October 17, 2017
LitFest Old Royal Alberta Museum – 7pm
Britt Wray is the author of a new book called Rise of the Necrofauna – A Provocative Look at the Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction, with a foreword by George Church, the guy who is trying to bring back mammoths. Mesch will be contributing to this topic by dancing the dance of mass extinction.
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April 20, 2017
Mile Zero Dance / Spazio Performativo
SubArctic is a monthly series dedicated to the practice of multidisciplinary improvisation and experimentation. Mesch performed with Nate Wooley (trumpet), Dylan Rhys Howard (film/video), Kate Stashko (dance), Ben Gorodetsky (text), and X Quartet (music, visuals).
April 19, 2017
Convocation Hall, 7pm
University of Alberta
Will Northlich-Redmond debuted a new piece for piano, electronics, brass, percussion, and new dance by Mesch
Jen Mesch is artist in residence at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in Edmonton, Alberta from November 2016 – October 31, 2017
Welcome Jen Mesch, our 15th Artist in Residence
Teach Yourself to Fly
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!
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.