Photo: Mikela Vuorensivu

attuning flesh and bone

Tin Gamboa’s MFA Thesis Performance
June 17 at 5pm + June 18 at 1pm & 5pm | 2022
Studio D – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
$7 Student | $10 Alumni & Staff | $15 General Admission | No rush tickets available

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attuning flesh and bone is an amalgamation of movement, sound, and projection used to express individual and collective stories. The interdisciplinary use of these tools have made room for the artists to decide what is kept for themselves, what is shared with an audience, and how they choose to share it. We invite the audiences to participate through their perception, kinaesthetic response, and interpretation — asking the performers and audience members alike, what it means to witness and hold space.  

This piece does not claim to hold answers, but it does hold space for what exists and what has permeated through generations and migration.  

The show is approximately 45 minutes. There will be a talkback on June 18th, after the 1pm show.

Warning: there will be fast-moving video projections during the piece

Please contact by June 10th if funds are a barrier to seeing the show (there is a limited number of tickets reserved for this purpose)

We respectfully acknowledge the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations on whose sacred, unceded, and ancestral homelands we are on.


Director and choreographer: Tin Gamboa

Dancers and collaborators: Tin Gamboa, Zaarah Lopez, Jullianna Oke, Roya Pishvaei, Elyza Samson, and Anna Wang-Albini

Lighting and Projection Designer: Alexandra Caprara (live video mixing)

Sound and Lighting Operators and Lighting Assistants: Flora Jiang and Jingyi (Chloe) Zhang

Sound Designer: Rohini Soedhwa

Advisory Committee: Rob Kitsos, Justine A. Chambers, and NiNi Dongnier, with a special thank you to Mauricio Pauly and Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez for their additional consultation and support.

Technical Director: Ningxi (Lava) Xu

Stage Manager: Zhengyi (Joy) Wu

Production Faculty: Kyla Gardiner

SCA Technical Director: Ben Rogalsky

SCA Production and Events Coordinator: Gillian Hanemayer

Technical Support: GCA Production and Event Services

Filmed and Edited by: Joey Malbon


Tin Gamboa (Director & choreographer)

Tin Gamboa is a 2nd-year MFA SFU student and independent dance artist of Filipino descent who was born and raised on the ancestral homelands of Austronesian peoples, specifically in a place now commonly known as Manila, Philippines. Tin is currently exploring gesture, patterns and stories through relational and ethnographic choreographies. She hopes to create artistic works that can be relevant in both the Philippines and Canada.    

Zaarah Lopez

Zaarah Lopez is an emerging dance and interdisciplinary artist born in the indigenous lands of the Mayan people in the South of Mexico. She is particularly interested in the art practice of merging dance and film together, and choreographing the camera.

Jullianna Oke

With Japanese and French-Canadian ancestry, Jullianna works and plays on the Indigenous homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, in the place now commonly known as Vancouver, and resides on the homelands of the Qayqayt First Nation, in the place now commonly known as New Westminster. In her third year of study at SFU as a dance major and criminology minor, she is interested in the embodied empathy and passage of information expressed from one body to another in movement. As her own practice continues to evolve, Jullianna hopes to express this kinesthetic knowledge through various means and mediums.  

Roya Pishvaei

Roya Pishvaei was born and raised with Fijian & Iranian ancestry on the Indigenous homelands of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations. Roya recently completed her BFA at SFU majoring in Dance and minoring in English. She plans to continue working as an artist and teacher in BC and hopes to work on interdisciplinary collaborations with local artists. Her goals as a dance artist are to welcome and inspire others with the joy of movement, and to help establish more positive dance environments for future generations to work and learn in.

Elyza Samson

Elyza Samson was born and raised on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Qayqayt First Nations, in the place now commonly known as New Westminster. Elyza is a 3rd year Dance Major who transferred from Arts Umbrella Dance Company as a Dance Diploma Graduate. Upon completion of the SFU dance program, Elyza will pursue a career in performance and continue deepening in her artistic practice.

Anna Wang-Albini

Anna is going into her fourth year studying dance at Simon Fraser University. She is of Chinese and Uruguayan descent born on the territories of the Tsuut'ina, Stoney Nakoda, and Siksika Nation, commonly known as Calgary. Anna is interested in creating her own works and developing a creative practice for herself to carry into her future as a dance artist. Post graduation, Anna plans to pursue learning other dance forms outside of Canada.

Alexandra Caprara (Lighting and Projection Design)

Alexandra Caprara (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and current MFA candidate of Italian descent, who was born and raised on the ancestral lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat peoples also known as Tkaranto, Ontario. Alexandra is currently exploring design lead creation processes with a focus on interactivity between movement and projection design. She hopes to cultivate holistic relationships between the body, plants, and technology within her research.

Rohini Soedhwa (Sound Design)

Rohini Soedhwa, a 4th-year Music student of Indo-Caribbean descent, was born and raised in Paramaribo, Suriname. Rohini is interested in working with noise, digital processing, and a fusion of sounds that can include Surinamese and Caribbean influences, different music genres and a blend of Surinamese languages. Currently, she is exploring the movement of bodies in space and is hoping to shift her music practice into an interdisciplinary activity.

Zhengyi (Joy) Wu: Stage Manager 

Zhengyi (Joy) Wu, a 3rd-year SFU student majoring in Theatre Production and design, was born and raised in Changsha, a city in Hunan province in China. Joy is working hard to improve her ability and knowledge in lighting and stage management. She is also doing some research in voice and emotional expression. Joy wants to be a part of a team that makes a really good show that is toured in various countries.

Ningqi (Lava) Xu: Technical Director

Ningqi (Lava) Xu was born and raised in Zhejiang, China. She has participated in the School for Contemporary Arts "Ascension 2021"as a lighting operator and the "LIVE ACTS VOL.1" "RECORD" as a stage manager. As a person who loves the stage, Lava’s goal is to create the stage that the performer wants and the stage that the audience appreciates.

Flora Jiang: Sound and Lighting Operator and Lighting Assistant

Flora Jiang, a senior SFU student in Theatre Production Design, was raised in Yunnan, China which is the southernmost province in China and next to Myanmar.  Flora is currently interested in cinema and is also working as an assistant lighting designer for two projects, Songs for a Lost Pod and attuning flesh and bone. Her future aspirations include explorations in scenography and lighting design.

Jingyi (Chloe) Zhang: Sound and Lighting Operator and Lighting Assistant

Jingyi (Chloe) Zhang is a 4th year SFU undergraduate Theatre production & design student who was born and raised in Hubei, China. Chloe is currently exploring possibilities in theatre such as management, lighting design and stage design. She hopes to combine her passion for life and interest in dance to create a fun, aesthetic and passionate stage.

Justine A. Chambers

Justine A. Chambers, born in Edmonton, Alberta, on the Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, is a dance artist of African, Scottish and Irish descent. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Chambers is Max Tyler-Hite's mother. 

NiNi Dongnier

NiNi Dongnier was born in Inner Mongolia and works between Vancouver, New York and Beijing as a choreographer and artist, recently as an assistant professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts of SFU. Rooted in the northern trans-border nomadic culture, views of nature, philosophies, and art, her practice is a continuous exploration of metaphysics of the human body, motion and its relation to specific space and time. She works to cultivate new choreography, experiences, and objects that broaden the notion of the art of choreography, intervention by artistic uses of technology and visual arts. She is the founder of Field Motion and co-founder of NUUM Collective. 

Rob Kitsos

Born on the lands of the Kaskaskaia, Kikaapoi, and Myaamia tribes, in a place now commonly known as Urbana, Illinois, Rob currently lives and works on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. A Professor in the school for the contemporary Arts, Rob teaches and centers his research around composition and interdisciplinary collaboration. He is grateful for the amazing team of artists of Ghost Forrest and the support of the SCA in nurturing collaboration across the school.   

Kyla Gardiner: Production Faculty

Kyla Gardiner is a designer and performance creator based in Vancouver, BC. Their artistic research investigates non-human agency, design-based approaches to devised creation, and the ways deep collaboration might challenge ideas of artistic authorship.  Kyla holds a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Gillian Hanemayer: SCA Production and Events Coordinator

Gillian is an interdisciplinary theatre artist with a focus on design and production management, born on the ancestral lands of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). She hopes to create and contribute to artworks that tell stories of the current shifting geopolitical landscape, with an interest in gender and women's studies.

Ben Rogalsky: SCA Technical Director

Ben Rogalsky is of mixed Scottish, Irish, English, German Mennonite, Russian, and Estonian ancestry. He was born in colonially named Ottawa on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, and grew up in S'olh Temexw, unceded Sto:lo territory. He is a parent, musician, composer, designer, sound engineer, technical director, and collaborator. He is currently thoroughly enjoying an ongoing project exploring the sounds of mid-20th century classic country music.   

June 18, 2022