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announcinG foldA: festival of live digital Arts

Last week on Twitter, SpiderWebShow announced the first installment of foldA, a a nation-wide festival of live digital art. https://twitter.com/SpiderWebShow/status/884767020801290240 foldA is the only festival of its kind...
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...

Thought Residency: Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen

We are generation gaps filling in what wasn’t passed down: "This Time will be better." And with each “no more” and “this way now,”...

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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Zeitgeist or Die -Part I

ZEITGEIST OR DIE I want to say it was “serendipitous” but something about that word choice feels sleazy. We, a group of creators – actor, actor,...

A Buck and a Half*

It’s that time of year when Indigenous performers become extremely popular for a day or two. True, “National Aboriginal Day” has become an entire...

Thought Residency: Dylan On

My last thought: "If you can picture yourself doing anything else, don't go into theatre." I think this is such a damaging thing to say to...

Long Form Math

Making dances with talking, and plays with moving does not actually feel like hybridization to me. It feels perfectly natural, even though I don't...

Old Stories in New Ways

We are two Canadian theatre artists working in Western Kenya in association with rural and urban community-based theatre, music, and dance performers. Some are...