Events

Feb
3
Mon
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

 

Exhibition features works by :

Garnet Hertz, Mark-David Hosale, Evan Light, Lorena Salome, Robert Towmey and more.

house machine

Feb
4
Tue
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Symposium
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

Panel 1 – Between Disruption and Inclusion: an Internet of Difference
Jutta Treviranus , Garnet Hertz, Evan Light, Robert Twomey
Discussant: Lorena Salome

Panel 2 – Assistive and Sustainable Design

Deborah Fels, Shital Desai, Lauren Sergio and Joel Ong
Discussant: TBC

 

Feb
5
Wed
Artist Talk with Miwa Matreyek
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk with Miwa Matreyek

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00-8:00pm
Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor CFA, Room M333)
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca

Please join us Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Sensorium Research Loft for an artist talk with interdisciplinary performer, Miwa Matreyek who will discuss her creation process, upcoming works and collaborations with Cloud Eye Control.

About Miwa Matreyek

Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross-section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her work exists both at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She travels as a one-woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops.

She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, and tech conferences. A few past presenters include TED, MOMA, Lincoln Center, Sundance New Frontier, Future of Storytelling conference, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Houston Cinematic Arts Festival, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and many more. She has also performed at many universities, including Texas A&M, Boston University, USC, UC San Diego, University of Michigan, Western Carolina University, University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, University of Hawaii in Hilo, and more.

She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007. She is also a co-founder and core-collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.

Upcoming performances include This World Made Itself & Infinitely Yours, presented February 6-7 in Toronto as part of the 2020 Progress Festival.

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The Sensorium Research Loft and Sensorium Flex Space are wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

Feb
11
Tue
playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development

Created and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre.
Now in its 28th season, this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, highly original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers.

In keeping with the true spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset.

playGround runs in two series

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:00 p.m. (Closing)

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 12, 1:00 pm (Opening)
Thurs. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm (Closing)

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Directions

Feb
13
Thu
INTERCUT 2020: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm

INTERCUT 2020: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays

An evening of staged readings of original screenplays by AMPD’s very own!

Undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts’ (cut production, only ) Screenwriting programs were invited to submit short screenplays or fully realized scenes. Selected scripts were chosen for revision with story editors and workshopping with actors from the Department of Theatre.

In a spirit of feedback and dialogue, the results will be presented in this live performance of short scripts and scenes. The readings will be followed by a Q & A with the screenwriters.

Intercut is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Presented by Winters College in collaboration with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts and Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

 

 

Feb
26
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft
4th Floor CFA, Room M333
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca 

Please join us for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Cinema and Media Arts PhD Candidate and Sensorium Graduate Research Associate, Alison Humphrey!

Alison Humphrey plays with story across drama, digital media, and education. As a Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Arts at York University, her research-creation doctoral dissertation explores how a participatory science fiction storyworld, Shadowpox, can help young people build scientific, civic and media literacy by exploring immunization and vaccine hesitancy through a superhero metaphor.

The project’s first phase, full-body videogame, debuted during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where The Lancet called it “one of the most powerful and playful ways to illustrate both the individual and population-level implications of community immunity.” The second phase is a networked superhero narrative, The Cytokine Storm, co-created with young artists on three continents.

The third phase adapts this narrative into a Scalar-based online platform for a “courseplay”, a hybrid undergraduate seminar that weaves academic study with dramatic composition and digital production. Science & Fiction: Imagining Immunity in an Immersive Storyworld takes a new approach to the concept of experiential education: action refraction, where students use metaphoric world-building and digitally augmented role-play to explore one of the thorniest political dilemmas of public health: voluntary participation in the collective good.

For more, please see www.alisonhumphrey.com and www.shadowpox.org.

About the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series

The Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event which aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This casual, lunch time seminar series will host a variety of graduate student presentations, faculty presentations and pitch sessions, open luncheons, topical discussions, invited speakers and external associations or organizations looking to interface with our community and share their work.
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The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
10
Tue
Devised Theatre Festival 2020
Mar 10 – Mar 14 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival 2020
March 10 – 14, 2020

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three captivating new productions, each conceived, created, produced, and performed by fourth year Devised Theatre students in the Performance, Creation, and Research stream in York University’s Theatre program.

This year, the theme for the Devised Theatre Festival is: Escapism in the age of the Experience Culture, wherein we ask questions about how we try to escape, why we might feel the need to escape, and why this desire to escape may be problematic.

The three shows featured in this year’s festival are: Auto-nomy, a seductive physical theatre piece about companion robots who gain sentience, by The Vector Regime; Five, an intermedial physical theatre piece about four young women who are trapped inside a video game, by Mind Yo’ Business Productions; and Goodnight, Sunny, a magic realism piece about two siblings, Jonathan and Jamie, who go on one final adventure with their imaginary friend, Sunny.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

Tuesday, March 10th: Company A: The Vector Regime (7:00pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (8:30pm)

Wednesday, March 11th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (7:00pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (8:30pm)

Thursday, March 12th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (7:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (8:30pm)

Friday, March 13th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (6pm)

Saturday, March 14th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (6pm)

Venue:  207 Accolade East Building | York University Keele Campus

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10 (cash only please)

For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.

 

Mar
14
Sat
Audition in Regina for York U
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

Two actors in renaissance garb stare at eachother onstage.

Canada’s most comprehensive theatre program is coming to you!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an out-of-province audition with our faculty.

To audition you must first apply to York University. Admission to the program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Theatre. Therefore, the application to the Theatre program is a two-step process.

Step 1: Apply to York University

It’s not too late to apply! You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Do you have concerns about your eligibility?  Check out our Academic Requirements and select your academic history.

Step 2: Audition in Regina

Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the Audition/Evaluation and Questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.

The questionnaire, letter of recommendation and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.

A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire, then you will be able to book your audition.  The location details for our Regina audition will be made available in the drop-down menu on our booking page after you have paid your evaluation fee.

What to prepare:

i. Presentation

Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program.

For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to perform or present memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please be prepared to receive redirection; it is our way of seeing if you can play. Please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material.

Applicants should come prepared to perform one of the following:

  1. a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
  2. a piece of your own dramatic writing
  3. a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
  4. a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
  5. a comedy routine
  6. a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
  7. a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)

OR

Make an oral presentation about one of the following:

  1. your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
  2. your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
  3. your involvement in a community event or project
  4. your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
  5. a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
  6. an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
  7. a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen

ii. Personal Interview

Your 5 minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have for us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.

iii. Writing Exercise

You’ll be asked one question about plays you’ve seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.

If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may also see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.


If you find you’re unable to attend this audition, we also accept submissions online.  For more information about how to submit online, please visit our How To Apply page under “Step 2”.

Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We look forward to meeting you.

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!
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
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.

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