York University Department of Visual Arts and Art History
Senior Studio Exhibition
‘Noise’ is an exhibition of work by the two senior studio classes, Installation & Painting, in the Department of Visual Art & Art History, York University. Bringing together the work of about fifty students who work in a diversity of contemporary styles & media, the exhibition is both a culmination of their BFA and a launching pad to their futures.
Date: March 6-14, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2:00-5:00pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm
Address: 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Gallery 1313 website: g1313.org
Gallery 1313 phone: 416-536-6778
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!
FACTT 2020: FESTIVAL of ART AND SCIENCE Exhibition
featuring invited artists and AMPD student works
Monday, March 9th – Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Gales Gallery (Accolade West Room 105)
Exhibition Opening: March 9th from 5:00-6:00pm
Don’t miss the 2020 Festival of Art and Science Exhibition – (BE) Coming An Exhibition of Experimental Contemporary Art, co-sponsored by Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, ArtSci Salon and The Fields Institute at the University of Toronto. The exhibition features the work of both invited artists and AMPD students. All are welcome to attend the exhibition opening which will take place on March 9th from 6:00-7:30pm in the Gales Gallery at York University.
About FACTT 2020
FACTT 2020 – (BE) COMING An Exhibition of Experimental Contemporary Art is about the impermanence of becoming permanent. A transformation is an extreme, radical change. The unavoidability of changes is a constant process we have throughout our lives. We may not always be aware of it, and often just spend so much energy avoiding this “law of nature” that we forget it exists and thrives for stability. (BE) COMING is an exhibition about change, the impossibility of not changing, the perpetual impermanence and the process of becoming. As we become aware of the need to change in our world, in our planet and our lives, it feels necessary to remember that life is a dynamic process. Life is a consistent process of transformation and adaptation. Art, more than any other human endeavour, is a reflection of this aspect of life and therefore the best way to remember the process of being something different, something else, something more, or something less, while becoming ourselves.
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.
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes
Wednesday, March 11 | 11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor GCFA (Room M333)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Due to unforeseen circumstances the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes has been cancelled.*
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.
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.
The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email email@example.com.
*This event has been postponed*
Please join us for the Sensorium Writing Group Wednesday, March 11th from 1:30-4:30pm. Organized to facilitate productive writing sessions within a supportive and accountable work environment, all Sensorium Writing Groups are open to all graduate students on a drop-in basis.
For more information about the Sensorium Writing Groups please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sensorium Research Loft is located on the 4th floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts. The Loft is wheelchair accessible, for full access details please email email@example.com.
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.
The York University Chamber Choir
John Holland, Interim Conductor
Join the York University Chamber Choirs as they perform works by Mozart, Dvořák, Loomer and Zelenka.
Ticket Admission:$15 adults | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888
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)
Maps and Directions
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)
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
- 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)
- a piece of your own dramatic writing
- a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
- a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
- a comedy routine
- a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
- a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)
Make an oral presentation about one of the following:
- your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
- your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
- your involvement in a community event or project
- your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
- a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
- an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
- 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.
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.
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
All Other Performances:
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.
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!
The Incubator Project
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.