Conrad Alexandrowicz

BA York University, MFA University of Alberta

Associate Professor
Physical Theatre Classes / Acting

Phoenix Building Room 108A
Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30 (by appointment)

Areas of Research & Creative Activity
Conrad Alexandrowicz is a director, writer and choreographer, and the artistic director of Wild Excursions Performance. He specializes in the creation of varieties of interdisciplinary performance that address subjects central to the human journey: issues of relationship, gender and power, and the nature of the performance event itself. Drawing from a number of genres and disciplines, which are deconstructed and then recombined in startling ways, the work is often subversive, interrogating conventional theatrical procedures and forms. This includes work that is dance-based, but makes significant use of theatrical elements; work that is theatre-based but contains significant movement or other non-naturalistic components; and work adapted from the standard play repertoire that is staged in innovative ways.

THEA 225 Introduction to Stage Movement
THEA 325/326 Stage Movement I & II
THEA 425/426 Stage Movement III & IV

Brief Biography

Conrad Alexandrowicz holds a B.F.A. in Dance from York University, and an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Alberta. Originally from Toronto, he performed with a number of Canadian dance companies, principally Dancemakers, where he began to produce his own work, much of which featured original text. He left the company in 1987 to choreograph, direct and perform independently. In 1995 he founded the company he still directs, Wild Excursions Performance. To date he has created over forty-five dance and physical-theatre works, some of which have been presented across Canada, in New York City, France and the U.K

Previous to his arrival at the University of Victoria, he taught at Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Film School and Capilano College, and directed at Douglas College, Studio 58 and United Players, as well as for the company he founded, Wild Excursions Performance.

Alexandrowicz currently holds a generous SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) grant to explore using poetry as the textual basis for physical theatre creation. His collaborators on this extended project have been poets Erín Moure and Lorna Crozier—a long-time faculty member in the Department of Writing—and Sandra Dawkins, head of woodwinds at the School of Music.

Selected Creation & Direction Credits

2014 Mother Tongue, final production at The Dance Centre in Vancouver, comprising final versions of The Poet's Dream and our verges <borders>.

2013 First draft versions of The Poet's Dream, based on poems by Lorna Crozier, and our verges <borders>, featuring texts by Erín Moure.

2012 House of X (July 2 -29). A one-act physical theatre work for four actors that explores the potential for and limits of narrative coherence and comprehensibility employing movement, gesture, elements of an invented language, and selected poems by Erin Mouré. Presented by Wild Excursions Performance at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre as part of the Neanderthal Theatre Festival. Made possible by SSHRC.

2012 Studies for Apocrypha of Light, a physical theatre work for seven student actors employing selected poems from the collection of the same name by Lorna Crozier. Made possible by the SSHRC.

2011 i think i can tour to National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

2011 Direction of i think i can by playwright Florence Gibson and tap choreographer Shawn Byfield, at Young People’s Theatre, Toronto. Remount and revision of play for one actor and eight tap dancers, developed under the dramaturgical direction of Allen MacInnis, Artistic Director of the Young People’s Theatre, Toronto. A YPT production.

2010 The Boy Who Went Outsidea dramatic meditation on the life, work and struggles of American musical revolutionary Harry Parch, for six actors, at Performance Works on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. A Wild Excursions production.

2009 Radio Play, an original one-act dance-play for two performers, created by Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, commissioned and produced by Peggy Baker Dance Projects, with Peggy Baker. Presented as part of the High Performance Rodeo at the Grand Theatre, Calgary.

2007 Beggars Would Ride, a two-act musical satire, written and directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz. A Wild Excursions production, nominated for eight Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

2007 i think i can, by playwright Florence Gibson and tap choreographer Shawn Byfield. A dance-play for one actor and eight tap dancers, produced by Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young in Toronto. Dora Award nomination.

2006 The John Moffatt and Larry Lillo Prize, Jessie Awards.

2004 The Crucible Variations, adapted from The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and Are You Now or Have You Ever Been… by Eric Bentley. A Douglas College production, created in collaboration with the cast, presented at the Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, New Westminster.

2003 Quicken, a mask play for eleven actors by Xanthe Faulkner. A Studio 58 production, remounted in 2005 by the Gateway Theatre, Richmond.

2003 The Singer Falls Silent, written, directed and choreographed by Conrad Alexandrowicz. A performance piece for five actors inspired by Prophecy by Peter Handke. A Wild Excursions production at Performance Works, Vancouver. Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Innovation.

2002 Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill. M.F.A. thesis production produced by the University of Alberta Drama Department, Timms Centre for the Arts, Edmonton.

Selected Publications

Making The Wines of Tuscany, Canadian Theatre Review, (1999) Ed. Skip Shand and Ric Knowles.

Pretty/Sexy: Impacts of the Sexualization of Young Women on Theatre Pedagogy.
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Volume 3, Number 3, pp. 288-301.

Reflections on Impossible Pursuits: Staging Harry Partch. Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre. (Accepted for publication)