Moderated by Pia Lo (Dance journalist and blogger at Globe Dancer), in conversation with Megan Andrews (Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies, School for Contemporary Arts at SFU), Kate Bird (Author of Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City) and Cheryl Prophet (Senior Lecturer, Dance at the School for Contemporary Arts at SFU).
Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.
Pia Lo’s critiques, interviews and essays have been published in Dance International, The Dance Current and Bachtrack magazines. On her website, Globedancer.com, she shares stories of dance from around the world. She has had the privilege of visiting dance companies including the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dresden Semperoper Ballet, American Ballet Theater, National Ballet of China, Cloud Gate Dance Theater, and others, to watch rehearsals, spend time with dancers and take the occasional company class. She is interested in telling stories from the perspective of the artists. She enjoys taking dance classes in a variety of styles to understand how dance expresses different voices and cultures.
Megan Andrews, PhD, is a dance artist/scholar, educator and writer/editor working across theory and practice. She currently teaches in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, where she is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies. She also works as an Embodied Leadership consultant in corporate contexts. Megan initiated the Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current as Founding Editor and is currently Director: Education & Special Projects. As a performer, Megan has worked with many independent choreographers across Canada and is developing a solo repertoire. On faculty at York University for 14 years, Megan has taught studio and seminar courses in contemporary dance, movement analysis, dance aesthetics, dance history and critical dance writing. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals and publications. Megan is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and holds a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship for 17/18.
Kate Bird is the author of the bestselling book Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from A Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for the 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award, and the recently published book City On Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots and Strikes. A professional librarian, Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia. A graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU, Kate has been published in The Walrus, Emerge, Hurricane in the Basement, The Vancouver Sun, The Province and Wired West.
Cheryl Prophet has been involved in the professional dance community in Canada since the mid ‘70s, as a teacher, choreographer and dancer. Formerly from Montreal, she performed and toured nationally and internationally with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault. She was also active in the independent dance scene in Montreal and Vancouver as a dancer and choreographer. Since relocating to Vancouver in 1989, she has been on the dance faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. In addition to her teaching at SFU, she has taught dance technique classes and improvisation workshops in Vancouver and at various conferences nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was invited to teach at the Guangdong International Dance Festival in China. In addition, she has served as a guest speaker for Vancouver’s Dance House and as a consultant for media. Cheryl’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.