Femme Fatales is a poetic trio, blending narrative and contemporary dance to bring to light the impact of gender socialization. The work takes a thought provoking look at our historical past of gender defined roles and behaviours to illuminate the impact on today. The work is performed by three versatile female dancers, valiantly diving into the heart of what makes us who we are.
Performed to a fervent sound score by Stefan Smulovitz and eloquent lighting plot by Kyla Gardiner, this work also includes a set design by Meredith’s father Eugene, a mechanical engineer who previously built sets for dance productions she was in as a child.
Created over three years, Femme Fatales has received wide recognition having been awarded the Chrystal Dance Prize in both 2015 & 2017. The second win supported the trio to travel to Berlin this past August to make its International debut at Uferstudios, which was warmly received and highly regarded by European audiences.
Meredith Kalaman began her career as a solo artist, commissioning works by well known artists such as John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon and Farley Johansson and creating works with Dance/Theater Director Sophie Yendole. She also performed with local companies; the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Judith Marcuse Projects, Dancers Dancing and Movent and in works by Peggy Baker, Kate Franklin, Michael Kong, Julie Lebel and Kirsten Wiren. Her full velocity duet, Ruminate, inspired by the giraffes necking process, danced with Arash Khakpour, traveled to Toronto in 2014 and also debuted on the stages of Dancing on the Edge and New Works in 2015.
Meredith has steadily developed the vision of her work in B.C. and beyond. Since 2008 her works have toured North America, Europe and China, as well as presenting locally at various festivals and venues in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Meredith is inspired by creating opportunities for various artists to work together on a common goal, to make excellent work and that this goal opens viewer and artist to a new perspective that was not previously considered.
Meredith Kalaman – Choreographer & Performer
Kate Franklin – Performer
Felicia Lau – Performer
Stefan Smulovitz – Sound Design
Kyla Gardiner – Lighting Design
Gabi Beier – Dramaturge
Eugene Kalaman – Set Design
Our proposed Community Engagement activity is a community dialogue series titled, Empowering a New We. The community engages in discussions, led by the artists, that are designed to visit the conversation for gender and how it lives in our world, language and points of view. With a focus on widening rather than defining a perspective, these dialogues unite community in exploring who we say we are based on the world around us and the influences that have formed these views.
The Empowering a New We dialogues were led at the Roundhouse Community Centre in November 2015 to participants between the ages of 16-60 yrs and were highly received and responded to.
Ideal dialogue attendance: 15-30 participants
Suitable for ages 16+
- Title of Work:Femme Fatales
- Premiere Date and Venue/Location: May 2017 – Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
- This project is a: Full Length Work (General Audience, Mainstage)
- Length in Minutes (including intermission): 50 Minutes
- Is there an intermission: No
- Number of Performers on Tour: 3
- Number of Support Staff on Tour: 2
- Per-Performance Fee Range: $2500-5000
- Available to Tour (Season): 2018/19 Season, 2019/20 Season
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- Preference for ETC Eos family lighting console.
- Adapted venue and inventory specific lighting plot will be created in advance of hang dates. Performance requires one boom position located between seating areas, in front of show calling location.
- Includes one wooden set piece with LED battery powered strip lights operated via remote control from offstage are located on the set piece.
- LED strips, remote, battery and replacement battery provided by company.
- Audio playback from a Qlab file will be provided by company.
- Mixer, amplification, speakers and cable are required to provide adequate stereo coverage throughout the house.
- If speakers are cross-focused performers will not require additional monitoring. Communication system to connect lighting, sound, stage manager, and backstage positions.
Dance In Vancouver Nov. 23, 2017
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