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CREATE. ENGAGE. INSPIRE.

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs (SFUW) engages with leading edge artists in dance, theatre, cinema, music and digital arts; provoking new practices and approaches reflecting the everchanging landscape of contemporary arts. 

Create- SFUW commissions and co-presents select projects on an annual basis.

Engage- SFUW works with over 25 professional cultural partners representing diverse communities across the Lower Mainland.

Inspire- Working with leading artists, locally and internationally. SFUW aspires to find new artistic expresssions capturing contemporary voices in our society. 

AN UNDEVELOPED SOUND

Caught between the eternal forces of development and destruction, four spokespeople are on a quest to say what can’t be said. A New Creation by Jonathon Young

Performances: February 2-4 & February 7-11, 2023 at 7:30pm

Co-presented with Electric Company Theatre & presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

A desolate lot with a lone billboard featuring in BOLD print ´Coming Soon’ announces a living experience like no other along with an epic real estate development as the kickoff to this story. Details are sparse, cryptic and mysterious, intentionally setting the stage for the World Premiere of Jonathon Young’s new creation, An Undeveloped Sound. Feb.1 - 11 at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Jonathon's masterful storytelling skills and detailed direction of this talented cast is an amazing accomplishment. This ensemble's fate as the sales force to this visionary development inevitably become entwined, enveloped and deeply implicated. Th estates could not be higher. A rich sound score adds to the foreboding complexities of their journey both individually and collectively.

Background: "As part of SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs 10th Anniversary we proudly commissioned this new work and are currently presenting it in association with PuSh Festival and beyond!

It is no secret that Electric Company Theatre is one of Canada's top creative forces consistently producing outstanding work that is renowned at home and abroad. This caps three of our largest back-to back shows featuring the talents of Louise Lacavalier, Ben Caplan and now Jonathon Young.

Here with An Undeveloped Sound, Jonathon explores the realty of our reality, how we negotiate ourselves, our worth, sense of purpose and identity. Who and what is it that we want in our lives? How far are prepared to barter for it? This eternal Faustian theme permeates this story throughout with ever haunting consequences.

Compelling in concept, riveting in its revelations and superbly performed. It is a gem in so many ways, simply put... Not to be missed!"

 Michael Boucher, Director of SFUW. 

ABOUT SFU WOODWARD'S CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Since our inception, in 2010 SFUW continues to commission, produce, and present over 200 events per year.

Commissions- SFUW engages leading artists with new their new creations a minimum of two years in advance.

Produces- Residencies, developmental workshops, and artistics incubations are critical aspects of the process. Through access to our venues, artists are permitted an artistic the necessary tools to further their creations. 

Presents- SFUW presents in partnership with over 25 professional cultural community partners, reflecting diversity and inclusivity of the Lower Mainland. 

Support us

Originality requires great talent, experimenting, research and time. SFUW works within a very modest budget. Our patrons often comment that we hit far above our weight. Our practice is to stretch a dollar tenfold. This approach is crucial to the success of our process. With this discipline there is still a gap. Please help support these visionaries to provoke and inspire new worlds to bring greater clarity and beauty to our lives.

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

By supporting professional activities through partnerships, SFUW engages multiple cultural communities including our immediate inner-city community where we work. The SFUW partnership portfolio is our largest undertaking built on recurring relationships since our beginnings in 2010. Most of our presentations are Vancouver based given the outstanding qualities of our GCA venues. SFUW will begin cross locating many of these partnerships to our Burnaby and Surrey Campuses as the university embraces a greater role for arts and culture to further enhance the student experience.

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