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November 2, 2020

SkirtsAfire Festival Announces
2021 Mainstage Play and a Debut Collaboration with
Ballet Edmonton

SkirtsAfire Festival (March 4 - 14, 2021) is pleased to announce their Mainstage play, Makings of a Voice by Dana Wylie, and a debut collaboration with Ballet Edmonton, Body of Wordsas part of their 2021 Festival. Now in its 9th year, SkirtsAfire Festival celebrates diversity and empowers, develops, supports and showcases women-identifying and non-binary artists. Influenced by the Covid-19 Pandemic, this year's theme is "The Distance Between Us". 

Makings of a Voice, written and performed by Dana Wylie, is a theatrical song cycle about discovering our individual identity within generational narratives. A personal journey situated somewhere between the past and the present, between motherhood and daughterhood, between music and monologue, this intimate piece follows a messy trajectory into the heart of one woman's story and provides a compelling argument for why our stories need to be told.

The production features Christine Hanson on cello, Kirsten Elliott on flute and Billie Zizi on guitar. Makings of a Voice is directed by Vanessa Sabourin with set, props, costume design and projection co-design by Elise CM Jason, lighting design and projection co-design by T. Erin Gruber, and dramaturgy by Ellen Havard.

Download the Makings of a Voice Trailer | *adult language warning*
Makings of a Voice
March 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 | 7 pm
March 7 | 1:30 pm
March 13 | 9:30 pm
Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
Tickets $27 adults, $21 student/senior 
March 9 - Pay What You Can
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Ballet Edmonton and SkirtsAfire Festival are pleased to present Body of Words. This debut collaboration brings together poetry, music and dance to awaken all your senses as some of Edmonton’s finest artists expose a common language to explore the challenges in living in a continually changing and temperamental body.

Body of Words features Edmonton’s Poet Laureate Nisha Patel, multilingual poet and spoken word artist Medgine Mathurin, choreography by Karissa Barry, and dance by the incomparable company of Ballet Edmonton
Download the Body of Words Trailer
Body of Words
March 7 & 8 | 7 pm
March 14 | 1:30 pm
Westbury Theatre, ATB Arts Barns
Tickets $27 adults, $21 student/senior 
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About SkirtsAfire:
Founded in 2012, SkirtsAfire FestivalMarch 4 - March 14, 2021, celebrates diversity and empowers, develops, supports and showcases women-identifying and non-binary artists. For more information please visit



Media Contact 
Darka Tarnawsky, Bottom Line Productions

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