This work was a collaboration with conductor Graeme Langager, the Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music and .the director of the UBC University Singers.

Premiere Date: February 2020 
Premiere Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver BC
Performed by: Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida, movement & choreography
University Singers & UBC Choral Union
Graeme Langager, conductor
Corey Hamm, piano
Tiffany Chen, graduate thesis recital

"just"  is a duet work created by kirsten wicklund In collaboration with Peter Smida...

Kirsten Wicklund is a Canadian Choreographer based in Vancouver, BC. She began her career with The Washington Ballet, Alonzo King's Choreographic Workshop, and became a full time artist at Ballet BC in 2014. Kirsten has danced works by Medhi Walerski, William Forsythe, Jorma Elo, Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal + Gai Behar, Adi Salant, Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Serge Bennathan, Jacopo Godani, Walter Mateini, and Lesley Telford

Kirsten has choreographed independent works for Ballet Kelowna, Dances for a Small Stage, the Dance Deck, Arts Umbrella, Goh Ballet, Lamon Dance, Dancing on the Edge Festival, the UBC Choir, Joshua Beamish's MOVE: the company, and Ballet BC's Choreographic Lab 2021.

Kirsten was awarded the 2020 Choreographic Award at the YAGP Finals. Her recent work “Overcast” was one of only 20 works selected worldwide as part of the International Choreography Competition Hannover which will be presented digitally in June 2021.

Creator & Performer: kirsten wicklund

Collaborator & Performer: Peter Smida

Peter is an independent dancer, choreographer, actor and emerging filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. He is currently an artist in residence and the creative content producer with Ballet BC. Peter danced with Ballet BC 11 seasons where he created, collaborated, and performed works by internationally esteemed choreographers such as Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Jorma Elo, Itzik Galili, Sharon Eyal and Medhi Walerski, among several others. In addition to dancing with the company, Peter has choreographed works and produced films for several workshops and labs as part of the company’s outreach. 

Peter’s film “Let me leave so that you may continue” was recently featured on the Tanstheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch Company) Create’s Platform as part of their Digital Stage Series. His passion and underlying mission is to explore new ways to create and tell stories with the physical body through the mediums of dance, theatre and film.

Conductor: DR. Graeme Langager

Graeme Langager is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music. A passionate and dynamic conductor, Dr. Langager is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and guest conductor. He has performed throughout Europe and across North America, appearing in such venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Stefansdom in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, St. Nicholas in Prague, St. Stephen’s in Budapest, as well as in cathedrals and concert halls in Italy, Spain, and France. His choirs have also performed at numerous choral conferences, including: NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization), ACDA-AR (American Choral Directors Association Conference, Arkansas), IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), MENC/NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

He has taught for more than 20 years in universities and colleges across the United States and Canada. Langager received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the master of music degree from California State University, Long Beach.



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