"Four guys on a couch. They're on top of the world. They think alike, they strut alike, they piss in perfect sync. Except one of them is slipping up. Despite his best efforts, he's out of sync. They try to correct him. They give him another chance. But Jack can't get it right. So he's got to go!" . The dance film HERR was co-produced and filmed by Greyzone Productions and Banff Centre back in July of 1998. Inspired by everyday male gestures and performed by four women dressed as men, the choreography "elaborates into an intricate, jaw-dropping spectacle of masculinity lurching out of control". As the piece evolves, the couch becomes a central fifth character in several forms: trampoline, cage, clubhouse, and finally, executioner's bench. . Watch the full five-minute short along with a complete video archive of co-productions from 1993 onwards in our Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.
"People tend to not realize how much costume design rests on understanding humans in a psychological way. Between the performer, director or choreographer, fellow designers, producer and anyone else involved, we have to be open to what each collaborator is trying to bring to the piece in order to find a marriage between our aesthetics." . Meet costume designer Kelsey Vidic from Los Angeles who joined us for our Design for Dance residency last summer. . "I absolutely love collaborating with other artists in order to express our thoughts, feelings and stories. Getting the opportunity to experience the perspectives of the people around me teaches me compassion and drives me to work harder as an artist. Humanity shines through collaboration." . Follow her along @kvidic. @kvidic
“I love how [3D animation] merges my two passions of filmmaking and animation,” says one of our current animation practicums, Frank Seager. “I have the ability to think of and create any type of unique world, then select what shots I need using a camera in 3D space as you pretty much would in the real world.” . Frank, who is driven by aesthetics, hopes to work for a motion graphics studio in London, England, when his practicum at Banff Centre is over. He says that his experience here has been an eye opener in learning how bigger production pipelines work.
📣 OPEN CALL to PHOTOGRAPHERS: We're now accepting entries for the 2019 @banffmountainfestival Photo Essay Competition! . You could win the grand prize of $2000, plus the opportunity to attend the 2019 festival with us here in Banff. . Enter by May 1 - link to details in profile. . 📷: 2018 Photo Essay Winner, @bethjwald's "Winter in the Afghan Pamirs" @banffmountainfestival @bethjwald
What comes to mind when you picture a man cave? . @youngjoonkwak's THE CAVE looks to interrogate the cultural phenomenon of the man cave in the context of Banff and is inspired, in part, by the self-producing Banff Springs snail. The exhibition speaks to the ecstatic mutability of bodies and the relationship between the cave, the cinema, and the dark closeness of the club. . THE CAVE includes works by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, @adrian_ stimson, and collaborations with @senormijo and @kimyekimyekimye. . This exhibition ran in the @walterphillipsgallery this fall and was curated by WPG Curator, Jacqueline Bell. @youngjoonkwak @adrian_ @senormijo @kimyekimyekimye @walterphillipsgallery
TONIGHT: Friday, January 11 @ 730 PM from our Margaret Greenham stage, join award-winning theatre maker, Ravi Jain, for his remixed, reimagined, and bilingual production of Prince Hamlet. . Featuring a cross-cultural, gender-bent cast and combining spoken word and American Sign Language, this groundbreaking play creates a fully integrated retelling for both hearing and Deaf audiences. . Show starts at 730 PM - link to tickets in profile. . 📷: Bronwen Sharp
"In 1998, a falling boulder on Tasmania’s Totem Pole gave me a brain-injury. This forced a year in a wheelchair hospital with hemiplegia. Recently I went back to it, confronted my demons so to speak, and climbed The Totem Pole 18 years after my accident. This is what I’m writing about." . Writer Paul Pritchard from Hobart, Tasmania joined us in the fall for our Mountain and Wilderness Writing residency, a program that overlaps with the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival each year. . On sharing about his passion for writing, he said: "Before my accident, when I climbed, it was always about new climbs, new routes. So I love the creative aspect of writing. When you really nail a sentence, it is a great feeling, very fulfilling. I work slowly and, as I hold about fifty percent of the information compared to other people's brains, writing suits me." . His book ‘The Totem Pole,’ a seat of the pants account of his accident and year in hospital won the @banffmountainfestival book competition Grand Prize back in 1999. Follow him along @pritch5. @banffmountainfestival @pritch5
Join us this summer in Banff for outstanding music-making and spectacular mountain vistas. Ticket packages and passports for our triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition are NOW ON SALE! . Celebrate and support outstanding chamber music from the world's finest young string quartets across seven days, August 26 to September 1, 2019. Book NOW - link in profile.
"Impasse on Rampage Files," the death of a hero for civil rights, the Lehmann brothers, sports headlines, articles in English, French, Russian, and more. And, of course, the funny pages. . This feature from our Artists' Book Collection is made like a box of disposable tissues that take the reader around the world using newspaper clippings that are meant to fade and, ultimately, disintegrate. . "The Disposable History of the World" Artist: Louise Odes Neaderland Brooklyn, New York: Bone Hollow Arts
Nestling nicely into this first weekend of 2019 🏔📷: Krista Bell
"I think artistic expression is a very potent way to get messages out into the public" says Jesse Tungilik. The interdisciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, makes work that challenges public preconceptions of Inuit art. Jesse joined us at Banff Centre this summer for a self-directed residency. . Click the link in our profile to see the full spotlight feature on Jesse.