The Alchemy of Chance

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The Alchemy of Chance Metro Studio April 4 at 8pm

The Alchemy of Chance is an experiment in performance and chance. Ambiguous Arts Festivals Society has carefully selected 6 inspiring professional artists, and 6 dynamic professionals in a creative field. Two weeks prior to the show, the artists and professionals are matched in 6 unique pairings to begin each working on a ten minute collaborative performance. The show will be the first viewing of all 6 pieces. Our aim is to break down the boundaries between artists and community and to create an exciting interdisciplinary event as our annual fundraiser!
 *This show was inspired in no small way by Brief Encounters (Vancouver), Theater Under The Gun (Victoria), and Kelsea Keating!

DYANA SONIK-HERDERSON: Dance Choreographer: Broken Rhythms
Dyana is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Victoria-based company Broken Rhythms. Since returning to Victoria after seven years of travel and study, Dyana began producing and choreographing. Her works have been performed at the You Show, the 2012 Fringe Festival (winning Pick of the Fringe), and the 2013 Victoria Fringe Festival and  Alberni Valley's Fringe Festival (winning Pick of the Fringe,  Most Loved and People's Choice). She has been commissioned to set choreography for UVic's Dance Company, Under the Gun and Victoria Dance Days. 

MISSIE PETERS: Spoken Word Poet : Not Your Grandma's Poetry missiepeters.com/
Missie Peters is an award-winning spoken word artist from Victoria, BC. She is a two-time Victoria Slam Champion, one half of the spoken word duo Speakeasy and the artistic director of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. She has written and performed two solo shows. www.missiepeters.com

 TIM GOSLEY: Puppet Theatre Artist : Merlins Sun Theater merlinssun.wordpress.com/
While Tim is associated most with his television work on Fraggle Rock, Muppet Specials and as Basil Bear on Canadian Sesame Street, his work has spanned many forms of puppetry, theatre, writing, directing, and teaching. Tims production for P.K. Page's the Blind Men and the Elephant was enjoyed by at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival.  His The Ugly Duckling and Muppet-style puppet workshop were recently enjoyed on Quadra Island, with past performances being in Taiwan, Germany, U.K. and more. Since returning to Victoria, he's been associated with the creation of some pretty neat giant puppets. He is pleased to be associated with Theater Inconnu and The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. 

MADELINE SONIK: Literary Author  : UVic
Madeline Sonik is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist. Her published book-length works include a novel, Arms, a collection of short fiction, Drying the Bones, a children's novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnys, two poetry collection, Stone Sightings and The Book of Changes and a volume of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures, which was nominated for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-fiction, was a finalist for The Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction, and winner of the 2012 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.  She currently teaches at the University of Victoria.

Newfoundland trumpeter Dr. Patrick Boyle embodies the jazz spirit by synthesizing a range of influences. He has been aptly referred to as a "trumpet personality" and "one of Canada's top trumpet players and jazz musicians in general" by CBC Radio. An in-demand session player not bound by genre, Patrick can be heard on more than 40 recordings and two critically acclaimed solo albums. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance M.A. in Ethnomusicology from York University and has composed music for film, television, radio, and theatre. patrickboyle.ca

DAVID PARFIT: Sound Engineer Artist davidparfit.com
David Parfit is an independent composer, multimedia artist, post-production sound engineer, location sound recordist, and software developer. After earning a B.S. in computer science from the University of Montana and a M.M. in music technology from New York University, he moved to Victoria to work on the award-winning documentary Saving Luna. Since then, he's scored and mixed dozens of films, TV shows, and advertisements for broadcast around the world. In addition, he collaborates with Scott Amos to produce interactive art installations as Monkey C Interactive. The most recent of these, the Philliphone, is on display at the Phillips brewery. Al Smith: photo - www.alsmith.com


JENNY AMBROSE : Fashion/Design/Tailoring/Owner : The Makehouse themakehouse.ca
Jenny Ambrose is the owner / founder of The Makehouse.  She first founded an ran eco-fashion and lingerie label Enamore nearly 10 years ago in the United Kingdom. Jenny returned to Canada in 2011 and set up The Makehouse in September 2012. She brings nearly 15 years of experience involving many dimensions of the fashion industry including design, tailoring, manufacturing, wholesale, and retail. Her portfolio also includes fashion shows, photo-shoots,teaching /mentoring and marketing / PR. Jenny has conducted  workshops and delivered lectures about her journey through creative entrepreneurship at numerous institutions including University of Victoria [Victoria, BC], West Coast College of Massage Therapy [Victoria, BC], Bath Spa University [Bath, UK], Chelsea College of Art [London, UK], Portsmouth University [Portsmouth, UK], Plymouth College of Art [Plymouth, UK] &Clarence House [London, UK]. www.themakehouse.com

SYD WOODWARD : Videographer : Overgrow The System 
Syd Woodard has been creating films from the first day he picked up a camera in high school, now, almost 10 years latter, he has traveled the world to tell the stories of those who he feels have a story and message that should be shared with the world. More recently, Syd has focused his skill in media on the local food and sustainability movement, launching www.overgrowthesystem.com

DAN WISE : Carpenter
Carpenter, musician, 41 year old. Born and raised on Vancouver Island. 3 sons. Likes to work in beautiful places with good people. When not building the future or singing songs he can be found beach combing with a six of pilsner. Or reading in the tub.

JUSTIN GRENDA: Chef/Owner : Superior Street Bistro 

“ Promise's and Pie crust are meant to be broken" - Jonathan Swift 
Justin Grenda is co owner and chef at The Superior Street Bistro www.superiorstbistro.com 


JENNIFER LI: Hairstylist : Lab Salon and link www.jenannali.com
Jen Li is an experienced hair stylist and educator. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When she was young, her parents owned and operated a small salon in Southside Edmonton catering to clients of all ages. She remembers watching in awe as her mom did hair. The process of cutting, colouring, and moulding the hair was fascinating to her, and eventually hair styling became Jen's passion. In 2011, Jen became a full time educator with Kevin Murphy. Her passion for education and mentorship is key to her success. Due to popular demand, Jen is now working behind the chair at Lab Salon in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and continues her work with Kevin Murphy part time on the West Coast. www.labsalons.com

TOM FYLES:  Chemistry professor
Tom Fyles is a UVic Chemistry professor. His research in supramolecular and membrane chemistry has led him into diverse academic collaborations, into projects with governmental and private sector sponsors, and into founding a UVic spin-off company. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and has mentored undergraduates and graduate students in chemistry, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional programs.

The night will begin at 7:15 with live music by Quinn Bachand  qbachand.com/quinn.php, a chance to have a beverage, and peruse our silent auction. As well Nick Gregson nickgregson.ca will be creating a live art piece available to bid on.

Host: Jo-Ann Roberts, CBC Radio, All Points Westwww.cbc.ca/allpointswest, CBC

Ambiguous Arts would like to thank Kate Hives, Phil Ives, Jo-Ann Roberts, Zsofin Sheehy Wandering Eye Media, Dale Hitchcox all of the performers, Nick Gregson, Quinn Bachand,  Jesse Matas,  Sarah "Elizabeth" all of our volunteers, Theodore Sherman, George Scott, Tina Pascoe, and all of you fine folk who continue to come to our events and fundraisers. 

Our tickets are on sale via a sliding scale. As a fundraiser, we hope you will consider your purchase price, knowing that ticket sales will directly contribute to our current arts related initiatives! But as always, we strive to keep the arts affordable for everyone.

Advance ticket options include $15, $25, $35, $50.

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