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.

SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts is a monthly performance presented by Mile Zero Dance and curated by Jen Mesch & Allison Balcetis.



SubArctic presents a forum for a wide array of formats, improv structures, collaboration, and experimentation. Performances are at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo, 10816 95th Street. Start times are 8:00 pm. $15 o.b.o at the door. For more information, contact us at


We take submissions on an ongoing basis. Please submit a simplified proposal, no more than 2 pages to include a brief project proposal, a short artist biography, a short CV, and no more than 2 or 3 work examples, preferably links and smaller files.


September 10, 2015 

Jodie Vandekerkhove (dance)
Jen Mesch (dance)
Thom Golub (bass)
Allison Balcetis (saxophone)
Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Yoav Engelberg (text)
David Janzen (visual art)


October 15, 2015

Jen Dunford (dance)
Bridget Jessome (dance)
Dave Wall (guitar and electronics)
Damn Magpies (music)
MARSH (text, sound art)
Tyler Sherard (visual art)


November 19, 2015

Maggie Bennett (dance)
Allison Kause (dance)
Krista Posyniak (dance)
BlipVert (electronic music)
Ken Read (trombone)
Michelle Milenkovic (voice)
Tim Rechner (visual art)


December 17, 2015

Amber Borotsik (dance)
Brian Webb (dance)
Scott Smallwood (electronic music)
Michael Toepfer (electronic music)
Mari Sasano (text)
Leslie Sharpe (visual art)


January 21, 2016
Kate Stashko (dance)
Thunder Lightning Heart (dance)
Pigeon Breeders (electronic music)
Nico Arnáez (bass)
Vincent Forcier (text)
Sydney Lancaster (visual art)


February 11, 2016

Lin Snelling (dance)
Tamara Bliss, Wendy Gervais, Pirkko Markula-Denison, Kathy Metzger-Corriveau, Mary Ann Rintoul, Jodie Vandekerkhove (dance)
Jamie Hamaguchi (guitars)
Raylene Campbell (laptop, electronics)
Russel Cobb (text, storytelling)
Parker Thiessen (visual art and electronic music)


May 19, 2016
Raena Waddell (dance)
Vincent Forcier (dance)
Jason Borys (electronic music)
eXperimental Music Improv Ensemble (XIME) (music)
Peter Midgley (text, sound)
Jesse Sherburne (visual art)


June 16, 2016

Richard Lee (dance)
Jeannie Vandekerkhove (dance)
Allison Balcetis and saxophone ensemble (music)
Jeffrey Roberts (guqin and electronics)
Ben Gorodetsky (text)
Ryan Wolters (visual art)



I’ll be joining Mile Zero Dance for The Found Festival in Streaming, directed by Gerry Morita. It’s one of my favourite Mile Zero pieces and I’m thrilled to be part of it. June 26, 27, 28. On location at Louise McKinney Park. Details TBA.