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Wa(i)ste(d) offers an examination of the human obsession with production as well as the consequences of such an obsession. Employing the tale of Faust, as developed by Johann von Goethe, Wa(i)ste(d) scrutinizes our incessant drive toward growth through a layered and extravagant approach, littering the stage with exaggerated characters, a highly athletic Greek chorus, historic film projections, excessive consumption, and, naturally, waste products.

The work was developed as part of the Mainstage Dance series at the University of Calgary by guest artist Melanie Kloetzel in collaboration with students at the School of Creative and Performing Arts.