Treena Stubel & Sabur Abdulai

Victoria-based Artists in Residence

Treena Stubel
Sabur Abdulai

Treena Stubel is a dance and physical theatre artist. She has created numerous new dance theatre works for festivals in Canada and abroad and is the founding Artistic Director of Bounce Performance Works. She has also choreographed extensively for theatre (Blue Bridge Theatre, Bard On The Beach, The Belfry Theatre, Atomic Vaudeville, The Caravan Farm Theatre, Theatre SKAM) and has received two Monday Magazine Awards, A Chrystal Award, and nominations for a Sterling Award, and a Broadway World Award for Best Choreography. She was the original choreographer and movement director of the Dora Award winning Ride The Cyclone which has gone on to US productions including Off Broadway and Chicago. Most recently, she was the movement and intimacy coach for Blue Bridge Theatre’s production of The Betrayal, and movement coach for The Belfry Theatre’s production of Same Old, Same Old. Her studies include dance and a diverse range of physical disciplines internationally, a BFA in Theatre from The University of Victoria, and an MFA in Lecoq Physical Theatre from LISPA in London, UK. She is also a sought after teacher of movement and has taught at The Canadian College of Performing Arts, The University of Victoria, and at The University of Saskatchewan where she was Term Lecturer and directed the acclaimed production of Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret In the Wings.

Sabur Abdulai – I migrated to Canada in 2015 from West Africa Ghana as a traditional international artist. In Ghana I have performed for all of the Ghanaian presidents since when I was a child with the Centre for National Culture northern religion Tamale Ghana.

My mother was a senior dancer at the Center for National Culture in Ghana. Dancing is from my great grandfathers passed down as true as the blood line. I choose to follow the footsteps to fulfill the dreams and legacies of my grandfathers.

I taught and lead a dance group in Ghana for 16 years before moving to Canada. I have been teaching West African traditional dances, drumming and singing around BC for the past five and half years which has been so successful. Also I am proficient at azonto styles of dance which is Ghanaian hip hop. I have been teaching fitness classes and West African dance workshops in the schools and students love my styles of teaching. I enjoy teaching students so much because if I see them happy it makes me happy.

My passion is to share the Ghanaian African culture as true entertainment by my love of African spirit, rhythms, singing, drumming and dancing.