Stareable Fest

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Creator's Statement

This is a show I have created inspired by my 27 years in dance and the brilliant, generous, offensive and absolutely ridiculous individuals I had the pleasure of working with along the way. It is co-written by comedian Amy Cunningham and myself (I also play the choreographer) and will be heavily focused on what dancers, especially women, go through as a matter of course. Unlike the vast majority of dance films and shows done, this is from an insider's point of view, albeit with a lot of humour and exaggeration thrown in.


"With a light touch and sometimes absurdist humor, the show raises issues often absent from popular portrayals of ballet like ageism, injury and the gender pay gap. The week of Christmas, when there’s little live dance to see, is the perfect time to catch up."

New York Times

"So it’s a breath of fresh air to see the CBC airing a web series that approaches the ballet world from a new, and much funnier, angle. Off Kilter takes the trope of the big-headed male choreographer and gives us a more realistic portrait of what he’s actually like behind the scenes."

The Globe and Mail

"In the course of its eight-episode season, "Off Kilter" nods to some big issues in the dance world. Ageism, the gender pay-gap and sexual harassment are all addressed on some level, in the midst of hijinks caused by an uptight building manager and an enterprising public relations guru."

Dance Magazine

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Milton Frank has come back to the studio after a twenty-year absence, but under no circumstance is anyone to call it a "comeback." This is just for fun. A lark. A whimsical experiment.

S1:E1 – The Denial

7 min

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Gary, the venue manager, inflicts a series of absurd safety drills on the team. BB, Luke and Anna debate the fine points of the scandal that sent Milton into hiding 20 years earlier.

S1:E2 – The Distraction

7 min

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BB uses spin to coax Milton out of a familiar sort of meltdown, and Anna receives a surprise visit from her ex-husband and his new partner.

S1:E3 – The Relapse

8 min

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Despite Milton's protests, it's time to bring in more dancers. BB is alarmed to find out that the gender wage gap is embedded in the ballet world as much as anywhere else.

S1:E4 – The Accounting

8 min

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Two new, young dancers arrive full of drive and talent. Milton transforms into a choreographic master, fully inspired... until he realizes he isn't a 21-year-old prodigy anymore.

S1:E5 – The Comparison

8 min

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Pas-de-deux quickly becomes foot-in-mouth when Milton meets - then promptly forgets - BB's partner, Casey, over and over. Until Milton, consumed in a hypochondriac fever, learns Casey is a physician.

S1:E6 – The Prescription

9 min

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Alarm bells go off as Milton takes the choreographic process of deconstruction a little too literally. Anna's deconstruction occurs mainly in the knee, as Milton's demands exacerbate an old injury.

S1:E7 – The Deconstruction

9 min

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Milton is gone, unreachable. Gary becomes a one-man search-party. BB and Anna quietly rebel with a five-minute hiatus from cleaning up Milton's messes - before promptly returning to saving the day.

S1:E8 – The Disappearance

8 min



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