UCalgary's Conduct
Conduct | Image: Courtesy of the School of Creative and Performing Arts


Experience an intimate, immersive performance at UCalgary

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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A large-scale, original interdisciplinary production, join the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts for this one-of-a-kind immersive performance.

Conduct is an ambitious new project that heralds new artistic territory for the school. Co-created and performed by students of all three divisions of dance, drama, and music, the production offers audiences a wide range of experiences, and was conceived and directed by of SCPA Director Bruce Barton.

Both intimate and spectacular, the piece is inspired by the controversial life and work of Henry Cowell, one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century best known for his ground-breaking extended piano playing techniques. Conduct examines Cowell’s life and music, addressing themes of innovation and eccentricity, morality and prejudice, sexuality and identity, and creativity in captivity.

Created by 10 faculty members and over 60 students, the experience includes blindfolds, walking, standing in small spaces with irregular floor surfaces, and a special performance soundscape that the audience is asked to download to their phones. Because of this immersive nature, there are only 72 tickets available for each performance.

Conduct runs February 9 to 17, 2018 at the Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary (210 University Court NW).