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

Mesch will perform butoh for 2.5 hours under Sonja Myllymaki in Drive In/Dance In at Spazio Performativo as part of Nuit Blanche. Mile Zero Dance will host performances in their front window space for the duration. Butoh somewhere in the realm of 9-11:30.