins-Turenne, Kaylna Howell-Matwichuk, Abby Hanson, Jessica Smith, Valaria Paproski, Emily Gwilt, Francesca Vergara, Kelsey Bertrand, Leilu Munro, Nicole Chebac, Alecia Hack, Aidan Collins, Olivia Johnson, Tyra Posty,Amelia Pierce, Miranda Hack, Kira Senger, Daniel Palladino, Nika Gildak, Amanda Proctor + Izabella Metz

Snap back to the 90’s with this basket- ball inspired movement piece. Dribble, dunk, dance; it’s time to slam.

Choreographer/ Performer: Kendra Shorter


I can’t sit still
Choreographer: Katherine Semchuk
Performers: Abbie Cogger, Robyn Learn + Bridget Jessome Composers: Dan Tansy, Moondog, Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto Lighting Designer: Julie Ferguson
Costume Designer: Carol Semchuk
Supported by: Alberta Foundation for the Arts,
Good Women Dance Collective’s New Work Award

I can’t sit still is an exploration of idiomatic expressions relating to trying to do everything at once. With a compulsion to say yes and an urge to remain occupied, three parts of one can very quickly diverge from focus.


Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, June 7 at 9:00pm
Saturday, June 9 at 8:00pm (talkback to follow)

Die Münze (The Coin)
Choreographer/Performer: Jason Owin F. Galeos (J-SIK Movements)

In a coin toss, the only morality is chance. It is unbiased, unprejudiced, and fair. Chance gets the best of us. Winning or losing is 50/50/ There’s one side, there’s the other and there’s the…?

Choreographer: Jai Govinda
Performer: Kiruthika Rathanaswami

This is an introductory item in the bharata natyam repertoire and essentially means “an offering of flowers” by the dancer to the gods, gurus and audience. The shlokam in this item is in praise of Bhudda.

Choreographer/Performer: Abbie Cogger

The babbling, the intrusive thoughts, the rapid worries, the mundane, the expressive, the artistic, the logical – here I am her am I am I am I am I am I her here here I am in space in time what time time time… time… Is it late.

The Music Crept By Us
Choreographer: Rebecca Sadowski
Composer: Dean Musani
Performers: Rebecca Sadowski + Dean Musani
Mentor: Gianna Vacirca

“I would like to remind the management
that the drinks are watered and the hat-check girl
has syphilis
and the band is composed
of former SS monsters

However since it is
New Year’s Eve
and I have lip cancer
I will place my
paper hat on my
concussion and dance.”

-The Music Crept By Us by Leonard Cohen