Monday, 17 April 2017

Banff Spoken Word residency - day 1

Day 1 Schedule

Program Orientation - Room 313, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Building

Opening Circle - Room 313, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Building
Campus Tour - Meet at room 313, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Building

Welcome Reception - Maclab Bistro

What a privalege it is to be here, not only in the stunning landscape, but with such an amazingly talented group of spoken word artists. 

I listened in awe as each individual introduced themselves and shared an original piece of work with the group. Over the course of the next couple of weeks I will be posting about each member of the group, both the participants and the faculty.

Although he belongs to neither of the aforementioned groups, I need to introduce Jim. 

With his knowledge, warmth and love of a good story, Jim's grandfather-like figure made for an ideal tour-guide of the campus.

Jim gave us behind the scenes access to the wardrobe department where the costumes are made for the various theatre, dance and performances happening on campus. 

We were shown 'The Club', where we will be sharing our work with the public at the end of the residency, and finished the tour with a visit to the library. It has a wealth of resources including an object library.

This is a collection of objects that can be borrowed in the same way we borrow books. It includes a plant, a stress ball and a pair of binoculars. What a great idea!

Prior to the welcome reception in the evening, Audrey-Lane and I walked down to the river and got very excited about the sound of snow crunching and the creaking of the ice. 

We marvelled at the ice formations, and noticed a lot of clumps of animal hair caught in the ice.

We will return with the recording devices that we have booked to hire!

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