As many of you know, the opening night of The Last Seven Words of Fernando Pessoa, the SFU Theatre Mainstage, is fast approaching. To celebrate this exciting occasion, the TSU is hosting an Opening Night Gala following the show on Wednesday, October 26th, from 10pm-12am at W2 Community Media Arts. (151 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3)
If you were planning on seeing the play anyways, why not come on opening and stay for night of fun including: music, a cash bar, a variety of food platters, and lots of prizes! I, along with a fantastic event planning committee, have been working hard to organize this social event. So come and meet the actors, and chat with potential future collaborators (especially those newly admitted in the program, this is for you!).
This is also an opportunity to introduce SFU Contemporary Arts students to the amazing new space just across the Atrium. W2 is a brand new community centre looking for creative minds to take advantage of the resources they provide for emerging artists. We may even have small guided tours of the venue, and have a chance to play with the interactive lighting installation currently on display.
If you have any questions, or would like to help out with the event, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to seeing you all next Wednesday!
Social VP Theatre Student Union
778 288 8821
Dear TSU members,
On November 11, the TSU will be hosting a free performance workshop with David McIntosh, a frequent collaborator of SFU's DD Kugler and a co-artistic director of the Vancouver dance/theatre company battery opera (http://www.batteryopera.com/). Starting at 10:30am, David will lead a 3-hour workshop on the fundamentals of the company's training, "Sui Ji Ying Bian," which can be translated as "Follow gauge respond transform," or "follow lead borrow use." Their core training is based in the martial arts forms bagua and Systema which have been adapted by David and co-artistic director Lee Su-Feh into their own performance and aesthetic practice.
This workshop is a unique opportunity, as it precedes David's new show M/HOTEL, a site-specific piece staged in a room at the Holiday Inn on Howe St (it runs from November 22-December 10). Attendees of the workshop who also choose to attend the performance will have the unique experience of learning the basics of the training, and then seeing how the company implements it in performance (the workshop is free, but you have to pay for your own ticket to the show!). I, along with many members of Kugler's spring dramaturgy course, got to see an early version of the piece in the spring, and I highly recommend any attendees, and any performance students, to check it out (http://www.batteryopera.com/motel/). David also plans to use the workshop as a chance to develop his new performance project, "whatever that may be."
The workshop will take place in room 4270. It will involve bare feet, physicality, and large sticks. According to David, "the class will involve sweating, repeating, text, fear, excitement and some boredom." To register, e-mail me, Conor (firstname.lastname@example.org), and include your full name, program and year, e-mail, and phone number (in case there are any changes). There is no cost to attend. Please only register if you are absolutely CERTAIN you want to/can attend, as I am hoping this class will fill up. If you register and realize you can't make it, please let me know right away so we can find a replacement. It is open firstly to all TSU members and theatre students, with at least two spots reserved for other FCAT members. If there is room, I will also open it up to SCA alumni.
I'm personally a big fan of David's and battery opera's work, and am really looking forward to introducing him to our current group of performance students. It's a great chance to become acquainted with a local professional artist who makes unusual, challenging, and very compelling work. I hope to see you there.
TSU VP External, 5th Year Performance Major
School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
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