Past Performances

Work that we’ve made, or toured, or presented, or supported.

بالعكس / The Opposite

Between November 4, 2015 and February 29, 2016, Canada resettled more than 25,000 Syrian refugees, following the outbreak of civil war. But what if war arrived much closer to home? What if Calgary became a warzone, and we were all forced to flee our homes and become refugees?

For Love Sake, part of the Provocation Series at the 2019 IGNITE! Festival

For Love Sake stems from Sarah's memory and PTSD of some childhood trauma and abuse that she experienced; her acknowledgement of them; and the road to healing from them. She explores their effect on her psyche and her perception of reality, along with the evolving relationship with her family from the beginning to this point in her life.

100 Years in the (Un)Making, part of the Provocation Series at the 2019 IGNITE! Festival

Around 100 years ago, Nellie McClung joined other Manitoban Women in a Mock Parliament asking the question “should men vote?" Most Albertans and other Canadians know Nellie McClung from after she moved to Alberta and became one of the “famous 5”, the women who challenged the idea that women were not considered persons under the law. Having experienced a different side of this legacy, a young Manitoban questions the common narrative and wonders why the rights of so many marginalized women are still sacrificed in order to promote it.

Ghost: Return to Mourning, part of the Provocation Series at the 2019 IGNITE! Festival

Ghost: Return to Mourning is an experimental exploration of death, balancing autobiographical sentiment with external pressures regarding the healing that often needs to takes place. It encourages viewers to ruminate on past memories and divulge hidden truths to help us face darkness within ourselves when it comes to overcoming inauthenticity and accessing vulnerability.

Discomfort Lab 2019

In 2017, Swallow-a-Bicycle ran a performance incubator called Discomfort Lab, as a way of testing our company's mandate of supporting work which engages in 'productive discomfort'. We gave artists space, money, and time. We endeavoured to hold space for uncomfortable conversations. The overwhelming feedback we got from Calgary's performance community was: YES TO THIS. MORE DISCOMFORT PLEASE.

How to Self-Suspend

An X-rated narrative that is part storytelling, part photo-essay, part rope bondage demonstration, How to Self-Suspend is an interactive performance about how trauma shapes the choices we make, and how the choices we make reflect (and can perpetuate) trauma.

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers is one part game, one part conversation that leans into our universally flawed human logic, and the desire to win at all costs.

Digital Folk

Digital Folk is a video game + costume party + music and dance performance + installation built around the desire to revisit how communities gather to play music, dance and tell stories.

Body in Space: an art party

As darkness falls, cSPACE King Edward – a century-old school building – will light up with ten provocative performance and art happenings, transforming into a vibrating hive mind of floating bodies, rigorous discomforts and fearless ideas.