Big Ideas in Art + Culture + Improvisation: meLê yamomo in conversation with Teilhard Paradela

University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Big Ideas in Art + Culture + Improvisation: "...and when I speak, my brown skin and the entire ecology vibrate." meLê yamomo in conversation with Teilhard Paradela Thursday, December 1 // 7pm – 9pmArts Auditorium at University of Guelph, 113 McKinnon BuildingRefreshments served in advance of the talkBerlin- and Amsterdam-based curator, scholar, and artist meLê…

Workshop with meLê yamomo: “Post:Migrant Presences”

University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Friday, December 2 // 10am – 2:30pm EDTRegistration limited—sign up here!8/15 spots reserved for BIPOC participantslunch providedUniversity of Guelph103 Mackinnon Building87 Trent Lane How can ‘presence’ interrupt dominant aesthetics? How could the inhabiting of the here and now be a revolutionary act? If history is a musical score of modernity or a play script of…

Thinking Spaces: Darren O’Donnell

online Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series is pleased to present “Chance as Co-Director: Working with the Whims of Children,” a talk by Darren O’Donnell. This event will take place on Wednesday, January 18 at 10am (ET), online (via Zoom). A moderated Q&A will follow the talk. If you are interested in…

Thinking Spaces: “Improv for Scientists”

University of Guelph, MacKinnon Building 87 Trent Ln, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Improvisational exercises have been a key element of theatre training for decades. With minor modification, these same exercises can be used in training scientists (and future scientists) to be better communicators. I’ll discuss my use of improv with our physics majors at U of G and give some examples of the science-y twists we throw on the activities to suit our purposes.

CfP – Sound, Meaning, Education: CONVERSATIONS & improvisations


Sound, Meaning, Education (SME) invites researchers, artists, and/or teachers to submit proposals for an in-person conference to be held at the University of Guelph, October 20-22, 2023. The conference will gather all manner of curricular innovators to share research/scholarship, pedagogical strategies, narratives/stories, performances, and imaginings.

Thinking Spaces: Sophie Brown, “Improvisation, Pedagogy and Pre-Texts”

ImprovLab MacKinnon Room 108, 87 Trent Lane, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Thinking Spaces, “Improvisation, Pedagogy and Pre-Texts” is presented by Sophie Brown, and takes place Wednesday, September 13 at 4pm ET. The talk includes a presentation followed by a guided Q&A and conversation period. 

Sophie's talk is based on her recently published chapter about Pre-Texts, and offers an overview of the method for integrating civics, innovation, and literacy in the classroom. It draws on the experience of Lindsay Bobyak and Sophie Brown in using Pre-Texts with elementary students as part of Creative Roots Collective, which provides educational opportunities in rural Colorado.


Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2023

ImprovLab MacKinnon Room 108, 87 Trent Lane, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Amplifying this year’s 30th anniversary edition of The Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF), the improvisation community will gather to reflect on, share, and celebrate the significance and impact of this unique and award-winning world-class event. In this “third decade,” a nod to a 1984 recording by former GJF performers The Art Ensemble of Chicago—a group that has left its own indelible mark on the history of jazz—we pause to consider the vital role that this home-grown community-based event, the Guelph Jazz Festival, has played in shaping the Canadian (and, indeed, the international) musical landscape.

Thinking Spaces: François Houle & Benoît Delbecq, “POISE”

ImprovLab MacKinnon Room 108, 87 Trent Lane, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

As the music unfolds, composition and improvisation seem to flow together into a dream-like continuum where jazz and new music meet. To reach this place, Delbecq and Houle have worked for years extending the techniques of their instruments and creating their own language of musical gestures for purposes of spontaneous musical composition.


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