The Department of Dance presents the DIP – Dance Independent Project – Choreographing Indigeneity
Choreographing Indigeneity explores issues of identity and place through dance with faculty, alumni and graduate students. The event will showcase performances, exhibits and presentations featuring Aria Evans, Syreeta Hector, Troy Twigg and Dance Collection Danse.
Curator: Susan Cash
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez
Presentations: 10:00 -11:45 a.m., 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Open to the public: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: McLean Performance Studio, 244 Accolade East Building
Maps & Directions
[caption id="attachment_101732" align="aligncenter" width="600"] My Body by Deana Gisborne (2019), 43’ x 39.5’, Graphite on Paper[/caption]
The State of Not Knowing is an exhibition works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo (print media) and Deanna Gisborne (painting & drawing).
Artist statement: Ultimately, a search for our complicated identities is at the heart of our work, whether this is manifested by obscuring the body, multiplying form, collapsing into a writhing vortex or creating dream-like worlds where animals and humans intersect. We try to reconcile contradictions in ourselves, made possible through the unbounded language of art. All of this probing of the self-conscious mind is expressed in bodies, trying from all angles to reach that same conclusion and achieve resolution: Who am I, and how can I grasp this ever-evolving self? This question is, of course, unanswerable, but we continue this cycle indefinitely, because we are human, and we are curious.
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm
[caption id="attachment_101733" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28”[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_99589" align="alignright" width="263"] The Ashley Plays. Photo: Judith Rudakoff[/caption]
The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.
Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,
The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre. Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.
While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.
[caption id="attachment_101740" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft[/caption]
Lifelines (Hilda) is a solo sculpture and time based art installation by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford focused on the theme of lamentation and mourning of someone who is no longer present.
Artist statement: The exhibition will focus around ideas of life, death, loss, and remembrance, interplaying with one another. 87 knitted tubes in neutral colours will be suspended within the gallery space, arranged to create guided pathways and a knitted canvass for video projection.
The installation will be curated in order to showcase a metaphorical image of the lifelines of a particular life; that of a woman named Hilda, whom the footage collected belonged to. 87 knitted tubes will be used within the installation showcasing the number of years Hilda lived until she passed away on January 6th, 2019. The video shows Hilda and her family throughout several years of their lives and will be played on loop throughout the exhibition. A slight distortion will be used in order to hide or blur certain images within the video frame, as well as the projection onto the knitwork will add its own distortion. This is meant to symbolize the memories we don’t always get to keep with us, even when someone has left us. As one of Hilda’s favourite pastimes and a skill that she passed onto the next generation of her family, the knitwork could not more perfectly summarize the complicated, yet beautiful framework of a life. In this installation we experience the feelings of remembrance and loss and face the concepts of life and death as we witness the lifelines of somebody who is no longer with us through the process of lamenting. It opens the possibility for reflection and the ability to express gratitude towards such a life.
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm
Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Department of Dance presents
Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery
Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery features the concise creations of 25 fourth year BFA choreographers performed by students engaged in all levels of York’s programs in Dance. Students and faculty involved in creation, performance, lighting design and production collaborate in the successful realization of Dance Innovations. Series A of the two series program comprises a new creation by Assistant Professor and intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson for York’s third year Performance class. In harmony with the themes explored elsewhere in the Department’s 2019/20 events, performances and workshops – issues of identity, navigation and acknowledgment – our show title celebrates the certainty that curiosity, open ness and creative engagement lead to imminent and ongoing discovery and transformation.
Artistic Director: Julia Sasso for 4th year choreography course
Director: Freya Björg Olafson for 3rd year Performance course
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez
PERFORMANCES Nov 20-22
Series A – 7:00 pm
Series B – 8:30 pm
Advanced tickets: $12
After November 20: $18
Box Office: 416. 736.5888 | ampd.yorku.ca/boxoffice
The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.
The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.
Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors
Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888
Want to study music at York?
Our Music Audition Prep Workshop is for you!
In this 90-minute session, you will:
- learn how to prepare for all the elements of our music audition: sight reading, performance and interview
- get tips on how to choose your audition pieces
- find out more about our music program and admission process
You’ll also have the opportunity to:
- chat with professors
- meet current students in the program
- enjoy live performances by our faculty members
Following the workshop, take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available to York music students. Check out the classrooms, studios, labs, informal study spaces and concert venues where you’ll learn, compose, conduct research, rehearse and perform as a music student at York.
Bring your questions! Friends and family are welcome.
Admission to the Music Audition Prep Workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Reserve your spot now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know how many people will be in your party.
We look forward to meeting you!
DAVE DOUGLAS : 2020 OSCAR PETERSON JAZZ ARTIST- IN-RESIDENCE
Award winning trumpeter and composer, Dave Douglas, is the Department of Music’s 2020 Oscar Peterson Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will deliver masterclasses for instrumentalists as well as coach small jazz ensembles.
This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear Douglas in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. Admission is free.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.
His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two Grammy Award nominations. Douglas’ career spans more than 50 unique original recordings as a leader and more than 500 published works. His current ensembles include: Dave Douglas Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; UPLIFT, a sextet including bassist Bill Laswell; Present Joys, a longstanding duo with pianist Uri Caine which recently added Andrew Cyrille as third member for a 2019 recording; High Risk, an electronic ensemble with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron, and Ian Chang; and the latest project, ENGAGE, a sextet with Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Anna Webber, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile. Douglas is often engaged in special projects which include big bands, tributes, and multi-trumpet ensembles, such as Dizzy Atmosphere.
As a composer, Douglas has received commissions from a variety of organizations including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Essen Philharmonie, The Library of Congress, Stanford University and most recently, Monash Art Ensemble, which premiered his chamber orchestra piece Fabliaux in March 2014. He is currently completing a new work for the chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, which will premiere in May 2019.
Douglas has held several posts as an educator and programmer. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and president of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2017. He is currently on the faculty at the Mannes School of Music and is a Guest Coach for the Juilliard Jazz Composer’s Ensemble. In 2016, he accepted a three-year appointment as the Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival.
In 2005 Douglas founded Greenleaf Music, an umbrella company for his recordings, sheet music, podcast, as well as the music of other artists in the modern jazz idiom. Greenleaf Music has produced over 70 releases and will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2020.
“Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.”
– Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat
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
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.
Join us at Winters College from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 for Mental Health Week! Feeling overwhelmed? Come plant succulents with us. Need an excuse to move your body? Join us for some mindful belly dancing. We have multiple events throughout the week to relax, recharge and re-energize.
Winters College understands how stressful and overwhelming this time of year is – but we got you. Have a hot chocolate and add to our Journeys of Resilience Mural available in the JCR all week long for anyone to share their story.
Come self-care with us!
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.
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
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
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)
The Department of Dance presents
Dance Innovations 2020: Detail and Distance –
Extraordinary works for extraordinary times.
Series A: Detail
November 25th at 7:00pm LINK
Features new choreographic works from fourth year students.
Series B: Distance
November 26th at 7:00pm LINK
Features new choreographic works from fourth year students.
Series C: Distant Measures
November 27th at 7:00pm LINK
Features third year performance students and the York Dance Ensemble.
Each series will premiere on their respective date shown above and will be available to watch on demand till Friday, December 11, 2020.
Artistic Director: Susan Lee
Course Director: Modesto Amegago
Guest Artist: Don Sinclair
Check out the promo reel for this event here.