October 5 – November 25, 2017

Opening October 5

Jen Mesch is the 2016-17 artist in residence at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. She has been working on filmmaking skills at FAVA since September for the purposes of making dance for film, and working on visual arts skills in the realm of graphic design, figure drawing, sculpture, art books, and fibre arts. She is working on a series of graphic scores for dance that will be periodically performed in the gallery. Soft Red / Hard White draws on names of wheat types. The exhibition itself will include an installation and a series of live dance and music performances in the Harcourt House main space gallery. Dance artists will include Jen Mesch, Alison Kause, Gerry Morita, Katrina Smy, Alida Kendell, Sonja Myllymäki, Bridget Jessome, and Raena Waddell. Music and sound for the exhibition will be performed by Scott Smallwood, Nico Arnaez, Ken Read, Sable Chan, Nate Wooley, and Allison Balcetis.


Teach Yourself to Fly

8 pm

Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

Performed by Contempo, XIME, and Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy

Dancers: Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Jen Mesch, Krista Posyniak, Kate Stashko

Improv structures by Oliveros, Wolff, and Duck

Admission by donation

LitFest is Canada’s only nonfiction literary festival. For the past ten years, performance venues, and concert halls across Edmonton have opened their doors each October to welcome and showcase the top voices in literary nonfiction from YEG and abroad. The 11-day festival connects nonfiction fans with the authors and writers that are guiding conversations that matter to Canadians, from climate change to politics, social issues, and ever-changing trends in cuisine.


Mesch responds to Alice Major’s poem, The Office Romeo’s Tale.



See a video here

Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy Takes Over the Science Building – Again!


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Our third and final take over of the CCIS building on the campus of the University of Alberta.


Allison Balcetis (saxophone)
Dario Charles (dance)
Ian Crutchley (various instruments)
Julie Ferguson (dance)
Ben Freeland (poetry)
Ben Gorodetsky (dance)
Ainsley Hillyard (dance)
Alison Kause (dance)
Phil Kloc (dance)
Richard Lee (dance)
Anastasia Maywood (dance)
Jen Mesch (dance)
Gerry Morita (dance)
Alida Nyquist-Schultz (dance)
Krista Posyniak (dance)
Mark Segger (percussion)
Scott Smallwood (electronics)
Kate Stashko (dance)
Jeannie Vandekerkhove (dance)
Jodie Vandekerkhove (dance)
Raena Waddell (dance)
Russell Whitehead (trumpet, percussion)


Now Hear This, from March 17-20, 2016.

Jen Mesch joins forces with Nate Wooley (trumpet) to form the band LISH. LISH will perform The Treasury as part of New Music Edmonton’s festival of new music,  Now Hear This. Performance is on March 19, 8:30 pm Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Many, many thanks to Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton for help in supporting travel to a residency for this project!

Photos by Tracy Kolenchuk can be seen here

Short video excerpt from someone’s phone here


February 18, 2016 9pm

Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy revives their 2009 piece Gorilla Boléro. Choreographed by Mesch, Danced by Ainsley Hillyard and Jen Mesch in Dirt Buffet Cabaret, produced by Mile Zero Dance and curated by Ben Gorodetsky.

9pm, $10 o.b.o. Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St., Edmonton, Alberta