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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theater, Betroffenheit , photo by Michael Slobodian.


March 13, 2018


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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

Additional information: Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Speaking of Dance: Creative Arts Therapies

The March 2018 edition of Speaking of Dance will explore the theme of Creative Arts Therapies: Art and Healthcare, in advance of DanceHouse's presentation of BetroffenheitKidd Pivot and Electric Company Theater's acclaimed work, March 14 – 17, 2018, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

The conversation will be moderated by Peta Schur, Co-founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy training program at Langara, and will feature:

  • David MacMurray Smith, Founder/RingMaster, Fantastic Space Enterprises
  • Sam Svensk, Expressive Arts Therapist
  • Tannis Hugill, Clinical Counsellor, Registered Drama Therapist, Dance-movement Therapist & Spiritual Director.

Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, 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 everyone to share and develop their observation and interpretation of dance.


Peta Schur

Peta Schur is a co-founder and core faculty of the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program at Langara, as well as the founder and supervisor of the Refugee Expressive Arts Project with Surrey Community-Schools Partnership. Building on her extensive experience with adults, children, and families in social services and through her private practice, Peta presents lectures, seminars and workshops on trauma, expressive arts therapy and counselling at educational institutions throughout the Lower Mainland. As a therapist, supervisor and consultant Peta is passionate about sharing the beauty and depth of Expressive Arts Therapy, and she is committed to combining

Tannis Hugill

Tannis Hugill is a registered Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, Spiritual Director and creator of ritual theatre. Initially a choreographer, she brings over thirty years’ experience of healing through the arts to her work with individuals, groups, adolescents and adults, especially those with trauma, eating problems, and addictions. She has co-coordinated a hospital eating disorder program, taught on the university level, performed and taught in the US and Europe, and directed a theatre company of disabled and non-disabled actors.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2001, she has been an Artist in Residence for the Vancouver School board, taught at Tooba Centre for Physical Theatre, Main Dance and Sourcepoint School for Shiatsu, was a Clinical Supervisor for Pacifica Treatment Centre, and a therapist at the Chopra Addictions and Wellness Center. In addition to seeing clients for therapy and spiritual direction, she teaches Authentic Movement, Ecstatic Body Postures, and Moving Prayer.

David MacMurray Smith

David MacMurray Smith has over 40 years of experience in performance, production, creation, and instruction in the areas of Dance, Theatre, Clown, Mime, and Opera. He is a movement specialist and an experienced counselor whose special interest is in how memory moves and patterns itself through our bodies and how this affects our perceptions, behavior, and communication.  David was drawn to develop his own body-centered, humanist approach to personal and professional development through creative studies in the psychology of human performance.

He is currently on faculty in the Douglas College Theatre Program, is a Founding Faculty member of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara, is RingMaster, Co-Creator, and Co-Writer with the award-winning James and Jamsey, and runs his own studio, Fantastic Space Enterprises, which he founded in 1995, to assist in expanding dimensions in self-knowledge and communication.


For videos and information about previous installments of Speaking of Dance Conversations visit the archive section of the DanceHouse Website.


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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

Additional information:
Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

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