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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Photo: Cie. Hervé Koubi, What the Day Owes to the Night, by Lou Damars.


Speaking of Dance Conversations - April 2017

April 04, 2017


Admission is Free for this event, no RSVP required. 


When: April 4, 2017. 7 pm (doors at 6:45 pm)

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Dancehouse Vancouver

Absent and Present: Muslim culture in today’s society

How is Muslim identity positioned and perceived in the contemporary world?

Moderated by Kaija Pepper (Dance Editor, Dance International magazine)

With Adel Iskandar (Assistant Professor of Global Communication at SFU) and Arash Khakpour (Dance Artist)

Kaija Pepper is the editor of Dance International magazine (since Fall 2013). Her criticism and essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Queen’s Quarterly and many other publications. In 2014, Dance Chronicle in the U.S. commissioned her biographical essay, Creative Encounters and Critical Conversations. With Dance Collection Danse Press/es, she published a trio of books on Vancouver dance history, and in 2012 co-edited (with Allana C. Lindgren) Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s. A highlight of past research was the hands-on experience of remounting Kay Armstrong’s 1949 quartet Étude with David LaHay at Ballet Kelowna. Kaija has enjoyed teaching Critical Writing in the Arts at Simon Fraser University, and also several incarnations of her Writing Dance workshop, first programmed by The Dance Centre in 2002 during Dancing on the Edge, and heading to Dance Victoria next July.

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including “Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution” (AUCP/OUP); “Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism” (Basic Books); “Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation” (University of California Press); and “Mediating the Arab Uprisings” (Tadween Publishing). Iskandar’s work deals with media, identity and politics; and he has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His forthcoming publication is the co-edited volume “Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring” (Palgrave Macmillan). Prior to his arrival at SFU, Iskandar taught for several years at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya.

Arash Khakpour is privileged to be a dance artist on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Originally from Tehran but currently residing in Vancouver, Arash’s desire is to see whether theatre can be a place, where the body investigates the alternate ways of being. He is interested in dance as the language in the theatre, which allows him to research about human conditions and human nature through historical, social, political and existential interpretations. Arash is the co-founder of The Biting School alongside his brother Aryo Khakpour as well as the founder and co-host of a Canadian performance history podcast called How About A Time Machine. Photo by Helene Cyr.


Admission is free and provided on a first come, first serve basis. 


When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:45)

Where: Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Speaking of Dance Conversations is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance, contextualizing it within culture and society.

Presented by noted writers, choreographers and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance is a platform for dance spectators to share and develop their observation and interpretation of dance.

SFU Woodwards' is thrilled to partner with Dancehouse to co-present Speaking of Dance.

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