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Banff Events for July 2019 at The Banff Centre
July 1 – 15, 2019
Ensemble Evolution Faculty Recital Featuring Alvin Lucier, Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo, and ICE
Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Adult $25 Senior/Student $22 Child $12.50
Another star-studded faculty concert featuring the eloquent violinist/composer/improviser Mazz Swift, trumpet legend Peter Evans, technology wizard Levy Lorenzo, composer Miya Masaoko and newly arriving members of ICE. The second half of this concert will be devoted to the great Alvin Lucier.
Open Studios: Behaviour Swarm & Late Spring BAIR
Wednesday, July 3 | 4 – 7 PM | Glyde Hall/Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Studios | Free
Discover the art and artistic process of the participants and faculty of Behaviour Swarm and Late Spring Banff Artists in Residency at this edition of Open Studios. At the end of each residency, participants in Visual Arts programs at Banff Centre open their studio doors to share the artistic research and artwork created, as well as the pertinent conversations generated in the program.
Exhibition Tour: Guidelines
Wednesday, July 3 | 5 PM | Walter Phillips Gallery | Free
Please join Walter Phillips Gallery for a tour of the exhibition, Guidelines by Carmen Papalia with Heather Kai Smith. Since 2015, Vancouver based-artist Carmen Papalia’s practice has been grounded in the conceptual framework he terms Open Access. This set of five tenants draw on Papalia’s experience as a non-visual learner, a term he chooses to identify with over the medicalizing terminology of blind or visually impaired. Emphasizing what he understands as an institution’s social accessibility, the framework of Open Access advocates for the artist’s understanding of “accessibility as social practice” – a temporary experience that requires a relational approach to mutual care. For this exhibition, Papalia is collaborating with Heather Kai Smith on an animation and series of works on paper which visually interpret the concept.
July 4/5/6 | 7:30 PM | Margaret Greenham Theatre | Adult $20 Senior/Student $18
Silent Light is a new Opera based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas. Set within a Mennonite community in northern Mexico, the opera follows a pious husband and father, Johan, who’s strongly held spiritual obligation to his marriage, family, and community is put to the test when he falls in love with another woman from his faith. Silent Light provides a glimpse of a society that is often misunderstood and simplified by people outside of the faith and lifestyle, presenting commonalities of human experience.
Big Secret – Official book Launch with One Yellow Rabbit’s Denise Clarke
Friday, July 5 | 5 PM | Library & Archives 2nd Floor, Kinnear Centre | Free
Join us for this free, official book launch event for The Big Secret Book – An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre by Canadian theatre veteran Denise Clarke, with a foreword by John Murrell. The Big Secret Book is an invaluable guide on the subject of creativity, no matter the preferred artistic discipline. The director of One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive, Clarke outlines methods and methodologies of the Lab that have inspired writers, dancers, musicians, as well as performance theatre artists.
Friday, July 5 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Free
New works by EVO Improv Groups, led by Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo and Cory Smythe. Catalytic energies abound with Miya Masaoka in a Banff Centre commission for members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and participants of Ensemble Evolution. It’s a new piece so we don’t know what we’ll be hearing, but Miya’s work spans the gamut from amplified leaves and electronically activated glass bottles to a string quartet and partnerships with the world’s most exciting improvisers. Whatever she offers will be vibrant, colourful and unexpected!
Portrait of Alvin Lucier
Saturday, July 6 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Adult $25 Child $12.50
On this special evening, we celebrate one of the greatest artists of our time, the roshi of American experimentalists, Alvin Lucier, with a program of Lucier’s most profound compositions, including a new work commissioned by Banff Centre. Alvin has spent his life writing love songs for the open mind. Experience them in the shadow of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain.
Blue Rodeo ** SOLD OUT! **
Sunday, July 7| 6:30 PM | Shaw Amphitheatre | SOLD OUT General Admission$60
Get your tickets early, Blue Rodeo’s annual show sells out each year! Blue Rodeo is an iconic Canadian country rock band formed in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. Spanning nearly three decades, Blue Rodeo has sold in excess of four million records and won an unprecedented 11 JUNO Awards, establishing themselves as one of the premier groups in Canadian music history.
Ensemble Evolution Faculty Recital featuring Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas, Reut Regev, Cris Derksen, Yvette Janine Jackson
Tuesday, July 9 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Adult $25 Senior/Student $22 Child $12.50
Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas and Reut Regev make their instruments into vehicles for the exploration of distant musical spaces. And if you still think of these instruments as the genteel instruments of classical music aristocracy, get ready to be completely upended.
With them, you are invited to explore an extraordinary range of styles, historical periods, levels of virtuosity, and just-down-to-it artistry. Join us in the second half of the concert for a radio play in the dark by Yvette Janine Jackson, whose newest work will be premiered later in the week.
Literary Journalism at Communitea: Editors in Conversation
Wednesday, July 10 | 7:30 PM | Communitea, Canmore | General Admission $10
Join Rogers Communications Chair, Susan Orlean with Literary Journalism editors Canadian non-fiction writers Carol Shaben and newcomer, Michael Harris for an engaging evening as they explore new ideas in journalism and experimentation in long-form non-fiction writing.
Bodytraffic Dance Performances
Friday, July 12 | 7:30 PM | Eric Harvie Theatre | Adult $25 Senior/Student $22 Child $12.50
Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its Los Angeles-grown, contagious vivacity. Featuring new work and established endeavours including: (d)elusive minds by Fernando Magadan (World Premiere!), A Million Voices by Matthew Neenan, Dust by Hofesh Shechter, o2Joy by Richard Siegal.
Ensemble Evolution Participant Composer Showcase
Friday, July 12 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Free
Featuring world premieres of works by our stellar Ensemble Evolution participant composers Lisa Atkinson, Gabriel Champagne, Liam McGill, and Kristina Wolfe.
Drawn to Nature at the Cave & Basin: July
Saturday, July 13 | 10 AM | Cave and Basin National Historic Site | Free
Participants of all ages and levels of experience are invited to sketch and draw at Banff Centre’s free ongoing beginner-level drawing workshops. Join esteemed Teaching Artist in Residence Janice Tanton as we explore different materials and techniques for mark making in this facilitated class. All classes encourage artistic exploration and conversation about the ways in which we interact with the cultural and geological landscapes of Banff National Park. The drawings and sketches produced from these sessions are invited to display in a Community Exhibition at the end of the year. Workshops are provided free of charge, all materials included, registration is required.
Ensemble Evolution Open Studios
Saturday, July 13 | 12 – 3 PM | Rolston Recital Hall lobby | Free
Continuing an EVO tradition, we’ll offer an exciting set of simultaneous performances we called the ARCades. Nearly every space on the Music and Sound building will host performances–including new work by our participant collaborators, and some much loved traditional repertory. Poke your head into a room to sample something new, then move on when the spirit moves.
Saturday, July 13 | 6:30 PM | Shaw Amphitheatre | General Admission $45
See these rising Canadian indie artists as they perform award-winning music with an entrancing lo-fi aesthetic. This pop band formed in 2011 is from Toronto. They have played festivals such as SXSW, Glastonbury and Coachella – plus their newest album ‘Antisocialites’ won a Juno.
Don’t miss them play the Bow Valley’s favourite outdoor venue!
Ensemble Evolution Final Performance
Saturday, July 13 | 7:30 PM | Rolston Recital Hall | Adult$25Senior/Student$22Child$12.50
Pauline Oliveros’ “The Wanderer” album art. Image courtesy the program directors.
So it goes, it must be said. Ensemble Evolution says farewell in style with a program of new music for the sojourning soul, featuring the world premiere of Yvette Janine Jackson’s Banff Centre commission for an ensemble of ICE faculty members and EVO participants (including a full set of marching percussion instruments!), alongside Julius Eastman’s ‘Gay Guerrilla,’ an EVO tradition.
June 15 – August 25 | Walter Phillips Gallery
Since 2015, Vancouver based-artist Carmen Papalia’s practice has been grounded in the conceptual framework he terms Open Access. This set of five tenants draw on Papalia’s experience as a non-visual learner, a term he chooses to identify with over the medicalizing terminology of blind or visually impaired. Emphasizing what he understands as an institution’s social accessibility, the framework of Open Access advocates for the artist’s understanding of “accessibility as social practice” – a temporary experience that requires a relational approach to mutual care. For this exhibition, Papalia is collaborating with Heather Kai Smith on an animation and series of works on paper which visually interpret the concept. Primarily working in drawing, Smith’s work often engages ideas of mutual support through careful renderings of archival protest documentation. Materially emphasizing the labour, as well as ephemeral nature, inherent in a relational approach to accessibility, the commissioned works will mark the Vancouver-based artists’ first collaboration. The exhibition design for Guidelines is by Goodweather Studio.
this land is lonely for us
June 22–August 18, 2019 | Eric Harvie Theatre, West Lobby
Jaime Black / Meagan Musseau / Anne Riley. Curated by Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum, Sylvia Dreaver. Indigenous epistemologies intrinsically connect us as peoples to the land. As the place where our ancestors reside; where spirit beings exist; and where living plants, animals and humans interact; land is entwined with territory, kinship and identity, and holds a myriad of cultural, social and political ideologies that have shaped our relationship to it. The creation of Canada’s first National Park in Banff imposed boundaries and displaced the original people of this territory. The artists in this land is lonely for us delve into their relationship with this specific region, through self-affirming practices rooted in culture and tradition that counter the ongoing legacies of colonial violence and imposition of oppressive structures. Works by Jaime Black, Meaghan Musseau, and Anne Riley, reflect recent bodies of work produced on Banff Centre’s campus. Each encourages site-specific discourse around this place and ask how cultural traditions can be reclaimed upon a land from which Indigenous peoples have historically been dispossessed. Does the land cry for us? Does it feel the presence of our absence? Does it cry like so many of our mothers missing their stolen children? Does it long for our footsteps, our laughter, our song, and the careful ways we hunt and harvest?