Arts Commons Presents
Sissy Fit: The Future Is Queer Cabaret
Curated by Brett Dahl
July 25, 2021
Sissy Fit: The Future is Queer Cabaret is an all-inclusive celebration of radical performances - all in the name of harnessing the diversity, depth, and wild power of being queer, and being queer in Alberta. Rising from the ashes of 2020, Sissy, along with their team of exceptional, nuanced, and wickedly queer performers, brings you a world Queerer than ever before.
*This event is best suited for people 14 years and older.
This virtual presentation is FREE, but registration is required for viewing.
Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.
Brett Dahl – Curator, Performer
Brett is a queer director, writer, performer, and educator born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Brett’s first play, Like Orpheus, premiered at Theatre Outré and continued to tour to OUTstages in Victoria and The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Ireland. Brett’s play, Pretty Ugly, was produced by The Alberta Queer Calendar Project/Cardiac Theatre in 2020. Brett is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the University of Alberta and is an Associate Artist with Theatre Outré in Lethbridge and was part of the 2019 Stratford Festival Emerging Directors Lab. He was the recipient of Theatre Calgary’s Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award in 2015 and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2018 and the RBC Emerging Artist Cultural Leader in Calgary Award in 2020. Brett is also known as Sissy, a Glamdrogynous drag performer and host of the all inclusive Queer Cabaret, Sissy Fit, which premiered in 2019 at Arts Commons.
Robert Adam – Musician
Originally from the northern Alberta prairie town of Bonnyville, Robert combines a rural spirit of classic country with lyrics that offer more than surface meaning. Robert is sure to make his audience nostalgic for a place they may never have known, and warm hearts with his small town charm. In 2016 Robert recorded his debut EP "Prairie Gold" in Toronto Ontario, which beckoned of his small town sentimentalism and longing to return to his roots. "Rocky Mountain Lot" featured on his EP, made it to the top 10 in the country category in the Canadian Songwriting Competition in 2017. In the same year Robert moved back into the west and settled in Calgary, Alberta where he has quickly earned a reputation as a electric entertainer and carefully crafted artist alike. You can expect sweet and salty vocals, curated lyrics, dreamy musical textures and of course a sprinkle of rhinestones. With a clear respect for the older tradition of country music, seamlessly integrated with modern and progressive themes Rob is sure to attract attention from seasoned country music listeners and those not normally well acquainted with the genre alike.
MelVee X – Performer
MelVee X is a Black queer multidisciplinary artist and CEO/ Founder of MVX STUDIOS - a hub for creative expression and equity advocacy in Calgary, AB. Her primary means of artistic expression are spoken word poetry, burlesque performance and photography- the MelVee trifecta. She's been a professional artist for over five years and has featured and shared her work locally and nationally. It is MelVee's vision and guiding principle to empower equity and justice seeking communities to tell our own stories from our perspectives. She is proudly Black and incorporates Afro-Caribbean, cultural themes prominently in her work. The struggle is real, unapologetic and never looked so damn good.
Marshall Vielle – Performer
Marshall is an actor, director, podcaster, and drag performer from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specializing in Theatre Performance. He is especially interested in using theatre for community development, having been involved in various projects both locally and internationally aimed at using artistic practices to encourage social change. He works as an advocate for diversity in the performance sector, while also lending his creativity to several Queer and Youth initiatives. His play Where the Two-Spirit Lives is a one person show encompassing storytelling, movement, and lots of lip-syncing as a way of celebrating the resurgence of Indigiqueer knowledge sharing paradigms from traditional ways of knowing.
Marshall is the recipient of the 2018 Theatre Calgary Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award. When he is not acting, Marshall can be seen teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at Trickster Theatre or Improvising with Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s longest running completely improvised soap opera. He is very excited to be have been part of Sissy Fit: The Future is Queer Cabaret and would like to thank his family, friends, and artistic mentors for their endless love and support!
Arts Commons follows AHS guidelines and recommendations in all of our activities. This means that our performance dates and times are subject to change as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to evolving gathering restrictions, while balancing the elevation and presentation of our artists, along with the safety for our staff, artists, and patrons