Our dance showcases are curated by our friends at Good Women Dance Collective, showcasing emerging choreography and movement.

This year’s dance programming features an eclectic gathering of artists from across the country whose creative journeys have been marked by their time at the waypoint of Edmonton, somewhere along the way. In that same spirit, we hope that these projects may also leave a mark on your journey with dance, wherever you may be.



curated by Samantha Ketsa
curation mentorship by Rebecca Sadowski
stage Managed by Andrea Murphy
lighting designed by Skye Grinde
apprenticed by Katherine Mackenzie

All of the Dance Programming is in the Nancy Power Theatre 


Dance Program 1: SEWN

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 2:00 pm

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9:00 pm

18+ event, audiences encouraged to check content warnings


choreographed and performed by Kaili Che and Carla Alcántara

INTERWEAVE is an evolving, high-energy physical theatre and contemporary dance duet that embraces the importance of play, laughter, and imagination in daily life. They use movement, puppetry, partnering, groovy music, and bright colourful props, to paint the space with characters and storytelling.

weaving strands

choreographed and performed by Ashley Mae Johnston

ONLY MAY 31 and JUNE 1st

Weaving strands is inspired by a 1950s landscape of being a woman and the complexities of female empowerment associated with sexuality and the nude body. It explores ideas of body neutrality while embracing the many forms of our personalities, and how these can both exist at the same time.


choreographed by Desirée Swain and Paige Hanic performed by Desirée Swain and Paige Hanic, Keaton Smith, and Sean Croal

Tapestry is a collaboration between tap-dancer/choreographers Paige Hanic and Desiree Swain, and guitarist/composer Keaton Smith. With this original piece, they explore groove, lyricism, and improvisation, experimenting with the ways tap dance can blur the lines between choreography and composition, acting as a visual medium as well as playing a percussive role in the context of a band.


Program 2: SYNAPTIC

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 5:00 pm 

 Friday, June 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm

a hidden autobiography

directed by Kiera Shaw

interpreted by Sophie Dow

music composition by Laura Reznek

Inspired by embodied experiences of physical and imagined adventures, a hidden autobiography is a celebration of setting forth on a personal journey; an ode to the ‘rogue traveler’. By placing interpreter Sophie Dow in a series of literal and figurative images, the piece emerges as an athletic meditation on cultivating a personal energetic life force. It has a silent, momentous strength, is vigorous in nature, and honours the importance of travel, in a time when it was not allowed.

Journals of Adoption

choreographed by and featuring Sophie Dow mentorship by Olivia C Davies

Journals of Adoption is a sifting and movement through 2 journals of origin: one text from Sophie’s birth mother’s pregnancy and process of offering her up; the other text from her own reflections, queries, and ruminations as an adopted child.


choreographed by and featuring Pigeon Breeders (Myles Bartel and Will Scott) in Collaboration with Tia Ashley Kushniruk and Deviani Andrea

Lamina is an instant composition practise devised by Pigeon Breeders in collaboration with Tia Ashley Kushniruk and Deviani Andrea. Using the concept of opposing modalities and sonic landscapes, Lamina is an exploration into how oppositions can blend and
separate through improvisational stanzas and instant composition. Lamina plays in the SYNAPTIC program on Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 6 only.


choreographed and performed by Rumi Jeraj and Max Hanic

A duet that is as fast paced and ultimately as absurd as a scroll through one’s tik tok feed. We are changing and translating constantly and we are giving nothing and everything at the same time. Clickbait plays in the SYNAPTIC program on Friday, June 7 only.


Program 3: SPATIAL

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 4:30 pm

9 Graha

choreographed by and featuring Madhushri Deshpande

‘9Graha’ – In ancient Indian culture, it is believed that the positioning of the nine elements of the solar system control the behaviour of humankind and hold them accountable for their actions and reactions. In this Bharatanatyam dance production, we will be presenting this concept with a live Carnatic style music ensemble, composed in different ragas (tunes) based on the importance of the elements being presented.

The Hubble Space Telescope Dance

choreographed and performed by Claudia Kulay

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits once every 95 minutes at approximately 525 km above the Earth. She was launched on April 24th, 1990, making it so that she was been working very hard to deliver information about space through photographs for nearly 34 years. She takes photos of galaxies unknown, strange planets and abandoned space objects.

working title

choreographed and performed by Rena Adell Eyamie and Aly Turgeon

Being an emerging dance artist is daunting and exhilarating. Every day feels like the first. Every tool is familiar yet foreign. Sense is often nowhere to be found. Instead of searching for guidelines that don’t exist, we’ll be brave enough to try and fail. Please laugh, or it’s too real.


choreographed and performed by Rumi Jeraj and Max Hanic

A duet that is as fast paced and ultimately as absurd as a scroll through one’s tik tok feed. We are changing and translating constantly and we are giving nothing and everything at the same time. Clickbait plays in the SPATIAL program on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 only.