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Faculty update: Nov./Dec. 2017

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


Sarah Kenny participated in a panel discussion on the perspective of current dance science research at the Healthy Dancer Canada's annual conference. Many of our Dance alumni were also involved in the organization of this event, including Hailey McLeod as Conference Coordinator; and poster presentations by Alyssa Perron [Motivational climate, need satisfaction, and the physical and psychological welfare of vocational dance students] and Justin Cancio [Connecting physiology and psychology: The effects of verbal encouragement on muscular output in Krump dancers].

A special theme issue of Canadian Theatre Review, edited by Bruce Barton along with Natalia Esling of the University of Toronto, has just been published. Focusing on "Articulating Artistic Research," the issue features 18 entries by 23 authors (including the Drama division's newest faculty member, Christine Brubaker,Drama and Dance faculty member Pil Hansen and regular sessional instructor Peter Balkwill, as well as Barton) and explores the intersection of creative practice and research scholarship in Canada, both within and beyond the Academy. Innovative in design and execution, the issue establishes the SCPA as a national hub for Creative Research activity.

Pil Hansen's chapter “Dance Dramaturgical Agency” was published in the 2nd edition of the Routledge reader Contemporary Choreography. Her chapter on research methodology, “Research-Based Practice: Facilitating Transfer across Artistic, Scholarly, and Scientific Inquiries” was published in the Routledge collection Performance as Research. An expanded version of Pil Hansen and Christopher House’s Article “Scoring the Generating Principles of Performance Systems” was published in Polish translation in the essay collection Strategie Choreograficzne. Hansen co-authored the article “When Constraints of Embodied Cognition Become Porous: Performances of Sensory Interactivity in Design” with Abdullah Safa Soydan, Gabriele Kuzabaviciute, Roxane Fallah, Bianca Guimarães de Manuel, and Vera Parlac, which was published in Repertorio: Teatro Danca 28. She published the article “Connective Tissue: Practice as Research in Cross-disciplinary Research Collaborations” in Canadian Theatre Review. Hansen presented a paper on Practice as Research across dance and other disciplines on the “Practice as Research roundtable: Sensual address in divergent economies” along-side Vida Midgelow (UK), Carol Brown (NZ), Simon Ellis (UK/NZ) and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (USA) at the Congress of Research in Dance in Ohio, USA.

A host of voices from the Music division performed in the premiere of faculty composer William Jordan's music drama The Double Hook on Oct. 28, including faculty member Laura Hynes, sessional instructors Julie Harris, Jean-Louis Bleau, and Donovan Seidle, Chamber Choir, Voice Lab, students Timothy Carter and Catherine Brown, as well as guest soloists from the community.

Laura Hynes led a workshop with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, and performed opera arias and Korean art songs in two Building Bridges concerts (Calgary and Edmonton) to benefit malnourished children in North Korea.

Voice Lab and Chamber Choir will collaborate in a concert on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., with music celebrating winter in the northern latitudes, including Scandinavian songs and themes of dark skies, chilled seascapes, fire, and northern lights.