Julian Yi-Zhong Hou's rendering of Bicycle on site.

SCA | Quick News | October 20, 2023

Hou's cancelled Bicycle

A petition is circulating in support of SCA alumnus Julian Yi-Zhong Hou's public art work, Bicycle, which was supposed to be installed for five months on the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario, with support from the City of Markham’s public art program and the Art Gallery of York University. Although no official explanation was given, the petition suggests that Bicycle was cancelled because it included images of "emerging Vancouver-based artist James Albers, as both themself and their drag persona Lady Boi Bangkok." Find out more HERE.

Shihab in Leakier Gardens and at Squeaky Wheel

The SCA's Nadia Shihab is premiering the diptych version of Sister Mother Lover Child as part of the screening Leakier Gardens on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM at e-flux's Screening Room (172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY), along with films by Gabi Dao, Yuula Benivolski, Erin Johnson, Zaina Bseiso, co-presented by e-flux and the Images Festival. More HERE. Also, Shihab was part of the screening, Echolocations: Films in translation and transcription, which ran October 17, 2023, at the Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (Suite 310 – 2495 Main Street, Buffalo, NY). More HERE.


The SCA's Claudette Lauzon, Denise Oleksijczuk, and Joseph Clark, SCA PhD students Daisy Thompson, Joni Low, Yani Kong, Casey Wei, Dave Biddle, and Christopher Lacroix, and SCA MFA student Torien Cafferata are all participating in the 2023 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada, which runs October 19 – 21 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. More HERE.

Hopeful Monster live

The SCA's Mauricio Pauly and Eve Egoyan are having an album launch for their new collaborative album, Hopeful Monster, released by No Hay Discos, on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria (MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, Victoria). More HERE. Also, Pauly and Egoyan are performing on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 7:30 PM (doors) at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver), presented as part of Music on Main's Modulus Festival. More HERE.

Matreyek in Abu Dhabi

The SCA's Miwa Matreyek is presenting This World Made Itself and Infinitely Yours from November 16 – 18, 2023, at 7:30 PM in The Red Theater at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Also, she's hosting Storytelling in a Digital Playground: Digital Arts Workshop on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 PM, also at The Arts Center. More HERE.

Rodriguez does Someone Like You

The SCA's Wladimiro A. Woyno Rodriguez is the Set & Lighting Designer for Someone Like You, which runs October 5 – 29, 2023, at the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (#203 – 162 W 1st Ave., Vancouver). More HERE.

Chambers talks with Itter

The SCA's Justine Chambers will be in conversation with Carole Itter at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver) following Choreography of the Everyday, a screening of Itter's films, on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 6:30 PM. More HERE.  

Handle with care (don’t waste the pain)

The SCA's Jin-me Yoon is presenting a new billboard project, Handle with care (don’t waste the pain), at 905 Somerset St. West in Ottawa, running October 2 – 29, 2023, as part of her exhibition, Dreaming Birds, Becoming Crane, which runs September 17 – December 10, 2023, at Carleton University Art Gallery. More HERE.

The Impossible Has Already Happened

Read Stir Vancouver on Mascall Dance and Footnote New Zealand Dance's collaborative The Impossible Has Already Happened, which features alumni SCA alumnus Marisa Gold (Dancer), Jack Chipman (Technical Director), and Tobias Macfarlane (Narrator), plus, we've heard, the SCA's John Macfarlane working behind the scenes, as well. The Impossible Has Already Happened runs Friday, October 27, 2023, at 7:30 PM at the Anvil Centre (735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster). Read it HERE.

Forest: Advocacy and Repair + ecosystems Symposium: Strengthening Artist Relations

Vines Art Society, founded (as Vines Art Festival) by SCA alumnus and Vines' Artistic Director Heather Lamoureux, has started "Forest: Advocacy and Repair," which they describe as "an artist-centred advocacy and repair service that provides various artist-centred conflict resolution alternatives to seeking legal action." This joins with Vines' other recent initiatives, "Mycelium: Artist Care" and "Waterways: Wise Practices." Find out more HERE. Bringing these initiatives togther, Vines are presenting ecosystems Symposium: Strengthening Artist Relations, which they describe as "an introduction to a multi-pronged approach to strengthening artist relations," from Wednesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 2, at Famee Furlane Of Vancouver (2605 E. Pender St., Vancouver). More HERE.

McMann's Prairie Sunrise

Listen to SCA alumnus Jessica McMann's Prairie Sunrise on Spotify. Listen HERE. And don't forget that McMann is taking her new album, Prairie Dusk, on tour, including a show on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 7:30 PM at The Annex (823 Seymour St., Vancouver), presented by Re:Naissance as part of IndieFest. More HERE.

Peace Country reviewed

Read Stir Vancouver and Colin Thomas on Peace Country by rice & beans theatre Artistic Director Pedro Chamale, who's its Playwright and Director, which is at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St., Vancouver) to October 22, 2023.

2023 Sobey Art Award Exhibition

In you're in or around Ottawa, don't miss the 2023 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, featuring SCA alumnus Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill (the West Coast and Yukon finalist), which runs to Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the National Gallery of Canada (Upper Contemporary Galleries, 380 Sussex Drive). More HERE.

Choreographic Objects & Motion Capture Workshop

Frequent SCA Sessional Instructor Shannon Cuykendall has shared this call for participants for a new project that's also a "PAID work-integrated learning experience." Read on:

Choreographic Objects & Motion Capture Workshop | Call for Participation

We are seeking to recruit a group of university students with a dance or movement background who are interested in taking part in a series of two exploratory workshops where students will be guided in developing a 3D motion library to aid in digital choreographic development. Shannon Cuykendall, who will lead the workshop, will present some of her latest research on choreographic objects and invite students to take part in a series of choreographic tasks to build a motion library around these ideas.

This is a PAID work-integrated learning experience, and students will be paid for their participation and contribution to these workshops. In the workshops students will be primarily dancing with opportunities to work with motion capture technologies and record their movement in different ways (video, motion capture, animation, illustration and other ways). The content of the workshop series is still evolving, with possible interdisciplinary connections (e.g. such as working with animators) and a possible informal performance to conclude the workshops. If you are interested please email Shannon Cuykendall ( for more information. There are some eligibility requirements for participation.

For those of you who don’t know Shannon–she has taught previously at the SCA (ballet technique and repertory). She is also an instructor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) and completed her PhD at SIAT in May 2022. More information about Shannon can be found here.

Our first meeting will be held online at the end of October to discuss the workshops so please email Shannon ASAP if you are interested. This is a very unique opportunity to help shape tools in conceptualization for dance choreography- and it comes with funding!! Hope you can join us!

F-O-R-M 2023

Here's the full schedule for the 2023 edition of F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement), running November 4 – 19 at various venues, featuring SCA alumnus Marisa Gold (and Darryl Ahye) and SCA student Adam Smith (and Colby McLean) as Commissioned Artists and SCA alumni Kaila Bhullar's A Sequence Of Moving Pixels as part of the Festival's Public Screens programing, including on the Lobby Screen Array here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Pick up in 10

SCA alumnus Snack Witch / Joni Cheung is presenting Pick up in 10, a solo exhibition at Galerie McClure (350 Ave., Victoria, Montréal), which opens opens October 19 at 6:00 PM (with an artist-guided gallery tour), and runs October 20 – November 4, 2023, plus with “DTD? Down to Dumpling?”, an "Art Hive" event featuring "a call and response" exchange of "hand folded, edible goodies" on November 4 from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM. More HERE.

Nieto and Reimer in the Atrium

SCA alumni Salome Nieto and Jamie Reimer are performing on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 12:00 PM for free at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts​' Atrium (6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby).

NW In Practice

SCA alumnus and current MFA student Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is offering a workshop on "Interdisciplinary Approaches" with Matt Clarke on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 3:45 PM – 6:45 PM, as part of New Works' NW In Practice 2023-24 series, curated by SCA alumni Carolina Bergonzoni and Lisa Gelley, presented in partnership with The Dance Centre, where the workshop is taking place (677 Davie St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Gamboa at Morrow

SCA alumnus Tin Gamboa is the inaugural artist in Morrow's FORAY creative residency, and will be working with mentor Su-Feh Lee​ and collaborators Ashvini Sundaram​, Ariane Vanessa, and SCA MFA student Alexandra Caprara on work Gamboa began in Koryolab 2023 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Gamboa and team is presenting a FREE informal public showing on December 11 at Morrow (Suite 204 – 910 Richards St., Vancouver), with more info to come.

Congratulations, Ybarra

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Faune Ybarra, who has left her position as Griffin Art Projects​' Public Programming and Residency Coordinator, to become the new TD Assistant Curator of Engagement at Capture Photography Festival​.  

Horror in Seconds deadline extended

Organized by SCA alumnus Doaa Magdy, Horror in Seconds, dedicated to super short horror movies by emerging BIPOC filmmakers, has extended the submission deadline to November 1, 2023, and waved all fees. Submit HERE.

Songs For a Lost Pod

Leah Abramson's Songs For a Lost Pod, which includes the SCA's Barbara Adler, Kyla Gardiner, and Megan Stewart, is streaming for free (or by donation) as part of the 2023 Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. Watch it HERE.

Kasper Feyrer: Turn Toward

Just opened at at SFU Galleries' Audain Gallery here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver): Kasper Feyrer: Turn Toward, which runs October 20 – December 16, 2023. More HERE.

Loscil / English on tour

SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil is not only playing a sold out show with Lawrence English on Friday, October 20, 2023, at Pacific Spirit United Church as part of Vancouver New Music's Vox Organi: VNM Festival 2023, the two of them are doing US and EU + UK tours, as well, presenting their collaborative album, Colours of Air, live. Follow Loscil on Instagram for more.  

Zahak, the Serpent King

Tickets are now on sale for he World Premiere of Zahak, the Serpent King by The Biting School​ (SCA alumnus Aryo Khakpour and Arash Khakpour) on November 30 – December 2, 2023, at 8:00 PM at The Annex (823 Seymour St., Vancouver), presented by New Works​. More HERE.

Le Sigh 011

Issue 11 of Le Sigh, the online arts magazine from SCA alumnus Didier Morelli and Charlene K. Lau, is available now. Read it HERE.

PLUNGE Mentorship Project

Participants in the PLUNGE Mentorship Project with The Falling Company, including SCA alumni Natasha Dennison (Costume Design Mentee) and Anna Wang-Albini (Dancer Mentee), are performing October 20 at 7:30 PM & October 21 at 2:00 PM The New Massey Theatre's Black Box (735 8th Ave., New Westminster). Grab tickets HERE.

Win tickets to see Triana

The Dance Centre are giving away a pair of tickets to see Calle Verde and SCA alumnus Jhoely Triana on November 9, 2023, at 12:00 PM at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St., Vancouver). All you need to do to enter is click through to their Instagram and like the post at the link and tag a friend in the comments before 9:00 AM on Thursday October 26 (only one entry per individual). More on the show HERE.

Morelli on Norouzi

Read SCA alumnus Didier Morelli on Anahita Norouzi for CBC Arts. Read it HERE.

Dear Friends &.

The final edition of Dear Friends &., a FREE collaborative series by readings organized by The Capilano Review​, which has SCA alumni Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross as Art Editor and Lauren Lavery as Managing Editor, and the Western Front runs Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 7:30 PM at the Western Front​ (303 E 8th Ave. E, Vancouver), featuring Hopeton (Hope) Anderson, Wayde Compton, and Samantha Marie Nock, hosted by Deanna Fong, who's the Literary Editor at the Cap Review, too. RSVP to attend in person or watch the stream live. More HERE.

She Sings For The World

SCA alumnus Beau Han Bridge​ | 韩博渊 is screening his short film, She Sings For The World, as part of the "Exactly What You Should Be Doing" program on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 12:55 PM at the Regal Edwards Mira Mesa (10733 Westview Pkwy, San Diego), presented the 2023 San Diego Asian Film Festival. More HERE.

Kim wins the Grand Prix

SCA alumnus Kevin Jin Kwan Kim was awarded the Grand Prix in the student film section at the 2023 Festival du Nouveau Cinema for his film Sun, Moon and Four Peaks. More HERE.

Mending/Tending with O'Brien

SCA alumnus Keely O'Brien is hosting a free workshop, Mending/Tending – Ecological Grief, on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 2:0 PM – 4:00 PM at the Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser St., Vancouver), presented as part of Night for All Souls. More HERE.

Negotiating Borders

HaeAhn Kwon and SCA alumnus Paul Kajander (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander) and the SCA's Jin-me Yoon are part of the exhibition Negotiating Borders, which runs October 13, 2023, to January 27, 2024, at The Korean Cultural Center (Unit 101 – 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa), presented in collaboration with the SAW Centre​, REAL DMZ PROJECT​, and the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE). More HERE.

Fashion X Electronics

SCA alumnus Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi​ has launched the collective, Fashion X Electronics, with her sister Kayla Yazdi, who's a designer, focusing on "designing & creating wearable instruments." Follow them on Instagram.

October 20, 2023