Author and journalist Harley Rustad joined us at the 2018 @banffmountainfestival to talk about his new book, Big Lonely Doug.
Click the link in bio to watch the full video that delves into the story behind the second largest Douglas Fir in Canada, and how he got to be so lonely. ...
A monomyth story about self-discovery and letting go, "Firebird" was a dance production that was rehearsed at Banff Centre back in February 2011.
The piece, originally created as a ballet in 1910 that would go on to launch the career of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, was choreographed by Simone Orlando, now the head of @balletkelowna , with music by @tpe_vancouver.
Animation: @sadnesscoach ...
"I love the element of human connection in improvisation-based music. It’s as much about listening and responding to your bandmates than it is hitting the right notes."
This is jazz pianist and composer Spenser Hyun from Washington, DC and Los Angeles. He joined us last summer for our Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music.
"When you allow yourself to be truly vulnerable on stage and let the music take you somewhere, you AND the audience can really feel the energy. And once you learn to tap into that creative energy, you can apply it to any genre, or even another art form." Follow him along @spensercharleshyun. ...
Tiffany Ayalik and Grey Gritt, members of the Juno Award-winning band @Quantum.Tangle , joined Banff Centre last summer as performers at the Midsummer Ball. While here, we talked to them about their philosophy as a band, and how they take care of themselves and each other while making art. ...
For this Artists Book feature from our collection, sixty-eight people received the following invitation: “Write down in one of the squares on the Balance what you want to balance with something which another person wants to balance. It can be either an object/s or a concept, indicating or not indicating weight.”
You the viewer can enjoy making pairs from the 68 contributions, either by choice or by chance, on the game sheet with the process image of a balance and the applied label "Fluxus balance".
Arist: Mieko Shiomi
Osaka, Japan  ...
Sometimes a little cold weather can help bring everything into perspective.
📷: @nahanster ...
“It's good to have a place that you can be messy,” says visual artist @eosahor.
While at Banff Centre, Emmanuel experimented with transferring paint to concrete. His work is inspired by shelters or gardens in Edmonton, and he paints using materials like tarps as a canvas.
“Tarp is more transient, concrete is stable and it’s not going anywhere.” ...
In celebration of Alberta’s centennial in 2005, the original Canadian opera production Filumena took to our Eric Harvie stage.
Filumena was initially co-commissioned in 2000 by Banff Centre and @calgaryopera , and the final version was produced in the summer of 2003.
American-Canadian playwright John Murrell wrote the libretto, and the music was composed by Canadian composer John Estacio.
Photo: Courtesy of our Paul D Fleck Archives ...
"I dance because it is my language of preference. It lets me understand the world in a social, political and relational way, and to stay connected with my home base – my body. Making dances embraces the ephemerality of the here and now. Painting life breathing intuitive canvases, that capture image and motion drives my articulation." ~ Karen Kaeja
"I am passionately driven by this glorious art form, in all its variations. I can’t imagine any other direction in my life." ~ Allen Kaeja
Meet the artistic directors of Toronto-based dance company Kaeja d'Dance, Allen and Karen Kaeja. The pair joined us in January for our Winter Performing Arts Residency to spend time developing a project called, "I am the Child of…,” which is inspired by Allen’s upbringing as the child of a Holocaust survivor and refugee. Follow them along at @kaejaddance. ...
"It's impossible to make anything great unless we're willing to truly risk failure."
For Marcus Youssef, creating a work of theatre is anything but easy. And that’s precisely the way he likes it because Marcus believes that for a play to be genuinely new and meaningful it has to take risks. It has to venture into uncharted territory – territory that society is often afraid to go. And Marcus has made a career out of doing just that.
Learn more about Neworld Theatre's artistic director who has created much of his work at Banff Centre -link in profile. ...
Choreographer Crystal Pite and actor Jonathon Young are at Banff Centre putting the finishing touches on Revisor. The latest work from Vancouver-based Kidd Pivot brings the audience into a world of corruption, farce, and the forces of radical change while pushing the conventions of storytelling by blending movement, original music, text, and rich visual design.
The follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Betroffenheit will have its avant-premiere in the Eric Harvie Theatre on February 13 + 14, before the sold-out world premiere in Vancouver. Visit the link in our bio for tickets.
Creators: Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Composition and Sound Design: Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
Scenic Design: Jay Gower Taylor
Lighting Design: Tom Visser
Costume Design: Nancy Bryant
Assistant to the Creators: Eric Beauchesne ...
Swirling cold air from the North Pole settled into our mountain town this week, resulting in an exponential increase in chatter about the weather and hibernating indoors 🥶. 📷: @anna.nomadic ...