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Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge



Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge
June 23-25, 2017
Location: UBC Robson Campus, room C400
Saturday, June 24th


10:00am                      Welcome, Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks

Kevin McNeilly, University of British Columbia

Improvisation in Scattered Times


10:30am                      Artist Presentation

Cat Toren (BC/NYC)

HUMAN KIND Music for Empathic Activism 


11:30am-12:30pm       Keynote

Sara Ramshaw, University of Exeter and University of Victoia

Hope, Refuge, Justice: The Ethics and Trauma of Improvisation


12:30pm-1:30pm         Afternoon Break


1:30pm-2:00pm           Website Launch


2:00pm-3:00pm           Artist Keynote

Julia Ulehla and Aram Bajakian (BC/NYC)

Dálava: The Book of Transfigurations


3:00 – 4:30pm             Panel 1: Emerging Scholarship

Zoe Laks, University of British Columbia

Seances: Investigating Mediated Memory and Self-Actualization in the Digital Age


Ian Thut, Ryerson University

Combatting Prejudice Through Free Improvised Music


Max Wainwright, University of British Columbia

“That’s Just the Way It Has to Be”: Reflections on Recording with the Vancouver Rock Band, Be Afraid

Sunday, June 25th


10:00am-10:30am       Welcome, Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks

Kevin McNeilly, University of British Columbia

Improvisation in Scattered Times


10:30am-11:30am       Artist Interview

Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger)

Fatou Seidi Ghali, Madassani Ahmoudou, Alamnou Akrouni


11:30am-12:30pm       Keynote

Tom Scholte, University of British Columbia

Improvising Reconciliation: Dancing with Complexity in Theatre for Living’s “šxʷʔam̓ət (home) 


12:30pm-1:30pm         Afternoon Break


1:30pm-2:30pm           Artist Keynote

John Hollenbeck (USA/Quebec)

Composition versus Improvisation



2:30pm-3:30pm           Artist Presentation

Ig Henneman & Ab Baars (Netherlands)



3:30pm-4:30pm           Panel 2: Emerging Scholarship

Meena Kahlon, Simon Fraser University

Bonded Whether Bare or Bearded: Communities in Self Constructed Feminine Facial Hair in the Sikh Diaspora

Tobias Ewé, University of British Columbia

Disrupting Flow: Against an Aesthetics of Immersion 

Associated Concerts (Free to the Public) 

Anna Webber’s Simple Trio (John Hollenbeck)

Performance Works June 23 2:30 pm


Les Filles de Illighadad    

Georgia Stage @ VAG June 24 2:15 pm


Ig Henneman/Lisa Miller/Jeff Younger/Ingrid Laubrock/Skye Brooks

Ironworks June 26 5:00 pm

Associated Concerts (Ticketed)


Ironworks June 23 8:30 pm (Julia Ulehla and Aram Bajakian)


Perch Hen Brock & Rain   

Ironworks June 26 8:30 pm (Ig Henneman and Ab Baars)


Turning Point Ensemble  

SFU Woodwards June 27 & 28 8:00pm  (John Hollenbeck)


Claudia Quintet 

Ironworks June 29 8:30 pm (John Hollenbeck)



Ironworks June 30 8:30 pm (Cat Toren)

Associated Artist Presentation and Performance (Free to the Public)

François Houle & Jeannette Hicks - Electroacoustic Aerials  

UBC Robson Campus (Room C485) June 27 Noon 



The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is a partnered research institute established in 2013. The Institute’s research team comprises 56 scholars from 19 different institutions. Funded for seven years by the SSHRC Partnership grant program, IICSI’s partners include six academic institutions (University of Guelph, McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Regina, University of British Columbia, University of California – Santa Barbara), a foundation partner (Musagetes), and over 30 community-based organizations.