Neil Cadger

Neil Cadger, B.A., M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Performance
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 162, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9349

2017-2018 Courses

THTR 101-001 Term 1 Acting I: Improvisation - The Body in Performance

THTR 101-003 Term 2 Acting I: Improvisation - The Body in Performance
THTR 202-001 Term 2 The Actor's Process II


  • Master of Fine Arts (Theatre Directing), 1997, University of British Columbia
  • Diploma, 1984, l’école Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France
  • Bachelor of Arts (English), 1986, University of British Columbia

Neil Cadger is a performer, director and teacher who graduated from l'école Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium in 1984 and created theatre performances which toured extensively in Europe. He recently co-founded Inner Fish Performance Company with Denise Kenney in order to provide an infrastructure for producing and touring devised performances.

Neil teaches an interdisciplinary, physical approach to performance.

Research Areas

Interventionist Performance; Site-specific performance; Live Art and New Media; Eco-activism

Interactive Media in LIve Performance; Analogue and Digital Representational Technologies


The second incarnation of The House at the End of the Road was Green Space. It is a hybrid of installation/performance art and traditional theatre staging. Six performers use 64 two-by-fours in an open interactive space to tell a story of a man, a woman and a house. The work continues our investigation into the destructive migration of Dick and Jane, a restless urban couple in endless pursuit of greener grass. It was invited to the 2012 Canoe Festival in Edmonton and was performed at the Kelowna Art Gallery and Kelowna’s Summerhill Winery Pyramid as part of their fertility festival in 2012.

This project was funded through the Edmonton Canoe Festival, The Canada Council, and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan.

The House at the End of the Road (Green Space)

Kelowna Art Gallery, 2012

The Soundcan Project is an experiment using indoor and outdoor public spaces as performance venues for live art. The intention is to interrupt habit and challenge traditional and sanctioned cultural exchanges. In May and June of 2011, six public interventions in Europe were created, performed and recorded for a documentary film depicting public intervention practices and their goals and outcomes. These included performances in Utrecht, Gent, Bielefeld and Berlin.
 Soundcan technology combines a portable amplifier and a battery with an audio speaker inserted into an aluminum can. The soundcan is connected to an amplifier by 5 metres of speaker cable; the amp and battery are attached to the performer. Depending on the nature of the project, there are three sound sources used: a headset microphone, a cordless microphone receiver and an mp3 player. We first performed Instant Artifacts at the opening reception at the Performance Studies International Conference in Utrecht. We also performed a number of street interventions in Utrecht itself, the most successful happening in a courtyard (Neude Janskerkhof) beside St Martin’s Cathedral where we amplified Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and circulated through the highly resonant space. In Gent, Belgium we worked with Craig Weston from The Primitives and Koekoek, a street theatre group Weston created within the infrastructure of the social-cultural centre De Vieze Gasten. We created and performed a number of interventions throughout the city of Gent, including Sheep/Wolf, The Beach, andCafé Terrace. In Bielefeld, Germany, we performed Moo, and The Beach on the street and we created site-specific installations in Theater Labor’s large theatre complex as part of their Junge Triebe festival. In Berlin we performed in Gorlitzer Park where we were filmed by documentarian Volker Meyer-Dabisch as part of a documentary about this old East German railway terminus turned park.

This project was funded through a Hampton Research Grant, The Canada Council, and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan.

Soundcan: The Art of Public Noise

European Tour 2011

The House at the end of the Road, co-creator/performer; Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Kitchener, 2010 (pitch sessions); Vancouver East Cultural Centre Culture Lab, June 2010

Inner Fish, co-creator/performer, Kelowna 2009

Just Looking, deviser/director, UBC Okanagan 2008

Ground Rules, co-creator/performer, work-in-progress performance Kelowna 2008

This Neck of the Woods, deviser/director, UBC Okanagan 2007

The Cloaker and the Cabinet, with Ramshackle Theatre, co-deviser, Whitehorse and Toronto, August 2007

365 Days/365 Plays, by Suzan-Lori Parks, co-directed with Virginie Magnat, UBC Okanagan, April 2007

machinic phylum, a roaming soundcan orchestra, deviser/performer, Life and Arts Festival, Kelowna, May 2006

stonescansandplants, a sound inhabitation, deviser/performer UBC Okanagan, April 2006

Inbetween Machine, with Masayuki Yasuhara, Yoshihisa Nakano and Jose Gates, deviser/performer Kelowna, 2006

Story, by John Cage performer with Bernard Eylenbosch, Kelowna 2006

No Limits, (National Arts Program) mentor/director, Regina, 2005

Sound Can Fly, performer/deviser with Steve Heimbecker, Sound Travels festival Toronto 2005

Generations, performer with Co. Mossoux-Bonte, France, Belgium 2004-07

24/7, director/deviser, Greystone Theatre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK 2004

Biped Dream 2, performer/creator with Michele Sereda, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK 2004

Spectacle! Spectacle!, collaborator/instructor, Speeltheatre, Gent, Belgium 2004

The Bacchae, Euripides, director, Greystone Theatre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK 2004

Biped Dream 1, performer/deviser with Michele Sereda, Neutral Ground, Regina SK 2003

Spring Awakening/Summer of Love, co-created with Michele Sereda, U of S February 2003

metAmorfine, deviser/director, Greystone Theatre, U of S, February 2002

The Company of Wolves, by Angela Carter. An adaptation of the radio play, deviser/director, Greystone Theatre, U of S, March 2001

The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, Narrator, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, November 2001

Negatovas (dance theatre) by Karine Ponties, deviser/performer Charleroi, Belgium 1999 toured Europe in 2000-01

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