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Wondering what our faculty members are up to?
Here's a brief snapshot of some of the activities.

Bruce Barton continues his recent publication activity in the area of Artistic Research with the release of the ambitious essay collection Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact. Published by Routledge—a leading press in the field of performance studies—the international volume is co-edited by Annette Arlander (Finland), Melanie Dreyer-Lude (USA) and Ben Spatz (UK). Featuring contributions from many countries and spanning a wide range of disciplines, the book includes an extended, field-defining introduction by Barton, as well as a key methodological essay by Dance and Drama faculty member Pil Hansen.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will perform Allan Gordon Bell's Symphonies of Hidden Fire on January 26 & 27 at the Winspear Centre.

Jeremy Brown's book, The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell is slated for publication in March 2018. This will be the tenth book in the College Music Society Sourcebooks in American Music series. Brown has been researching the wind music of Cowell since the 1990s.
Brown will be the woodwind chair for Theatre Calgary's upcoming production of The Secret Garden. The instruments he will play are piccolo, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorders, penny whistles and pan pipes.

Patrick Finn is Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan in January and February 2018. He will be working on the integration of performance and technology in a research lab dedicated to human computer interaction (HCI), human robot interaction (HRI), and performance technology.
Finn will also participate in a few collaborative projects in Tokyo with some performance groups. He will give several public lectures, and will end his visit with a talk about his work in performance technology in relation to virtual reality, augmented reality, computer games, and human performance in connection with new technology. For more updates, visit the blog section on

Voice faculty member Laura Hynes launched the Key of T website related to her SSHRC Insight Development Grant research-creation project on testosterone and the transgender singing voice.
Voice Lab performed for the UCalgary Senate and Chancellor Thirsk on Dec. 12.

"The Influence of Injury Definition on Injury Burden in Pre-Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dancers", a paper from Sarah Kenny’s PhD research, is now available published-ahead-of-print (PAP) in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, a journal among the highest ranked physical therapy journals.

Clem Martini's newest book, The Comedian, will be launched by University of Calgary Press early 2018. The Comedian is a historical fiction about the life of Ancient Rome's most celebrated comic writer, Plautus. Stay tuned for more details.
Martini will also be talking about his recent book The Unravelling during a free event on Jan. 25 presented by the Calgary Public Library. With anger, dry humour, and hope, The Unravelling tells the story of one family's journey with mental illness, dementia, and caregiving, through a poignant graphic narrative from Olivier accompanied by text from his brother, award-winning playwright and novelist Clem Martini.

January 2018


Sarah Kenny participated in a panel discussion on the perspective of current dance science research at the Healthy Dancer Canada's annual conference. Many of our Dance alumni were also involved in the organization of this event, including Hailey McLeod as Conference Coordinator; and poster presentations by Alyssa Perron [Motivational climate, need satisfaction, and the physical and psychological welfare of vocational dance students] and Justin Cancio [Connecting physiology and psychology: The effects of verbal encouragement on muscular output in Krump dancers].

A special theme issue of Canadian Theatre Review, edited by Bruce Barton along with Natalia Esling of the University of Toronto, has just been published. Focusing on “Articulating Artistic Research,” the issue features 18 entries by 23 authors (including the Drama division’s newest faculty member, Christine Brubaker,Drama and Dance faculty member Pil Hansen and regular sessional instructor Peter Balkwill, as well as Barton) and explores the intersection of creative practice and research scholarship in Canada, both within and beyond the Academy. Innovative in design and execution, the issue establishes the SCPA as a national hub for Creative Research activity.

A host of voices from the Music division performed in the premiere of faculty composer William Jordan’s music drama The Double Hook on Oct. 28, including faculty member Laura Hynes, sessional instructors Julie Harris, Jean-Louis Bleau, and Donovan Seidle, Chamber Choir, Voice Lab, students Timothy Carter and Catherine Brown, as well as guest soloists from the community.

Laura Hynes led a workshop with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, and performed opera arias and Korean art songs in two Building Bridges concerts (Calgary and Edmonton) to benefit malnourished children in North Korea.

Voice Lab and Chamber Choir will collaborate in a concert on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., with music celebrating winter in the northern latitudes, including Scandinavian songs and themes of dark skies, chilled seascapes, fire, and northern lights.

November/December 2017


Melanie Kloetzel's 'Room' is touring to Edmonton's Mile Zero Dance to be part of the CanDance Network's ReMix series in October 2017. As part of the series, 'Room' will be presented both in it original form and as a remixed version, created by Kloetzel in partnership with the well-known St. John's artist, Sarah Joy Stoker.
On October 27-28, 2017, kloetzel&co. takes to the stage to perform the dance theatre work 'It began with watching' for Calgary's premier dance festival, the Fluid Movement Arts Festival.

Christine Brubaker performed 7th Cousins: An Automythography on September 23 and 24 at St. Matthew’s Church in Toronto. It’s part of a series of pop-up performances with Nightwood Theatre in Toronto this season. An article on her show 

Laura Hynes’ upcoming vocal performances include two Building Bridges Benefit concerts (Calgary's Bella Auditorium on Oct. 12, Edmonton venue Oct. 14), and the concert premiere of faculty composer William Jordan’s new opera The Double Hook on Oct. 28.

Pil Hansen's book on memory in the performing arts is now available for presale. Hansen, Pil and Bettina Blaesing, eds. Performing the Remembered Present: The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music. Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017. 

Sarah Kenny is the recipient of an International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Student Travel Grant Award and will be presenting two papers from her PhD at the annual IADMS conference in Houston, TX, Oct 12-15 2017. In addition to oral presentations, Sarah has also been invited to participate in an open debate titled ‘To screen or not to Screen – that is the question’.

October 2017


Rod Squance had an full length album released internationally on the Plaza Mayor label, part of the EMI group. Titled Zeugma: improvisations spontané, it is a collaboration of unplanned duo improvisations between myself on the marimba and Michalis Andronikou on the bouzouki (one of our recent PhD graduates in composition). It is distributed internationally on digital formats including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. as well as international physical distribution in record stores. Special thanks to Laurie Radford for helping with the recording.

Laura Hynes will present Raise Your Voice at the University of Lethbridge on Sept. 26

Melanie Kloetzel's evening-length site-adaptive work, It began with watching, premiered at The Works Art & Design Festival in June 2017. The work was featured at Edmonton City Hall and at the new Vignettes Building. Trailer of the work  
Melanie Kloetzel published the article, “Site and Re-Site: Early Efforts to Serialize Site Dance” in Dance Research Journal 49:1 (April 2017), pp. 6-23. The article addresses the roots of site-adaptive dance.
Melanie Kloetzel also published "Site, Adapt, Perform: A Practice-as-Research Confrontation with Climate Change" through Edinburgh University Press. Dance Research, 35.1 (2017): 111–129.

Bruce Barton has recently returned from Nova Scotia after 2.5 weeks of development on a new performance piece entitled tiny with Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Company. The performance explores “the quotidian life of superheroes,” and is headed towards an early 2019 production. Bruce is playwright on the project.

Pil Hansen will introduce an exciting new course entitled Dance Psychology. The course is required in the new Pedagogy Concentration (Dance) and already holds a waiting list. There is currently equal participation by dance, psychology, and kinesiology students, and international professors in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and the performing arts look forward to sharing course outlines.  

Wojciech Mochniej returns from Poland where auditions for his new work “WE SELLE_PL”were held in Krakow, Kielce and Warsaw. "WE SELLE_PL” will be presented in the Professional Series January 2018, During the month of August he also began setting a new work on the professional company Kielce Dance Theatre, and taught daily professional workshops for the company and the community

Michele Moss travelled to Uganda where she was a guest with Batalo East Academy. Traveling with two dance alumni and an undergraduate they shared her work, and research regarding pedagogy and wellness for a healthy dancer and dance practice. The participants were from Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Uganda. The academy hosted the Canadian contingent along with a local university faculty member who taught traditional Ugandan dances. The faculty was rounded out by a dance artist from Ethiopia who taught both tradition and contemporary fusion. The event was multifaceted from the dance workshop academy - a first in East African - to the culminating weekend festival and competition. The workshop and festival also highlighted many urban art practices, such as music creation, graffiti, traditional and contemporary visual art, fashion, poetry and choreography and performance. 

September 2017


Laura Hynes, assistant professor of voice, presented Raise Your Voice: Social Justice and the Classical Recital at the ICVT conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in August. 

August 2017


Bruce Barton and Pil Hansen conducted two research-creation laboratories with their performance company Vertical City. The labs explored the dynamic relationship between physical performance/dance and sound design, and included collaborators Richard Windeyer (Toronto), Emily Promise Allison (Calgary), Stephanie Tremblay (Montreal) and Laurie Radford (Calgary). Vertical City was in residence for both sessions at Calgary’s Theatre Junction Grand.

July 2017


Bruce Barton presented at the Teaching to Trangress symposium in Prague, the Czech Republic, where he showcased the SCPA at this international gathering of performance creation scholars. In July he traveled to Hamburg, Germany, to convene the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international.

June 2017


Bruce Barton travels to Toronto this month to provide dramaturgy for award-winning choreographer Allen Kaeja’s newest creation, DEFIANT. This is Bruce’s fourth collaboration with Allen, three as dramaturg and one as director/co-choreographer. DEFIANT will premiere at Toronto’s Theatre Centre in May as part of its Dance Card series 

April 2017


Dance faculty Melanie Kloetzel's film The Dwindling Dispute (with cinematography by Jennifer Mahood) will be featured in Arts Commons' Broadcast Lab from March 2 - May 25, 2017

Music faculty Jeremy Brown will be performing at the Noiseborder Festival at the University of Windsor on March 17, and will also be lecturing on his book, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, at the University of Michigan 

Dance and Drama professor Pil Hansen published "An earned presence: studying the effect of multi-task improvisation systems on cognitive and learning capacity." Connection Science, vol. 29, no.1, 2017, pp. 77-93. with Robert Oxoby.

Bruce Barton traveled to Toronto over Reading Week to provide dramaturgy to the next mainstage production choreographed by the celebrated Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance. The work, entitled DEFIANT, features seven of Toronto’s finest young dancers as well as Kaeja d’Dance co-Artistic Director Karen Kaeja. It will be staged as part of the new Dance Card performance series recently launched by Toronto’s Theatre Centre. This is Bruce’s fourth creative collaboration with Kaeja d’Dance; he will return to Toronto for another week of creation in April. 

March 2017


Dr. Laura Hynes presented “Enacting Social Justice: Transforming Vocal Arts Education" at the New Directions music education conference held at Michigan State University from February 16-19 with Dr. Keitha Lucas Hamann from the University of Minnesota

Music faculty member Rod Squance will be touring six different stops along the west coast of British Columbia, performing marimba and jazz vibraphone with pianists Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann. The show is called “From Bach to Brubeck” and performances will include Surrey, Nanaimo, Duncan, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Chilliwack, BC.

Assistant professor Adam Bell has recently published two book chapters, "DIY Recreational Recording as Music Making" in The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisureand "Music Therapy" in The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education.

Drama Chair April Viczko is the Lighting Designer for the Theatre Calgary production of Skylight by David Hare, running February 14 - 25.

Marie France Forcier and the 2017 Dance BFA cohort have been collaborating with Jean-Louis Bleau and the School's Chamber Choir over the last few months. The resulting performance, The Age of the Wolf, will be presented on Monday February 13 in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rosza Centre, at 8pm

February 2017


Ensemble Resonance will perform Allan Bell’s a great arch softening the mountains (for voice, bass clarinet, violin, piano and electronic media) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 26.

Detour de Force soprano duo (faculty member Laura Hynes and her teacher/mentor Audrey Luna) performed When I Lay Me Down to Sleep on January 14th in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Recital Hall. 

SCPA Director Bruce Barton and Drama and Dance Assistant Professor Pil Hansen are the core members of Vertical City, an interdisciplinary performance troupe. This month Vertical City brings its award-winning production Trace to the High Performance Rodeo. For the Rodeo, Vertical City is reimagining its site-specific production within the No. 1 Canadian Legion in downtown Calgary. Trace received citations for Outstanding Production, Direction, and Ensemble when it premiered at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2014, and runs January 12 – 14 in this year’s HPR in Calgary.

January 2017


Laura Hynes performed at the Bella Auditorium with the Calgary Youth Orchestra, conducted by Edmond Agopian, on December 17

Dawn McCaugherty will be co-offering a Voice workshop in Calgary in on January 15 with colleagues David Smukler and Gerry Trentham from the National Voice Intensive. 

December 2016


Music instructor Dr. Friedmann Sallis presented a paper, co-authored with Martin Ritter, entitled “Signalverarbeitung und Bewegungsaufnahme: das kreative Potential von Live-Elektronik-Musik für die heutige Musikpädagogik,” was presented on November 11 in Brixen Italy (Südtirol) at a conference on twentieth-century music as a resource for music education.

Dance and Drama professor Pil Hansen Presented at the Congress of Research in Dance conference (CORD) in Los Angeles on “Embodied Learning in Performance Generating Systems.” on November 5. She also Dramaturged two interdisciplinary residencies at Theatre Junction Grand (TJLABs) in October and November. Crave, a choreography by Karen Kaeja that Hansen dramaturged in 2013 was remounted and presented November 10-12 at the SÉRIE DANSE 10 / SERIES DANCE 10 Programme #25 for Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD)

Patrick Du Wors participated in a three-week Director’s Laboratory at the Stratford Festival, where he worked as a design collaborator with director Eric Rose on the integration of live camera video feed in the performance of Shakespeare’s Trolius and Cressida.  Patrick is currently designing set and costumes for Vertigo Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s the Hollow, which opens on Nov 18.  Patrick will also travel to Taipei, Taiwan at the end of November to select the finalists for World Stage Design 2017, as part of the international jury, in the emerging artists category.

David Eagle will be visiting Japan for the world première of his new composition Refracted Tones for quarter-tone free-bass accordion, performed by Stefan Hussong at the Tessera Festival in Tokyo on November 5, 2016.  While in Japan he will also give a presentation on his music entitled Sonic Expression and Interactive Composition at the Tokyo College of Music.

Laura Hynes performed as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solenelle” with Luminous Voices at the Bella Auditorium on October 16th. "Hynes’ flexible voice was heard to fine effect... and her singing was technically assured and expressive throughout.” (Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald)

November 2016


Drama instructor Pil Hansen and Music instructor Dr. Friedmann Sallis received GREATsupervisor Awards from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Every year, FGS asks all our graduate programs to nominate one to two supervisors who are particularly worthy of recognition in their work with their students. 

Bruce Barton heads to Toronto in October to present on a panel entitled “Research-Creation and Community-Based Research: Shared Challenges and Opportunities” at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association for Fine Arts Deans. Bruce has become a central voice in this forum towards the establishment of more appropriate, flexible, and equitable faculty assessment practices in the Fine Arts across Canada.

Jeremy Brown will be presenting a jazz session for music educators with the UCalgary Jazz Orchestra at the Alberta Music Conference in Banff, AB, on Oct. 21-22. Brown has also been announced at the conductor of the 2017 National Youth Band of Canada in BC, where he will also perform as a guest soloist, presenting a new work composed by Allan Bell. It will be the first time in the history of NYB that a musician is both a conductor and soloist.

Marie France Forcier will be presenting a 30-minute adaptation of her 2013 Dora award-winning work Lab Rats on Oct. 21-22 as part of Calgary's Fluid Fest 2016, in a shared program with Edmonton choreographer Amber Borotzik.

Clem Martini is currently developing the libretto titled, Another Kind of Truth for Calgary Opera, as well as a new play for young people titled Grandfather Troll for Axis Theatre. He is also preparing the Theatre For Young Audiences class (DRAM 362) to present to the University Day Care at the end of October.

Dawn McCaugherty is in rehearsal directing Splendour, the first show of Drama’s mainstage season which opens on October 28.

Laurie Radford's newly commissioned Reson I for string quartet and live electronics will be premiered by the Penderecki Quartet at a GroundSwell concert at the Eckhart-Gramatté Hall in Winnipeg, MB, on Oct. 14.

October 2016


Music instructor Dr. Friedman Sallis presented a paper, co-authored with Martin Ritter, at the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung at the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität (Mainz) on 15 Sept. entitled “Von Studien der Skizze zu Erläuterungen des Schaffensprozesses.”

Music instructor Rod Squance gave a performance of North Indian classical raga music in Langley, BC, to a rapturous audience. He played his specially designed raga marimba along with UCalgary alumnus Abbas Janmohamed on tabla.

September 2016


Edmond Agopian traveled for a month to Beijing, China, where he taught in Morningside Music Bridge, a unique international summer training school.

Bruce Barton co-convened the Artistic Research seminar group of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (Calgary) and the Performance as Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (Stockholm, Sweden), as well as the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international (Melbourne, Australia).
He also completed the second phase of his SSHRC-funded research-creation project, Intimate Intersections, along with collaborator and SCPA faculty member Pil Hansen, over two weeks in August (Toronto).

Penny Farfan was the dramaturg for the UK premiere of Judith Thompson’s play Watching Glory Die, which was inspired by the case of Canadian prison inmate Ashley Smith and was staged by Palindrome Productions at the Cockpit Theatre in London in July 2016. MFA student Anna MacAlpine served as Farfan’s assistant and traveled to London to work with her on the show. Farfan’s interviews with Thompson and with playwright Colleen Murphy about her similarly fact-inspired play Pig Girl, based on the Pickton murders, will be published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism in 2017. Farfan’s new book, Performing Queer Modernism, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Marie France Forcier led an intensive creative research process in Toronto last June with celebrated dancer Louis Laberge-Côté. The two investigated the choreography of internal narratives as a performance enhancing tool in state-based dance works.

Pil Hansen presented results from the interdisciplinary UCalgary research project “Effects of Multi-task Improvisation Systems on Cognitive and Learning Capacity” at the annual conferences of the Canadian Association of Theatre Research (Calgary) and the International Federation of Theatre Research (Stockholm, Sweden).

Laura Hynes spent a month in the U.S., where she attended the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference in Chicago, and spent time in Cincinnati and Minneapolis developing two upcoming performance projects. Back in Calgary, she completed an additional project residency with two international collaborators.

William Jordan has been seconded to lead the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures as interim director in its inaugural year (2016-17).

Melanie Kloetzel spent a week in Edmonton with four professional dancers restaging her site-adaptive work 'Rooms', performed in Churchill Square for thousands during The Works Art & Design Festival's Canada Day weekend.

Summer 2016