Posted on 11 Oct 2016 in sca eventFilm Screening

Simone Rapisarda’s The Creation of Meaning


27 October 2016, 7:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Simone Rapisarda’s The Creation of Meaning

Please join us for a free screening of SCA Assistant Professor Simone Rapisarda's La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning).

La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) is set in the Tuscan Alps, where German occupying forces massacred hundreds of civilians during WWII, and follows the daily life of Pacifico, a shepherd born in the wake of the war among those same breathtaking landscapes. Blurring fiction, documentary and anthropological observation, the film explores the transient nature of meaning by glimpsing at what Borges calls an Aleph, an allegorical singularity in space and time where past, present and future overlap and intertwine.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.



Simone Rapisarda is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. His feature-length films, challenging the traditional borders between creative and critical practice, have garnered accolades at festivals such as Locarno, Amsterdam, Vienna, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Montreal, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. His works have been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Magazine and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at Ann Arbor in 2012 for The Strawberry Tree and of the Best Emerging Director award at Locarno in 2014 for The Creation of Meaning.

2011 M.F.A., Film and Video, York University, Toronto, Canada
2005 B.F.A. (with distinction), Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
1999 B.Sc. and M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy

Posted on 12 Oct 2016 in sca eventInfo-Session


Come visit our place!

29 October 2016, 9:30am
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Lobby, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4


Please join us for an informal yet informative tour of our facilities with Dean Lastoria, our New Students and Retention advisor, and also get information about how to become a student in the SCA at SFU. Remember to bring your questions!

Posted on 26 Oct 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Artist Talk: KT Niehoff

04 November 2016 – 04 November 2016, 12:30pm
4th Floor, Studio 4525, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Artist Talk: KT Niehoff

Please join us for an artist talk featuring KT Niehoff, a Seattle-based dancer/choreographer. KT will be creating a new work for the November main stage dance production 5 New Works, featuring the SCA repertory dancers. The talk will focus on the history of dance over the last 25 years on the west coast, and the decentralization of eye and image and narration that surrounds us.


KT Niehoff is a Seattle-based choreographer creating immersive performance events and fostering creative communities. Her dance, music and film works have been presented throughout the U.S. at venues including On the Boards, ACT Theatre, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Art Museum, Joyce SoHo (NYC), The Southern Theater (MPLS), Reed College (PDX), the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, Germany and Canada.

KT’s creative pursuits focus on audience-artist proximity, resulting in the majority of her work happening in non-traditional spaces. She aims for a deep connection between the work and those who come into contact with it utilizing duration, proximity (the freedom to stand near, talk to and touch a dancer) and/or direct communication with audiences (dances built on information garnered from the public) as a means to develop a deeper intimacy.

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 in sca eventOffsite Performance

Wild State

05 November 2016 – 06 November 2016, 7:00pm
Offsite, Outdoor Courtyard, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General General

Wild State


Created & Performed by: Kimi Clark, Jessica Del Fierro, Amanda Sum, Eddy van Wyk and Johnny Wu

Directed by Maiko Yamamoto
Assistant Direction by June Fukumura
Visual Design by Leah Weinstein
Sound Design by Emma Hendrix
Design Team: Gillian Hanemayer and Candy Wang
Stage Manager: Karen Chiang
Assistant Stage Managers: Rachel Shim & Margery Liu
Technical Director: Jocelyn Kim
Assistant Technical Director: Ben Ling
Publicity: Terra Deng & Brady Cranfield

November 5th and 6th. 2 Presentations nightly at 7pm & 9pm

After 451 days lost at sea, a wayward group lands on an unknown shore. As they begin to piece together the circumstances that brought them to where they are now — as well as what will become of them in this new, unfamiliar place — one by one, they are taken.

Inspired by a large Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon 15 months after an earthquake and tsunami struck the northeastern coast of Japan, Wild State explores the plight of the many invasive species on the dock that survived what should have been a fatal journey. Following one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history, the tsunami dock traveled 5000 miles across the Pacific, out on the open ocean, carrying over 100 different plants and animals, arriving to a hostile reception. Using this story as an analogy for layering personal narratives of invasion, xenophobia and the unnatural, Wild State ultimately points the finger at the most invasive species of all.

This is a development presentation of a new work made by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts theatre performance students in collaboration with Maiko Yamamoto, artistic director of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement. Other collaborators include Leah Weinstein (visual design) and Emma Hendrix (sound). Performances take place in the outdoor courtyard beside SFU in the Woodward’s complex. Wild State is an all-weather performance, and audience members should dress appropriately for the forecast.

Tickets available online now at and as part of the SCA Series Membership. Click here for more information.

Wild State is realized with support from Westbank.

Posted on 11 Oct 2016 in sca eventArtist Talk

Talk: Charlene Vickers

611 Visiting Artist

10 November 2016, 1:30pm
611 Alexander Studio, 611 Alexander Studio, 611 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E1

Talk: Charlene Vickers

Please join us for a 611 lunchtime talk with artist Charlene Vickers.

Charlene Vickers’ cross disciplinary art practice includes mixed media beer case moccasins, performance, painting and sculptural installation, video and sound events to express memory as a conceptual and political site. Her recent works become physical embodiments of memory as tangible markers of her Anishinabe territorial presence. “When walking through the core of downtown Vancouver I am expressing my embodied territory; within each step, a trace of my ancestors is present. I am thinking of my work and where I am from and how to manoeuvre through this world.”

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work spans several mediums including painting, sculpture, video and performance exploring memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1994) and majored in Critical Studies at Simon Fraser University (BA,1998) where she also completed an MFA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the USA, and is in the permanent collection at MOA at the University of British Columbia. In 2016 Vickers was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver and will exhibit in Vancouver Special Ambivalent Pleasures ( curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee) group exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vickers has been an active member of the Board of Directors at grunt gallery since 2012.

Image: Performance by Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers as part of the Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice gathering at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, 2016.

Posted on 17 Oct 2016 in sca eventDance Performance

SFU Repertory Dancers: 5 New Works

Fall Mainstage Dance Performance

23 November 2016 – 26 November 2016, 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General

SFU Repertory Dancers: 5 New Works

5 New Works showcases SFU’s SCA repertory dancers in an evening of highly-charged, physical dance works by guest chorographers and SFU faculty, featuring new music, videography and text.

Choreographers include KT Niehoff from Seattle — this year’s Iris Garland Visiting Guest Choreographer — as well as Vancouver-based dance artists Ziyian Kwan and Chengxin Wei, and dance faculty Rob Kitsos and Cheryl Prophet. The evening also features music by Stefan Smulovitz and videography by Lara Amelie Abadir.

Image: Alisa Vink.

Posted on 24 Oct 2016 in sca eventConcert

Botmancipation: Music for Mechanized Performers

03 December 2016 – 03 December 2016, 8:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
$7 Student // $10 Senior/SFU Staff/Faculty // $15 General

Botmancipation: Music for Mechanized Performers

Mechanized music has surrounded us for generations. It burst forth in George Antheil’s 1924 score Ballet Mécanique, which revelled in the affordances of industrialized sound. Since then, the sounds of automatic performance devices – from pianolas and phonographs to disclaviers and iPods – have resounded through homes and concert hall to the extent that a world without loudspeakers seems as foreign as a world without the tunes themselves. The advent of computerized composition in the 1950s began placing creativity in the transistors of “the machines,” and in recent years newly widespread mechatronic technologies have allowed music by artificial intelligences to find expression in performance by artificial entities.

On December 3rd, mechanical hammers will fill the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre with their exuberant fanfare, as the Disclavier mechanized piano, Notomotion mechanized percussion apparatus and Modulatron robotic marimba-player will get together to do their thing, (hopefully) according to the instructions of SFU composers and meta-composers.  They can move, they can think, and they can do both at once!  Post-human music is upon us.  Hear it before it’s cool.  Because it won’t be niche for much longer.

Tickets for Botmancipation: Music for Mechanized Performers are on sale now here as well as available as part of the SCA Series Membership. Click here for more information.

26 October 2016