Events

Mar
12
Thu
York University World Music Festival
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

 

York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson, this global sonic tour presents a sampling of international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs six free concerts into two days: March 12-13

On March 12, performances take place in two locations:

  • Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building
  • Tribute Communities Recital Hall (TCRH), 112 Accolade East Building

10:30 a.m. – Celtic Ensemble (MFL)
11:30 a.m. –  World Music Showcase (MFL)
1:00 p.m. –  Cuban Ensembles with Escola de Samba (TCRH)
3:00 p.m. – West African Drumming: Ghana (TCRH)
6:30 p.m. – Caribbean Ensemble (TCRH)

Free admission.
Maps and Directions

Hollywood Old and New: ReDesigns for Student Engagement in eLearning with Gillian Helfield & Dan Becker
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hollywood Old and New: ReDesigns for Student Engagement in eLearning with Gillian Helfield & Dan Becker
Thursday, March 12
12:00 – 1:30 PM
AMPD Faculty Lounge (GCFA 214)
Free
RSVP

Join us for this lunchtime talk about the evolution of “Hollywood Old and New”, a fully online class that offers students an understanding of Hollywood film genres from a historical and social perspective. In this talk, the presenters will discuss their pedagogical strategies for the new course redesign to facilitate student engagement in a large format class. This course is offered by the Department Cinema and Media Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. 

Gillian Helfield lectures at York University, in Cinema and Media Studies in AMPD, Humanities in LAPS, and Canadian Studies at Glendon College. Though she has specialized in Canadian and Quebec Cinemas, other areas of academic interest include Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Cinema, National Cinemas, Diasporic and Exilic Cinemas, Middle Eastern Cinemas, and Rural Cinemas. In 2006, her book Representing the Rural: Space Place and Identity, in Films About the Land, was published by Wayne State University Press.

In collaboration with AMPD, Gillian has developed and redesigned two large-enrolment online film courses, which have earned recognition from international eLearning associations (IELA) and the Teaching Commons at York University (York’s nomination for the STLHE Brightspace /D2L Innovation Award). In 2017, she received the AMPD eLearning Teaching Award.

Dan Becker is the Educational Designer and Developer for the Faculty of Education. He works extensively with instructors to operationalize educational theory and current research within courses that utilize technology. Dan develops learning experiences that engage students, build communities of inquiry and employ meaningful assessment strategies, while avoiding excessive effort on the part of the instructor. His approach of simplicity and depth has produced a variety of courses that are enjoyed by instructors and students alike.

Mar
13
Fri
York University World Music Festival
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson this global sonic tour presents a sampling of several international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs six free concerts into two days: March 12-13, 2020

The March 13th performance features The Balkan Music Ensemble in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Free admission.

Maps and Directions

Mar
17
Tue
Theatre@York presents Elizabeth Rex
Mar 17 – Mar 21 all-day

Theatre @ York presents Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley directed by ted witzel

Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex shares Good Night Desdemona’s interest in the Shakespearean canon.

Here, Findley imagines an intimate meeting between a group of players and Queen Elizabeth I, who has ordered a command performance of Much Ado About Nothing as she awaits the execution of a former lover, the Earl of Essex. With wit and poetry, Findley explores the entanglement of love, desire, and gender identity.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday March 17th at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 1:00 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Thursday March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Relaxed Performance)
Friday March 20th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 21st @ 7:30 p.m. (Closing)

Box Office Information
Previews: $7.00

All Other Performances:
Tickets: $20.00
Student: $12.00
Senior: $12.00

Groups of 10 or more: $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)

Buy online or call 416-736-5888

Relaxed Performance: Thursday, March 19th at 7:30pm
A Relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. The performance is designed to reduce anxiety and provide a safe, enjoyable experience, taking into account variable sensory, communication or learning needs and abilities. This means that there is a more casual-than-usual approach to front-of-house etiquette and we ask audience members to be aware of people’s needs to move or make involuntary noise.

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin
Mar 17 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin. Canada’s most idiosyncratic auteur director will present and discuss his remake of Hitchcock’s The Green Fog (2017), created with re-appropriated footage, and a short film on the absurdist writer Daniil Kharms. Bonus: a sneak preview of Guy’s current work-in-progress: his dream tribute for Federico Fellini’s centennial!

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
18
Wed
TIP (The Incubator Project) experimental & interactive performance works
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 20 @ 9:00 pm

The Incubator Project
VISION 2020

March 18 – 20, 2020

The Department of Dance presents TIP – The Incubator Project, exploring interdisciplinary, experimental and interactive performance works by AMPD faculty: Susan Cash, Gwenyth Dobie, Susan Lee, William Mackwood, Don Sinclair and Freya Björg Olafson.

Artistic Director: Jennifer Jimenez

Featuring dancers Paulo Alcedo and Michael Vintila with student lighting designer Samara Brown, students in the Digital Media Program and the York Dance Ensemble.

Explore interdisciplinary projects anytime between 7:30-9:00pm in the corridor and studios in Accolade East Building 2nd floor Department of Dance, York University

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can or bring a non-perishable food item for the York student food bank.

Maps and Directions

Mar
24
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Wonder Wanders
Mar 24 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Wonder Wanders

Taiwanese multimedia artist Shu Lea Cheang presents Wonder Wanders, a four-episode mobi-web-serial that explores an off-the-mainstream nouveau queer generation. Artist in attendance.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
25
Wed
Scenes by Design 2020: Exhibition of Stage Design
Mar 25 – Mar 28 all-day

Scenes by Design
The Theatre Department’s annual exhibition showcasing the work of the Design and Production area. Scenes by Design offers an insider’s look at the creative work done behind the scenes before the curtain rises on a stage production. The exhibition features original set designs and maquettes, costumes, props, scene painting, renderings, drawings and lighting design by students in the production/design area. Scenes by Design will also include the announcement of the 2020 – 2021 Theatre @ York Season.

Exhibition Hours:
Wed. March 25, 2020: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Opening)
Thur. March 26, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri. March 27, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat. March 28, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Closing)

Admission is free and all are welcome.

York Dances: Luminous Surroundings | Dusk and Dawn
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

York Dances: Luminous Surroundings

Luminous Surroundings features exciting new choreography of 24 up-and-coming third year choreographers.

Artistic Director: Tracey Norman

Luminous Surroundings presents 24 original works in two 60-minute programs:
Dusk (Series A) – 7:00 pm
Dawn (Series B) – 8:30 pm

SERIES A
1) Katherine Romard – Reece Caldwell, Sydney Cobham, Emily Williams, Jadra Hannam
2 ) Jessica Vilneff – Blythe Russel, Jordan Gamble, Zoe Harrington
3) Alesha Bishop – Emma Gray Lamont, Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Emily Bernasiewicz, Cecilia Arva, Isabella French
4) Alyssa Passero – Alyssa Nunziato, Bridget D’Orsogna, Taylor Zeller
5) Paige deCastro – Zoe Harrington, Taylor Hooey, Olivia Burling, Blythe Russel, Derek Souvannavong
6) Madeline Feist – Ana Kapassaircs, Phoebe Herrington, Isabella Fortino, Kerry Halpin, Isabella French
7) Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick – Reece Caldwell, Emily Williams
8) Jenna Begon – Kenyatta Brown, Sara Lopez, Jerry Bonkowski, Abbey Richens
9) Megan Millar – Olga Soukov, Rowan Labelle, Martina Levi, Hanna Pople
10) Isabella Fortino – Erica Coccia-Glowacki, Isabella Boaretto
11) Chantal Thibodeau – Daniel Souvannavong, Jessica Gindli, Leslie Woo, Talia Cooper, Emily Duckett, Jerry Bonkowski, Kerry Halpin
12) Jopang Simakajornboon – Alesha Bishop, Olivia Burling, Alyssa Passero

SERIES B
1) Alyssa Nunziato – Emily Weaver, Katherine Romard, Mackenzie Grantham, Allison Kingsbury, Emma Gray Lamont
2) Mackenzie Link – Isabella Boaretto, Celina Ferrar, Hollie Sargeant, Erica Coccia-Glowacki
3) Morgan Stasiewicz – Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Daniel Souvannavong, Bridget D’Orsogna
4) Jaymee Turner – Isabella Fortino, Talia Cooper, Emily Duckett, Mackenzie Grantham, Martina Levi
5) Jordan Gamble – Emma Gray Lamont, Abbey Richens
6) Derek Souvannavong – Jadra Hannam, Paige deCastro, Katherine Romard, Hannah Kimbell, Leslie Woo
7) Hannah Kimbell – Emily Weaver, Teagan Ariss, Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Eliza Pinney, Hannah Raymond, Kerry Halpin
8) Mikayla Alcombrack – Abbey Richens, Mackenzie Grantham, Phoebe Herrington
9) Bridget D’Orsogna – Jadra Hannam, Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick
10) Teagan Ariss – Jenna Begon, Kenyatta Brown, Talia Cooper, Amy Williams
11) Carly MacDougall – Olivia Burling, Petra Bahlman, Emily Duckett
12) Allison Kingsbury – Reece Caldwell, Celina Ferrar, Hollie Sargeant

Admission is $10 for each program.
March 25 – 26, 2020
McLean Performance Studio (244 Accolade East Building)

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Mar
26
Thu
FLUIDØ (2017, 80:00) in conversation with Shu Lea Cheang
Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FLUIDØ (2017, 80:00) in conversation with Shu Lea Cheang
A Co-Presentation with Pleasure Dome and
The Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

FLUIDØ is VIRUS, SEX, HACK, DRUG & CONSPIRACY

Set in the post-AIDS future of 2060, where the Government is the first to declare the era AIDS FREE, mutated AIDS viruses give birth to ZERO GEN – humans that have genetically evolved in a very unique way. These gender fluid ZERO GENs are the bio-drug carriers whose white fluid is the hypernarcotic for the 21st century, taking over the markets of the 20th century white powder high. The ejaculate of these beings is intoxicating and the new form of sexual commodity in the future. The new drug, code named DELTA, diffuses through skin contact and creates an addictive high. A new war on drugs begins and the ZERO GEN are declared illegal. The Government dispatches drug-resistant replicants for round-up arrest missions. When one of these government android’s immunity breaks down and its pleasure centers are activated, the story becomes a tangled multi-thread plot and the ZERO GENs are caught among underground drug lords, glitched super agents, a scheming corporation and a corrupt government. Check yourself in as a fluid junkie for a super hyper viral ride

Script/direction: Shu Lea Cheang
Produced by Shu Lea Cheang, Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion and AMARD BIRD Films.

Cypher punk code hacking data hunting – human body the final frontier.

DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2020
TIME: 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Jackman Hall (AGO 317 Dundas St W, Toronto)
TICKET PRICES: $10 General admission | $5 Members rate or PWYC!
TICKETS: Click here for tickets

For more information please see Pleasure Dome link here
Pleasure Dome Presenting Experimental Media Art Since 1989

Biography
Shu Lea Cheang is an artist, filmmaker, networker working with various art mediums and film formats, including installation, performance, net art, public art, video installation, feature-length film and mobile web serial. As a net art pioneer, her project BRANDON (1998-1999) was the first web art commissioned and collected by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She drafts sci-fi narratives in her film scenario and artwork imagination, crafting her own “science” fiction genre of new queer cinema, terming them eco-cybernoia (FRESH KILL, 1994), sci-fi cyberpunk (I.K.U., 2000), sci-fi cypherpunk (Fluidø, 2017). From homesteading cyberspace in the 90s to her present retreat to post net-crash BioNet zone, Cheang takes on viral love, bio hack in her current cycle of works. In 2019, she presented 3x3x6 at Venice Biennale 2019. Currently she is developing two projects: UNBORN0x9 (a hacking performance) and UKI (an interruptive cinema).
http://mauvaiscontact.info

Shu Lea Cheang is best known for her 2000 cult smash I.K.U. in which sensual cyborgs fuck for information and pleasure. The film, heavily influenced by Blade Runner, is perhaps the first cyperpunk movie to radically explore the possibilities of cybernetic sexualities. The pioneer in the field of media art embraced internet and hacking culture early on, recognizing both its capacity to enslave as well as liberate, mixing that with queer and sexually explicit imagery bringing something new to the cultural landscape. Cheang describes herself as both a “cyberhomesteader” and a “high-tech aborigine” hinting at meta-levels of not only her own life, but the worlds of her films.

Mar
28
Sat
Imagining Differently: Research-Creation Practices In Urgent Times
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm

IMAGINING DIFFERENTLY: RESEARCH-CREATION PRACTICES IN URGENT TIMES

CENTRE FOR IMAGINATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY (CIE) SYMPOSIUM
AND
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN THEATRE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE

MARCH 28 & 29, 2020
207/ 209 / 244 (Accolade East Building)
York University

FREE

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Keynote
WHY RESEARCH-CREATION?
ARTISTIC METHOD AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
University of Alberta

PANELS
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Pedagogies of the futures (Panel 1)

A Thr(3)e Dimensional Text: Playwriting for an Alt-traditional Structure.
Mike Czuba (University of Calgary)

Flipping the Script on Power Dynamics: An Image Theatre workshop for Institutionalized Researchers
Shannon Elizabeth Hughes (York University)

Queer Spawn Kid
Kira Meyers-Guiden (York University)

Learning to Juggle Taught Me How to Learn
Morgan Anderson (York University)

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Methods: Improvisation, Interrogation & Intervention (Panel 2)

Unreliability and Lepidoptera: Adapting Nabokov’s Lolita as a Graphic Novel
Melanie Proulx (Queen’s University)

Univille: A Fairytale in Search of a Question
Marilo Nuñez, Alireza Asgharzadeh, Margaret E. H., Rimah Jabr, Thomas O’Hanley and Marta Shpak (York University)

It Came to Me in a Dream
Nic Cooper and Natalie Bruvels (University of Ottawa)

Considering Emergence and the Choreographic Toolkit
Allison Peacock (Concordia University)

BREAK

2:00 -3:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Performance Ethnography and Future-making (Panel 3)

Interventionist activism and futurity
Jillian Groening (York University)

Design Thinking as a Creative Alternative Methodology in Cultural Studies Research
Amanda Carvalho (University of Winnipeg)

micro-transgressions: temporary agents for change
Marcela Echeverri, Judit Csobod and Stephen Donelly (Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Guelph)

Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Art Practice
Devin West (Queen’s University)

2:00 -3:30 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
More than human socialities (Panel 4)

How am I to listen to you llama?
Jacqueline Sawatzky (York University)

Time Machine: A Cruise into the Future
Tara Gallagher Harris (York University)

Cenotaph For Weird’s Well And T[h]ree Missing Bodies
Julie Dind (Brown University) and Rolf Gerstlauer (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

Poetry and Drama in Ecologically Compromised Times
Sanita Fejzić (Queen’s University)

3:30 -5:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Mapping The Everyday: Borders, Disorders (Panel 5)

The Sound of Contested Places: An Improvisational Performance on Gentrification in Parkdale, Toronto
Jared Epp (Carleton University)

[Un]Being and Time: Transculturalism and Translation in Akram Khan’s Giselle
Alexandra Rego (University of Chicago)

Art as an Imaginative Tool
Mariana Muñoz Gomez (University of Winnipeg)

In the rhythm of creativity: […] prayerful performance?
Myrto Koumarianos (University of Toronto)

INFINI#5
Rimah Jabr (York University)

3:30 -5:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Ethics: Witnessing & Disrupting (Panel 6)

Transnational assemblage and urgent actions: Performance of solidarity
Alireza Gorgani (York University)

INSIDES(S)
Alisha Van Wieren (York University)

Live History and its audiences: diversity encounters the unitary narratives of small public
Rick Cousins (Trent University)

Cam Hunters: Short Video Screening and Talk
Stéfy McKnight and Julia Chan (Queen’s University)

The Somatic Structure of Memory, Sensory Based Creativity and The Exile Experience.
Alejandra Nuñez (York University)

6:00 – 8:00 PM (Performance)
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields
A multimedia ethnographic physical theatre piece based on a short story written by Lynn Hutchinson Lee. Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology.

Location:
McLean Performance Studio
Accolade East Building – Second Floor (Room 244)
York University

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
1:30 -2:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Memory, Colonialism and Power: A performance by Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Arpita Bajpeyi, Danielle Alfaro (York University)

1:30 -3:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Multimodal Interventions, Empowerment and Positionality (Panel 7)

Improving public understanding of and police response to coercive control
Jessica Rose (Bournemouth University)

Creating Care-fully: Fostering radical relatedness and interdependence through performance ethnography by disabled/non-disabled artist
Becky Gold (York University)

Dancing to the Derogatory – Female Hip-Hop Dancers Face the Music
Deanne Kearney (York University)

Ponytail: Examining the social and educational binaries between artists and athletes
Alison Blair (York University)

Revealing Our Unconscious Complicity in Rape Culture
Andrew Houston and Brooke Barnes (University of Guelph)

2:00 -2:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Tale of a Town: An auto-ethnographic performance lecture by Lisa Marie DiLiberto (York University)

3:00 -4:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Roundtable
RESEARCH-CREATION LUNCHTIME WORKSHOP
WITH DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
This informal roundtable is for graduate students working on research-creation. Please come prepared to share your research questions, methods, and any struggles you are facing. We will exchange best practices and insights, and discuss the role of research-creation doctoral projects in the university today. Registration is limited to 12.

Dr. Natalie Loveless – Bio and Keynote Description

Natalie Loveless is an artist and academic located at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, directs the Research-Creation and Social
Justice CoLABoratory, and co-leads the Faculty’s Signature Area in Research-Creation. Her recent books, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation examine debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Loveless is currently working on a book and curatorial project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency and a collaborative interdisciplinary curatorial project, Speculative Energy Futures, as part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF (Canada First Research Excellence Fund).

As an intervention into normative scholarly practice, research-creation has gained increasing visibility and validity over the past decade within the academy. Often mobilizing interdisciplinary and collaborative methods, with one foot – always – firmly grounded in artistic literacies, research-creation asks us to attend, with detail, to the methods we mobilize as well as our modes of output and publication at the level of constitutive form. Paying particular attention to performance-based practices, this talk asks what research-creation methods and
approaches offer climate justice projects in the academy today – a time marked by the need for both urgent action and new attunements to our local ecologies.

Conference convenors
Justine Conte and Rajat Nayyar

Organizing committee
Justine Conte
Rajat Nayyar
Marilo Nuñez
Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Financial and institutional support
Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE)
Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies,
York University

Special thanks to
Alanna Dunlop, Alison Blair, Christina Cicko, Jacquie Lazar, Laura Levin,
Marilo Nuñez, Marlis Schweitzer, Marta Shpak, Mary Pecchia, Prina Pui Ying Wong,
T&PS Graduate Student Association

Contact
conte@yorku.ca
rajatn@yorku.ca

 

 

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…

Multimedia Artist and Writer Lynn Hutchinson Lee’s Short Story Adapted into Ethnographic Physical Theatre Performance and featured at the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) Symposium and the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Conference

On March 28, The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) in partnership with the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digitial Arts and Technology at York University will present the world premiere of the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…, an adaptation of a short story written by Toronto’s Lynn Hutchison Lee, daughter of a Canadian mother and Romanichal (English Romani) father.

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…is inspired by the life of Lynn’s paternal aunt May and takes place during the latter part of the Depression in the Tillsonburg area (Southwestern Ontario). The performance project uses multimodal ethnographic approaches, including physical theatre, film, photography, spoken/written word to tell the story of family, identity and absence. “The story is based on my family’s history; it is the story of my aunt. I wanted to bring life to this young girl, to humanize her. My aunt May was a recluse and she came from a poor, illiterate family who was separated and scattered. There are stereotypes about the Romani people, and I wanted to dispel some of these biases about my father’s people.”

How does one do an ethnography about a non-living person? This is the main question for the creative team of the ethnographic performance, helmed by professor and stage director Magdalena Kazubowski- Houston who has extensive experience working with Romani people in Poland.

Production Synopsis: May climbs onto a roof being tarred by her father and brothers and is enchanted by the sight of two swans on a pond owned by the wealthy tobacco farmer for whom her family works. She is hired as a paid companion for the farmer’s wife, Missus Quince, and is assigned the task of preparing food for the swans. Over the years, May finds comfort in her visions of the two swans on the pond who often ‘visit’ her at night, and eventually becomes a healer of birds.

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Direction: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston and Shawn Kazubowski-Houston
Playwright/Dramaturgy: Lynn Hutchinson Lee
Assistant Direction: Becky Gold
Audiovisual Ethnography: Rajat Nayyar
Ethnographic Photography: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston
Costume Design: Marta Shpak
Performers: Leanne Hoffman, Sadie Wells Liddy

Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Date: March 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: FREE (Those interested are encouraged to RSVP Becky Gold @ blgold@yorku.ca)
Location: McLean Performance Studio, York University Accolade East Building, Room 244, 4700 Keele St.
More Information: www.imaginative-ethnography.com

Artistic Collaborators
Alison Blair – project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Alison is a Toronto-based emerging artist and arts educator currently pursing her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Her arts creation and research interests focus on wellness and embodied educational practices in secondary schools. After graduating from University of Toronto and Sheridan College (Theatre and Drama Studies) in 2012, Alison discovered a love for fitness and the wellness of performers which led her on a path to a career in the fitness industry and ultimately in education. She studied the practice of teaching Drama under Kathleen Gould-Lundy at York University and hopes that through performance creation, she can continue the work she does in classrooms by teaching through movement and the arts.

Becky Gold – assistant director, co-editor, field notes blog
Becky is a community arts facilitator, artist support worker, and emerging scholar currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She holds a BA Honours in Drama and English from Queen’s University and a MA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia. Becky’s research interests include: disability theatre, interdependence and care politics in performance, performance ethnography, and imagining futures of disability through performance.

Leanne Hoffman – performer
Leanne is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Medicine Hat Alberta, she moved to Toronto to attend the theatre program at York University. After completing the acting conservatory program, she currently resides in the city to share in the multitude of opportunities Toronto provides. You can catch Leanne indoors on a rainy day, rereading old favorite books, or listening to music her parents had hoped she’d grow out of.

Lynn Hutchinson Lee – playwright, dramaturgy
Lynn is a multimedia artist from Toronto, Canada and is a co-founder of Red Tree and chirikli collectives. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and Latin America. chirikli’s sound installation Canada Without Shadows was exhibited at Call the Witness, Second Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale; BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania. Five Songs for Daddy, Lynn’s spoken word piece from Canada Without Shadows, was installed at the Art Gallery of York University’s Audio Out, Toronto. Her selected writing is included in The Food of My People (forthcoming, edited by Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey, Exile Editions); CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change(edited by Bruce Meyer, Exile Editions); Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water (Inanna
Publications); Romani Folio (Drunken Boat International Journal of Literature and the Arts), and other publications.

Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston – ethnographic photographer
Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston is an environmental researcher, activist, musician, and a licensed glider pilot. His research interests include classical and jazz performance, old and forgotten instruments, nature conservation, animal rights, and environmental and ethnographic photography. He is currently a student in the BA Honours in Environmental Studies at York.

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, lead ethnographer
Magdalena is an anthropologist, performance theorist, theatre director and playwright. She is Associate Professor of Theatre, and has graduate appointments in Theatre & Performance Studies and Social Anthropology at York University. Her research interests include performance ethnography, ethnographic storytelling, ethnographic (non)fiction, multimodal ethnography, physical and political theatre and performance. She has collaborated on imaginative ethnography projects with Romani people and Nazi-Holocaust survivors in Poland and Canada, and residents from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her book, Staging Strife (2010), was awarded the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Outstanding Qualitative Book Award and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Ann Saddlemyer Book Prize (2011). Her article, “quiet Theatre: The Radical Politics of Silence,” was awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) 2019 Richard Plant Prize, granted annually to the best English-language article on a Canadian theatre or performance topic. She is a Co-Curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE).

Shawn Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, co-editor
Shawn is a thespian, theatre director, playwright, photographer, editor and poet. He has worked as ethnographer and co-artistic director (Teatr Korzenie) on various projects in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Poland. Shawn is also the events and media coordinator at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Rajat Nayyar – co-editor, audiovisual ethnographer and filmmaker
Rajat Nayyar is an anthropologist and a filmmaker with an MA in Audiovisual Ethnography from Tallinn University. His recent film ‘Kashi Labh’ was screened at RAI film festival and numerous other anthropological film festivals and conferences. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, where his focus is on vocal traditions, everyday acts of resistance, collaborative fiction filmmaking and futures anthropology. Rajat is the founder of Espírito Kashi, a project that facilitates performative spaces for rural Indian communities to critically re-imagine folklore, decolonize archives and film futures. He also co-edits the ‘Performance Ethnography’ section of Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, a transnational research-creation network.

Marilo Nuñez – stage manager, project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Marilo Nuñez is a Chilean-Canadian playwright and director. She was the 2018 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist and was recently nominated for the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize. She is the recipient of the prestigious Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction and the Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Scholarship in the Fine Arts among countless other grants and scholarships. Currently a member of Natural Resources, Factory Theatre’s playwright’s unit for established writers, she has been a member of playwright’s units at Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre and Alameda Theatre Company. She was Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre in 2016 and was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies where her research will focus on race and racism in Canadian theatre at York University.

Marta Shpak – performer
Marta is a singer, songwriter and actress. She is an Honoured Artist of Ukraine whose international performances showcase its culture. Marta holds a Master’s Degree in Choreography from the National Academy of Leading Staff of Culture and Art of Ukraine. She has worked as a main soloist for State Ensemble of Song and Dance for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and recorded five musical albums with genres including folk, electro and pop. Marta has also worked as a choreographer and performer for children’s folk-ethnographic group Malenki Boiky, and is currently pursuing an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University.

Sadie Wells Liddy – performer
Sadie is a full-time mover and shaker. When Sadie is not moving and shaking, she is studying at York University pursuing an undergraduate degree in both Devised Theatre and Law & Society. Sadie’s most recent work includes assistant stage managing for Shakespeare in Action’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as performing in York University’s most recent production of Vagina Monologues.

Photos by: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston

Mar
31
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Censorship in the Arts in Canada with Sook Yin Lee
Mar 31 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Censorship in the Arts in Canada with Sook Yin Lee

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents a special presentation with broadcaster, director, actress and writer Sook Yin Lee on censorship in the arts in Canada.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Apr
4
Sat
Dispersion Relation X…where X = you (Virtual Event)
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dispersion Relation X…where X = you

Dispersion specializes in carving out a virtual space of community, allowing for remote connections of listening and sounding.
To this end, the Dispersion Relation series continues over the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Doug Van Nort will perform each week on Zoom. Please join him and fellow collaborators for a truly unique musical experience.

Event Information
Saturday, April 4, 2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
Zoom Event Link

The April 4th performance will feature:
Alex Ring – Violin
Maurice Rickard – Guitar + Max/MSP
Erin Corbett – modular synths

 

Apr
6
Mon
The Llandovery Castle: Watch Now on YouTube
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm

THE LLANDOVERY CASTLE
Watch now on YouTube

Watch the first fully-staged production of The Llandovery Castle on YouTube.

The opera brings to life an important an important but little-known part of Canadian history. It is a beautifully-expressed tribute to Canadian nurses in particular, and healers in general who for millennia have put themselves in harm’s way to serve their communities and humankind.

Grab your favourite snacks, find a comfy seat, and get ready to experience York University Department of Music Professor, Stephanie Martin & York University Alumni, Paul Ciufo’s joyous and inspiring music drama.

EVENT INFORMATION
THE LLANDOVERY CASTLE
YouTube Event Link

ABOUT
The opera centres on the 14 nurses of the hospital ship Llandovery Castle who served in harrowing circumstances throughout the war, their care and compassion contrasting with the chaos and violence surrounding them.

With music by Stephanie Martin and libretto by Paul Ciufo, the opera spotlights in particular the lives of Minnie ‘Kate’ Gallaher and Rena ‘Bird’ McLean, the latter traumatized by earlier battlefield-area nursing, and her quest to prove herself ready to return to the Front. Bird seeks to convince her superior, Matron Margaret ‘Pearl’ Fraser, that she is strong enough to serve close to the action once more, little imagining the fatal turn their assignment would take.

The music of The Llandovery Castle skirts boundaries of genre and style. Scored for a sonorous classical chamber orchestra and nine singers, it has been described as “a modern flirtation between baroque, classical, traditional and popular genres.” Composer Stephanie Martin describes this operatic style as “21st-century bel canto”, focused on the narrative and expressive power of the human voice.

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