Lot C

Lot C

Lot C

Lot C is a site-specific performance produced by kloetzel&co. with direction by Melanie Kloetzel and choreography by students in the BFA Dance at the University of Calgary. The work evokes images of cinematic landscapes and children’s perspectives amid the peculiarities of a pandemic. Performed in an abandoned lot next to a Children’s Hospital, the performance offered a free and accessible live viewing experience for those more and less intimately connected to the hospital during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.

It began with watching

It began with watching

It began with watching

Through blunt text and even blunter physicality, It began with watching offers a brutally humorous take on the political landscape as ‘alternative facts’ and outlandish acts take centre stage. A site-adaptive work that is tailored to each space it visits, the absurdist exchanges between performers and audience members and droll commentary in  It began with watching  provide an entertaining and honest portrait of a sector enthralled with power. A droplet of intelligence here, a hint of a shadowy figure, and we are all marionettes, putty in the puppet master’s hands.

The evening-length site-adaptive version of It began with watching premiered in Edmonton on June 27-29, 2017 at Edmonton City Hall and on June 30, 2017 at the Vignettes Building through The Works Art & Design Festival. 

Excerpts of this work have also been shown at more than ten sites between 2017 and 2020 across Calgary’s downtown, at various on-campus locations at the University of Calgary, as well as at EV Junction as part of Alberta Culture Days and at the DJD Dance Centre for the Canadian National Dance Assembly’s annual conference in 2017. 

The upcoming film, MEN in charge, based on the stage and site versions of It began with watching, directed by Melanie Kloetzel and shot and edited by Linnea Swan, is due to be released in 2020.

Contact kloetzel&co. to book the MEN for your site – restaurant, brewery or boardroom!

Room

Room at southside-3 square

Room

Through residencies at Southside Studios with Team Effort as well as The Work Room (Tramway) in Glasgow, kloetzel&co. created a site-adaptive solo work that explores climate change, human arrogance, and adaptation. The work has been performed at various venues across the UK, in Canada, and in the U.S. from 2014-17, including at The House at the University of Plymouth, through the IF series with TeamEffort in Glasgow, at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and through the CanDance Network’s REMIX series at Spazio Performativo. Through a REMIX residency, the work also inspired a ‘remixed’ solo that responded to Room; this solo was created by Newfoundland’s Sarah Joy Stoker for Kloetzel and was performed at Spazio Performativo in Edmonton.

Room has also now inspired a a site-adaptive film that received a ‘Creativity Award’ from A Show for a Change Festival. For more information, see Room (a film) in the On Screen section of this website.

Set by Fergus Dunnet, voiceover by Suzanna Ferguson, video by Suzanna Ferguson, Chantal Wall, and Rose Ruane.

Frames in Time

Frames in Time

Frames in Time

Sponsored by kloetzel&co., the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and cSPACE King Edward, students from the University of Calgary under the direction of Melanie Kloetzel created and presented Frames in Time in partnership with the historic King Edward School in Calgary. One of Calgary’s original sandstone structures that functioned as a school for 89 years, the building has undergone an extensive renovation and opened as the cSPACE arts centre in 2017. The renovated site has preserved many elements of the original architecture and offered a rich dialogue for the performers. Structured as a 1-hour performance tour that addressed issues stemming from military history, gender roles, and the changing nature of childhood, Frames in Time offers audiences a humorous as well as sobering depiction of the site’s historical nuances and layers.

Rooms

Rooms

Rooms

Rooms is a site-adaptive, performance installation that addresses adaptation in the face of climate change. Through a dance theatre performance that takes place inside constructed ‘rooms’, the work exposes both the limits and the possibilities in our efforts to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

kloetzel&co. premiered Rooms through ArtCOP21, the first global climate art festival performed in association with the Paris climate talks in December 2015. In alliance with ArtCOP21, CCAN, and Avaaz, Rooms acted as the preface to the Global Climate Rally in Calgary on November 29th at 2 pm in Royal Sunalta Park.  For more information on Rooms as part of ArtCOP21, see https://www.artcop21.com/rooms

Rooms also enjoyed a fully re-developed Edmonton iteration as a co-production of The Works Art & Design Festival and the Feats Festival of Dance on July 1-3, 2016. It was performed in Winston Churchill Square as well as at the Southside Farmer’s Market. A work-in-progress of Rooms was also presented at containR Art Park on September 5 & 6, 2015 by the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary and Springboard Performance.

Rooms develops out of series of workshops where the performers come together to build both the individual ‘rooms’ in which they will perform as well as the dance theatre performance itself. Fergus Dunnet, a visual artist and maker from Scotland, and Melanie Kloetzel, director of the Canadian dance theatre company kloetzel&co.,developed this workshop in Scotland from a solo version, Room, that Kloetzel performed at various sites across the UK.

Big Head/Small Neck

Big Head/Small Neck

Big Head/Small Neck

The on-site version of Big Head/Small Neck premiered in conversation with the Trans Trans exhibit at the Nickle Galleries on June 1, 2016. Using both installation and traditional performance modes, the site-based Big Head/Small Neck examines the medicalization and modification of trans/gendered bodies through wit, satire, and precision.

With a script by Melanie Kloetzel and Scottish playwright/performer Rose Ruane and set to the familiar strains of Tchaikovsky, Big Head/Small Neck skewers societal expectations of behavior in relation to gender and sexuality. Presented as part of the Gender and Sexual Security Symposium as part of the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

1024 Tempest

1024 Tempest

1024 Tempest

As part of Springboard Performance’s Front Lawn Dances 2015, kloetzel&co. created the site-specific work, 1024 Tempest, for the household of place-maker Tamara Lee and family at 1024 1st Ave NW in Calgary. Based on Shakespeare’s well-known play, 1024 Tempest is a tongue-in-cheek look at the character of Ferdinand and his manipulation by three place-making ninjas who resemble the characters of Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban. With flying popcorn, tiki umbrellas, and a well-placed balcony, the ninjas fashion an Eden to Ferdinand’s great delight. At the close of the work, audiences were invited to craft their own ornaments to adorn the newly appointed SkakespeariTREE based at the containR site in Sunnyside.

Cowboys and Wurst

Cowboys and Wurst

Cowboys and Wurst

Cowboys and Wurst is a site-specific work commissioned by Springboard Performance for the 2015 Front Lawn Dances series. Created by kloetzel&co. with Deanne Walsh, Cowboys and Wurst is an over-the-top representation of the iconic Illichmann’s Sausage Shop in the Forest Lawn neighbourhood of Calgary. Employing everything from sausage link pillows to red Jell-O to giant stuffed animals, Walsh and Kloetzel dig up the wonderfully quirky and culturally diverse characteristics of this well-seasoned site.

Interiors

Interiors

Being Covert: Interiors

A site-specific exploration/workshop led by Melanie Kloetzel and Phil Smith (of Wrights & Sites) that explores publicly-accessible “hidden spaces” with an eye toward nurturing the self-world connection.

Through workshops in Liverpool, Teignmouth, Exeter, and Plymouth, UK to date, Kloetzel and Smith examines the connections between inner reflection, subtle physical play and public space. Through a series of movement meditations, the workshop aids participants in an examination of their interiorities through inherently active methodologies. Using as a premise the fact that our inner lives are under increasing scrutiny and surveillance, the collected meditations encourage particpants to put down their phones and tablets to reclaim a healthy and active lifestyle, one that is highly integrated with and inspired by local environs. 

 

Dwindling Dispute TKO

Dwindling Dispute TKO

Dwindling Dispute TKO

Dwindling Dispute TKO, based on the stage work The Dwindling Dispute, is a site-adaptive work created for a square of artificial turf that may be unrolled at various sites. The work premiered at containR through the Fluid Festival in 2013 and was also performed in front of the Culver Center for the Arts in Riverside, California as part of the 2013 Congress on Research in Dance conference. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, the Red and White Queens delight audiences with their ridiculous mannerisms and absurd clashes in short ‘acts’ that make audiences question ‘on-‘ and ‘off-‘ stage appearances. With support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.