IGNITE! 2024 - Booby Trap Danzas

Booby Trap Danzas is a series of Two performances:

“The Booby Trap,” and Danza De Los Viejitos

Wed, June 5, 2024 at 7:00pm

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 8:15pm

Fri, June 7, 2024 at 7:00pm 

Sticky Jar Collective’s “The Booby Trap”

Get ready to ‘open up the jar’ and see how this all-female improv troupe can get themselves out of ‘sticky situations’! Who will ‘unstick’ themselves from unknown, unexpected, and unscripted ‘Booby Traps’? Who will ‘stick’ to strategy, cunning, wit, and … more strategy, to impress The Host the most? Who will collect enough points to claim the coveted 'sticky jar'? This structured improv show blends planned segments with spontaneous humor, offering an unforgettable theatre experience that the audience won’t want to ‘peel’ themselves away from! Get ‘stuck’ in your seats for a booby-filled performance, where the troupes quick wit and live audience participation, create an unparalleled and unpredictable ‘stick-tuation’. ‘Stick’ with us and we’ll show you our booby (traps)!

Danza De Los Viejitos

Get ready for some Mexican theatre, as we adapt a Danza De Los Viejitos traditional dance into a full mask show! This performance is a celebration of life through a love story. It is a reminder that it's never too late to find love, and that our youthfulness is not defined by age. Full of dance, comedy and romance this modern adaptation is a blend of culture and the power of theatre.

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IGNITE! 2024 - Wildfire Showcase #1

Readings from:

Worry & Truth and Tales From All Over

Wed, June 5, 2024 at 7:00pm

Worry

Worry is an TYA exploration about imaginary friends and anxiety. A single performer, a scientist who has built a machine that makes imaginary friends visible, interacts with both the audience and projected, animated characters that are her imaginary friends, before a manifestation of her worries starts making itself known.

Truth and Tales From All Over

Truth and Tales From All Over is an original table top card game, similar to Dungeons and Dragons, where what unfolds in the narrative of the evolving game is acted out by improvisors while also integrating audience involvement in unique ways. The goal of the game is to acquire story beats that follow the arc of familiar cultural and/or mythic narratives, and we witness how these stories change in the telling.

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IGNITE! 2024 - Illusory Tea

Illusory Tea is a series of two performances:

Dulcinea Del Toboso And Other Illusory Women

and

Tea Parties With Friends

Wed, June 5, 2024 at 8:15pm

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 8:15pm

Fri, June 7, 2024 at 9:30pm

Dulcinea Del Toboso And Other Illusory Women

An AI companion and one of its handlers come to blows.

Tea Parties With Friends

Tea Parties With Friends explores how the transition to adulthood can change friendships. How is it that imaginary tea parties between the closest of friends turn so suddenly into coffee dates with a stranger?

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IGNITE! 2024 - Listen In to the Jairo

Listen In to the Jairo is a series of two performances:

Jairo, and Listen In

Wed, June 5, 2024 at 8:15pm

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 9:30pm 

Sat, June 8, 2024 at 8:15pm 

Jairo

The project tells the story of Jairo as he fights his conditioned insomnia. Jairo digs into his memories as a therapy to heal, and during this journey, he is accompanied by the supporting character Nel. Their candid and fun conversations expose unpopular opinions on topics such as colorism, classism, and poverty in certain Latin American regions. The play aims to inspire and exemplify the power of mind and will. The audience will also be informed about mental health concerns that are seldom discussed.

Listen In

“Listen In” is a theatre performance that takes place in darkness that explores private conversations. Audience members are invited to blindfold themselves and interact with the story through sensory elements.

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IGNITE! 2024 - The Way We Burn

Wed, June 5, 2024 at 9:30pm

Fri, June 7, 2024 at 8:15pm 

Sat, June 8, 2024 at 7:00pm


Ever get that sinking feeling that your body isn’t yours? 7 women navigate life and survival in a community where abortion is punishable by burning at the stake. Come home, come home. Do not lose your way. Walk the well-tread path of prudence. Stay, stay, stay,

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IGNITE! 2024 - Wildfire Showcase #2

 Readings from:

Tomboy (Chłopczyca), GRINGAS, and Skinhead

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 7:00pm

Tomboy (Chłopczyca)

Tomboy (Chłopczyca) is a dance-theatre performance using contemporary movement and Polish folklore to investigate gender and memory. In the play, a non-binary university student learns that a boy from their Polish immigrant community committed a disturbing act of violence. This revelation forces them to re-examine their shared adolescence in an insular and tradition-bound culture. But with each remembering, the sequence of events becomes more ambiguous, the choreography of memory more complex, unravelling the narrative they’ve constructed of themself, their gender and the boy's culpability. Were his actions his own, or was he cursed by a monstrous and mythic inheritance? By reclaiming traditions, including folk dance, Tomboy seeks to be both an unflinching autopsy of masculinity, as well as a vision of queer metamorphosis.

GRINGAS

GRINGAS tells the story of 7 Latina-Canadian teenagers who are forced by their mothers to attend a Spanish-only summer camp. Within the confines of shared bunks, they confront their disappearing youth through dreams, dance, and cigarettes, and tackle the intricacies of the looming shadow of their 'gringa-ness'.

Skinhead

by Shyanne Duquette

“Skinhead” follows a group of friends navigating the challenges of growing up and joining groups that prove to be much more insidious than initially expected.

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IGNITE! 2024 - Dance

Dance is a series of two performances:

Balance &

Belief

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 7:00pm

Fri, June 7, 2024 at 9:30pm

Sat, June 8, 2024 at 9:30pm

Balance

Embark on a captivating journey as two dancers gracefully navigate the delicate balance between each other, the space, and movement. Witness the mesmerizing interplay of bodies in motion as they seamlessly intertwine, each step echoing a silent dialogue of connection and harmony. Through their mesmerizing choreography, they invite you to experience the profound beauty found in the symbiotic relationship between human expression and the boundless expanse of the world around us.

Belief

This is a dance all about belief and hope and how support and connection from each other can help grow our beliefs. The idea is that we are stronger together, and that we always are happier together. I wanted to showcase the importance that the arts, and dance specifically, have in our lives. With all the outside influences that we are subjected to on a daily basis, we need something to believe in. Something that brings us joy and peace, and for me that is dance. I hope that everyone finds their passion to believe in and I hope that we all dance.

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IGNITE! 2024 - Clown Ballad Hour

Clown Ballad Hour is a series of Three performances:

The Silly Little Clown,

Enrichment Hour,

Night Ballad

Thurs, June 6, 2024 at 9:30pm

Fri, June 7, 2024 at 7:00pm

Sat, June 8, 2024 at 8:15pm

The Silly Little Clown

The Silly Little Clown has been working very hard to put on a show for you all! Join us on a whimsical and expressive performance that combines elements of dance, comedy, and theatricality. Amidst the choreographed chaos, a story unfolds, but it's a tale fraught with tension and uncertainty. What harm is there in laughing at a Silly Little Clown?

Enrichment Hour

The Calgary Zoo is partnering with IGNITE! to bring the animals on stage for a province-mandated enrichment experience. The open mic will feature a handful of animals performing stand up, poetry, and music.

Night Ballad

Dance through Eduardian France with a cast of women using the power they have to fight back against the powers that be. Drawing from stories like Lysastrada, Madea, and Moulin Rouge, Ballad of the Night explores the lengths people will go to make their voices heard.

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