The Welcoming

February 24, 25, & 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
$7 SFU Students / $10 SFU Staff/Faculty/Alumni / $15 General Public

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a live performance of welcoming acts

The Welcoming is a series of welcoming-acts observed, collected, and reshaped live by performance students at SCA. We found small moments of hospitality at our doorsteps and traced the affective force of waving hands. We reflected on our personal experiences of loss during the pandemic—of touch, social connection, our sense of time—and questioned when and how we’d welcome those things back. We reached out to older folk in our lives and asked about their desired returns. As performance makers, we responded: not with perfect gifts, but a yield of creative attempts. In questioning what makes a welcoming welcoming, we also looked beneath the mat, behind the door, for those acts and ways of being that we might call unwelcoming. What could we learn about hospitality by taking on the inhospitable? What’s revealed in our greetings when we play them rude, sticky, or foul? When we welcome others, feel welcomed, or unwelcomed, we typically start with some kind of acknowledgement of each other: “I see you, come inside”; or, “I don’t see you, you’re unwelcome here.” Through this dance of recognition, we experimented with perceptual modes for feeling out those forms of invitation and reception in our live art practices and everyday life.


Director: Ryan Tacata

Performers: Emma Savic Kallesoe, Rebecca Kabesh, Deborah Koesyonoe, Brittany Martyshuk, Ali McDougall, Marita Michaelis, Michele Shen, Tamlin Vetter, Samantha Walters, Liam Wilkins, Alexander Zavorotny.

Live Band: Bingo Switch: Brody Halfe (Vocals/Guitar), Zac Daniels (Vocals/Guitar), Christian Abt (Bass), Liam Wilkins (Drums)

Sound Artist: Derek Phillips

Scenic Textiles: Liam Murley

Lighting Design & Production Design Faculty Lead: Kyla Gardiner

Production Manager: Dominik Wu

Technical Director: Theo Ewanchook

Stage Manager: Gabriella Hu

Assistant Stage Manager: Jenny Min

Assistant Lighting Designer & Operator: Yvonne Liang

Sound Operator: Flora Jiang

Scenography Team: Flora Jiang & Leo Chang

February 26, 2022