SCA | Quick News | July 14, 2023

Adler to direct The Only Animal

Barbara Adler, SCA alumnus and soon-to-be the SCA's former Professional Development Coordinator, is leaving us to become the new Artistic Director of The Only Animal. We'll miss her organizational gumption, creativity, work ethic, and dark, humorous insight around the office. But we're also very happy to see her move onto something she's totally perfect for. Official congratulations, comrade! Read more HERE from Stir Vancouver.  

TPE's 23-24

Turning Point Ensemble, which has the SCA's Owen Underhill as Artistic Director and conductor, has announced their 2023-24 season. See what they have planned HERE.

New Aesthetics Performance Intensive

Theatre Replacement, which is lead by SCA alumnus and Artistic Director Maiko Yamamoto and co-founded by Yamamoto and the SCA's James Long, are holding their New Aesthetics Performance Intensive from July 17 – 28, 2023, in our studios here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver. Facilitated by Autumn Knight and keyon gaskin, the intensive also features FREE public events, including an artist talk with Knight and gaskin on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 6:00 PM at The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave., Vancouver). RSVP to if you'd like to attend. More HERE

Kwon tours Yoon

Vicki Kwon, Associate Curator, Korean Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, is hosting a special tour in Korean of the SCA's Jin-me Yoon's Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition on July 19, 2023, at 6:00 PM at The Image Centre (33 Gould St, Toronto). More HERE.

An Afternoon Recital with Vomit Fraud

Vomit Fraud (VF), the duo of Kay Higgins, SCA alumnus and Head of Publishing at the Libby Leshgold Gallery, and the SCA's Brady Cranfield (that's me!), are playing tomorrow – Saturday, July 14, 2023 – at 2:00 PM as part of Art Rock Summer, curated by SCA alumnus and PhD student Casey Wei. More HERE.

Fredriksson's Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Thinking Workshop

Hot off her presentation of Ecdysis & Soft Palate, featuring Lighting Design by the SCA's Kyla Gardiner, which ran July 12 & 13, 2023, in Studio T here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts as part of the Dancing on the Edge​ Festival, SCA alumnus Emmalena Fredriksson​ is teaching a Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Thinking Workshop (Intermediate / Advanced) on July 15 & 16, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 45 West Hastings St., Vancouver ($30 – $60 + GST sliding scale per day / drop in or $50 – $100 + GST for the weekend). Click through to her Instagram for the contact info. Also, Fredriksson spoke with Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs and Partnerships at SFU Woodward's, which co-presented Ecdysis & Soft Palate with the Dancing on the Edge Festival, about her show. Listen HERE. Finally, Stir Vancouver also spoke with Fredriksson about Ecdysis & Soft Palate, too. Read it HERE.

FRIDAY on the short list

SCA alumnus DEBBY FRIDAY​ is on the 2023 Polaris Music Prize​ shortlist. Congratulations – and, as her album is titled, GOOD LUCK! More HERE.

Ghost [DIGITAL FOLK VR edition]

SCA alumni Shion Skye Carter, Kayla De Vos, Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), Rachel Helten, Rachel Maddock, and Deanna Peters are all involved in the plastic orchid factory's Ghost [DIGITAL FOLK VR edition], which is "an installation and VR performance exploring game culture, community and embodiment," running July 13 – 15, 2023, in 60-minute loops at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM at Left of Main (211 Keefer St., Vancouver), presented as part of Dancing on the Edge's EDGEoff program. More HERE.

Wreck Beach Butoh

SCA alumnus Barbara Bourget and Kokoro Dance, also featuring SCA MFA student Salomé Nieto, are presenting Wreck Beach Butoh, a tradition they started in 1995, on July 15, 2023, at 10:15 AM and July 16 at 10:45 AM at Vancouver's Wreck Beach as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival. More HERE from Stir Vancouver.

Women, Life, Freedom

SCA alumnus Goli is part of the exhibition Women, Life, Freedom, which runs to August 26, 2023, at the Cityscape Community ArtSpace (335 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver), with a tour with curator Saghi Ehteshamzadeh on Saturday, July 22, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. More HERE.

Art Workers Inquiry for Decolonial Potential

Do you identify as an art worker? Do you have feelings about private property? Those are some of the questions Steff Hui Ci Ling is asking in her Art Workers Inquiry for Decolonial Potential survey, which "seeks to examine art workers’ political consciousness of labour and land exploitation." Responses will be collected and recirculated as a "free community zine." Like to participate? Please reach out to Steff Hui Ci Ling at

Horror in Seconds calling

SCA alumnus Doaa Magdy's Horror in Seconds, a festival of 60-seconds-or-less horror shorts from emerging BIPOC filmmakers in Canada, is now accepting submissions for their inaugural run from November 22 – 26, 2023, under the theme of Holiday Horror. The deadline is August 23, 2023, 11:59 PM PST. More HERE.

Yassine's Invisible Ink  

SCA alumnus Ghinwa Yassine, who will be a Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at SFU in the fall, is seeking SCA and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies students to participate in a co-created performance for her project, Invisible Ink. Students can contribute through performing, writing, sound design, moving image, and costume and set design. More info is forthcoming, which Yassine will share in a TBA talk. But for all early inquiries from interested students, please reach out to Yassine via her website HERE.

Dancing on the Edge reviewed – so far

Read a review of the 2023 Dancing on the Edge Festival – so far! – from Stir Vancouver, including of Wen Wei Dance's Barocco Rave, produced in collaboration with SCA alumnus Sammy Chien and Chimerik 似不像 and Adarte Compagnia, and SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman's direction and choreography of Juan Villegas's presentation of Edictum (excerpt). Read it HERE.

Morelli on Architects Against Housing Alienation

Read SCA alumnus Didier Morelli for CBC Arts on Architects Against Housing Alienation at the 2023 Venice Biennale's 18th International Architecture Exhibition. Read it HERE

A warm goodbye to De Vos

Read a very nice thank you and goodbye from F-O-R-M to SCA alumnus Kayla De Vos, who was "an integral part of producing and coordinating 6 festivals," but is now stepping back to be a Producing Consultant while they "pursue new endeavors." Read it HERE on F-O-R-M's Instagram.  

Saugstad in Athene

SCA alumnus Anya Saugstad is the choreographer for, and star of, the video for The Velveteins' Athene. Watch it HERE.

Sawyer's The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

Read the Calgary Herald on SCA alumnus Carol Sawyer's The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, which is at Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW, Calgary) until October 29, 2023. Read it HERE.

Volunteer with Vines

Vines Art Society, established by SCA alumnus and Artistic Director Heather Lamoureux in 2015, need volunteers for their upcoming festival, which runs August 9 – 19, 2023. More HERE.

Chien and MacCaull talk to The Dance Centre

SCA alumni Sammy Chien and Caroline MacCaull, Co-Artistic Directors of Chimerik 似不像, are guests on The Dance Centre's podcast. Listen HERE (or wherever you get your podcasts).

Cox in Canadian Cinematographer

SCA alumnus Jeremy Cox, who's the cinematographer for Sophie Jarvis' award-winning Until Branches Bend, is featured in the Summer 2023 issue of Canadian Cinematographer Magazine. More HERE.  

Confluence pix

Congratulations to Raven Spirit Dance, featuring SCA alumni Tasha Faye Evans, Jeanette Kotowich, Starrwind Muranko, and Kayleigh Sandomirsky, and Emily Solstice Tait, and Michelle Olson, for their successful Confluence tour of BC and the Yukon. See some pictures from the tour HERE.

Gachet's Outro

Gallery Gachet, which has SCA alumnus Olumoroti Soji-George as Artistic Director, has launched a new online initiative called Outro. Find out more HERE.

Snack Witch – zines and songs

SCA alumnus Joni Cheung (aka Snack Witch) shared some "exciting news + LAST CHANCE call:" She co-facilitated a zine-making workshop with the Hamilton Zine Club and Luke Johnson, in collaboration with Hamilton Artists Inc.​ and Latitude 53​, tonight, July 14, 2023, at The New Gallery (208 Centre St. S, Calgary). More HERE. And she's reminding us to send "Song Requests and Cute Notes" – also due today! – for an imaginary radio show to accompany her sound work Songs to my Ancestors, which is hosted on Montreal's DARE-DARE's website. More HERE.

Postalian and Antos at Presentation House

SCA alumnus Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is the new Artistic Associate for Presentation House Theatre's Creative Hub. Read a nice profile of Postalian on the PHT's Instagram HERE. Joining Postalian at PHT is SCA alumnus Linnea Antos, who's the new Development Associate. Read Antos' also nice profile on the PHT's Instagram HERE.

U in SKAMpede

SCA alumnus Sarah Hin Ching U is presenting Stratum, "a performance installation interlacing dance and textile art," as part of Theatre SKAM​'s SKAMpede live performance festival, which runs at various sites in Victoria from July 14 – 16, 2023. More HERE.

How Would Lubitsch Do It S3E01

Listen to S3E01 of the podcast How Would Lubitsch Do It about Ernst Lubitsch's 1923 film Rosita, with SCA alumnus host Devan Scott and guest Tim Brayton. Listen HERE.

July 14, 2023