Celeste Nazeli Snowber, PhD is a dancer, poet, writer and award-winning educator. Her opus of multidisciplinary works has pioneered and instituted the importance of embodied forms of inquiry; the presence of the body within arts-based research, and its implications for writing, being, creating, teaching and living. The foundation of her research lies in the integration between body and mind, physicality and spirituality, with emphasis on connecting the personal and universal. The essence of her performative work centres around site specific performance and complete one-woman-shows that integrate comedy, contemporary dance and improvisation and how one lives a juicy life amidst complexities and wonder. As a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, Celeste is a sought-after mentor and has recently expanded her reach to write, speak and perform to wider audiences who long for the connections between authentic living, discovering voice, and exploring artistic expression in the midst of difficult times. Celeste’s publications include books, collections of poetry, as well as chapters and articles in scholarly books and journals. She has performed and spoken internationally for concert venues, galleries, museums, conferences, and in various outdoor spaces. Celeste’s SFU Faculty Website can be found HERE.
- Multiple DatesSun, Sep 17Darts Hill Garden ParkSep 17, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Darts Hill Garden Park, 16th Avenue and 170th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 9X3, Canada
- Multiple DatesSat, Sep 16Darts Hill Garden ParkSep 16, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Darts Hill Garden Park, 16th Avenue and 170th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 9X3, Canada
- Wed, Feb 15SFU SURREY 3240Feb 15, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PSTSFU SURREY 3240, 13450 102 Ave Unit 250, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, CanadaFeb 15, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PSTSFU SURREY 3240, 13450 102 Ave Unit 250, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, CanadaJoin us in a performative conversation with Celeste to experience body stories, dance, and poetry to introduce her new book Dance, Place, and Poetics: Site-specific Performance as a portal to knowing, published in December 2022.
- Thu, Nov 03Century HouseNov 03, 2022, 1:00 p.m. PDT – Nov 04, 2022, 3:00 p.m. PDTCentury House, 620 Eighth St, New Westminster, BC V3M 3S6, Canada
- Sat, Apr 02University Endowment LandsApr 02, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.University Endowment Lands, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research, University Endowment Lands, BC, CanadaApr 02, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.University Endowment Lands, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research, University Endowment Lands, BC, CanadaJoin us for Celeste’s enthralling interpretation of our majestic magnolias. Tickets can be purchased through eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-conversation-with-magnolias-tickets-277166631857
- Sat, Mar 26DeltaMar 26, 2022, 7:00 p.m. PDTDelta, 11425 84 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 2L9, Canada
- Sat, Jun 26SEE LINK BELOWJun 26, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDTSEE LINK BELOW
- Thu, Mar 04Available OnlineMar 04, 2021, 7:00 p.m. ESTAvailable Online
- Wed, Jan 13cjsf.ca/contents/intravenus-playlist-011320Jan 13, 2021, 10:00 a.m.cjsf.ca/contents/intravenus-playlist-011320
- Keynote Session with Dr. Celeste Snowber "Listening to our own birdsong: Cultivating wisdom as a site of alchemy"Sat, Jun 27Online EventJun 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
Celeste's site-specific performance of dance and poetry in the natural world explores the relationship between ecology and the arts through a pedagogy of place. These sites are spaces between land and sea, including marine and shoreline parks to botanical gardens.
DANCE PLACE AND POETICS
Site Specific Performance as a Portal to knowing
This book explores the relationship between the body, ecology, place and site-specific performance. It is situated within arts-based research, particularly within embodied inquiry and poetic inquiry. Snowber provides a theoretical foundation for integration of these areas, primarily to share the lived experiences, poetry and dance which have come out of decades of sharing site-specific performances.
"A remarkably exuberant creature, Celeste dances ceaselessly, freeing her physiology to respond to the resonant quietude or bluster of whatever terrain she finds herself in, swerving and rocking with the pulse of the place. She gifts herself wholeheartedly to this improvisational conversation-without-words between her body and the elemental powers that surround -- and then allows her words, too, to percolate out of the exchange."
David Abram, author of Becoming Animal: an Earthly Cosmology
Collection of Poems with Sean Wiebe
Shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award, Blue Waiting is a collection of poems in conversation with small beauties formed through the geography of living. This geography takes shape in the edges of islands, mountains, families, and most of all the terrain of the inner life. The inner life is imbued with the details of ordinary life, where the contours of presence is unraveled in attention to what is in before us as humans.
"The writing is beautifully poised on moments when clear boundaries between self and world let lip, and admit again the onrush of magic." - Patrick Ledwell, author and performer.
Acorn Press Canada
PRESS | INTERVIEWS
SFU RESEARCH ARTICLE
ART, HEALING, DISCOVERY AND THE MARROW OF LONGING
By Heather Marrows
INTERVIEW FOR CBC NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Sheryl Mackay interviews Celeste about new book The Marrow of Longing.
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE.
PODCAST INTERVIEW FOR JESUITS IN IRELAND
Pat Coyle interviews Celeste about the role of the body as central to how people live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. This was in light of her performative presentation on 'Body, Spirituality and Passion: Embodied Ways of Inquiry in Vocation' at the international conference on Spirituality in Society and the Professions at Waterford Institute of Technology on 17 May 2019.
VANCOUVER COURIER ARTICLE
CREATE DON'T CLEAN: MULTI-GENERATIONAL ARTIST TRIO EMBRACES LIFE'S MESS
Review by Becca Clarkson of Perfect Imperfections: The Art of a Messy Life
INTERVIEW WITH SAD MAG
Web Editor Sarah Thompson chatted with multi-faceted artist, Celeste Snowber, about her upcoming collaborative show Perfect Imperfections. Celeste joined forces with JUNO nominated bassist Jodi Proznick and harpist Alexa Reimer to create a show about embracing messiness.