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Workshop (Calgary): A Fable Creation Experiment – Swallow-a-Bicycle

Workshop (Calgary): A Fable Creation Experiment – Swallow-a-Bicycle

Swallow-a-Workshop #8: A Fable Creation Experiment

with Elaine Weryshko

November 19 – December 1, 2012
Weekdays 6:00-10:00 pm, Weekends 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Final Performance: December 1 at 9:30 pm
Participant fee: $125

Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 5:00 pm
To apply, please fill out this questionnaire.

Close your eyes. Don’t look before you leap. Plunge into this experimental collaboration, this investigation into our free-wheeling artistic restoration!

WE WILL… push past our artistic limits.
WE PLAY… in an environment where it’s safe to fail.
WE DARE… to explore the untold and the bold.

Facilitated by Elaine Weryshko, this workshop will combine a variety of creation techniques, culminating in a public cabaret performed by workshop participants. Using methods that will touch on Viewpoints, Laban, colour, sound & technical Improvisation, impulse work, Melodrama, Clown and ‘Creation Generators’, participants will create short performances inspired by Aesop’s Fables that will be performed at a Cabaret on December 1, 2012.

Elaine wants to play, to rejuvenate the spirit of theatrical creation in a fail-safe environment, to foster the participants’ individual voices and talents. In this workshop, we will take risks, break boundaries and discover new ways to push our creative selves. It will ask: What is current? What is engaging?

We will interrogate the concept of new performance, our process of critique and feedback, and provoke questions of our artistic community.

Participants can submit as individuals or groups (max 3 per group). The workshop is open to actors, dancers, directors, media artists, musicians, writers and anyone with a hunger for creative experimentation. All participants will create 5-7 minute performances for public audiences at the Cabaret.


Elaine Weryshko is a native Calgarian, theatrically trained, physically inspired and a self-taught producer. She adores the challenge of producing newly created theatrical work and working collaboratively on large-scale projects.

Over the years she has accumulated education in Pochinko Clown, Horror Theatre/Grand Guignol, Viewpoints, Suzuki Training, Mask and Contemporary Dance/Choreography. She delights in her previous work, which ranges from Light Shows on Pool Decks to outdoor traveling Flyin’ Frying Pan Clown brawls, to i-ROBOT Factory Site Specific Extravaganzas, Visual Installations, Shower Curtain Horror and most recently a Physical Theatre Clown Explosion out of Boxes for the Calgary International Children’s Festival.

Currently she is the General Manager of Springboard Performance, which annually produces the FLUID FESTIVAL, showcasing Contemporary Physical Performance.

To register, e-mail with your responses to the questionnaire below.

Participant questionnaire:

  • Who are you, and what is/are your creative practice(s)?
  • Why do you want to take the workshop?
  • Where do you want to grow as an artist?
  • Represent for me in IMAGE form the most epic experience you’ve ever experienced in your life.

Submit your responses, along with any questions you may have, to

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