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Québécois Circus and the Global Stage: National Narrative or NOT?

Québec, as a stateless nation, expresses its nationalism through culture and language. What is the national narrative of Québécois circus on the global stage...

Can you defy death with a little more artistry, please?

You are watching a circus performance. The artists, for whatever reason, have a noticeable number of technical errors. The overall show remains cohesive, technical...

Connecting with Audiences in the Digital Age

If circus is human, do circus shows lose their humanity when we force technology into them? “Join The Circus?” the Quand La Foule Devient Cirque...

Notes from a field school in a burgeoning field

This summer, I led the first international graduate field school in Québec Performing Arts with a particular focus on contemporary circus, but as it...

Québec Performing Arts – Edition Context

This week we are turning our attention to the province of Québec. What do you think of when you first hear “Québec” or “Québecois”? French?...

Reflections on Relaxed Performances

Theatres often presume an able-bodied audience member capable of following the spatial and social scripts for movement within most professional venues. But maybe you...

First There Is A Mountain: Reflections On The Republic Of Inclusion

A man with Cerebral Palsy flies to a foreign country to be part of an inclusion conference. There’s a joke there somewhere, and it...
Four figures gathered around a microphone. Cyndi Lauper speaks into the microphone as the other three individuals look at the camera, somewhat surprised.

In The Flesh: arguments for digital performance

"Know your audience" is the old adage, warning writers of all stripes to consider who will be eventually reading – experiencing – what you...

CANADALAND Guide To Canada – a show that points to new live performance models

I did some math in my head as I counted the audience in roughly-full 700-seat Hot Docs cinema (still known in my head as...

Learning this land resonates

My wife and kids love Canada Day. My kids are the colour of Canada, all Red and White. Literally. My wife grew up in Kanata. Her family has settler roots in the Ottawa Valley. My little Indians have red hair. Blue eyes. And status cards. Well, they will… once I send the paperwork away.

For me, it's more complicated. I’m Nlakap’amux. Indigenous.

How are Indigenous people supposed to celebrate the birth of Canada? Most of what we call British Columbia is still un-ceded indigenous territory. Our people were never extinguished, conquered and our lands were never surrendered. That means Canada doesn’t even own it. It’s occupied territory.

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