ARTIST BIOS (alphabetical)
Emily Promise Allison studied sculpture at Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, CA and Sculpture and Environmental Art (BFA Exchange), Glasgow School of Art, UK. In addition to her work as an artist, Allison is a designer, performer, and children’s educator devoted to the discovery of alternative approaches to culture and society. She lives with a desire to witness an individual’s discovery of an unknown ability, enabling a collapse of perceived hierarchies between knowledge, lived experience, and naivete. www.emilypromiseallison.com
Bruce Barton is the AD of Vertical City Performance as well as a director, dramaturg, playwright, and scholar. His stage plays have been produced across Canada on stage and radio, been celebrated with multiple award nominations, and published. Bruce works extensively as a writer, dramaturg, and collaborator with physical theatre, devising, and dance performance companies such as Ghost River Theatre, Zuppa Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, bluemouth inc., and Kaeja d’Dance. He has also directed professionally for over two decades, most recently with Vertical City (All Good Things, YouTopia, Trace) Hopscotch Collective (Swimmer ), and Kaeja d’Dance (Rogue Show). He is also the Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
Pil Hansen is a dance/devising dramaturg, a founding member of Vertical City Performance, and an Associate Professor of performing arts at the University of Calgary. Her artistic and scholarly research examines cognitive dynamics of memory and perception in creative processes. She has dramaturged 27 premieres and remounts, including award winning and both nationally and internationally touring works. Her latest books are Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (2015) and Performing the Remembered Present: The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music(2017). Current and recent artistic collaborators are: Kaeja d’Dance, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Ghost River.
Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada who works as a Lighting Designer in Calgary. She is honoured to bring light to this production. Recent design credits include; Kiitistsinnoniks -Making Treaty 7, That Ch*nk In Your Armour – Pam Tzeng, A Meditation on the end, by Jo-Lee -Pam Tzeng, The Tall Building – Handsome Alice Theatre, Curious George – Alberta Dance Theatre, Radioheaded 3 – One Yellow Rabbit, Crime in the Madhouse – Organized Crime Productions. Nicole would like to thank her husband Miles, her family, and her friends for their continued support.
Laurie Radford is a composer, sound artist, music technologist, educator and researcher who creates music for diverse combinations of instruments and voices, electroacoustic media, and performers in interaction with computer-controlled signal processing of sound and image. His music fuses timbral and spatial characteristics of instruments and voices with mediated sound and image in a sonic art that is rhythmically visceral, formally exploratory and sonically engaging. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia and is available on labels including empreintes DIGITALes, PeP Recordings, Centrediscs and Fidelio Audiophile Recordings. He teaches composition, electroacoustic music and music technology at the University of Calgary.
Stéphanie Tremblay was born in Montreal. At an early age, she became immersed in the figure skating scene, having been on the junior national team for three years, going on to become the 2002 novice Canadian champion. She went on to study dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she graduated in 2010. Professionally, Tremblay has danced choreographies by Allen and Karen Kaeja (Kaeja D’dance, since 2010), Ginette Laurin (O Vertigo, Montreal), Peggy Baker, Suzie Burpee, Michael Caldwell and many more. She is now based in Montreal, where she continues to work as an independent dance artist and yoga teacher.
Trained in electroacoustic music composition, sound design and percussion, Richard C. Windeyer is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Knowledge Media Design Institute (University of Toronto). His research explores human-data relations through the integration of information design and theatrical performance. He is also an Audio Research Engineer with Surgical Safety Technologies. In previous years, he taught courses in music technology, electroacoustic composition and sound recording at Wilfrid Laurier University while working as a theatre composer and sound designer. Today his artistic practice focuses the development of hybrid performance instruments combining live percussion and electroacoustic processing. (www.richardwindeyer.com)