The Talks: Digital Creation Hacks

Oct 29, 2021
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Techniques for elevating your art, digitally with June Fukumara, Sammy Chien, and Annie Tung

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Want to make your videos pop? Skills not keeping up with your imagination?

Join us and find new inspiration and techniques for incorporating video into your performance art.

This seminar brings together three artists from three different art practices to talk about their work and process, inspiring you to try brave new things, digitally. 

Each artist will give a short talk on their artist practice and inspirations, and then there will be a 30 minute Q&A. 

They’ll show you innovative new ways to use filters, puppetry, simple animations and more to make your videos more exciting and expressive. More… you.

This talk will be great for anyone producing content for video, whether you’re a singer posting content online, a writer looking to put your work on it’s feet, or just someone who likes to make cute videos for friends (hello TikTok people).

Our 48 Hour Opera Creation weekend participants will be present, as well as anyone in our community who is curious and looking for a hint of inspiration. 

This is a digital event, via Zoom (link with ticket purchase)

Tickets are sliding scale. Suggested donation: $5, $10, $20

This event is a part of Re:Naissance Opera's #IndieFest.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the creation of the 48 Hour Opera Project. 

“The Talks” is a series about ‘the birds and the bees’ of creating opera. 

In these interactive conversations with artists and experts, we tackle the questions that come up when you’re trying to make your own art.

Have an idea for something you’d like us to tackle in the future?  

Contact us at with the subject line: “Talks idea”

The Speakers

June Fukumura

is a multi-disciplinary Japanese-Canadian theatre artist with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University. June is the Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective an artist collective with a mandate to create new experimental works; provide ongoing accessible physical theatre training; and experimental research workshops in Vancouver. She is also the Co-Artistic Director of Popcorn Galaxies an experimental theatre company interested in re-enchanting the everyday through unconventional site-responsive works. Popcorn Galaxies has produced over 14 independent productions in 8 years and has been presented at Centre A Gallery, Vancouver Fringe Festival, BC Culture Days, the rEvolver Festival, the Array, and PushOFF 2021. Additionally, she is the Assistant Dramaturg at the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for the Arts and a Producer for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. She is a dyslexic artist and works as a speaker, advocate, and educator. Her practice includes: acting, clowning, puppeteering, directing, dramaturgy, and devising.

Sammy Chien 簡上翔

is a Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour, who’s an interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor in film, sound art, new media, performance, movement and spiritual practice. With over 400 collaborative projects, his work has been exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), worked with pioneers of digital performance: Troika Ranch and Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and active in projects engaging various underrepresented communities. Sammy has been featured on TV and commercial such as Discorder, Keedan, CBC Arts and BenQ. Sammy is currently leading a dance research project “We Were One” and media arts project “Ritual-Spective 迴融”, both funded by Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. Sammy is the official instructor of Isadora and Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective.

Annie Tung

is a digital artist and creative technologist currently living in Toronto. She creates digital surreal landscapes and objects in 3D that invite people to immerse into the landscapes through augmented and virtual reality. These surreal scenes provide a space for people to escape from reality and into a dreamlike dimension that is meant to be peaceful and calming. As a creative technologist, Annie brings a combination of art and tech innovation thinkings into projects she is involved in. With a deep understanding of new technologies as well as their capabilities and purpose, she is able to help people identify opportunities within different technologies that can help their cause and project. Annie believes in the ethical use of technology, as it is meant to help people and solve problems, in order to build an empathetic and inclusive digital future.

Our Partners

Lucky Penny Opera lives and works on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to be able to benefit from this beautiful and bountiful land, stewarded by the Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial.

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