Speaking of Dance Conversations
Absent and Present: Muslim Culture in Today’s Society
How is Muslim identity positioned and perceived in the contemporary world?
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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.