Dancers’ Studio West invites you to the world premiere of Associate Artist Linnea Swan’s dance film installation, “ Made Up”.
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Dancers’ Studio West invites you to the world premiere of Associate Artist Linnea Swan’s dance film installation, “ Made Up”.

Dancers’ Studio West invites you to the world premiere of Associate Artist Linnea Swan’s dance film installation, “ Made Up”.

Projecting images of the female body through multiple layers of tulle, a fabric traditionally associated with the wedding gown and a dancer’s tutu, choreographer/filmmaker Linnea Swan’s Made Up examines the hyperbolic feminine to question the binary construct of the male/female gaze. Working significantly with tight framing and close-ups, Swan draws the viewer to follow her own gaze, one which is complicated by the historical impact of female subjectivity in narrative art forms.

“This presentation is the culmination of three years of deeply collaborative work with performers Tania Alvarado, Nicole Charlton Goodbrand, and Meghann Michalsky. What began as an exploration of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales, has evolved into a playful and hypnotic experience of shifting perspectives and perceptions. Whether you choose to sit in one spot or move around the space, both the audience and the film will live in conversation with the immersive environment of the hanging tulle in the theatre, creating a unique viewing experience for each audience member,” said Linnea Swan.

“It has been a real honor to collaborate with Linnea throughout her two-year term as Associate Artist. I’ve always been excited by the interdisciplinary nature of her work, and it is her experience as a filmmaker which has enabled her to transform her project when COVID-19 fell upon us. She likes to use the word “collision” when describing her process and use of materials, which include the dancer’s body, film and tulle fabric. And that we can present this dance film installation safely for small groups of people during this incredibly isolating pandemic is a really good feeling.”

– Sasha Ivanochko, Artistic Director

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June 24th -27nd 2021 at the Studio Theatre cSPACE King Edward
1721 29 Ave SW Suite #125, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

Entrance through NW doors.

Following AHS guidelines maximum capacity is 10 persons in the space. Masks must be worn, 2 meters between cohorts.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Our work is made possible through the support of the Calgary Arts Development, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and our beloved donors. We warmly thank cSPACE King Edward for the use of their spaces for the film shoot.

For DSW:
Sasha Ivanochko, Artistic Director
Linnea Swan
Siobhan Cooney, Programme Coordinator/Graphic Designer
Monica Micallef, Business Manager

Board of Directors: Marie France Forcer (Chair), Alisa Mackinnon (Vice-Chair/Treasurer), Kourtney Pratt (Secretary), Christahh Ahh and Serenella Argueta

With respect and in truth, Dancers’ Studio West acknowledges and honours Moh-kíns-tsis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and the oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes the Kainai, Piikani and Siksika, the tsuut’ina first nation, and the Stony Nakoda, including Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley First Nations. This territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3. These people have been living on this land for millennia. This land acknowledgment gives us an opportunity to remember our role in reconciliation.