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Faculty Update: Nov. 2018

Penny Sanborn, Laura Hynes, Rubim de Toledo, Jamie Philp. Photo by Brooks Peterson

Last month, assistant professor Peter Balkwill travelled to Indonesia to work with members of the Papermoon Puppet Theatre. Peter was brought over to explore full character masks and to help integrate new methods of physical character development that could be disseminated into areas of puppet-performance. The results of the five-day workshop were then performed as part of the 6th edition of the Pesta Boneka International Puppet Festival, a biannual event that brought together some 29 international artists and scholars, among them was MFA'15 alumnus Fasyali Fadzly from Malaysia. As part of the festival, Peter performed, delivered a workshop and lectured on “Iinisikimm” the puppet-lantern performance experience that celebrates the return of the Buffalo to the wilds of Banff National Park.

Dr. Laura Hynes presented “The Social Justice Recital: Collaborating Across Borders” with Dr. Keitha Hamann (University of Minnesota) at the College Music Society conference in Vancouver on October 13. She also performed with the Penny Sanborn Trio on Oct. 20 and with the Calgary Girls Choir on Oct. 27.

Dr. Sarah Kenny received the 2018 Healthy Dancer Canada Research Award for her presentation at their 10th annual conference. In October, she was invited to speak on a panel at the 28th International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference on the topic of dance-related injury, which took place in Helsinki, Finland. She also spoke at Chichester University, UK as they launched their new BSc (Hons) in Dance Science, which is remarkably similar to our B Kinesiology/BA Dance. Conversations are underway to develop an international exchange with our respective students, as well as research collaborations between faculty.

Sessional instructor Kyrsten Blair and her Kinesiology colleague Tina Guthrie present Breathe on Nov. 9 and 10 in the DJD Dance Centre. Five performers reveal human breath stories through solo, duet and group scores in an evening of dance and theatre.

This November, Playwrights Canada Press is releasing the anthology Refractions: Solo, which includes a scene from sessional instructor Mike Czubas play REPRISE. The anthology was edited by Donna-Michelle St-Bernard and Yvette Nolan.
The music for Dancing Monkey LaboratoriesKARL NIMENI IS NOT DEAD – I KILLED KARL NIMENI, created by Nathaniel Schmidt and David Burnett, is now on sale.

Sessional instructor and associate professor emerita Davida Monk is working on a solo commission for Rufio O. Rodriguez (BA’15). The first creation phase happened in October.
From October 29 to November 2, she taught a one week professional technique class for YYC Contemporary
On Nov. 24, she will perform in a preview solo collaboration with choreographer Catherine Hayward (member of DJD) as part of the YYC Dance Community Concert at the DJD Dance Centre.