Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Italy's Silvia Gribaudi collide and embrace in a new collaboration which navigates the role of comedy as a catalyst to understanding and communication, addressing questions of gender, culture, and language along the way. Both of these seriously funny women have crafted their own expert blends of physicality and characterization to create hilarious but poignant works that reflect on the absurdities of life and what it means to be human. Featuring an original soundscape composed and performed live by musician Marc Stewart, empty.swimming.pool is a cocktail of dance, theatre, and voice, spiced with acute observations and subversive humour.

Tara and Silvia worked together in Italy (April 2016) for the 2nd phase of research, creation, and outreach.



  • August 2015 - Dance Victoria, Victoria, B.C. (as part of the Chrystal Dance Prize).

  • August 2015 -The Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC.


  • August 27, 2015 - The Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver BC

  • Armunia - Festival Costa degli Etruschi, registered office: Castello Pasquini, Piazza della Vittoria 1, 57016 Castiglioncello Italy

  • April 23 - 30, 2016 - Bassano Del Grappa, Italy

  • February 16 - 18, 2017 - Scotiabank Dance Centre (Chutzpah! Festival & The Dance Centre) - premiere