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 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. Shelagh Keeley and Lin Snelling have collaborated on and off for the past 30 years. Together they created Performing Book (2006-15), an on-going site specific performance with chapters in Antwerp, Cyprus, Montréal, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and New York; a book called Drawing Space (2009), and a recent 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: 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

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.


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.


All Stages Magazine: The Body and the Contemporary Performer 2013
Alternatives Journal. Interviews on Environmental Dance. 2012
Drawing Space. Book collaboration with Shelagh Keeley. 2009.
Contact Quarterly. Repeating Distance. Place Issue. 2005.
Dance Theatre Journal. Dialogues on Blindness. Jeroen Peeters. 2001.
Liberté. Danses. Volume #43, Number 4/2001.Breathing Room.
Studio 303. Catalogue segment.

Grants Received

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

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.