Friday, Oct 2 | 9:00-10:50am

THE BODY POETIC | Room 210 (Instrumental Hall)

Stepping in Tune with our Bodies of Water: A Poetry-Dance Collaboration

Daniela Elza and Su-Lin Tseng

What is it to truly be and to perceive that being? To let go while witnessing the all-at-once of being? This place of transforming the daily into acts of embodied consciousness is transformative. This place where we meet in the word made movement and soul made glad in its dialogue with another. These bodies of water be they human, be they oceans. The pedagogicimplication of such careful attention to each other is immense. “I cannot dance alone,” says [dancer]. In this place of full attention the poem is extended, the dance is completed. “In the ecstasy of the poem/dance I hope to find a small sanctuary for mourning,” says [poet]. Here the word and gesture live not only in danger of internal reveries (Bachelard) but also at the mercy of another’s vision, a more courteous way of being.

We invite you to this collaboration between a poet and a dancer, with a focus on the ocean as a body we enter. A body that enters us. Where you are co-creator in an authentic relationship embodying a moment of being. From where we emerge dripping with insight. Participants will be invited in a workshop and/or a performance/discussion setting where we translate movement to word and word to movement, where we flow like water. We do not all have to write verse, but we all have to live poetically. We do not all have to dance, but we all have to step in tune with the choreography of our world, our being.


Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 100 publications. Daniela’s poetry collections are: the weight of dew, the book of It, and most recently milk tooth bane bone of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder." In 2011 Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from SFU. She was the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley and guest editor of 2014 emerge anthology.

Su-Lin Tseng is a choreographer, a movement innovator, and a comeback dancer. Her focus, in research and in life, is choreographic inquiry, integrating choreographic consciousness in everyday living. She is the co-artistic director for the 2014 Marpole Dance Festival. Su-Lin has a BA and MA in dance.

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Interrupted Vulnerabilities: An Ecotracing of Embodied Poetics and Place

Lynn Fels, Viki Kelly, Kathryn Ricketts, Celeste Snowber

Our collaborative work together continues to uncover the embodied connections between artmaking, research and place. As scholars/artists/musicians/performers we explore what we have named ecotracing and voice sites of inquiry and learning through fragility of memory, artifact, poetry and remnants of place.  We engage in site-specific explorations of ecology through movement, dance, poetry, voice, narrative and music and attend to emergent accidental notes that inform, form and transform our bodyspirits.   As we perform our individual and collective stories we write ourselves and our history into the fluidity of the ecological narrative. We seek to connect the sacred and secular, and find reverence for the ordinary.  Place becomes an opening to explore the connections between the inner and outer landscapes of our lived experience and creation.

The questions we live into are what are the ecological poetics of place for those who seek resonance in the unfamiliar? Place is expanded to fragments of memory, longing, new openings, recognitions, echoes of presence, lingering notes of absence. Our collaboration will be an inquiry into these ecotracings and site-specific work based at the location of the venue will be utilized as possible.  We will integrate music, movement, improvisation, and poetics in temporality of place and space, movement and stillness, impulse and response. This work will evolve in the moment in the interruptionof lived experience as it emerges and breathes the possibility of meeting each other and ourselves for the first time. It is our hope that our own vulnerabilities in the process of artmaking in site-specific work shifts our own relationship to the environment as well as fostering a relational aesthetic.  Through breaking open our own fragility in a collective arts-based inquiry we seek to sustain the connections between ecology, body, art and soul. 


Lynn Fels, PhD is a writer, researcher, and educator. Her research focuses on performative inquiry, leadership, performance, arts for social change, drama across the curriculum, teacher education and  curriculum. She is former academic editor of Educational Insights ( and co-author of Exploring Curriculum: Performative Inquiry, Role Drama and Learning, with George Belliveau. She is currently Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.  

Vicki Kelly, PhD is an Indigenous scholar, musician, dancer, visual artist, writer and educator working in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.  Her areas of teaching are Indigenous education, art education, ecological education and health education.  Her research focuses on integrating Indigenous knowledges, art practices, literacies and pedagogies, holistic learning and integrative arts practices and spirituality and contemplative inquiry.  As an Indigenous scholar she is interested in Two-Eyed Seeing and metissage as modes of inquiry and curriculum development.  She is also a therapeutic eurythmist and a visual art therapist who has worked internationally in holistic medicine.

Kathryn Ricketts, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Regina (Canada). She works in the field of embodied literacy, writing and experimental pedagogy. Her research and teaching is integrated with her long-time professional career as a dancer, choreographer, designer, poet and teacher in Canada, Denmark and around the world. She has been working with a focus on social /political issues in schools, galleries and community centers with movement and visual art as the language.

Celeste Snowber, PhD  is a dancer, writer and educator, who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.   She has authored over fifty essays and poetry in the areas of the arts and embodiment and is author of Embodied Prayer and co-author of Landscapes inAesthetic Education. Celeste continues to perform site-specific performances of dance and poetry at the borders between land and sea. She lives in the Lower Mainland of BC with her husband and has three amazing adult sons.  She be found at and blog at

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