The Ring

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo: Traditional Japanese puppet theatre

2012-05-09 11:38

Nishikawa Koyru V, the fifth headmaster of the Kuruma Ningyo Troupe, demonstrate

The Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Company from Japan performed at UVic on May 2 to a capacity audience in Hickman 105. Kuruma ningyo is a rare form of puppetry in which the puppeteer sits on a small seat on rollers and manipulates a life-sized puppet to the accompaniment of a narrator, called a gidayu, and a musician playing a shamisen, a three-stringed instrument sounding rather like a banjo.

Staying contemporary

2012-05-04 10:09

Feeling a lack of new art on campus since the closing of the Maltwood? Step outside the Ring and visit the Visual Arts Building, where the 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view for the next week. Featuring the work of seven emerging contemporary artists, all of whom are completing their Master of Fine Arts degrees in Visual Arts, this exhibit is always one of the most anticipated shows of the year.

Students learn and work with legendary man of the theatre

2012-03-08 11:42

Marowitz working with Kenney (left) and Lo (right) Photo: Adrienne Holierhoek

Imagine getting the chance to work with a legendary Shakespearean master? This was the opportunity offered to more than a dozen talented actors, designers and aspiring directors at the Department of Theatre when the illustrious playwright, director and critic Charles Marowitz came to UVic this spring to direct his reinterpreted version of Hamlet that will be performed at the Phoenix Theatre, running March 15–24.

Piano man(ipulator)

2012-03-08 11:36

Trimpin (second from left) at work with UVic students  Photo: Dallas V. Duobaiti

While the lyric, “Play us a song, you’re the interactive computer-art piano manipulator,” may not strike the same sweet chord as Billy Joel’s original, it is an apt description of the current project by internationally celebrated sound sculptor Trimpin. In a collaborative venture involving graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Music and the combined Music and Computer Science degree program, for the past two months Trimpin’s team has been recomposing five “rescued” pianos into a complex MIDI-controlled art installation that promises a distinctly 21st-century sound.

Sculpting sound

2011-12-19 14:08

Trimpin in his studio. Photo: Kristy Farkas

Over the next three months, internationally celebrated composer, inventor and sound sculptor Trimpin will be collaborating with a UVic team of emerging sound engineers, musicians and visual artists on his latest project, titled (CanonX+4:33=100). With the team's assistance, Trimpin will transform a group of abandoned pianos into an array of visually dynamic and aurally stunning acoustic and electroacoustic sculptures and automatons, by way of celebrating the 2012 centennial of influential experimental composers John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow.

Say it with dance

2011-12-19 14:01


Never underestimate the power of interdisciplinary chit-chat. When assistant theatre professor Conrad Alexandrowicz met famed poet and writing professor Lorna Crozier at the annual Faculty of Fine Arts  retreat last year, he had no idea their discussion would soon translate into nearly $175,000 in grant funding.

A very tuba Christmas

2011-12-07 15:10

Tuba Christmas concert in Market Square, 2011. Photo: Meaghan Taylor.

The euphonious tones of dozens of massed low-brass instruments playing holiday favourites entranced the audience Dec. 3 in Market Square as UVic music prof Eugene Dowling led the Victoria Tuba Christmas Ensemble in its 33rd annual holiday fundraising concert. The event raises hundreds of dollars each year for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund to help those most in need in our community.

Images of internment--Paintings by Dr. Henry Shimizu

2011-12-06 15:08

Henry Shimizu, 3 Images of Internment painting #3

In 1999, Dr. Henry Shimizu created a series of oil paintings based on his life as a teenager in the New Denver, BC, Japanese Internment Camp, from 1942 to 1946. They are now featured in the current exhibition “Images of Internment” at the Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery on the lower level of the McPherson Library.

Major awards mean more creative time for UVic writers

2011-12-06 15:06

Edugyan. Photo: Tom Sandler

Now that the hoopla of the fall writing award season has passed, it’s easy to tell where Esi Edugyan’s priorities lie. “The baby is sleeping now, so I’m hoping we can talk before she wakes up,” says the soft-spoken Giller Prize-winning author in a hushed voice.

Interdisciplinary course produces drama in German

2011-12-06 14:32

The captain (Bryan Gibbs, left) lectiures Woyzeck (Ovidiu Ratiu). Photo: Fiona M

How do you stage manage a play in a language you don’t speak? This was the challenge I faced with Woyzeck: The Choreography of a Murder, a play that was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in the original German last month.