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Awaken – A BAM Workshop Series

February 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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This enlightened workshop series invites you to engage in healing conversation about Black life. Each workshop is pay-what-you-will. Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

Mindfulness & Meditation with Waymatea Ellis
1:00PM – 2:00PM

Healer and Juno nominated artist Waymatea hosts a session on mindfulness and meditation for the Black artist.

Queerness//Blackness//Gender//Abolition with Rebecca Jade
2:00PM – 3:00PM

This past summer, in an article in Afropunk titled “My Gender is Black,” Hari Ziyad wrote that gender identity under whiteness is a tool, not an end. In this workshop, we will explore what it means to say that gender can be a tool. We will discuss the conflation of gender and sex, and how the false belief that there are only two genders and two sexes–in addition to the harmful practice of assigning these to infants upon their birth–is a white supremacist practice with anti-Black roots that run deep on this land. With this knowledge, we will think through what a responsible Black queer relationship between gender, sex, and abolition might look like.

Overcoming Restrictions with Grit
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Participants will walk away equipped to either start their creative projects or continue current ones with creative philosophies that support their resilience in the work. We will use mock scenarios to help each other feel more comfortable with adapting to changing demands on the showcase of our creative work. By the end of the workshop people will understand that the obstacles are the path and that the manner we think about obstacles and restrictions as opportunities is key to cultivating grit in the creative process.

The Lives of Techs
4:00PM- 5:00PM
A conversation on the barriers, opportunities and possibilities for change that exist in the technical theatre world.

Beyond the Darkness: The Golden Handshake. A play reading by Mukonzi Musyoki
5:00PM – 6:00PM

Change is coming to Throes Republic. Within a chaotic attempt to legalise as well as resist the legalisation of same-sex marriage in this African state, a homecoming ceremony of John, a doctoral graduate in Political Science from Canada turns catastrophic. The centre is no longer holding things in place after an inevitable realisation that some forces are beyond our measures. Within a family drama based on an overly controlling mother, an ambitious peripheral father and a confounded stranded sister, John’s world finds itself in smithereens that cannot be put together.


February 12, 2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Lobby – ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada