Calypsa is a female owned & operated Talent Agency & Creator Collective, with roots stemming from within the music entertainment industry, many sub-cultural communities, and corporate to renegade festival operations. Calypsa gathers a vast spectrum of progressive and unique artists, working together to communicate through Art and Diversity. Performance with true intention, West Coast to Worldwide.
Crystal Precious is a performer, vocalist, host and blogger. Recognized by the International Burlesque Hall of Fame as a “Mover and Shaker” in the glitzy world of underground showgirls, she is a bass-head at heart who’s been known to turn up at late-night warehouse venues with sequins on her eyes, stories on her lips and a rolling suitcase full of shenanigans.
Freestyle Focus Group
This innovative crew from East Van and their magical mobile sound system hold space and create a positive and inclusive freestyle rap workshop. Get yourself up on the mic and share your stories - it's a transformational participatory process. No sweat, it's also hilarious.
Gutter Gang are a recently formed concept by two individuals who have been riding on the same wave, knowingly, and unknowingly for many years. This group consists of two members, Jor and Riley. They are two sides of the same coin. An almost scary likeness of their aesthetic and overall vibe. They have been immersed in the festival culture for a long time, and have both grown up in it. Clowns as a way of life, not just a costume. They have the mindset to be engaging with the audience and their surroundings at all times. So whether they are on stage or roving, they are always being playful. Yes they are dancers, but there is more to them than just dancing. They like games, pranks and extreme heckling. From the cheeky on the spot tom foolery, to the well thought out master planning Heyoka-style. Their aesthetic can change to pre-k-playhouse, dark clown, rainbow sherbert, fluorescent trash champions, the list goes on. They are a very versatile duo. Always challenging each other, and trying to one up themselves.
Immigrant Lessons is a dance/art collective created to promote cultural pluralism through: dance, music, fashion, media and visual design. It is the soul child of the collaborative efforts of two professional artists, Kevin Fraser and Alyssa Amarshi. Immigrant Lessons is a combined front to aid in the creation of more opportunities in: dance, stage performance, film, urban performance, concert dance, fashion, as well as community development for people of colour and other marginalized communities and groups.
KNGSPRINGS has a surprise for you this year. Come check it out!
Main Stage, Sunday, 8.15PM
Lei Lei de Kirby is a professional aerialist. She has performed at exclusive events; such as Grammy afterparties, album release parties, on the steps of the Jefferson Monument in DC, and many private Hollywood galas. She has performed with internationally recognized artists, including Chris Brow, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, DMX, The Polish Ambassador, Random Rab and many others. She is based on the Central Coast of California. When she isn’t traveling, you can find her at her aerial studio, Levity Academy®, where she teaches and shares her love for aerial & movement.
Made In Alchemy
Made in Alchemy pushes art beyond the edge of entertainment. Through dance-based performance art pieces they strive to forge connections between people and transcend the limits of current paradigms of thought and movement. Their unique style is built from a weaving of dynamic group choreography; live vocals; ritual performance; aerial, fire & hoop dance; and original soundscapes. They value taking responsibility to source each aspect of their creations as personally and locally as possible; including narrative, choreography, music production, and costuming.
Main Stage, Sunday, 8.15PM
MizzBecks is a captivating aerial silks artist from Halifax NS and is an active contributor and advocate of the performing arts through her multifaceted roles as the Owner and Director of Scout Camp Arts & Media, and the coordinator of performing arts for Future Forest Festival and Valhalla Sound Circus. Since completing an intensive pre-professional circus program, MizzBecks has performed and trained extensively throughout the Maritimes, across Canada, and internationally. She is continually seeking innovation through the creative integration of light design, music, visuals, and choreography. Trained in hand balancing, acro-pole, and a variety of aerial apparatuses, MizzBecks feels most at home suspended in the sky on aerial silks! Her newest artistic adventure is exploring the possibilities of parasol manipulation. To watch MizzBecks perform is to be enticed into a fantasy through her playful and spellbinding movements. You don’t want to miss this magical and alluring East Coast circus artist!
Main Stage, Sunday, 10.30PM
OURO is an eclectic, Vancouver-based dance collective that uses hip-hop, waacking, breaking, and contemporary dance as the foundation for the creation and production of new work. Their work has been presented at Dancing on the Edge, for New Works Management and Presentation, CypherFest International Street Dance Festival (YT), Guelph Dance Festival (ON), Vancouver International Dance Festival, and has taken them to two tours of Japan (Tokyo and Kumamoto). In addition to their performances they have worked on a music video for the band the Brasstronaut, featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 Trendbook (Paris and Frankfurt), Pecha Kucha Vancouver, 24 Hours Newspaper, Dance International, Booooooom and profiled by CBC Arts documentary series, Exhibitionists.
Butoh is a form of avant garde dance-theatre originating in Japan in the late1950s. Brie-Ana Laboucane (Princess Ganny) has studied Butoh in Canada, USA, and Japan with renowned teachers/choreographers Natsu Nakajima, Yoshito Ohno, Maureen Fleming, and Jay Hirabayashi, among others. She explores transitions in nature, such as the changing of seasons, life/death cycles, dreams, and metamorphosis, using Butoh technique and philosophy to create visually striking and emotionally evocative performance installation experiences. Brie-Ana is the Artistic Director of Yochu Theatre, a dance company in Vancouver, BC, and the Performance Coordinator at the Amphitheatre Stage at Shambhala Music Festival.
SOMI... SPIRIT OF MY INNER SELF.. These are the creatures that come from Johannes Vandenakker's thoughts. He makes them to bring smiles and wonder to people. Johannes spends most of his time creating, from costumes, statues, mortar and pestles, dice, stone mushrooms, jewelery, jewelery holders, incense burners, soap dishes and custom orders. All of his creatures are hand made!
The Studio, Friday, 4.15pm
Soul Trigger is a crew of dancers representing Portland from across the world. Coming from different backgrounds, breakin, krumping, locking, poppin, house and other street styles, they are movement artists that aim to represent their lineage by paving their own way.
Main Stage, Sunday, 12.30AM
Subscura is a performance arts collective comprised of multidisciplinary, female artists. The troupe uses a unique mix of dance, aerial arts, theatrics, and prop manipulation to explore the landscapes of the psyche through a shared journey between and amongst audience members and performers. Through exploring the more obscure corners of the human condition, Subscura brings their audiences to confront what is often hidden, avoided, or rejected. It is their belief that this creates space for people to accept and integrate aspects of the human experience that are typically disowned.
Sweet Soul Burlesque is Western Canada's longest-running professional neo-burlesque troupe, known throughout the international community for putting their distinctive “neo” twist on classic showgirl striptease. Since their inception in 2003, members of Sweet Soul have cumulatively been nominated for over 30 awards at the International Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, including Best Group, Best Debut & Miss Exotic World Queen of Burlesque (6 times). Sweet Soul Burlesque is extremely passionate about working together to inspire women, along with lovers of women, to reclaim themselves and their sexuality. To rekindle a sense of creativity and confidence, burlesque classes are currently offered offer classes at The Vancouver Burlesque Centre, helmed by Lola Frost & Cherry OnTop; and at the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, instructed by Melody Mangler & April O’Peel. You can hear more about upcoming tours and shows by following our Facebook page.