Jun 2021

Nextfest 2021: Night Seven Guide

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June 10th: night Seven of Nextfest


Are you ready for an evening of exploration, movement, and connection? Join us at 6 pm MST to view it all!

Grab a beverage, get comfy, and tune into NextfestTV. We’ll see you in the chat.

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your NIGHT Seven schedule 

Yellow letters read "night seven."


hosted by Dill Prusko

Night seven of Nextfest 2021 opens with a warm welcome from our host and some discussion of what to expect this evening.


2nd Summit presents


A black woman with natural hair swims through water.
Thursday, June 10
created by Rochelle Laplante

An audio-visual exploration of the connections between my natural hair and different plant life. A celebration through movement of growth, beauty, colour, and diversity.

featuring Rochelle Laplante and Jasper Poole



A person faces to the side with traditional indigenous style.
Thursday, June 10
performed and created by Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo

Join dancer, spoken word & multi-medium artist Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo as she walks through what it’s like living with mental illness and trying to find meaning to the terms “healthy coping mechanisms” as an Indigenous person through characterization/lip-syncing, body movement, Powwow dance, spoken word & storytelling.

Girls in Film and Television logo



This shot puts us over the shoulder of a woman who is leaning back to look at the camera over her left shoulder. Her hair flows as she moves.

Thursday, June 10
directed and created by Michaella Haynes

The female dynamic is based on scarcity, a constant battle to occupy the limited space we feel is available that is fueled by fear and comparison, anonymity, and disconnection. This work is my own scarcity complex shouting out loud, a letter of acknowledgment, and a resolution for change.

featuring Michaella Haynes, Alyssa Maturino, Julianna Barwick, and Gia Margaret



A person puts a mallet down on a rock. Their hands are covered in dirt.
Thursday, June 10
by Gabby Bernard
directed by Julie Murphy

Camille Claudel was a brilliant sculptor, remembered more for a tragic love affair than her own ground-breaking work as an artist in 19th century France. Her ghost, tortured and furious, haunts the ruins of her final studio – and today, she receives a visit from an unexpected guest. Stone and Soil examines art and womanhood, genius and madness, and what it really means to give up a grudge.

Audiences are invited to a Zoom room after the performance to join a talk back about the play.



A woman in a field leaps to the right of the frame with her hands on her stomach.

This performance will be streamed silently, please watch with music at Nextfest On Demand
choreographed and performed by Shannon Lin
filmography by Tino Dumec

An exploration of the comforts and discomforts of lonesomeness, augmenting the curiosities that emerge from this state of being. Inspired by the conflicting desires of vulnerability and resiliency, the piece navigates through the contemplation of human connection that captures the essence of a chaotic mind from every angle.



Mad John performing at a iHuman event.
Thursday, June 10
performed by Mad John

You don’t know Mad John, yet. And Mad John don’t know you, yet. We are really excited for you to meet. Mad John wants you to know that Mad John really really likes Winehouse, Joplin, and Joni.


Remix the Ritual presents


A sunset over a small town.

Thursday, June 10
curated by Lady Vanessa Cardona

“La Sangre Llama” is a collection of poems and stories about my relationship to my blood. La sangre llama can be directly translated as ‘the blood calls’; however, I do not believe that this gives the title full credit for all that it encompasses. A saying, a way of life, and a calling. La sangre Llama in a remembering journey into the self. Re-calling DNA, unashamedly, proudly confronting and embracing all my ancestors and lineage, and the reasons my blood has brought me here today. The memory in our veins is powerful and some memories are meant to be kept private, some memories are meant to be told. A hope, a prophecy, an old wives’ tale, an oral story asking to be remembered. Here we dive into the trans-parent world of becoming.



Pop-A-Z poses while looking off camera to the right.

Thursday, June 10

Pop-A-Z first emerged popping off songs from all ages that had the chance to be recorded. After much dancing and DJ electro-swing became favoured with its genre jumping way of merging melody and peoples movement. A monumental moment everyone can share over generations. Gapping the simplicities of a washtub bass to the massive momentum of bass bins. Playing songs from A to Z in any location plausible from art galleries to zoo’s. Come join us on the dance floor to hear some fresh oldies with a very lively crowd ready to throw around, up and down, frequency expression.


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