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Faculty Update: June 2018

Wondering what our faculty and sessional members are up to? Here's a brief snapshot of some of the activities.


Christine Brubaker organized a workshop with drama students Liam Whitely, MacKenzie McDonald, Amy On and Precious Akpoguma and sessional instructor Nicola Elson. Together they explored how to create a horse for Brubaker's upcoming production of The Horse and His Boy, which will be presented at the 2019 Shaw Festival. (photo 1). This month, she'll perform in two short runs of a show she's co-written called 7th Cousins at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto and Greenlight Arts in Waterloo.

In April, Kenneth DeLong attended a conference in Besançon, France, where he presented his paper Tripping the Light Fantastic: Musical and Dramatic Ambiguity in Dvorak’s Russalka. The paper has been selected to be published in a forthcoming book of the conference. In June, DeLong will present his paper Music as Narrative and Metanarrative in "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" at a conference at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Laura Hynes performed as a soloist at the opening concert of the Unison Festival. Together with her research collaborator Ari Agha, she presented Testosterone and the Transgender Singing Voice as part of Unison's Musi-Circus. (photo 2)

Sarah Kenny participated in a Teaching Square with some colleagues from the Faculty of Kinesiology. In a teaching square, groups of instructors visit each other’s classes to observe, reflect, and discuss. The Taylor Institute Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative provided support for the debrief sessions. Read more in this blog post. 
Kenny's research insights on injury reduction and preventative health for dancers will be shared at the School of Alberta Ballet's performance of Paquita and Other Works on June 9.

Dawn McCaugherty, Bill Jordan and Friedemann Sallis are retiring at the end of this month. We thank them for all their years of dedication and wish them all the best in the future.

Wojciech Mochniej's piece WE_SELLE.PL, which was presented as a work-in-progress as part of this season's ProSeries, is currently being workshopped in Poland with an all new Polish cast. Dance alumna Odessa Johnston (BA,17) joined the cast in Poland and is also working as rehearsal assistant. Over the last six weeks, the work has been in rehearsal in Bytom and Lublin, and will continue to Gdansk. The official national premiere will take place in Bytom, Poland on June 14.
While abroad, Mochniej has also performed an excerpt of Framed with Iris Heitzinger, who was a guest instructor for Kielce Dance Theatre and for the Kielce International Dance Festival. His travel was supported by a CRFA grant.

April Viczko designed the costumes for SLIME, by Bryony Lavery, which will have its world premiere at the Banff Centre this June before traveling to Vancouver. The show's costume design includes wearable electronics.

Drama sessional Mike Czuba's play REPRISE was selected to be a part of Lunchbox Theatre's Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work. Following a week of professional workshopping, under the direction of Valerie Planche, there will be a free public reading on June 9 at 12 p.m.

Sessional music instructor Geoffrey Wilson had a book chapter accepted for 2019 publication from the University Press of Mississippi. The chapter is on ethics and Carl Davis' adaptations of classical music in new scores for the silent film classics The Thief of Bagdad (Rimsky-Korsakov), The Phantom of the Opera (Gounod) and Napoleon (Beethoven).