#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 4

#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 4


Last week I attended Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Promises to a Divided City at The Theatre Centre and was blown away. Performed by teenagers who live on the periphery of Toronto, it theatricalized and and implicated audiences in what has become clear through several iterations of the Hulchanski report: That the cool, downtown part of the city, the ‘creative class’ part, is becoming a playground for the rich surrounded by an army of working poor as the middle class is hollowed out.

This edition seems appropriate in this context, as three artists discuss their decisions to leave urban centres while continuing their artistic practice. For each, the decision was rooted in the hope of maintaining a decent life for themselves AND creating theatre. Moving out of a big city became the obvious solution.

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.