A poster for Alchemy: Festival of Student Work at the University of Calgary


School of Creative and Performing Arts shines the spotlight on student driven creations

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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A celebration of dance, drama, music, and interdisciplinary performance, the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts’ festival of student work unites disciplines for a collaborative program.

Created and presented by undergraduate and graduate students, go for a deep-dive through drama productions, music concerts, staged readings, dance performances, and interdisciplinary creations as each division is profiled over the festival. What are we checking out? Here are our picks for this year:


March 28 – 30, 2019
Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary (210 University Court NW)
$10 – $13

An exploration of the role of individuals within a revolution, Nathaniel McBride translated this work by Heiner Muller. Inspired by the punk feminist group Pussy Riot, this production juxtaposes the cast’s experiences of oppression with the moral dilemma that a communist revolutionary faces during the Russian Civil War.

World Music Ensemble

March 29, 2019, 8:00pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Court NW)
$10 – $13

The World Music Ensemble is made up of a combination of instruments from different cultures throughout the world. Students have the opportunity to explore and perform the music of different cultures and learn new instruments, developing new music and reworking traditional music through a student-driven creative process.

Bury The Wren: An AR/VR/Carbon Reality Experience

March 30 – April 2, 2019
Doolittle Studio, University of Calgary (Craigie Hall F206, 2940 University Way NW)
Free admission, registration required

In 1880, five members of the Donnelly family were brutally murdered by their neighbours. Annie Donnelly and her husband Robert survived and lived among the murderers, who were never brought to justice. An immersive one-on-one performance, Bury The Wren uses augmented reality and virtual reality, mixed with “carbon” reality, to exhume Annie’s voice from the grave of history.

Double Bill

April 1 – 3, 2019, 6:00pm
Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary (210 University Court NW)
$10 – $13

A double bill featuring Pierrot’s Gender Reveal Party and The Care and Feeding of Baby Birds, this evening of artistic endeavours explores gender binary, mental health, and the desire to be needed.


April 5 & 6, 2019, 8:00pm
University Theatre, University of Calgary (230 University Court NW)
$10 – $13

Dance@Night presents the final choreographic works of students completing their BFA in Dance. In this course-based project, students must identify and follow their own creative process without assigned themes provided. With performances by Kaili Che, Shondra Cromwell-Krywulak, Michaella Haynes, Megan Koch, and Sarah Mitchell as well as choreography by guest artist Heather Ware, don’t miss this fantastic evening of movement.

Alchemy: Festival of Student Work runs March 28 to April 10, 2019 at the University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW) and a full schedule can be found at ucalgary.ca.