Theatre Encounter | FLESH FOR FANTASY
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A physical, visual and musical exploration of the ways in which the body is monetized, commodified and consumed for entertainment, FLESH FOR FANTASY is an interdisciplinary theatre experiment combining traditions of burlesque, opera and expressionism. With collaborative design by rising filmmaker Emil Agopian and Canadian painter Aaron Sidorenko, the Encounter company performs sex, gender and the body in all its grotesque and absurd magnificence.


FLESH FOR FANTASY premiered March 4, 2020 at the Studio Theatre @ cSpace King Edward (1721 29th Avenue SW Calgary), playing to oversold audiences for six nights.

FLESH FOR FANTASY is the second in Theatre Encounter’s four-project exploration, THE FLESH TRAJECTORY. This multi-year project began in 2018 with KLIMT’S PLAYTHINGS, which examined the nude figure in art and history. For more information about the Trajectory, or touring information for any of the shows, please contact us by e-mail:


Directed by MICHAEL FENTON. Performed by CELENE HARDER, CONNER CHRISTMAS and VAL DUNCAN. Stage Management by DEE KERN. Projection Design and Video by EMIL AGOPIAN. Original Artwork and Additional Design by AARON SIDORENKO. Set Design by JOHN HALE. Original Music by GAEL GEVIRS SOUND PROJECT. Poster Design and Still Photography by DEAN MULLIN.

Theatre Encounter gratefully acknowledges the support of our partners and funders, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, cSpace and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.