May 7, 2018
at the Westbury Theatre
ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue
Tickets by cash donation
GRAVITY is back for the third time: smashing fake news with artful truth
Hosted by Kristi Hansen, this year’s GRAVITY the ad hoc, one-night-only cabaret of art that boldly addresses red-hot political issues of our times. Music, performance art, clown, installation, mad art, crip art, Deaf art, spoken word and sketch comedy shines a spotlight on issues like gun violence, toxic masculinity, colonialism, climate change, and more. Join us for a raucous evening that will amaze, provoke, and inspire.
GRAVITY returns featuring Edmonton’s Colourful, Artful Provocateurs! All GRAVITY artists bring risky material and their own voice: content uncensored.
GRAVITY 2018 features Karimah, Lee Boyes, CRIPSiE, Althea Cunningham, Chris Dodd, Lindsay Eales, Frente Theatre Collective, Julie Golosky & Michele Vance Hehir, Savanna Harvey, Emily Howard & Philip Geller, Manor & Decorum, Peter Midgley, Ninety Bears Collective, and Niuboi.
Tickets will be by cash donation only at the door, ASL interpretation by NICA consolidated will be available and whisper interpreting by request. Westbury is barrier-free and the performance is relaxed – come and go as needed!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lee Boyes is a yeg based writer, director & performer who works primarily in improv and site-specific theatre. He revels in challenging audiences: teasing them out of their comfort zones and inviting them to tempt their own emotions & truths. With the following sketches, he hopes that we can both laugh at and embrace some of the biggest challenges in our ever-changing social norms.
CRIPSiE is Edmonton’s integrated dance company and is dedicated to challenging dominant stories of disability and other forms of oppression through crip and mad performance, especially dance.
Althea Cunningham is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University. A seasoned performer with a background in: acting, writing, music and producing. Appearing on stages across Canada in: theatre, television and film. Music has been an integral part of her life and a highlight of this has been releasing, On The Verge EP (2010) and receiving multiple featured artists spots and international airplay.
Chris Dodd is an Edmonton-based Deaf performing artist and playwright. He is also the creator and festival director for “SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival”, Canada’s national theatre showcase dedicated to the Deaf performing arts which is done in collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. He is an Artistic Associate with Workshop West and is one of their Playwrights in Development for the 2017/18 season. Recent writing credits include “Alicia and the Machine” which was commissioned by Concrete Theatre for the 2017 edition of Spouts New Play Festival for Kids. Recent performing credits include “Ultrasound” at Theatre Passe Muraille, where he assisted with the creation of the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), which is dedicated to engaging Deaf audiences and performers within professional theatres. Upcoming performances include “Queen Seraphina” for Sum Theatre in Saskatoon. Chris is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Drama program.
Lindsay Eales studies, choreographs, and performs integrated dance, as well as crip and Mad performance art. She is also a co-artistic director of CRIPSiE. This solo work was developed out of a research-creation project exploring madness and performance. The terms ‘Mad’ and ‘madness’ refer to identifications with, and sociopolitical orientations to, lived experiences of mental distress, ‘mental illness’ diagnoses, and encounters with psychiatric and ‘mental health’ systems. Lindsay would like to share the following content FYI: this piece engages with representations of mental illness in popular culture, the word ‘crazy’ and similar phrases, and issues of gender-based violence. Please do what you need to take care of yourselves and each other.
Frente Theatre Collective creates socially conscientious work with creative contributions by core members Leslea Kroll, Laura Raboud, Eileen Sproule and Rebecca Starr. Previous productions include ‘Swallow’ and ‘The Catalogue of Bones’.
Julie Golosky & Michele Vance Hehir
Julie Golosky (Actor/Singer) is an Edmonton based Metis actor, singer/songwriter, and vocal instructor/coach. She has performed on most Edmonton stages for over 20 years, and with various companies including Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Concrete Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Theatre Network, Prosperous Paddy’s (Sterling Nomination), Trunk Theatre, Theatre Yes and Theatre Blue. Julie is part of the Roots duo, The CrowGirls, who were awarded a Native American Music award for Best Roots Album (Where The Green Grass Grows). She has an MMus Degree from the University of Alberta and has been a voice instructor with the MacEwan University Music Dept. for the past 6 years.
Michele Vance Hehir (Playwright) Michele’s monologue, TALKIN’ TO HARRY was part of SkirtsAfire’s 2016 Mommy Monologues and her monologue; THE PEE PEE BOY was part of the Citadel Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration in June 2016 as part of Encounters. In 2009 she received an individual artist’s grant from the Canada Council to write a selection of new characters for future plays. Characters that helped her create her play, THE BLUE HOUR – part of the Citadel Theatre’s Playwriting Forum. Michele’s play, THE BLUE HOUR was the 2017 Grand prize winner of The Alberta Playwrights’ Network’s annual playwriting competition.
Savanna Harvey is a creator-performer originally from Edmonton and a graduate of the University of Alberta. In the summer of 2017, she toured her one-woman show, Shadowlands: a story told in the dark that plays with what you can see, what you can’t see, and what you think you can see. The show traveled across Canada in the Fringe circuit to Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Shadowlands then received a full-cast production in the New Works Festival and a development workshop supported by Ghost River Theatre in 2018. Shadowlands is the first play in the Landscapes Series. The second play, Wastelands, is being developed with the assistance of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network Mentorship Program and Swallow-a-Bicycle’s Provocation series in the IGNITE! Festival. Savanna is the current Artistic Intern with Ghost River Theatre and a past Dramaturgy and Literary Management Intern with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.
Emily Howard and Philip Geller (ShitStick & FuckFace) are recent graduates from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. They have taken a special interest in clown and bouffon and have trained and worked with Mike Kennard, Jan Henderson and bouffon aficionado Karen Hines. They created their loveable bouffon duo two years ago, performing in NextFest and The Edmonton Clown Festival.
Karimah is an award-winning French and English language R&B/Soul artist who was nicknamed “The Queen of Soul” by Radio-Canada reached the top 24 of “The Voice Canada” in 2017. Her dynamic “stadium diva-meets-bedroom singer” vocals will give you goosebumps, and her stories of love, loss, and social dysfunction will leave a tear in your eye as you sway to the rhythm of her anthemic tunes.
Manor & Decorum (Megan and Tayen) are a clown duo, currently in the process of writing and producing their first show together. Tayen Bezaire grew up in the street-performing community, developing his skills in juggling, fire eating, magic, and contortion. With training in Pochinko clown and Bouffon clown, Tayen has roved at festivals such as Deep Freeze Festival (Arts on the Ave) and Silver Skate Festival. Megan Verbeek is completing her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, where she’s received training in Pochinko clown, Bouffon clown, physical theatre, and performer created theatre. Her recent production credits include The Closet of Olfactory Sorrow and Great Fanny Anguish, (Play the Fool Festival), Two Sleepy People (Play the Fool Festival), and Romeo and Juliet…
Peter Midgley is a writer and activist from Edmonton. His collection of poetry, Unquiet Bones, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2016. His contribution to Gravity, 20/15, takes a critical look at the politics of 2015. The current state of the world makes his hair stand on end.
Ninety Bears Collective is a group of Edmonton based artists and designers that collaborate on art and craft projects around the city. Ninety Bears is excited to bring their participatory visual arts piece, Free the Flipside to Gravity. Free the Flipside is a chance for participants and attendees of Gravity to share their vision of the world they want to inhabit. We know the situation is grave – we hear the climate science, we see the systemic racism and we shudder at our floundering democracy. We also know that for anything to change we must first imagine the world we want, and then we take the steps to push that vision into reality. Free the Flipside is an invitation for all attendees of Gravity to share their vision of the province they want to inhabit.
Niuboi come from space to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity. They are a trans non-binary alien and use they/them pronouns.
Andrea Konowalec & Nicole Sanders