#CdnCult Times; Volume 1, Edition 9

#CdnCult Times; Volume 1, Edition 9


Imagination and remembering take centre stage this week. How do we create and remember what no longer exists or never did?

Each post touches on some profound and difficult questions facing artists and their responsibility to create and interpret a collective memory and understanding.

Sarah Garton Stanley finds The Gay Heritage Project an impetus to remember her specific heritage with Patrick Conner, our Geographic Correspondent touch on (amongst other things) the controversial topic of staging The Robert Pickton murders, Joel Bernbaum writes on how stories of homelessness can reach the stage through verbatim theatre.

To my mind, imagination is about the future while remembering is about the past. Imagination can keep our past in the present. Remembering can keep our imagination rooted in the here and now. It is all ephemeral – cause this is theatre.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times



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About the Author

Michael is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow, which he co-created with Creative Catalyst Sarah Garton Stanley. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, where he led the transition from a fee-for-service model named STAF, to the current capacity-building model it operates on. Since 2003, he has run Toronto-based Praxis Theatre, with which he has directed 14 plays and curated several festivals while writing for and running performance-based websites. He teaches regularly at The National Theatre School and Queen's University, where SpiderWebShow is currently in residence.