Sternberg’s triangular theory of love is typically the first thing you think of when the namesake of this play comes to mind. Intimacy, Passion, Decision, all three separate but inextricably linked together geometrically.
High Performance Rodeo’s new production, “Triangular Theories of Love,” is the antithesis of this perfect articulation. Put on by W&M Physical Theatre troupe and Calgary’s own Poet Laureate, Kris Demeanor, “Theories” is a pastiche of fluid dance and words telling the story of couples in love and their struggles in long-term relationships.

As a tongue-in-cheek remix of the original triangle theory, this energetic theatre production incorporates dancers as players in the love lives of several couples, all dancing out their raw passions, sadness, irritations and euphoria. W&M’s theatre persona relies upon contrasting elements of raw bodily movements with stylistic details, details that are woven through drama and narrative.
“Theories” is gripping and sensuous as W&M’s founders/choreographers Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej create a dynamic space of dance interpreting circumstances of love. Demeanor’s ideas, mixed and characterized with Monteros’ and Mochniej’s dance experience, bring in an audience by translating would-be speech into a more physical space, a space where words are punctuated by simple movement. “Theories” in its concept is not just a show about “relationships”: it is an eloquent display of how the body transforms complex and simple understandings of emotion into spectacle and, in this case, raw beauty. It takes a commonplace experience of relationships, or ‘going through the motions’ and transforms it into a grand story.

Jan. 29-31. Pumphouse Theatre. Presented by W&M Physical Theatre.

By Therese Schultz
Photo: Aaron McCullough


Opening Night/Closing Night

It all happens so fast!  We have been in the midst of working, running like crazy, and now here we are, approaching closing night.

Looking forward to the whole ritual of preparation for the performance and then, quite suddenly it seems, we go right on to the strike!

CoACTION: Force or Compulsion?

Choreography:  Wojciech Mochniej and Melissa Monteros

Lighting Design:  Steve Isom
Performers: Natalia Babanova, Lauren Cote, Laura Henley, Chelsey Higdon, Rufino Rodriguez and Luis Najera
CoACTION: Force or Compulsion? is a dance theatre work that explores the expressive range and impulse of our human interactions. Are our actions put into motion by force or compulsion? By circumstance or determination? By impulse or desire?

CoACTION at the Pumphouse Theatre

W&M Physical Theatre will present their latest work, “CoAction: Force or Compulsion?” on April 5th and 6th at the Pumphouse Theatre at 8pm.

Based on the work in progress ‘Arrivals and Departures’ this dance theatre work explores change and the relationships between

us that both propel and repel.



Sasha Ivanochko Workshop April 1, 2012

W&M Physical Theatre and the Calgary Contemporary Dance Collective (CCDC) hope that you will join us for this exciting 3 hour workshop (technique and repertory) with renowned choreographer and teacher, Sasha Ivanochko. It will be held at the Center for Movement Arts (CMA) at 4005 9th Street SE.  Call  403 240-2338 or email

The workshop is for experienced dancers and limite d to 18 dancers
Cost: $25 pre-registration is required, payment by March 20th, 2012
Walk ins: $30 (if space is available)

You’ll find more information on our facebook page


As we were setting up in the theatre yesterday, I was marvelling at how important collaboration is and how impossible it is to make dance work without the commitment of so many! There were W, Steve, Veronica, Adele, Rob and Brian; all working toward getting this work up and running with sweat, good humour and creative intelligence. Thank you, all of you!


Photo of Wojciech Mochniej and Maya Lewandowsky by Aaron McCullough RED DOT PHOTOGRAPHY
When we fall in love with someone, truly and absolutely, we fall with utter and reckless abandon. Because really, what else do we want to do but breathe, feel, hold, know, and monopolize that person as much as humanly possible? I guess this part of love is just obvious; most of us have been there before. But the question that choreographer Melissa Monteros explores in her work, Triangular Theories of Love, is, what happens when the initial crazy-in-love, can’t-breathe, can’t-be-apart, insane passion stage wears off? As she puts it in the program: How do we stay in love? This contemporary work, presented by W & M Physical Theatre at Dancers’ Studio West between January 26th -29th 2011, dives into this question. Monteros presents us with a chance to reflect on and look at the experiences of love through four sets of couples, each struggling to find their own answer.
The theatre doors open. As we file in to take our seats we are greeted by a looming fog hanging in the air. Darkness engulfs the empty stage; an impatient beat of music reaches our ears. Bickering voices are heard from somewhere unseen, and out come the first couple. What follows is an intertwining of such artistic mediums as movement, music, lighting, text, and media that weave together a story of relationships. The movement qualities shift between both airy eloquence and grounded physicality; simple gestures and actions appear throughout the work, personifying at once the roles we typically assign gender whilst lending an enigmatic air to the intentions and wills of the characters. Each performer embodies the choreography differently, and contrasting glimpses of verve and doubt are explored in each of them as they test their loyalties, consider their desires, and ponder what might rekindle the passion of their relationships. Deep sensuality, lightheartedness, and humour are all exemplified by the embodiment of contrasting and dynamic movement phrases. Sharp, quick, and darting phrases give way to slow, expanding, and breathable ones. Couples exert power over one another as they quite literally butt heads, firmly gripping and wrestling each other back and forth across the floor. At one point they take it in turn to sit on the back of the other as their partner crawls tempestuously through the space beneath them. Through movement, the cycles of calmness and frustration are crafted and explored, the music assists in setting the tone between the two extremes. The lighting allows the audience a spot lit peak at the couple’s most intimate moments, showing their sorrow and exhaustion as well as their happiness and elation, while both text and media provide an opportunity to discern the inner workings of their minds.
Triangular Theories of Love is a work that makes you contemplate your own reasons for being with someone, helping you to understand and acknowledge love’s ever changing nature as it evolves over time. Most importantly, though, the piece leaves you with a quiet joy; an appreciation for the underlying tenderness won only by those willing to prevail through love’s ups and downs.