CGAS RISER Found Festival

Gym Class Queer-roes



  • July 10, 02:30 pm–3:15 pm


10335 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2H1, Canada

by Steven & Nicole Sobolewski
2022-23 Fresh AiR Artists-in-Residence

Venue: Studio at the ATB Financial Arts Barns

Gym Class Queer-roes centers around a fictional queer gym and the people who go there. This piece asks us to see the value in queer spaces, the relationship between the body and being queer, and wanting to connect and be less lonely.


Thursday, July 7, 2:30-7:30pm

On the first day of the Festival, Steven & Nicole will be opening their rehearsal hall and invite community members to join and share their relationships to fitness, fitness spaces, queerness, and how it all connects. The artists are eager to speak with community members with a wide variety of experience with fitness and queerness. This will be an open conversation to talk about physical and mental health and how you feel in public fitness spaces.

If you’d like to share privately with Steven and Nicole, you can book a 20-minute slot from 2:30-4:30pm to chat with the two artists by yourself. Click here to book a 20-minute private slot!

If you’d like to share with a group, we’re opening the doors for anyone to come in and join from 5:30-7:30pm

Sunday July 10, 2:30pm-3:15pm

At the end of the process, Steven & Nicole will share a progress reading of excerpts from the production. This event will take place in a rehearsal studio at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW). Patrons will be encouraged to meet at the southwest administration doors for the building. Click here for a Google Maps pin!

In the meantime, get to know more about the artists (and Fresh AiR Program) here.


Masking is mandatory for all attendees of the open rehearsal and excerpt reading.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.