It Began With Watching


City Hall - Heritage Room

Tuesday June 27, 5 – 5:45 pm
Wednesday June 28, 5 – 5:45 pm
Thursday June 29, 7 – 7:45 pm

It Began With Watching, a dance theatre work by kloetzel&co., explores the transformation of democracy as governments, concentrated wealth, and surveillance technologies join forces. Performed on site at Edmonton’s City Hall, which amplifies the political commentary in the dance theatre work, Through sardonic interactions and blunt physicality, as well as through a brutally humorous script performed in tight quarters around a mobile audience, the work provokes our views of policy-makers and –making in a globalized and mediatized age. Using ‘alternative facts’ and outlandish acts, we witness the concentration of power as six stuffed-suit dancers scramble desperately to maintain their standing in a world that is slipping from their grasp. A droplet of intelligence here, a hint of a shadowy figure, and we are all marionettes, putty in the puppet master’s hands.


Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York

and now based in Calgary. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. has presented over forty theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. Kloetzel’s research focuses on performance, place, text, and characterization and her creations have appeared in spaces as varied as a defunct rail station, a corporate skyway system, and an abandoned egg farm, as well as in more conventional sites such as New York’s Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, On the Boards in Seattle, Dusk Dances in Toronto, and The House Theatre in Plymouth, UK. Kloetzel is an associate professor of dance at the University of Calgary and her anthology Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces is currently available from the University Press of Florida.