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CELESTE SNOWBER

AUTHOR | PERFORMER | SPEAKER

"there is a scent to the body's knowing" - CELESTE SNOWBER           

ABOUT

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.

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EVENTS

  • BOOK LAUNCH - Dance, Place, and Poetics: A Performative Conversation
    Feb 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
    SFU SURREY 3240, 13450 102 Ave Unit 250, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada
    Join 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.
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  • Dialogue on Death & Dying
    Thu, Nov 03
    Century House
    Nov 03, 2022, 1:00 p.m. PDT – Nov 04, 2022, 3:00 p.m. PDT
    Century House, 620 Eighth St, New Westminster, BC V3M 3S6, Canada
    Join Celeste for a workshop and viewing of her compassion project. Register Free: Call 604-519-1066
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  • In Conversation with Magnolias
    Sat, Apr 02
    University Endowment Lands
    Apr 02, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    University Endowment Lands, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research, University Endowment Lands, BC, Canada
    Join 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
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  • Inkwelltold
    Sat, Mar 26
    Delta
    Mar 26, 2022, 7:00 p.m. PDT
    Delta, 11425 84 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 2L9, Canada
    Delta Literary Arts Society and the city of Delta present Inkwelltold, reading in a conversation series featuring Celeste Snowber and Winston Le. FREE ADMISSION
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  • HOPSCOTCH - A Poetic Performance
    Fri, Sept 24
    Online Event
    Sept 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
    Online Event
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  • BOOK LAUNCH: MARROW OF LONGING
    Sat, Jun 26
    SEE LINK BELOW
    Jun 26, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT
    SEE LINK BELOW
    Armenian Cultural Association of BC presents Celeste Nazeli Snowber in a Zoom conversation with Tamar Haytayan about her new book of poetry, The Marrow of Longing. Sat., June 26, 4:00-5:30 pm
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  • Thu, Mar 04
    Available Online
    Mar 04, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST
    Available Online
    On the edge of wild and urban landscape as well as the inner landscape of fragility, I take my feet walking as a way of opening up attention and exploring the intimacy of an embodied knowing.
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  • INTRAVENUS: Triple Threat: Feminist, Fifty-ish & Fabulous
    Wed, Jan 13
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    Jan 13, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
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    Interview by Robin Eriksson on CJSF 90.1 on Snowber's Interweaving multidisciplinary forms in performances and published works, and her attention to embodied ways of inquiry.
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  • Keynote Session with Dr. Celeste Snowber "Listening to our own birdsong: Cultivating wisdom as a site of alchemy"
    Jun 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Online Event
    2020 Learning Together Conference
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PROJECTS

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.  

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BOOKS
Books

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

 

Springer Link Publishing

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POETRY

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BLUE WAITING

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

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CHAPTERS | ARTICLES

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

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PRESS | INTERVIEWS

SFU RESEARCH ARTICLE

ART, HEALING, DISCOVERY AND THE MARROW OF LONGING

By Heather Marrows

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

INTERVIEW FOR CBC NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Sheryl Mackay interviews Celeste about new book The Marrow of Longing. 
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE.

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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.

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

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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 

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

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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. 

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INTERVIEW FOR VANCOUVER SUN

ART OF A MESSY LIFE CELEBRATES IMPERFECTIONS

Shawn Conner interviews Celeste about the productions Perfect Imperfections: The Art of  a Messy Life

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

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FEATURE ARTICLE FOR TRI-CITY NEW

MAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE, DANCER SAYS

by Janis Cleugh

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

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REVIEW BY LOOSE LIPS MAGAZINE OF PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS: THE ART OF A MESSY LIFE

Review by Elizabeth Holliday

VIEW ARTICLE HERE

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