Wild, weird, and always entertaining! We’re taking it inside!
Join us ONLINE for a raucous night of puppetry, mask and good times for adult audiences.
May 29 & 30
8:00 pm MST
Hosted LIVE by CAOS madwoman Xstine Cook and international super clown Mooky Cornish, the annual Dolly Wiggler Cabaret will be like no other before. A packed roster of short bits of brilliance and new edgy, hilarious performances will leave a mark on your psyche, or maybe your screen.
See brand new work created by local Calgary greats Pam Tzeng, Jen Bain, Juanita Dawn & Chad Bryant, Kyle Hinton, Kevin Jesuino, Lizz Windagel, Monica Ila & Ali DeRegt, Genevieve Pare & Alia Shahab, Jenna Turk, Stephanie Quilliams, Jennifer LeBlanc, Ellis Lalonde, and Sara McNeil. Terese Grant joins us all the way from Edmonton, and from Waterloo, the incomparable Alice Nelson.
VIP tickets get you front row seats in the Zoom Room where YOU can be a part of the show.
Dress your best and show up ready to party. It’s all a big experiment, and we can’t wait to see you guys! Come early, pour yourself a beverage, see who’s there. Visit at the “bar” during intermission, or after the show.
Ticket proceeds cover artist and technician fees, and we thank you for your support! Donations accepted.
Produced by Calgary Animated Objects society in partnership with the Puppet Power Conference, the Festival of Animated Objects, and the Puppet Slam Network. Come early, have a beverage, visit with the audience and artists. Buy a 50/50 ticket!
“ Mooky Cornish is very funny”
– The New York Times
A founder of Green Fools Theatre, Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS), and the Festival of Animated Objects, Xstine studied mask in Bali, Italy, France, the West Coast of Canada, and with many independent masters. She also trained, taught, and designed at Dell’Arte International Theatre School in California. Xstine is an agitator and creative producer, and often creates with her 3 kids (though now that they are teenagers, this is nearly impossible).
Kasim “Simmi” Wallace
Juanita has been working and exploring as a sculptor for over 30 years. Her primary insight and focus has been the human form.
Juanita teaches adult mask classes and children’s puppet making workshops. She has worked for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Clunk Puppet Lab, Quest Theatre, StoryBook Theatre, The Wined-Up Arsenal, The International Festival of Animated Objects, The Ignite Festival, and The Brief Festival. Her art has been exhibited in several venues and galleries over the years.
Just three short years ago Chad was a blue collar worker in seismic exploration. Little did he know Clown would soon change everything. In 2016 he attended the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Now he resides in Calgary and is currently working with the Calgary Clown Society and Clown Festival. His most proud accomplishments include Shipwrecked at The Play the Fool Festival 2018, cabaret shows with Croomb and encouraging exploration in clown with the CCS.
Lizz Windnagel is a multi-disciplinary artist with a particular love for puppetry and mask. Originally hailing from the city of Minneapolis, Lizz has been fortunate to perform, direct, and act like a fool at puppet theatres such as Open Eye Figure Theatre and In the Heart of the Beast. Lizz’s current adventures involve pursuing an MFA in Directing at the University of Calgary with a specific focus on devised and interdisciplinary theatre. You may have seen Lizz’s original piece, “Pierrot’s Gender Reveal Party” at last year’s Festival of Animated Objects. Lizz is very excited to be performing at their first Dolly Wiggler Cabaret!
Monica Ila is not afraid of monsters – in fact she is happier in the company of them. She is an emerging multidisciplinary artist who focuses on puppetry, painting and sculpture. Her work involves making large scale characters and painting them within scenes of their own habitats. Currently she is pursuing a BFA in Sculpture at the Alberta University of the Arts. Monica has participated in the Banff Theatre Puppet Intensive, Festival of Animated Objects, Dolly Wiggler Cabaret and OUF! Festival Off Castieliers since 2016. She believes that art is instrumental in bringing communities closer together and in rediscovering the whimsy within our daily lives.
Born in Ottawa, bred in Toronto’s indie theatre scene, Jenna has spent the last three years in Calgary as Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Associate. A writer/actor/collaborator, she self-produces under The Deep End Collective, a feminist co-op that makes work inspired by real people, places, or events and imaginatively turns them on their heads. Most recently, Jenna directed Iceland for Theatre Calgary, attended the Banff Puppet Theatre intensive, and finished shooting her first short film, Bearcat, under the mentorship of Herland. She is grateful and giddy to get to build and play as part of the Puppet Incubator.
Patricia A. Duquette
CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.
CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).
The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.