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What creates us? What joys and sorrows reveal the culture and people we are presently? Join us as we dive deeply into issues of sex, relationships, racism, colonialism, and a hope to be rewritten.

REWRITTEN


November 16-17 | 8:00PM
DJD Theatre – 111 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
$25 Early-bird tickets until October 17th
$30 Regular tickets available online or at the door
PURCHASE TICKETS

“We need braver conversations around sensitive issues such as #metoo, racism, colonialism, indifference. It seems everywhere you turn, there is heightened emotions that are fuelled by hate and fear. We need to tell our stories in a way that brings people together, not create further lines of division. We need to be able to navigate these conversations with wisdom and skill that will strengthen connection between people and people groups, not fortify dividing walls. This is what we are seeking to do with our show Rewritten Nov 16-17. Facing hard stuff head on with courage, compassion and community.” – Connie Jakab, Artistic Director



Meet the Cast



Alex “Aleckay” Brown

Alex “Aleckay” Brown

Emcee
Aleckay is a Hip Hop Kultural Specialist/Scholar, freestyle emcee, recording artist & audio engineer. He has written & recorded 100s of songs, performed for 1000s of people & owns his own home recording studio where he helps local artists in his community record as well as mix & master their music & poetry. He gives talks in schools & universities about the power of Hip Hop & the impact it has on not only modern day popular culture, but also on society as a whole.
Krizia “Canvas” Carlos

Krizia “Canvas” Carlos

Dance & Spoken Word Artist
Krizia is a woman of passion dedicated in empowering people to be the best version of themselves. She is an avid connector and thrives in building authentic connections with individuals to help build a better community. Krizia is an advocate and leader towards the forward approach of utilizing the arts towards promoting holistic health and wellness. In addition to being a spoken word artist, dancer, and singer, Krizia also works as a mental health nurse and has served as a PACC committee member with Canadian Mental Health Association, and as a youth coach with Calgary Youth Justice Society’s, In the Lead Program. Furthermore, Krizia’s passion for investing in youth leaders has currently led her to working with Action Dignity’s Youth PLACE program for a 3-year national project that creates a safe space for racialized youths, to develop their leadership and creative potentials towards creating positive social change in their communities.
Rebecca Dawn

Rebecca Dawn

Emcee
Rebecca Dawn is an urban artist and community educator who got her start as a university student in Mexico, where she made an impact with her outspoken nature on television and radio using freestyle rap in English and Spanish to deliver messages of youth empowerment, women’s rights, respect for all sexual orientations, and environmental consciousness. Rebecca is a studio-recording and live performance artist, with a musical style characterized by world fusion rhythms and melodies, and uplifting Hip Hop lyricism. Rebecca teaches freestyle rap, songwriting, poetry, comedy / improv and graffiti / street art workshops to youth in Calgary with Movement with a Message. Rebecca holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Calgary in Archaeology, and Latin American Studies; as well as a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, in south Mexico. Her mission is to share the knowledge she has gained with her peers and the youth of Calgary through visual and performing arts. Rebecca has performed live concerts on tour and worked with community organizations and schools across Canada (Alberta, B.C., Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Ontario) and in Australia, Laos, Mexico and Nicaragua. Her love for travel and the diverse cultures of the world have been a major driving factor in her experiential artistic creations. Rebecca’s recording projects include: M.aking C.onnections (2014), The Courage Project (2017) and Dawnzen’s Cosmic Cantina (2017).
Ryan “Rubix” De Guzman

Ryan “Rubix” De Guzman

Emcee
Ryan De Guzman (aka Rubix) is a Filipino-Canadian Hip Hop Artist. His passion for performing arts, Hip Hop culture and passing down knowledge allow him to be a great teacher for urban arts. Rubix expands his personal power through connecting his art with spirituality, introspection and sonic expression. Currently, he works with Movement With A Message teaching their school programs and mentors youth rappers as well.
Bryan Francisco

Bryan Francisco

Spoken Word Artist
Bryan Francisco is a Canadian-Filipino Calgary-based Spoken Word artist that has spent the majority of his career working in the arts and non-profit sector. Bryan currently enjoys his career as a Community Arts Facilitator educating youth and facilitating small to large scale arts projects for young people to help them get engaged with their school, neighbourhoods, and communities. Bryan is a born and raised Calgarian that draws love and inspiration from his city, the mountains, the people, and all of the wonderful opportunities that come along with these things.
Braden “Troo Knot” Lyster

Braden “Troo Knot” Lyster

Musician
Troo Knot is a messenger of freedom. His Futuristic Jungle Jazz sprinkled with Hip-Hop and Humor consists of heavy bass lines, mystical melodies, thought provoking lyricism, dream inducing sound design, and a splash of madness. His studio work sprinkles wonder in your ears and his live show will force you into a joyful confusion of grooving, laughing, and wondering what this dude ate for breakfast. This Bass Monkey is a chaos connoisseur that loves adapting, mutating, and evolving to thrive in any environment. From lounge vibes to the big stage bass circus, Troo Knot is here to entertain.

The highly engaging live show pulls audiences into a vortex of dancing, playing, connecting, and wtf-ing. The crowd interaction is hilarious and always reminding audience members that they are part of the show too. The music is enchanting and primal. There are moments raw honesty and moments of strange, alien, rabbit holes. The heavy improvisation element promises that every Troo Knot show will be a different experience.

Troo Knot has played shows and festivals with Dub FX, The Widdler, Sam Klassick, Abstrakt Sonace, Mat The Alien, Mac Lethal, Mayday, AFRO, Shawn Desman, and more. He is also the lead singer for fusion funk band, Fermented Beet Orchestra and progressive metal band, Sonder.

Troo Knot goes by Braden off stage and is heavily involved with the youth and disability communities in Calgary. He feels compelled to serve these communities through peer support and creative mentorship. He has teamed up with Woods Homes, Beakerhead, Science Genius, GlobalFest, Movement With A Message, Alex Community Food Center, Autism Aspergers Friendship Socieyt, Fozzy Fest, SCOPE, and MoveMeant to work with people of all ages and abilities.
Ceniza “Fortress” Mejia

Ceniza “Fortress” Mejia

Dance Artist
Ceniza is a Filipina-Canadian dance artist based out of Calgary. She began her formal training in 2003 in Winnipeg where she joined Dance Tec Company and obtained a Performing Arts Diploma as a Theatre Major. In 2008, she moved to Calgary and joined UniverseSoul Dance and Battlezone where she began training in foundational hip hop (new jack swing, popping, locking, wacking, vogueing, and house) and commercial hip hop. She further expanded her knowledge and professional training in contemporary dance, space, floor work, and contact improv with JSik Movements. Currently, she trains with Empirical Freedom, the pioneers for Western Canada’s Krump movement. She has had the privilege to train in Vancouver, Toronto, and most recently Dusseldorf, Germany with Big Mijo (co-creator of Krump, Beyonce & Jay Z OTR Tour), Konkrete (ABC’s World of Dance) and Slam (Russia Street Kingdom, Madrootz). Ceniza loves passing down her knowledge and love for dance, using movement as a tool to empower young women and to encourage professional development. She taught Hip Hop and Contemporary for 5 years at Urban Dance Projects and has recently taught at a conference for Young Women of Power. She has appeared in, choreographed, trained, and performed for U of C’s Dance Montage, Soulocentric Contemporary Festival, NexFest, In The Zone, {Motion} – A Warehouse Dance Affair, Movement With A Message theatre productions (Invisible, The Cypher, Letters, Attached), 10@10 Showcase, MyWorldConference, Fluid Festival’s Physical Therapy Cabaret, Project Dance, Dance Current Magazine, and many more. Outside of dance, Ceniza is a University of Lethbidge Alumni with a degree in Marketing. She continues to explore her passion for dance through training and performing. She loves being both a teacher and a student!
Marie-Claire O’Donoghue

Marie-Claire O’Donoghue

Dance & Spoken Word Artist
Marie-Claire is a dance artist, with her main form based in simple body movement. Trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and latin ballroom, as well as contact improvisation, Feldenkreiss methods, and Authentic Movement, she ultimately found her way to Dance/Movement Therapy studies, and currently works to bring dance and movement based expression to vulnerable populations. Marie-Claire is exploring the world of spoken word poetry, as well as physicality, using her body as her most valuable tool of expression. Her public creative work includes “When I Dance”, a video project created in 2017.
Vanessa “VaVoom” Padillo

Vanessa “VaVoom” Padillo

Dance Artist
Vanessa Padillo grew up in Calgary since the age of 3. She is known for her energy, positive vibes and most importantly her enthusiasm for dance. She hopes she can give an insight to aspiring dancers to allow them to find their own connection within themselves through movement. Vanessa started in Ballet at the age of 7 and found herself grooving to Hip Hop at age 12. Taking a plunge in this world of dance, she trained formally at eko Dance Projects (formally Youth Dance Unlimited) and later pursued the Dance Program at the University of Calgary continuing her training in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, and West African 2004-2010. Her dedication and passion has taken her on many different adventures from competing in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Los Angeles with her dance crew, C.Stylz in 2006 to many local events in Calgary such as Dance Montage, Dance Mainstage, Dance at Noon, Calgary Cares, and Holla Productions. Vanessa has been choreographing since 1999 and teaching dance since 2006. Being a diverse and versatile dancer herself, her classes will leave students inspired and energized. The foundations that realms her classes are based on having fun, exercise, and to grow a deeper understanding of dance. Vanessa is also Founder and Owner of Common Ground Dance and Co-owner and Business Development Director of Movement With A Message Inc. Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business majoring in Risk Management Insurance and Finance. Vanessa also holds a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountants (CMA) designation. With this unique background, she’s passionate about consulting businesses and individuals involved in the Arts.
Nicole Pemberton

Nicole Pemberton

Dance Artist
Nicole Pemberton is a Dance Artist and empowered leader who believes in the power of movement. She has a diploma and B.A in Dance and choreography. Her travels from her professional dance career has taken her all over Canada, the Caribbean and the United States. Nicole has knowledge in many dance styles and is currently flexing her teaching skills in studios and schools all over Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. She educates, choreographs and mentors with organizations SoundKreations, Footprints Dance and Movement With A Message. She believes through movement, breath and full presence we can bring greater awareness to our bodies so we can heal! The Goddess Moves!
Oliver “Reignmaker” Reyes

Oliver “Reignmaker” Reyes

Dance Artist
Zoe “ZHE” Slusar

Zoe “ZHE” Slusar

Emcee
ZoE SlusaR fell in love with performing since a young age. She started professionally voice acting at age 11 and was playing lead roles (Goku in Dragon Ball, Sai Saici in Gundam) by the time she turned 15. ZoE has always had a passion for writing and expression. She began performing spoken word as a teenager and started to perform professionally while travelling in Europe. Upon returning to YYC, ZoEbegan pursuing opportunities to hit the stage at open mics and became connected to the incredible artistic community in Calgary. Finding a release and freedom in music, rap and spoken word; performance has been ZoE’s saving grace. She has emerged as her female emcee entity ZHE The FREE, holding down space for women in the male dominated rap scene. ZoE ignites the stage from the moment she touches the microphone. She pulls the audience in with her firery stage performance, lyrical prowess and fierce flow. ZoE connects with audiences on a deep level with the realness she brings to her artistic performances. She is blessed, humbled and grateful to be a part of the Movement With A Message family

What others have to say about our past productions:

“Its taken me a bit to process what I experienced last night and wanted to share some thoughts though I don’t think these words will completely capture my feelings. I had the opportunity attend Connie Jakab and Movement With A Message’s current show, Letters, last night. This show deals with the lack of connection that is at the heart of many of the social issues we face, including many that I come cross in my work at Two Wheel View. This show touched me so deeply. The performers spoke about topics intensely personal to them, from addiction, suicide attempts, loss of love, mental health, lack of community and isolation. These are real topics that people of any age face but I don’t think we realize just how much these things affect our young people. I am not afraid to admit that I cried several times during the performance and judging from the sniffles around me, I wasn’t the only one. I HIGHLY recommend you see this show before it ends. Thank you to the artists and performers for bravely sharing their stories, stories need to be told for change to happen. The world is a better place because of your work. Seriously. Get tickets NOW.” –
Laura Istead, Marketing Director of Two Wheel View



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