SCA | Quick News | December 1, 2023

"We have no time to excuse the suffering of those we recognize as our own"

The SCA's Raymond Boisjoly is one of the co-authors and signatories of this "Statement of Concern from Members of the International Indigenous Arts Community to Institutions Worldwide," which was issued in response to the controversial and secretive firing of Wanda Nanibush from the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was the assistant curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art in the department of Canadian art, and their first Indigenous curator. Alarmed by the ongoing situation of the Palestinian people, Nanibush was apparently fired because she was outspoken about the brutal bombing of Gaza, triggered by Hamas' violent attacks on October 7. As the statement makes clear, Nanibush's outspokenness is not only aligned with her politics and Indigeneity, which also infuse her work as an artist and curator, but arguably also with the policies of decolonization and Indigenization that the AGO and other galleries in Canada say they uphold. Also signed by SCA alumni Michelle Sound, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Krystle Silverfox, and Dylan Robinson, and SCA MFA students Lauren Crazybull and Cody Tolmie (at the time of this posting), you can read the full statement HERE.

Harmony of the Spheres reviewed

Read a review of the SCA's Owen Underhill and Turning Point Ensemble's Harmony of the Spheres show on November 25 & 26, 2023, by David Gordon Duke for Classical Voice North America. Read it HERE. Also, TPE's next show, Chamber Concerto with Argentinian-Spanish composer and conductor Fabián Panisello as guest conductor, runs January 12 & 13, 2024, at 7:30 PM at the Annex Theatre (823 Seymour St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Marks talks Streaming Media in Chilliwack

The SCA's Laura U. Marks talked about "Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media" for the Rotary Club of Chilliwack's "hybrid club meeting " on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 12:00 PM at the Chilliwack Curling Club (45550 Spadina Ave., Chilliwack).

Celebrating TR's 20th

Founded in 2004 by SCA alumni James Long, who's now faculty in our Theatre & Performance area, and Maiko Yamamoto, who's TR's Artistic Director, Theatre Replacement​ are sharing sweet videos by compatriots and colleagues of "memories and messages in celebration of TR's 20th Anniversary," including THIS ONE by SCA alumnus Corbin Murdoch. Click through to TR's Instagram to see the rest, including ones by SCA alumni Arthi Chandra, Amanda Sum, and Conor Wylie. Also, consider throwing something their way to help support their continued good work before the year is done.

The Gibson has merit!

Canadian Architect magazine awarded Hariri Pontarini Architects and Iredale Architecture a Canadian Architect Award of Merit for their design of SFU Galleries' Marianne and Edward Gibson Art Museum, which is being constructed at SFU Burnaby. Congratulations! See all of the winners HERE.

ReIssue Art Writing Contest

ReIssue​, the "interdisciplinary art writing platform" edited by SCA PhD student Casey Wei, has announced the ReIssue Art Writing Contest. Here's their call:

"Open to emerging art writers enrolled in our partnering institutions: SFU, UBC, ECU, and Langara College — eligible students are invited to submit their writing for a cash prize of $1500, and publication of the winning piece online and in our upcoming Year 3 Anthology.

The call is open to students in undergraduate and graduate programs, in and beyond the art department. Submissions should be 3000 words maximum, and fit within ReIssue’s categories of Review, Interview, Moving Image, Essay, or Creative. Upon selection, the successful applicant will work with ReIssue Editor Casey Wei to polish up the piece for publication following Reissue’s style guidelines (available as a PDF on our ‘About’ page).

The deadline to submit is February 1, 2024, with the winner selected by March 1."

See How We Run! E2

Samantha Walters, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement​ (VOCE) Program Assistant and an SCA alumnus, and VOCE program manager Julia Aoki speak with "Neworld Theatre’s managing director Alen Dominguez and consultant Caitlin Jones to talk about Progress Lab 1422’s Backstage Spaces report" on the latest episode of See How We Run!, Below the Radar's new "podcast mini-series looking at local arts collectives and organizations, highlighting conversations about creation, spacemaking, accessibility, and self-determination within the framework of Vancouver’s cityscape." Listen HERE.

Blenkarn and Lim on PuSh Play

Listen to SCA alumni Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim talk about their video game performance asses.masses with Gabrielle Martin on PuSh Play, the podcast from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which is presenting asses.masses from January 20 – February 3, 2024, at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St., Vancouver). Listen HERE.

Uchatius says goodbye

Click through to Theatre Terrific's Instagram to see cheerful pictures from their recent AGM, where they said goodbye to SCA alumnus Susanna Uchatius, who was their Artistic Director. See them HERE.

Fraser hosting Divine Figures and wants to make your costume

SCA alumnus Alexa Fraser curated and is co-hosting Neworld Theatre​'s fundraiser Divine Figures: A Glorious Night of Fat Utopia on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Progress Lab 1422​ (1422 William St., Vancouver). Get tickets HERE. Also, the multi-talented Fraser is available for costume commissions for "your new looks for 2024!!!" More HERE.

Gold in the Studio Salon Series

SCA alumnus Marisa Antoinette Gold joined Anusha Fernando for a Studio Salon Series on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM at What Lab (202 – 1814 Pandora St., Vancouver), presented by Co.ERASGA. More HERE.

Not only Giving Tuesday

Following the consumeristic madness of Black Friday and now Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday was established to encourage donations to charitable organizations before the end of the year, including your favourite arts organizations. If you're able, there's still time to make a donation to an registered charitable organization, which is surely much-needed, and receive a tax credit for the year. Who do you support?

Kindred Tracings reviewed

Read a review from West Coast Curated of Kindred Tracings, on at the Burnaby Art Gallery until January 21, 2024, which includes work by SCA alumni Minahil Bukhari and Michelle Sound. Read it HERE.

Tabassinejad in 3 DAYS to LIBERATION

SCA alumnus Pegah Tabassinejad is part of the event 3 DAYS to LIBERATION: A Declaration Of Love To A Revolution, which runs December 1 – 3, 2023, at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Linienstraße 227, D-10178 Berlin). More HERE.

Gaza Mono-Logues

Directed by SCA alumnus Cameron Mackenzie, Zee Zee Theatre​ (which has Mackenzie as the Artistic & Executive Director), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (which has SCA alumnus Derek Chan | 陳嘉昊 as Managing Artistic Director), and rice & beans theatre​ (which has SCA alumnus Pedro Chamale as Artistic Director) collaborated in response to the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29, 2023, to film selections from ASHTAR Theatre's Gaza Mono-Logues, written by Palestinian youth in 2010. Watch HERE.

The Longest Way to Eat a Mellon

Sarabande Books will be publishing a collection of SCA alumnus Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross writing, The Longest Way to Eat a Mellon, in June of 2025. Congratulations, Jacquelyn!

Stir on East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast

Read Stir Vancouver​'s review of the Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast, which runs November 22, 2023 – January 2, 2024, at The Cultch​ (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), and includes SCA alumni Howard Dai (Assistant Director), Sophie Tang (Lighting Designer), Cindy Mochizuki (Scenic Illustrator), Daniel O’Shea (Production Manager / Technical Director), and Maiko Yamamoto (Enchantress / Miso Potts), who's also the Artistic Director for TR. Read it HERE.

Spotlight on Aoki​ Bolcsfoldi

The Langara Recreation Program shared a "spotlight" on Jennifer Aoki​ Bolcsfoldi, who's both an SCA alumnus and a recent graduate from the Recreation Diploma Program. Read it HERE.

…wreckage upon wreckage…

Under the artistic leadership of SCA alumnus Nancy Tam, A Wake of Vultures' …wreckage upon wreckage…, "a durational performance installation for solo performer accompanied by an immersive soundscape," runs December 2 & 3, 2023, at Dumb Instrument Dance's Morrow (910 Richards St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Edge of a Cloud

SCA alumnus Alexandra Spence and Elia Bosshard presented Edge of a Cloud on November 28, 2023, at Phoenix Central Park​ (37-49 O'Connor St, Chippendale, NSW, Australia, New South Wales). More HERE.

Finding Pathways to Temahaho

SCA alumnus Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos) shared installation images of her work Finding Pathways to Temahaho, which is in Feels like… Proto-Zone13, running November 17, 2023, to January 14, 2024, at Zürich's Shedhalle (Seestrasse 395, 8038), and will be giving an artist talk on November 18 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. See them HERE.

Nurturing Resilience through Stim Toys

Good news / bad news: SCA alumnus Vitória "veto" Monteiro is hosting Nurturing Resilience through Stim Toys: A Workshop for Arts Professionals on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the grunt gallery​ (350 E. 2nd Ave., Vancouver), but it's already sold out!

How Would Lubitsch Do it S4E02

Listen to S4E02 of How Would Lubitsch Do it with SCA alumnus host Devan Scott and guest Katharine Coldiron on Lubitsch's Monte Carlo (1930) and Trash Cinema. Listen HERE.

Gan's BIPOC Jam

SCA alumnus Natalie Tin Yin Gan is hosting a BIPOC Jam on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, presented by EDAM Dance​. More HERE.

Vickers' Open Studio

SCA alumnus Charlene Vickers and Robert Chaplin are hosting Open Studios on December 10, 2023, from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM at 237 Keefer St., Vancouver (third floor).

Welcome back, Joey!

We're happy to see that SCA alumnus, former SCA video specialist (contract), and all-round good dude Joey "Chaos" Malbon is the new Communications Coordinator for SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

December 01, 2023