IF 2022: a 24-hour Hybrid Digital/In-Person Festival of Improvised Arts
The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph is thrilled to announce the third annual edition of their 24-hour improvised arts festival: IF 2022. Running online from August 26-27 (ET) and featuring select live performances at the University of Guelph, this free, multi-disciplinary Festival will feature improvised works by 150+ artists from all around the world.
UMFM is pleased to be one the partners for this year’s event and will be airing 9 hours of this amazing content, starting August 27th at 1AM CST running through until 10AM!
IF 2022 features an array of world-class artists, including jazz legends William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and Tomeka Reid; internationally renowned instrumentalists Evelyn Glennie and Susan Alcorn; acclaimed poets Lorna Crozier and George Elliott Clarke; and a range of the most exciting composer-performers in Canada today, including Joyful Joyful, Markus Floats, Olivia Shortt, Gordon Grdina, Anh Phung, Matthew Cardinal, Pantayo, and Sarah Pagé; and dozens of amazing international performers from 15+ countries worldwide — including Winnipeg’s own Doreen Girard, as well as ex-pats Crys Cole and Steve Bates. Partner organizations sponsoring performances include Coastal Jazz and Blues (BC), Hillside Festival (ON), 17, Institute of Critical Studies (Mexico), Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), the Sonic Arts Research Centre (N. Ireland), and Elysium Gallery (UK).
Curated by IICSI director Dr. Ajay Heble (Founder and former Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival), IF 2022 will showcase a range of creators — including musicians, dancers, actors, poets, painters, filmmakers, and more — performing new, spontaneous works. Centred around the theme Towards New Futures: Improvising in Transition, IF 2022 will provide space to imagine (and re-imagine) our world, our relationships, and our communities as we emerge from the uncertainties of these tumultuous pandemic years.
IF 2022 will feature a 24-hour online stream of filmed improvisational performances (available for free at improvfest.ca) as well as a special opening performance (William Parker and Jesse Stewart at the Art Gallery of Guelph, Aug. 26) and closing performance (Nagata Shachu Japanese drum ensemble, Branion Plaza, U of Guelph, Aug. 27).
IF 2022 is presented by IICSI, with support from Musagetes, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Art Gallery of Guelph, and the Government of Ontario as well as the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the College of Arts at the University of Guelph.