Events

May
2
Sat
Dispersion Relation X (Virtual Event)
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dispersion Relation X

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, May 2, 2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
Zoom Event Link
Password: 237478

The May 2nd performance will feature:
Viv Corringham – Voice
Rory Hoy – Processed Bass, drums
Danny Sheahan – Voice
Matt Wellins – Laptop
Doug Van nort – greis/electronics

 

May
21
Thu
All about AMPD!
May 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn all about AMPD! Join us for a one-hour interactive presentation about the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Discover what makes AMPD the most comprehensive arts school in Canada. This webinar is designed for those of you who are still deciding your plans for fall, as well as those of you who already know you’ll be joining us at York. You’ll be able to talk with the Dean of AMPD, hear about first year and the various ways you can get involved, and get your questions answered by current AMPD students.
We look forward to seeing you at our virtual event!

All about AMPD!
Thursday May 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Register here!

If you are unable to attend live, the webinar will also be recorded and posted at a later date. All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording post-event.

AMPD: Ranked #2 in Ontario for Art, Performing Arts & Design in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

May
28
Thu
Sensorium Virtual Salon: Shaping the Future through Stories of the Now
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sensorium Virtual Salon: Shaping the Future through Stories of the Now @ Zoom

Join us May 28th as we continue our conversation around COVID-19’s reach into our social, cultural and personal lives.

Stories have a real function in shaping our collective imagination – the central mythology in today’s crisis being that of isolation and self-surveillance, but also of resilience and community. These stories urge us to consider our vulnerabilities today as catalysts for how we will shape the future of coexistence in an increasingly ‘woke’ world of hybridized technoscience, social justice and citizen agency.  More than ever, we rely on stories to inform us about the world around us, but we also need them to speculate and to create a new scenography for the future.

In this virtual salon, let’s share stories from our families and homes around the world, and discuss through informal presentations of interdisciplinary research, performance-creation, field work etc. our experiences and thoughts when “life takes control”.

For those interested in presenting at the salon, please email Centre Coorindator Alanna Dunlop at amdunlop@yorku.ca

To RSVP, email sensinfo@yorku.ca – Zoom event link and password will be provided to those to RSVP.

 

Image: STILL LIFE WITH STEM CELLS, 2002, Patricia Piccinini, Silicone, polyurethane, human hair, clothing, carpet
Jun
4
Thu
Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Kickof
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Kickoff

Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers

ToasterLab presents a Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Kickoff livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 4 June 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Livestream: https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-toasterlab-mixed-reality-performance-hack-tmorph-kickoff

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Starting in July 2019, every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board, made up of leading artists and technologists working extended reality. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

The third gathering of the Atelier was planned in partnership with FoldA to integrate with this year’s program and included a hackathon to rapidly ideate solutions to some of the hard problems Toasterlab had found at the midway point of the Atelier project. With FoldA going fully online due to COVID19, so goes the Hack.

Now spread over a week to allow for flexible distance participation, the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) invites a small but diverse group of artists and technologists to break ideas and explore how to engage with mixed reality performance in remote and low-bandwidth environments.

We will partner with Nakai Theatre of White Horse to explore ways in which these new immersive technologies, which have benefited from ubiquitous connectivity in our populations centres, find themselves going down trails less travelled and where connectivity is not a given. How does this key piece of accessibility change how we think about the dramaturgy of hybrid virtual/carbon space performances? From background content packaging to 5G drones to shows with performers distributed across the globe who are stuck at home, teams will imagine future solutions beyond social distances.

In this first tMoRPH event, Toasterlab will tap into its network of partners and attendees to previous events to join the Hack, an experiment in distance collaboration all on its own. Join the crew to be introduced to the ideas which participants will pursue over the following few days before presenting proposed novel solutions on Friday 19 June 2020.

There will be a number of ways to follow their progress throughout the week, including a very special presentation of Atelier Boosted project, I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

 

PRODUCED WITH
Toasterlab
Canada Council for the Arts

Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Atelier AGM
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Atelier AGM

Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers

ToasterLab presents a Mixed Reality Performance Atelier AGM livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 4 June 2020 at 9 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 19:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Livestream: https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-toasterlab-mixed-reality-performance-atelier-agm

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Starting in July 2019, every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board, made up of leading artists and technologists working extended reality. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

The third gathering of the Atelier was planned in partnership with FoldA to integrate with this year’s program. With FoldA going fully online due to COVID19, so goes the Toasterlab AGM. In this hour-long session, the MRPA Advisory Board will share updates to recent projects, and talk about the opportunities and challenges faced by engaging in the necessary adaptation to the current realities of producing performance when we can’t gather.

Projects featured at this gathering will include:

The use of accessible motion capture for Oh, What a Lovely War at Hart House

Update to the TailOff project with Swim Pony Performing Arts

What happens when you can’t get there: Parkway Forest 2 and The Right Way with DLT

Work on I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace

This session will also introduce Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Hackathon (We’re thinking of calling it tMoRPH), June 13 – 19, which will focus on questions surrounding the delivery of immersive performance content in remote and low-bandwidth conditions and will include a live presentation of I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace on June 18.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

 

PRODUCED WITH
Toasterlab
Festival of Live Digital Art
Canada Council for the Arts

Jun
10
Wed
Department of Theatre: Class of 2020 Gradzoomation Celebration
Jun 10 @ 11:30 am – Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm

Department of Theatre
presents
Class of 2020
Gradzoomation Celebration

The Class of 2020 Gradzoomation Celebration is now available on YouTube.
YouTube: http://youtu.be/7MTW7FdyNeA

Jun
18
Thu
Toasterlab presents Livestreaming I.F.: Indigenous Futurities: Dancing Earth in CyberSpace
Jun 18 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Livestreaming I.F.: Indigenous Futurities: Dancing Earth in CyberSpace
Collaborating artist visionaries reveal cyberspace as a realm of ritual, to reimagine the future

Toasterlab presents I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 3:30 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-10) / 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-6) / Friday 19 June at 10:30 JST (Tokyo, UTC+9) / 13:30 NZST (Wellington, UTC+12).

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 9:30PM
Link: https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-if-indigenous-futurities-dancing-earth-cyberspace

Collaborating artist visionaries reveal cyberspace as a realm of ritual, to reimagine the future from the brink of collapse of the dominant system and re-emergence of Indigenous cosmologies. Technology is reclaimed to affirm connections between distant places and times. At a time of DisDancing: what is the message from human-to-human; what is the sacred invisible web that connects us? We reach into the constellations to remember ancestral stories of creation after destruction, to guide us forward.

EXPLORING THE QUESTIONS
1. Ritual – to reimagine the future that we are stepping into , and what are are the superhero powers/innate purposes in life/guiding philosophies that we are conjuring and embodying to get there
2. ReCreation post apocalypse: what are our creation stories that can teach us about resilience in the remaking of the world
3. What is the Message from Humans to Earth of Love in a Time of Corona?
4. During these dark times, what is the light that each of us carries, as constellations?
5. at a time of DisDancing : what is the message from human-to-human; what is the sacred invisible web that connects us?
6. Can intuition, imagination, and Indigenous science that parallels quantum theory, bring us together over vast distances of places, time , difference to meet in the spaces between – the connective tissue, the flow, the infinite, liminal space, the life force energy we all share?

ARTISTS
Tisina Parker : Social Impact Producer
Rulan Tangen : Director/Choreographer in collaboration with artists
QVLN : Music Director

Multi Artist Dancers/Vocalists/Speakers/ Cultural Collaborators:
Jade Whaanga
Eugene “Trey” Pickett III
Dakota Alcantara-Camacho
Lumhe Micco Sampson

Organization website and social media channels:
dancingearth.org
Facebook.com/DancingEarthCreations
Instagram.com/dancing.earth/

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

 

 

SPONSORS

Jun
19
Fri
Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Final Presentations
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Livestreaming the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Final Presentations

Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers

ToasterLab presents a Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) Final Presentations livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 19 June 2020 at 9 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 19:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Date: June 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Livestream:https://howlround.com/happenings/livestreaming-toasterlab-mixed-reality-performance-hack-tmorph-final-presentations

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Starting in July 2019, every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board, made up of leading artists and technologists working extended reality. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

The third gathering of the Atelier was planned in partnership with FoldA to integrate with this year’s program and included a hackathon to rapidly ideate solutions to some of the hard problems Toasterlab had found at the midway point of the Atelier project. With FoldA going fully online due to COVID19, so goes the Hack.

Now spread over a week to allow for flexible distance participation, the Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hack (tMoRPH) invites a small but diverse group of artists and technologists to break ideas and explore how to engage with mixed reality performance in remote and low-bandwidth environments.

We will partner with Nakai Theatre of White Horse to explore ways in which these new immersive technologies, which have benefited from ubiquitous connectivity in our populations centres, find themselves going down trails less travelled and where connectivity is not a given. How does this key piece of accessibility change how we think about the dramaturgy of hybrid virtual/carbon space performances? From background content packaging to 5G drones to shows with performers distributed across the globe who are stuck at home, teams will imagine future solutions beyond social distances.

Join the crew on Saturday 13 June to be introduced to the ideas which participants will pursue before presenting proposed novel solutions. There will be a number of ways to follow their progress throughout the week, including a very special presentation of Atelier Boosted project, I.F. : Indigenous Futurities : Dancing Earth in CyberSpace on Thursday 18 June.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

 

PRODUCED WITH
Toasterlab
Canada Council for the Arts

Jun
20
Sat
Toasterlab: Mixed Reality Performance Symposium At York
Jun 20 – Aug 30 all-day

Image of a woman holding a virtual reality headset with her left hand. Behind her are two tall condominiums and between them stands a tall, multicolour poll.

Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York

If you were unable to attend the November 5, 2019 Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Symposium at York University you can now view recordings of live webcast presentations and panel discussions here.

The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre.

Projects include: 

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

Toasterlab creates place-based extended reality experiences that promote deeper engagement with history, community, and imagination. Toasterlab combines expertise in storytelling, theatrical and media production, and the development of new technology to produce both original work and partnerships. Our work ranges from live site-specific live performance to bespoke mobile applications and VR films, and often combines a variety of approaches to collapse time and space for the delivery of impactful narratives. From the largest festivals to community youth workshops, we build accessible ways to understand places in whole new ways.

Sponsored/Supported by: 

Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Canada Council for the Arts

Jul
9
Thu
Toronto-Based Theatre Companies’ Transition from Blackout to Rebirth
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Toronto-based Theatre Companies’ Transition from Blackout to Rebirth:
A panel discussion with Native Earth Performing Arts and Tapestry Opera

DATE: Thursday, July 9th, 2020
TIME: 10:30AM – 12:00PM EST
ZOOM LINK: TBD
EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION

The impact of the novel coronavirus is still deeply felt throughout the world as we continue our fight to keep individuals and organizations alive. Theatres still remain closed, yet professional performance companies have been striving to find ways to recover revenue loss whilst navigating new sustainable models of operation and programming. Throughout these past few months of fear and isolation, the irrefutable importance of art has become even more evident, but what lies ahead for theatrical venues and performance companies in a rapidly changing world weathering a pandemic?

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on how arts organizations such as Native Earth Performing Arts and Tapestry Opera are moving forward during an ongoing health crisis. Filmmaker and York University professor Brenda Longfellow will be in conversation with Native Earth’s Artistic Director Keith Barker and Tapestry Opera’s executive team Michael Mori and Jaime Martino to discuss their endeavors in raising funds for artists and transitioning to digital platforms.

Panelists:

Keith Barker – Artistic Director, Native Earth Performing Arts
Keith is a Métis playwright, actor, and theatre director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts. He was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 2018 for his play, This Is How We Got Here. Keith received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play, The Hours That Remain. Prior to taking the job at Native Earth, Keith served as a Theatre Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jaime Martino – Executive Director, Tapestry Opera
Jaime is an award-winning choreographer and a lifelong contributor to the arts and social justice who creates art that challenges narratives and centers queer voices. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in New Zealand, she co-founded the Aha Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company dedicated to exploring gender and movement through a queer feminist lens. Now in her fourth season with Tapestry, Jaime has helped to more than double the annual operating budget, launch two national initiatives, and produce some of the largest shows produced by the organization since 2001.

Michael Hidetoshi Mori – Artistic and General Director, Tapestry Opera
An award-winning Canadian/American stage director, and the General Director of Tapestry Opera, Michael is frequently sought as a director, dramaturge, producer, and speaker. Michael’s leadership at Tapestry Opera has led to the Globe and Mail naming Tapestry as the “Leader of the Canadian opera pack” (2019). Recent directing credits include TAP:EX Augmented Opera with Tapestry Opera, Mada’ookii Songlines for The Luminato Festival, and Shanawdithit which he co-directed for Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon.

Moderator:

Brenda Longfellow – Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies, York University
Film practitioner and scholar Brenda Longfellow has published articles on documentary, feminist film theory and Canadian cinema in Public, CineTracts, Screen, and the Journal of Canadian Film Studies. She is a co-editor (with Scott MacKenzie and Tom Waugh) of the anthology The Perils of Pedagogy: the Works of John Greyson (2013) and Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers (1992). She recently launched the SSHRC-funded interactive web documentary OFFSHORE, co-directed with Glen Richards and Helios Design Lab.

Jul
10
Fri
York Cinema and Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

York Cinema and Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest

York Cinema & Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest, a showcase of film and video works created during lockdown by York grads, undergrads, and alumni.

This selection of films will be available to view from July 9-11, 2020. We invite you to watch it together with us on the evening of Friday, July 10, and join us for a Q&A with the filmmakers on Zoom afterwards.

This screening will feature works from York MFA students Samuel Kiehoon Lee, JL Whitecrow, Shabnam Sukhdev, and Xin Liu and York Alumni Ingrid Veninger and Jorge Lozano.

Film and Zoom links will be provided once you have registered for the event.

DATE: Friday, July 10, 2020
TIME: 7:00 PM
REGISTRATION: Eventbrite
FREE

Please follow their Facebook event page for updates.

This is the first of three screenings, with the next two screenings taking place on July 31 and August 21.

York students and alumni are invited to submit your work by emailing yorklockdownfilms@gmail.com

 

 

Department of Theatre presents Solstice Cabaret
Jul 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SOLSTICE CABARET

Please join us for a night filled with poetry, song and theatre featuring professional artists performing alongside emerging artists from York University. This event will be streamed on YouTube Live for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Those who register will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to the stream.

DATE: Friday, July 10, 2020
TIME: 8:00 PM
COST: This is a Pay What You Can Event. For more information please visit Eventbrite.

Featuring Performances by:
EMMA FERREIRA
RYAN MCELTON MERCURY
DAJ THE ARTIST
JESSICA PASIA
BRIANNA CORONA
STACEY RENEE
ARIELLA AMARETTO
IVORY

Video Design by NATHAN BRUCE

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Jul
16
Thu
Sensorium Virtual Salon : Hybrid
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sensorium Virtual Salon : Hybrid

Sensorium Virtual Salon : Hybrid

Thursday, July 16th | 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Zoom TBC

 

featuring presentations by:
Aftab Mirzaei (STS)
Debashis Sinha (Department of Theatre)
Magda Kazubowski-Houston (Department of Theatre, Centre for Imaginative Ethnography)
Mark-David Hosale (Department of Computational Arts, 
n-D::StudioLab)

To RSVP, email sensinfo@yorku.ca for Zoom event link and password details. 

Join us this July as we continue our conversation around COVID-19’s reach into our social, cultural and personal lives.

At the moment of writing, Ontario is in Stage 2 of its reopening plan, and here at York, we are looking to reopen even more aspects of the research and academic community in preparations for Fall term.  As we move closer to a new ‘normal’, what are the vestiges, lessons and affordances of virtuality and its technologies that linger on with us, and how might these forever alter our interpersonal interactions, trust and intimacy.  In the face of such unprecedented change in our technological and social fabric, what use is technology in mediating age-old questions of the self, community and the public?  How do we resume our daily activities within such unstable/meta-stable dualities of milieu and individual; work and leisure; office and home?

In this virtual salon, we will continue to hear from faculty and students about their research and stories around these questions, and through a virtual medium that continual challenges us to perform such hybridities between technology and the self.

All members of the Sensorium and AMPD community are welcome to attend.

To RSVP, email sensinfo@yorku.ca for Zoom event link and password details. 

Jul
20
Mon
Theatre Devising Starter Kit: Tools to Create from Scratch
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm

The “Theatre Devising Starter Kit” will offer a series of FREE online lessons, workshop activities, collaborative opportunities, and feedback sessions for high school students interested in learning how to devise original theatre pieces from scratch. This 2 week, six session online course is aimed at students in grade 11-12 or 1st/2nd year post-secondary students interested in creating their own performance based work from scratch. Student will learn new lessons/activities each day led by professional artist educators, Aaron Jan, Lucy Powis, Luke Reece, & Autumn Smith. See full bios below.

Dates: July 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom (Zoom details to be sent to those who Sign Up using the link below)
Interested students can sign up via SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054DA9AA22A2F58-theatre
Contact: autumndmsmith@hotmail.com for more info

 

Guest Artist Biographies
Aaron Jan
Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born playwright, director and dramaturg. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, the Stratford Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose production of Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold-out run as a part of Soulpepper’s 2018/2019 season. Aaron is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing award and has served as TAC theatre projects juror, a TAC Arts in Parks juror, an RGTC Juror with Cahoots theatre as well as an OAC Chalmers Fellowship Juror.

Lucy Powis
Lucy Powis graduated from York University’s theatre program with specializations in devised theatre and dramaturgy. While living in Toronto, she worked in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s education department and on productions with Theatre Asylum, Theatre Aquarius, Buddies in Bad Times, Little Black Afro, Then They Fight, SummerWorks Performance Festival, and the Hamilton and Toronto Fringe Festivals. She moved to New York City to pursue her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University and now lives there, working in the literary division at A3 Artists Agency and as a freelance dramaturg and producer. She previously held seasonal positions in the artistic/literary departments at Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. www.lucypowis.com

Autumn Smith
Autumn is a director, artist educator and consultant. She is the current Artistic and Executive Director of Littlewoodsmith, a theatre company that brings quality theatre performance and education to the Muskoka Region. Autumn holds an MFA from York University in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching and is a conservatory trained actor (Oxford School of Drama/UK). Ms. Smith is a member of the Faculty at AMPD (York University) Centennial College and University of Toronto. As a director and educator Ms. Smith led the Dora Award winning company MacKenzieRo for over a 9 year period in addition to working with companies such as: The Shaw Festival, The Tarragon Theatre, Stratford Festival, National Ballet, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Paprika Festival, George Brown Theatre School, Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing, StageWest Mississauga, Theatre 20, The Druid Theatre/Galway and the Oxford Playhouse/UK. Most recently, Autumn curated and directed Territorial Tales for Canadian Stage, Oh, What A Lovely War! for Hart House Theatre and is set to direct and choreograph Citronella for the Gravenhurst Opera House 2021 season. Autumn also has a musical theatre podcast that she co-hosts called Before the Downbeat.

Luke Reece
In a failed attempt to escape Presto, Luke Reece left his hometown of Mississauga under the guise of becoming a Toronto-based artist. He is a theatre producer, playwright, spoken word poet, and arts educator. He is the Producer for Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company, Obsidian Theatre, and a Member of the Toronto Poetry Project. He continually seeks opportunities to empower and support young-in-craft artists with his collective Little Black Afro Theatre, creating spaces for artists to develop work with and for the communities they come from. Through his work as an artistic leader within the national arts community, he advocates for engaging and nuanced storytelling that challenges Canadian audiences. Luke is one of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, becoming the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, winning the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as the captain of the TPS team and then again in 2018 as the team coach. In 2018 he placed 2nd in Canada individually which earned him a spot representing the country at the 2019 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France where he placed 4th. Most recently Luke has been featured performing for Toronto Raptor and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show.

 

Jul
31
Fri
York Cinema and Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

York Cinema and Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest

York Cinema & Media Arts presents Lockdown Fest, a showcase of film and video works created during lockdown by York grads, undergrads, and alumni.

This selection of films will be available to view from July 30 – August 2, 2020. We invite you to watch it together with us on the evening of Friday, July 31st and join us for a Q&A with the filmmakers on Zoom afterwards.

This screening will feature works from York graduate students and alumni, including J.P. Marchant, Cara Mumford, Ajla Odobašić, Weibin Wang, Elizabeth Lazebnik, and Sofia Bohdanowicz.

Film and Zoom links will be provided once you have registered for the event.

DATE: Friday, July 31st, 2020
TIME: 7:00 PM
REGISTRATION: Eventbrite
FREE

Please follow their Facebook event page for updates.

This is the second of three screenings, with the final screening taking place on August 21.

York students and alumni are invited to submit your work by emailing yorklockdownfilms@gmail.com