Lin Snelling

Company member, Carbon 14 Dance Theatre, directed by Gilles Maheu, 1989-2002; involved in national and international touring with Silences et Cris, Les Âmes Mortes, L’Hiver/Winterland, Le Café des Aveugles, La Fôret, Vingt Ans, and the seminal dance/theatre work Le Dortoir.


Graduate of the Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program, 1984.

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism, 1981.

Major Career Achievements

Associate Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta. 2008 - present.

Rewriting Distance.  Workshop/Performance with Guy Cools 2011/ongoing. Rewriting Distance received a  SSHRC Partnership Grant in 2019 to work with Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton, and a Canada Council grant to tour to Halifax in 2020.  In 2012/13 it received a Dissemination Grant and in 2012/13 and toured to Limerick and Dublin in Ireland, Antwerp in Belgium, and Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton in Canada. It was performed at Tanzfabrik in Berlin, and toured to Vienna, Antwerp, Gent and Halifax in 2013/14

Performing Book. An interdisciplinary dance, music and visual art performance developed through support from Canada Council for the Arts, TLEF, and a Winspear Grant. Collaborators are Shelagh Keeley (Visual Art) and Michael Reinhart (Music and Photography) Performed in Limassol Cyprus, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton, Canada.  This is an on-going site-specific inquiry into dance, drawing, music and the writing of a books through performance in site-specific spaces. In 2014 Performing Book was Invited to MoMA for or a Research Residency and was performed as At the Table at The Museum of Modern Art Archives, an internationally recognized research center for modern and contemporary art. Shelagh Keeley and Lin Snelling have collaborated on and off for the past 30 years and have collaborated on a book called Drawing Space (2009), and an artist book called Notes on Choreography and Drawing (2013).

The Room Residency. Directed interdisciplinary dance performance project over 4 years, funded by Canada Council, including 10 artists from across Canada and produced with Usine C, EDAM and the WESTERN FRONT. 2006-2010.

Repeating Distance. Performance/Workshop with Dramaturge Guy Cools. Presented in London, Cyprus, Nanaimo, Montréal, Bruges, Antwerp, Athens, Vienna, Toronto, Holland, Edmonton. 2005-2010.

Major Choreography/ Major Collaborations (selected)

Tedi Tafel: Crying in Public 2018, Everyday: 2014, October: 2011, Calendar Project: 2010 Life World 2009.

Quell with Bingham, Lee, Proudfoot, 2010.

Loop Thing with M. Reinhart, 2009.

Marc Boivin R.A.F.T., 2007/08

Andrew Harwood, Les Cinq Elements, 2005

Alexander Baervoets, Blind 2003 and Wachet Auf, 2007.

Limbes/Limbo with Nathalie Claude, 2004. 

Extinction with M.Reinhart, 2004

Words Will be Spoken/Echo with Hetty King, 2002.

Femme Comme Paysage with M. Reinhart and Josée Gagnon, 2000.

IAMMYOWNRAIN with Chantal Lamirande, 2001.

Daniel Finzi Pasca Visitatio, 2001.

Irene Stamou, Fugitive Epiphanies, 1998.

Improvisation Collectives

Resolutions, 2008-10. Chalk, 2007. 9-5 at the Belgo. 2005. IMF, 2000/01. Danse en Galerie, 2002.  Ensemble Project 1997-98.

Recent Credits

2018       CRYING IN PUBLIC: Montreal. Site-Specific Dance Performance. Created and produced independently by Tedi Tafel in collaboration with Leslie Baker, Lin Snelling, Dean Makarenko, Bill Coleman. Lighting: Yan Lee Chan. Sound: Ana Dall’Ara Majek. Video: Jonathan Inksetter. (reviewed by Le Devoir, leading arts newspaper)

2018       EVA: Edmonton. StageLab. Lin Snelling Director and Performer with composer/musicians Michael Reinhart, Jérémi Roy and David Ryshpan. StageLab.

2018.     HER SOUND – Edmonton. Invited. Celebrating the music of Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcou Lin Snelling dance and featuring Micheline’s incredible, 20-minute electronic work, Constellation I.

2017       RV THERE YET/ Vancouver. Invitation. Dancing on the Edge Festival Gerry Morita concept with collaborator Lin Snelling: a transient dance and music pop up that brings art to the unexpecting in an RV.

2017       anything goes: GWG Dance in 17 parts:  A durational dance performance Installation. Choreographer/Performers: Gerry Morita and Lin Snelling, Sound Design Nicolas Arnez, Lighting Karem Çetinal, Textile Artist/Indigo Dyeing Rachel MacHenry, Visual Artist Kasie Campbell. Dramaturg Nancy Sandercock and Technical Design Trent Crosby. With Sarah Ormandy, Mat Simpson, Sean Arcta, Ben Gorodetsky, Karen Porkka, Chayla Day and Julie Ferguson. Sugar Swing Ballroom, Edmonton. May 25-27, 2017.

2016/17     Moon at Midnight: Choreographer: Amber Borotsik, Dramaturge: Jesse Gervais, Performers/Collaborators: Pearl Edwards, Richard Lee His, Brooke Leifso, Laura Raboud, Lin Snelling, Gianna Vacirca, Jeannie Vanderkerkhove, Bill Yong. Sound: Aaron Macri, Stage Manager: Julie Ferguson. Prairie Dance Circuit Tour: Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Regina.

2016        Versing: Lin Snelling Director and performer with composer/musicians Michael Reinhart, Jérémi Roy and David Ryshpan, and lighting designer Yan Lee Chan. StageLab, Edmonton. https://vimeo.com/181845607

2016       Rewriting Distance: Mary Nunan, Guy Cools, Lin Snelling, Jo Slade, Oscar Mascarenas. St. John’s Church, Dance Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

2016       Rewriting Distance: Guy Cools, Mary Nunan, Lin Snelling, Mary Wycherly. St. John’s Church, Dance Limerick, Limerick Ireland.


2016        Rewriting Distance: Guy Cools, Lia Haraki, Lin Snelling, Arianna Marcoulides. Out-Site Dance Festival, Limassol, Cyprus. 2015 At the Table Shelagh Keeley, Lin Snelling, MoMA, New York City.

2015        Performing Book Shelagh Keeley, Lin Snelling Vancouver Art Gallery.

2014      Everyday Choreography Tedi Tafel, Performers: B. Coleman, L. Baker, L. Snelling, D. Makarenko, and M. Boivin. Les Escales Improbable, Montreal.

2014      Performing Book Shelagh Keeley, Lin Snelling, MoMA, New York City.

2014     Performing Book Shelagh Keeley, Lin Snelling, Power Plant, Toronto.

2013     Duplex Gerry Morita, Lin Snelling, Patrick Arès-Pilon, Expanse Festival Edmonton, Fluid Festival, Calgary.

2013     Project Laboratoire #2 Directed by Chantal Lamirande in collaboration with Magali Babin and Lin Snelling. Montreal, Quartier Danse.

2012     ReDirect, StageLAB, Timms Centre for the Performing Arts.

2012    Duplex: MZD Dance with G. Morita and Shawn Pinchbeck (audio), Patrick Ares-Pilon (projection).

2011    Performing Book, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2011.

2011    Quell EDAM/Western Front. Vancouver, Dancing on the Edge.

2009    Loop Thing: Calgary Fluid Festival

2009    Bashir Lahzar: Movement Director. Directed by P. Defraeye. 

2009    A Life in the Day. Movement Director. Directed by V. Sabourin.


Published Works

2014      Working backwards in Time: Rewriting Distance at “teach me (not!)” Symposium, Vienna. IDOCDE - International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education. On-line journal  http://www.idocde.net/idocs/1040

2014       Notes on Choreography and Drawing Shelagh Keeley Lin Snelling. Artist Book. Writing in response to Keeley’s visual art.

2013      The Body and the Contemporary Performer. All Stages. Alberta Theatre Magazine. Spring 2013 Issue. Pg. 11

2012      Dirty Dancing – Alternatives Journal. Five artists explain how they connect with nature to protect it. All Stages Magazine Vol.38 #3 Pg. 28

2009      Drawing Space. Artist book collaboration with Shelagh Keeley. Artist Book; designer Sarah Wu.

2009       Dance Composition: An Interrelated Arts Approach by Janice Pomer. Artist Highlight Interview with Lin Snelling. Human Kinetics. Pg. 58-62.

2005       Repeating Distance. Contact Quarterly Vol. 32 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2007 Place Issue. Pg. 33.

2001      Breathing Room Liberté. Danses. Volume #43, Number 4/2001.

2000      Studio 303. Catalogue segment.

1984      New Voices.  A Celebration of Canadian Poetry. Mosaic Press. Edited by Clifton Whiten. Pg. 99-104.


Grants Received

SSHRC Partnership Grant, McCalla Professorship 2019/20, Killam Special Opportunities, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, SAS, The President's Fund, Ontario Arts Council, SSHRC Dissemination Grant.

Graduate Student Supervision

Joelle Prefontaine MFA Theatre Practice 2017 Huh?! Social Change Through Plurilingual Immersive Theatre for Young * SSHRC recipient

Maryam Zarei MFA Theatre Practice 2017 The Whisper of the Sea

Cristian Paul Badiu MFA Theatre Practice 2017 Stage reading of The Time Merchant by Matei Visniec

Stacey Murchison MFA Theatre Practice 2018 Elements Solo: Practice, Performance, and Philosophy

Alyssa Bartlett MFA Theatre Practice 2018  HANGWOMAN: Devised Dance Theatre in Process and in Performance.

Nancy Sandercock 2015 frost flowers/artic death machine: a passage to elsewhere

Joshua Clendenin 2016 Cabaireacht in Babel

Joshua Wickard  MFA Theatre Practice, 2011.

Gerry Morita, MFA Theatre Practice 2012, CHASM: the spaces between : In Aesthetics and Practice

Michele Fleiger 2012, MFA Theatre Practice, Teaching the Large Ensemble.

Nancy MacAlear, MFA Directing, 2013. (pool (no water)) Co-Supervisor, Jan Selman

Valerie Planche 2014, MFA Theatre Practice, Coniunctio Oppositorum: The Alchemy of Presence. Co-Supervisor, Jan Selman.