Elegant Animal

part of the Provocation Series at the 2020 IGNITE! Festival

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre presents:

Elegant Animal

part of Sage Theatre‘s 2020 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists: Hyperspace Edition

Sign up here – https://forms.gle/nmRSrFqVfvzzXpgn9 – to have a self-care kit delivered to your (Calgary-area) door! Limited quantities, see below for info.

This is a free event, but we strongly urge you to donate to the Calgary Black Empowerment Fund, or other Black-centred organizations or initiatives.

Amidst the largest collective crisis many of us have ever faced, how do we care for ourselves in honest and compassionate ways in order to minimize pain, and to heal? Elegant Animal is a socially distanced self-care creation from In Arms Theatre, taking place in the audience member’s own home, in their own time. The ‘show’ is delivered to the audience member’s door as a care package, and is experienced in three parts alongside companion audio pieces which guide the audience through the contents of their box. Elegant Animal will tell stories of self-care from In Arms Theatre’s community of queer artists, explore nature’s way of healing itself, and ask the audience to reflect on their own care practices, offering a heartfelt examination into what it means to heal.

Please note that we will only be able to deliver self-care kits to the first twenty people from the Calgary area to sign up. Instructions for how to assemble your own kit will be sent to those who sign up after the threshold of 20 has been met, and to those outside the Calgary area.

A special thanks to Ash Hicks, Elise Jason, and Émanuel Dubbeldam who contributed their voices to the project, to Apothecary Inglewood for providing materials for our self-care kits, and to the entire Swallow-a-Bicycle, Sage Theatre and IGNITE! Festival teams.


  • Stuart McDougall – Creator and Performer
  • Ira Doré
  • Elaine Weryshko – Mentor

Be sure to follow Sage Theatre and the IGNITE! Festival on Facebook, along with the festival hashtag: #IGNITEyyc

For more information, call 403.710.0093 or e-mail info@swallowabicycle.com.

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Elegant Animal

June 10, 2020 - June 13, 2020

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