Road Trips at the Roundhouse
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Road Trips at the Roundhouse

 

Award-winning photographers Neil Rough and Nienke Izurieta have travelled all over the world, here is a chance to experience their stunning travel images accompanied by colourful and unusual music.

Music by Nadia Francavilla, violin;  Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass; Joel Leblanc, guitar and Joel Cormier, percussion.

 

admission by donation: suggested $10

 

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Open Arts 40 McGregor/Newsome
Sep
17
8:00 PM20:00

Open Arts 40 McGregor/Newsome

Mark Takeshi McGregor, flutes; Greg Newsome electronics

Delve into haunting electroacoustic soundscapes and wild neo-noir glitch with “superhuman” flute virtuoso Mark Takeshi McGregor. Returning to New Brunswick with performances in Moncton and Saint John, McGregor presents a programme for flute and electronics, including the striking and much-celebrated Tarantino Études for bass flute and audio-video glitch—the most recent addition to the famed “Études” cycle by Montreal composer Nicole Lizée. The programme also features the Atlantic Canadian premieres of new works for flute and electronics by James O’Callaghan (BC/QC) and Gregory Lee Newsome (ON), as well as solo acoustic works by Hope Lee (AB) and Michael Oesterle (QC) — completing an all-Canadian program that weaves effortlessly between the virtuosic, the introspective, the macabre, the theatrical, the hilarious, and the all-out demented. Photo credit: Jan Gates.

 

Warning: this programme contains audio/video footage of mature language and simulated violence/drug use. 

Admission is Pay What You Wish; suggested donation $10 tickets only available at the door.

 

 

 

 

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Nest and Skywalker
Jun
23
4:30 PM16:30

Nest and Skywalker

Premiere of Skywalker (2017) by Andrew Reed Miller. Danielle Sametz, violin; Rob Dutton, trumpet; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass.

 

Written to commemorate the Canada 150 Legacy Mural, "Nest", by Deanna Musgrave

The event begins at 4:15pm, June 23rd at the Skywalk in Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick. All are welcome! Free of charge!

We encourage you to wear feathers and birds.  

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of New Brunswick and the SOCAN Foundation

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Le Hum: Piling Sand - Piling Stone VI
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Le Hum: Piling Sand - Piling Stone VI

Piling Sand, Piling Stone 6 by André Cormier (2014) performed and programmed by Andrew Reed Miller

made possible by a Commissioning grant from the Canada Council for the Arts


André Cormier’s work has been presented in Canada, the US, Europe and New Zealand. He has written for solo, small and large chamber ensembles, as well as music for opera, dance and collaborative work with visual artists. His works have been commissioned from a variety of artists in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2004 he founded Ensemble Ordinature and has since served as artistic director. He produced their debut recording of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, which is featured on ubu.com and was favourably reviewed in UK new music magazine The Wire. Along with violist Mieka Kohut and artist Donna Kelly, Cormier co-founded CO•LAB, a multi-disciplinary collaborative project.

In 2008 he launched Éditions musique SISYPHE (emsis.ca) a music publishing house focusing on experimental music. His piece Piling Sand–Piling Stone 2 was featured at the inaugural concert of Listen/ Space, in Brooklyn, NY.

Ensembles that have presented Cormier’s work include musica intima (Can), Park Lane (Can/US), Erreur de type 27, (Québec), Nu:BC (Can),The Tempest Flute Ensemble (Can), Suna no onna (Can/US),Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble (Can),Aventa (Can), ctrl +alt+repeat Large Ensemble (LA), Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal), Audiamour (Germany/Greece), Saint Crispin's Chamber Ensemble (Can), Motion Ensemble (Can) Lost Dog New Musik Ensemble (NY), Guthrie/Streb (LA), OXO Ensemble (NY), New Century Players (US), Redshift (Can), BEAMS Electroacoustic Ensemble (Can), 60x60 Project (US), New Century Players (US). Soloists that have presented Cormier’s work include violinist Clemens Merkel, vocalist Andrea Young, cellist Jessica Catron, harpist Susan Allen, violinist Johnny Chang, violist Mieka Kohut, and his work has been broadcasted on CBC, Radio Canada, Radio New Zealand, KZSU (LA),Wandelweiser web radio (Germany).

Andrew Reed Miller has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years, playing in orchestras, opera and ballet companies and performing chamber music. Originally from New York, Andrew now lives in the small city of Saint John, Canada. In 1994 he began focussing on contemporary and experimental music, developing original compositions, audio installations and media art. Much of his recent work explores the culture of music in the early 21st Century and uses interactive electronics, extended instrumental techniques and psychedelic dissonance. He was founder of Motion Ensemble (1998-2014), which premiered many new works and performed at all sorts of venues, including Sound Symposium (Newfoundland), Tonic (NYC), Western Front (Vancouver) and New Music Concerts (Toronto) Miller is principal bass of Symphony NB, Atlantic Sinfonia, has been heard on numerous CBC broadcasts and was invited as guest artist by the NB Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, The Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), Ensemble Kore (Montreal) Open Waters (Halifax) and Earshot concerts (Toronto). Andrew had many student inspirations studying bass in Toronto with the great Joel Quarrington , at the University of Ottawa, the Kent Blossom Chamber Music Festival in Ohio, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and many other places. More recently he studied Max/MSP/Jitter programming at Harvestworks in New York

 

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Open Arts 37 Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 37 Phil Kline's Unsilent Night

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written speci cally to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audi- ence becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music. Originally the music was played using only cassette tapes in boomboxes, but as vintage boomboxes have become harder to nd, more people use smartphones with portable speak- ers to blast the music (by streaming audio or using the free Unsilent Night app which randomly selects one of the tracks to play). Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. Participants start playing their devices simultaneously, then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating
a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener’s perspective. 

Even if folks don’t have a boombox or little Bluetooth speakers, we have lots and you can hook up your iPod or phone, all are welcome to come along and enjoy the piece!

 Everyone is encouraged to visit unsilentnight.com to look for the free mp3s, free iPhone or Android apps.

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Dante Boone recital in Moncton
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Dante Boone recital in Moncton

The Department of Music at the Université de Moncton, LeHum and Open Arts presents a performance by pianist Dante Boon.

Originally from The Netherlands, Dante Boon is visiting Moncton as part of his North American tour. Boon will perform works by Anastassis Philippakopoulos, Eva Maria Houben and Jurg Frey.

The Canadian creation of a new work, named "Metallurgy" and commissioned by André Cormier for this tour, is also on the program.

This show is at Neil-Michaud Hall of the Pavilion of Fine Arts at the Moncton campus.
The entrance is free.
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Open Arts 36 Ensemble Sisyphe
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Open Arts 36 Ensemble Sisyphe

New Brunswick's ensemble specializing in austere minimalism with guest artist Dante Boone

Nov. (St. John) (2016) WP - Dante Boon 

Fontaines historiques de Paris (2016) - André Cormier 

Four Note Chords (2009) - Tom Johnson 

Mille Regretz (2012) - Taylan Susam  

Dante Boon, conductor

Jeffrey Bazett-Jones, violin, Robin Streb, viola, Katie Bestvater, cello, Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass, Chelsey Hiebert, oboe, Julie Rochus, horn

DANTE BOON (1973) is a Dutch composer and pianist living in Amsterdam.

At the age of 14, he started his piano studies at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatorium. At the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, he studied composition with Diderik Wagenaar.

After having been the keyboard player and arranger for a major Dutch rock band for several years, he went back to the classical, especially contemporary piano repertoire.
 
With Samuel Vriezen, he recorded Tom Johnson’s Symmetries (piano four hands) for Karnatic Lab Records. Recordings for other labels include works by Rozalie Hirs (Attacca Records) and Philip Corner (New World Records). his first solo CD cage. frey. vriezen. feldman. ayres. johnson .manion was released 2010 on Edition Wandelweiser Records to international critical acclaim.

Admission: by donation ($10 suggested)

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Open Arts 35 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 35 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Once again Open Arts presents a classic silent movie with live music!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets.

Score for Improvising Musicians by Andrew Reed Miller

Joel Leblanc, guitar

Nadia Francavilla, violin

Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass

Étienne Levesque, percussion

Admission: by donation ($10 suggested)

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Open Arts 34 Taktus
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 34 Taktus

Taktus, Toronto’s groove-based marimba duo, was founded by percussionists Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith. Taktus seeks to create music that crosses borders between genres and is relevant to contemporary audiences. In their original arrangements, the duo has reenvisioned works of minimalism and electroacoustic music on the marimba. In the summer of 2015, Taktus released their debut album, Glass Houses for Marimba, on the Canadian Music Centre’s record label, Centrediscs. It has received critical acclaim by reviewers from Wholenote Magazine, Scene Magazine, and I Care If You Listen. The album also made CBC’s list of Top 10 Canadian Classical Music Albums of 2015. Following the launch of their album, Taktus were guest performers at FUZE Fest in Fredericton as part of the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival and at the “Intersections” new music festival in Toronto. In 2016, Taktus has premiered a number of new arrangements of works by Philip Glass and Aphex Twin. They presented a concert in the Toronto Summer Music Garden series on September 1st, which launched their current tour.

Admission: by donation ($10 suggested)

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Charade Parade at Third Shift
Aug
19
8:00 PM20:00

Charade Parade at Third Shift

  • Grannan Street Saint John, NB, E2L Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Open Arts and Third Space present Charade Parade, an experimental marching band

 

Joel Leblanc, guitar

Andrew Reed Miller, bass guitar

Andrew George, clarinet

Jon Fisher, horn

Joel Cormier, percussion

A roving and meandering source of sonic material, this group will reach the ears and minds of anyone in their vicinity. Music will range from free-improvisation to classics such as Swell Music (1967) by James Tenney and Word Event (1961) by George Brecht. Guitar performers tow battery-powered amplifiers on wagons. Interaction with the public may happen.

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Ok. Quoi?! Festival - Sackville
Jul
25
to Jul 28

Ok. Quoi?! Festival - Sackville

  • Sackville Waterfowl Park Trail Sackville, NB, E4L 3B2 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Open Arts presents events at  Ok. Quoi?!

collaboration with Struts Gallery

Liens Intimes et Problématiques (2014) André Cormier

André Cormier's epic piece lasts over 7 hours. Performance will be split into four days, each afternoon at 1pm at the Sackville Waterfowl Park. In case of rain, it will take place in St Paul's Anglican church Hall at 125 Main St.

 

Ensemble Sisyphe

Jeffrey Bazett-Jones, violin

Robin Streb, viola

Katie Bestvater, violoncello

Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass

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Open Arts 31 The Four Temperaments
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 31 The Four Temperaments

Four colorful pieces of music are paired with four magical drinks by creative bartender Andrew George. An hour of intense sensory experience!

$30 admission, cash only at the door. If you don't want our alcoholic drinks, admission by donation

Robin Streb, viola; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass; Joël Cormier, percussion
Andrew George, inventor of drinks

SANGUINE (highlights of basil and gin) Swell Music (1967) by James Tenney

CHOLERIC (features mango, cayenne and rum) Normally Natural (1999) by Todd Harrop

PHLEGMATIC ("secret" ingredient: elder flower liqueur) Circles Again (2009) by Andrew Reed Miller

MELANCHOLIC (bergamot, bourbon and mysteries) Having Never Written and Note for Percussion (1971) James Tenney

 

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Open Arts 30 Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 30 Phil Kline's Unsilent Night

This event is free of charge!

 

Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, which are played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their portable speakers or boomboxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener’s perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations.

Even if folks don’t have a boombox or little Bluetooth speakers, we have lots and you can hook up your iPod or phone, all are welcome to come along and enjoy the piece!

Participants will meet at The Interaction School for Performing Arts 228 Germain St. in Uptown Saint John on Friday, December 18 at 7pm to start the parade. Everyone is encouraged to visit unsilentnight.com to look for the free mp3s, free iPhone or Android apps.

 

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Open Arts 29 Nosferatu
Oct
31
7:00 AM07:00

Open Arts 29 Nosferatu

OPEN ARTS will present this classic silent film with live music

Score for improvising musicians by Andrew Reed Miller

admission by donation

Joel Leblanc, guitar
Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass
Stephanie Tierney, guitar
Andrew George, clarinet
Jon Fisher, horn

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Open Arts 28 Ensemble Sisyphe
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Open Arts 28 Ensemble Sisyphe

kiarostami quintets (2004) — Antoine Beuger

Atisbos de Bernoulli (2015) — Mirko Sablich 

Liens intimes et problématiques (2014) — André Cormier  


Quatuor Sisyphe: Jeffrey Bazett-Jones, violin; Robin Streb, viola; Ana Maria Lleras, violoncello; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass; Chelsey Heibert, oboe

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Open Arts 27 Piling Sand, Piling Stone 6
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 27 Piling Sand, Piling Stone 6

Piling Sand, Piling Stone 6 by André Cormier (2014) performed and programmed by Andrew Reed Miller

made possible by a Commissioning grant from the Canada Council for the Arts


André Cormier’s work has been presented in Canada, the US, Europe and New Zealand. He has written for solo, small and large chamber ensembles, as well as music for opera, dance and collaborative work with visual artists. His works have been commissioned from a variety of artists in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2004 he founded Ensemble Ordinature and has since served as artistic director. He produced their debut recording of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, which is featured on ubu.com and was favourably reviewed in UK new music magazine The Wire. Along with violist Mieka Kohut and artist Donna Kelly, Cormier co-founded CO•LAB, a multi-disciplinary collaborative project.

In 2008 he launched Éditions musique SISYPHE (emsis.ca) a music publishing house focusing on experimental music. His piece Piling Sand–Piling Stone 2 was featured at the inaugural concert of Listen/ Space, in Brooklyn, NY.

Ensembles that have presented Cormier’s work include musica intima (Can), Park Lane (Can/US), Erreur de type 27, (Québec), Nu:BC (Can),The Tempest Flute Ensemble (Can), Suna no onna (Can/US),Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble (Can),Aventa (Can), ctrl +alt+repeat Large Ensemble (LA), Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal), Audiamour (Germany/Greece), Saint Crispin's Chamber Ensemble (Can), Motion Ensemble (Can) Lost Dog New Musik Ensemble (NY), Guthrie/Streb (LA), OXO Ensemble (NY), New Century Players (US), Redshift (Can), BEAMS Electroacoustic Ensemble (Can), 60x60 Project (US), New Century Players (US). Soloists that have presented Cormier’s work include violinist Clemens Merkel, vocalist Andrea Young, cellist Jessica Catron, harpist Susan Allen, violinist Johnny Chang, violist Mieka Kohut, and his work has been broadcasted on CBC, Radio Canada, Radio New Zealand, KZSU (LA),Wandelweiser web radio (Germany).

Andrew Reed Miller has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years, playing in orchestras, opera and ballet companies and performing chamber music. Originally from New York, Andrew now lives in the small city of Saint John, Canada. In 1994 he began focussing on contemporary and experimental music, developing original compositions, audio installations and media art. Much of his recent work explores the culture of music in the early 21st Century and uses interactive electronics, extended instrumental techniques and psychedelic dissonance. He was founder of Motion Ensemble (1998-2014), which premiered many new works and performed at all sorts of venues, including Sound Symposium (Newfoundland), Tonic (NYC), Western Front (Vancouver) and New Music Concerts (Toronto) Miller is principal bass of Symphony NB, Atlantic Sinfonia, has been heard on numerous CBC broadcasts and was invited as guest artist by the NB Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, The Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), Ensemble Kore (Montreal) Open Waters (Halifax) and Earshot concerts (Toronto). Andrew had many student inspirations studying bass in Toronto with the great Joel Quarrington , at the University of Ottawa, the Kent Blossom Chamber Music Festival in Ohio, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and many other places. More recently he studied Max/MSP/Jitter programming at Harvestworks in New York

 

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Open Arts 26 Cloud
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 26 Cloud

OPEN ARTS , Robert MacKinnon, Vice-President UNBSJ
& Bernard Riordon, O.C. UNB Chair of the Art for New Spaces Committee

Cordially Invite you to the Official Celebration of
CLOUD

A mural by New Brunswick artist, Deanna Musgrave 10 feet high by 56 feet long

Musical interlude:
Cloud (2015) by Andrew Reed Miller
for musicians and audio

Carlos Avila, oboe; Andrew George, clarinet; Dannielle Sametz, violin; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass; Kate Clarke, trumpet; Jonathan Fisher, horn

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Open Arts 25 SBOT N WO
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Open Arts 25 SBOT N WO

Sbot N Wo with Robin Streb and Andrew Reed Miller

Program
Radio Music (1956) John Cage
Une description de l’état initial d’un monde Une description d’un but à atteindre Un ensemble d’actions possibles (2013) André Cormier
Guzzle: After John Thompson (2014)  Sbot n Wo
Ingress (2009)  Sbot n Wo
Hush (2007)  Sbot n Wo

Sbot N Wo is a voice/electronics duo based in Saskatchewan. At a residency at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies in 2006, Sbot N Wo worked intensively to develop its unique musical language, which was presented to audiences on a tour of Britain and Europe in spring 2007 (performances in London, Amsterdam, Berlin).  Recent Sbot N Wo performances have included Open Arts in Saint John, the Re:Flux festival de musique actuelle in Moncton, New Brunswick; the OK.Quoi?! Arts Festival in Sackville, NB; the eVOCative Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and school workshops and concerts sponsored by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in PEI.   

The installation “DisLocate DisBody” was presented by PAVED Arts in Saskatoon in 2008.  In 2009, Sbot N Wo toured in Japan with four performances in Kyoto and Osaka.  Sbot N Wo has also performed at the festival Rencontres de musiques spontanées in Rimouski, Québec, Halifax Experimental Music Festival, and Art’s Birthday international radio event. The duo has been broadcast on Radio-Canada and performs the soundtrack to the Vincent Trasov film “Flammable”.  They have toured across Canada, with performances in Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Montréal, in addition to their numerous Maritime performances. Most recently they have collaborated with Sackville’s Struts Gallery artists-in-residence Solomon Nagler and Alexandre Larose to perform a live film soundtrack.

A specialist in new music and extended vocal techniques, Helen Pridmore is celebrated for her performances of standards from Webern and Messiaen to Cage and Berio, but her greatest devotion is to new composers, new music and new sounds. She has a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and taught voice at Mount Allison University for 14 years.

WL Altman is a composer and laptop performer. His written works are performed and commissioned by musicians across North America, and confound conventional models of notated music by sharing real-time creative processes with the performers, through improvisation and reactive listening.

The duo’s name can be credited to former US presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, who in 2002 described Canadians as “spoilt brats of the new world order”.

 

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Open Arts 24 Perspective
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Open Arts 24 Perspective

Collaboration with Connection Dance Works

Music Composition for Dance: an evening of dance, music and discussion.

Musicians: Andrew Reed Miller, Joel Cormier, Robin Streb, Chris Giles

Dance Artists: Patricia Allison, Sarah Power, Kelli Wray, Jalianne Li, Stephanie Grace, Brad Thomson, Brigitte Carroll

Musicians and choreographers work together in a week long collaborative lab residency to create both original music and original dance. Tedi Tafel (Montreal) joins us to facilitate the development of each work-in-progress.

Tedi Tafel is a dancer and choreographer currently working in the fields of performance, installation and video.

Tickets: $16.50 / $11.50 (students & seniors)

Tickets on sale at www.ticketpro.ca, by Phone at 1(888)311-9090 and at all Ticketpro Outlets in Atlantic Canada.

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Open Arts 24 Perspective
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Open Arts 24 Perspective

Collaboration with Connection Dance Works

Music Composition for Dance: an evening of dance, music and discussion.

Musicians: Andrew Reed Miller, Joel Cormier, Robin Streb, Chris Giles

Dance Artists: Patricia Allison, Sarah Power, Kelli Wray, Jalianne Li, Stephanie Grace, Brad Thomson, Brigitte Carroll

Musicians and choreographers work together in a week long collaborative lab residency to create both original music and original dance. Tedi Tafel (Montreal) joins us to facilitate the development of each work-in-progress.

Tedi Tafel is a dancer and choreographer currently working in the fields of performance, installation and video.

Tickets: $16.50 / $11.50 (students & seniors)

Tickets on sale at www.ticketpro.ca, by Phone at 1(888)311-9090 and at all Ticketpro Outlets in Atlantic Canada.

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