SCA | Quick News | September 8, 2023

Welcome, Chris and Young!  

We've very happy to welcome Chris Chong Chan Fui (Film) and Young Joo Lee (Theatre & Performance) as new Assistant Professors in the SCA! Click their names to find out more about them.

Daniel awarded and published

The SCA's Henry Daniel, now officially a Professor Emeritus (as well as a Distinguished SFU Professor, among other accolades), is still making SFU news, receiving a 2023 Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award, along with Beedie School of Business' June Francis, for their work co-founding the SFU Black Caucus, for which Daniel was elected to serve as Academics, Research and Mentorship Officer. More HERE. In more Daniel news, a conversation between him and Justin London, Performing and feeling time in contemporary dance, was published in Oxford University Press' Performing Time: Synchrony and Temporal Flow in Music and Dance, edited by Clemens Wöllner and Justin London. More HERE.

Rodriguez premieres Lua Sapo

The SCA's Noé Rodriguez's new film, Lua Sapo / Frog Moon, had its world premiere at the Fronteira Festival of Documentary and Experimental Film, which ran August 29 – September 3, 2023, at Cine Brasília (SHCS EQS 106/107 – Brasilia). More HERE.

Amal’s Garden in Baghdad

The SCA's Nadia Shihab's film Amal’s Garden, filmed in Kirkuk in 2010 with her great uncle Mustafa and great aunt Amal, was screened at Baghdad's The Gallery on September 1, 2023. Find out more about the film on Shihab's website HERE.

El Shazly wins the Jeune tête d’affiche contest

SCA MFA student Mena El Shazly is the recipient of the 2023-2024 Jeune tête d’affiche contest by the Dazibao Art Gallery in Montreal for her MFA multimedia project, Hyperopia, which is currently being presented as part of Autofictional, the MFA Graduating Exhibition & Festival, which is runs September 6 – 23, 2023, in the Audain Gallery & other venues at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), including a "live cinema" version of Hyperopia on September 15 in the GCA's Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (get tickets HERE). Congratulations, Mena! More HERE.

SCA student Art Sale

Like art? Want to buy some? You’re in luck! Some SCA Visual Art students are running an Art Sale on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM on the hill at SFU Galleries (SFU Burnaby campus, Academic Quadrangle 3004 8888 University Drive Burnaby). For more, visit the SCA Visual Art Student Union's Instagram.

Valentine-Lewis on Tousignant

SCA alumnus Andrea Valentine-Lewis wrote the exhibition text for Claude Tousignant's exhibition, Recent Paintings and Other Wonders, which runs opens Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and runs to October 28 at Montréal's Art Mûr (5826 St-Hubert). Read it HERE.

Iahtail curates

Akira Iahtail, an SFU alumnus who was an essential part of the organization and realization of the 2022 edition of the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival, is busy on new film-fest projects, including co-curating Films From Turtle Island And Beyond: Made by us: Rethinking Indigenous Films, which is part of the 2023 Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, running Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 PM at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver), as well as Our Stories to Tell, "a new monthly series dedicated to showcasing the new wave of inspired Indigenous storytelling in film," which begins October 11, 2023, also at The Cinematheque. Congrats, Akira!

As We Rise reviewed

Charles Campbell reviews As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic, curated by SCA alumnus and The Polygon Gallery curator Elliott Ramsey (which ran February 24 – May 21, 2023, at The Polygon), for CMagazine. Read it HERE.

Yassine talks Invisible Ink  

SCA alumnus Ghinwa Yassine, who's a Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at SFU this fall, is giving an artist talk on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the Canfor Policy Room (1600) at SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), about her project, Invisible Ink. Find more info HERE, as well as an RSVP link.  

Listen, Listen 2023

This time in collaboration with the plastic orchid factory, the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society has announced the 2023 edition of the Listen, Listen Festival, running October 6 & 7, 2023, at Left of Main (211 Keefer St., Vancouver) and Toast at Doris (upstairs at 242 E. Pender St., Vancouver), which includes a presentation of art work by SCA MFA student Mena El Shazly and SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam as one of the performers (and we suspect other SCA folks might be in the lineup?). More HERE.

The Biting School in New Works' 2023-24

New Works have announced their 2023-24 Season, which includes The Biting School's (SCA alumnus Aryo Khakpour and Arash Khakpour) premiere of Zahak, the Serpent King from November 30 – December 2, 2023, at The Annex (823 Seymour St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Triana in the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival and at The Dance Centre

SCA alumnus Jhoely Triana shares a night with Calle Verde on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St., Vancouver), presented as part of The Dance Centre's Discover Dance! series. More HERE. Triana is also presenting Árboles (Trees) on Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 PM at the Picnic Pavilion at Granville Island (267 Old Bridge Walk) as part of the 2023 Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. More HERE.

Loscil / English in Vox Organi

SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil is touring Colours of Air, his excellent collaborative album with Lawrence English, including at the Pacific Spirit United Church (2195 W 45th Ave., Vancouver) on Friday, October 20, as part of Vancouver New Music's Festival 2023: Vox Organi. More HERE.

Dear Friends &

The Western Front and The Capilano Review's (which has SCA alumnus Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross as Art Editor and Lauren Lavery as Managing Editor) "collaborative monthly reading series," Dear Friends &, this time with Junie Désil, Tawhida Tanya Evanson, Isabella Wang, and host (and Cap Review Literary Editor) Deanna Fong, ran Thursday, September 7, 2023, at the Western Front. More HERE.

Deep Fried: A Pinoy Musical! Workshop Reading

Inside the Process – Deep Fried: A Pinoy Musical! Workshop Reading with SCA alumnus Davey Samuel Calderon, Kimmortal!, Peter Abando, and SCA alumnus Anjela Magpantay, runs September 14, 2023, at 7:00 PM at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver), presented by the Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. RSVP HERE.

Cinematheque Sep/Oct – with SFMF

Peruse The Cinematheque's September/October 2023 schedule, which includes the 2023 edition of the Small File Media Festival, with fine folks at The Cinematheque are hosting this time (and maybe in the future?), running October 20 – 21, 2023. Read it HERE.

Peace Country

Upcoming: rice & beans theatre's Peace Country, which was "inspired by playwright [and SCA alumnus] Pedro Chamale’s upbringing in Chetwynd, BC," is running October 12 – 22, 2023, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Graveyards and Gardens in Québec

SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman and Caroline Shaw's collaborative work, Graveyards and Gardens, is running November 1 – 3, 2023, at 8:00 PM at Salle Multi (591 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec), presented by La Rotonde. More HERE.


Running live online on September 14 & 15, SCA alumnus Deanna Peters' interplay_2023 includes SCA alumnus Caroline MacCaull with Jasmine Liaw, SCA MFA student Kevin Jesuíno, and erψn temp3st, Miguel Maravilla, and Margaret Dragu + Brady Marks. Grab "by donation" tickets HERE.

asses.masses at the BMO Lab

SCA alumni Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim are giving an artist talk about asses.masses, their "long form participatory performance" video game, on September 20, 2023, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in Room H-12 of the BMO Lab at University College (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto). More HERE.

Below the Radar's season

Great season coming for Below the Radar, the podcast produced by our friends and colleagues in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, including an episode with the SCA's Ryan Tacata, pictured here with the illustrious Am Johal. Also to look forward to, amongst the other good-looking episodes, are episodes hosted by SCA alumni and SFU VOCE staff Kathy Feng and Samantha Walters and Julia Aoki about artist run-spaces in Vancouver, like Gallery Gachet, which has SCA alumnus Olumoroti Soji-George (Moroti George) as Artistic Director. More HERE.

Smith​'s Black Box Investigations

New MFA student at the University of Waterloo (congrats!) and SCA alumnus Paige Smith​'s short film Black Box Investigations is playing at the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival on Sunday, October 1 at 8:30 PM at VIFF Centre (1181 Seymour St., Vancouver) and Monday, October 2 at 12:15 PM at the International Village Theatre (88 W. Pender St., Vancouver).  

Cobalt & Crone

Fast upcoming! Cobalt & Crone with Joseph Hirabayashi, SCA alumni Stefan Nazarevich​ and Shion Skye Carter​, and Ziyian Kwan​ runs September 20 – 24 & September 27 – October 1, 2023, at 7:00 PM at Dumb Instrument Dance​'s space MORROW (910 Richards St., Vancouver). Grab tickets HERE.

Walker's good news

Double good news for SCA MFA student Taryn Walker, who produced "the biggest mural of my career thus far at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (60 x 16.5 ft)" and also "received a scholarship to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to study with a master printmaker at U of T in the Spring." Congrats x 2! Click through for images and video of the mural and find out more about Walker and her work HERE.

The Pandrogyny Project

SCA alumnus Wilson S. Wilson is presenting The Pandrogyny Project from September 8 – October 20, 2023 at Kelowna's Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Unit 103 – 421 Cawston Ave.). More HERE.

How Would Lubitsch Do It catch-up!

We've missed several episodes of How Would Lubitsch Do It with SCA alumnus host Devan Scott and guests, including: S3E08 – The Patriot (1928) and the works of Josef von Sternberg with David Cairns (listen HERE), S3E07 – The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) with David Neary (listen HERE), S3E06 – So This is Paris (1926) with Julia Sirmons (listen HERE), and S3E05 – Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) with Dave Kehr (listen HERE).

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