Bharata Natyam Workshop by Kiruthika Rathanaswami

Artist: Kiruthika Rathanaswami
Friday February 8
1:00 – 2:30pm
Studio A

Bharata natyam is one of the eight classical dance styles of India from the Southern region of Tamil Nadu. This dance form was originally performed in the temples by the “devadasis” or servants of god as a worship. The structure of bharata natyam is divided into three aspects: Nritta (pure dance/technical aspects), Nritya (meaning or emotion through gestures and body) and Natya (story telling/portraying character, theatre). This workshop will introduce the basic positions of bharata natyam, advaus (introductory movements), basic rhythms and hand gestures. This is a beginner level workshop and no previous experience is required. Participants will be required to wear clothes that they will be able to fully move in and be sock or bare foot.

http://www.kiruthika.net/

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Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive

Company: Third Rail Projects
Saturday February 9
10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday February 10
10:00am – 5:00pm
Westbury Theatre

Led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, the workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of methods for working in immersive theater formats, where the audience and the performers are not separated by a fourth wall and the multi-sensory experience of the audience is a central focus.  Over the course of two days, participants will explore the skills that come into play when performers and audience share space, including developing awareness and adapting to a changing audience landscape, ways of cueing and connecting with audiences, and responding to audience choices through intuitive decision-making. The workshop will culminate in a collaborative exercise where participants will work together to craft immersive experiences for each other, providing an opportunity to employ all of the skills that are presented over the two days.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing they can move in and shoes they can move in.
This Intensive is offered on a sliding scale in the spirit of pay-what-you-will.
Full price $175, minimum $50,
Email vanessa@azimuththeatre.com if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation.

thirdrailprojects.com

This is ASL/English Accessible.

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Creating a Culture of Consent: Community Bystander Interventions

Company: Centre for Sexuality (Calgary), Stafford Perry
Tuesday February 12
10:00am – 1:00pm
Studio A

In this workshop, participants will increase their knowledge and identify how media and society perpetuate harmful messages about consent, relationships, and sexual violence. We will explore and discuss the bystander effect and some common barriers to intervention. Participants will also learn practical tools that will prepare them to recognize when and how they can be active bystanders. A program from the Centre for Sexuality in Calgary led by Stafford Perry.

centreforsexuality.ca

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Azimuth Performance Lab presents The Anitafrika Method with D’bi Young Anitafrika

Artist: D’bi Young Anitafrika
Saturday February 16
9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday February 17
9:00am – 1:00pm
Studio A

The Anitafrika Method is a critical and creative autoethnographic praxis inspired by the foundational work of Dub poets Anita Stewart and ahdri zhina mandiela. Devised by D’bi Young Anitafrika, the method emerges from Jamaica’s socio-political Dub culture (music, poetry and theatre) and is informed by decolonial queer Black feminisms, intersectionality, pan-Africanisms and Black diaspora spiritualities. It aims at providing arts practitioners — particularly those who identify as womxn and BIQTPOC (Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Colour) — with a reflexive social justice framework to enact in art making. The Anitafrika Method is an approach to performance training, creative devising and self-development that provides the practitioner with tools to navigate the entanglement of gender, race, class, sexuality and ability in our art practice and in our lives. The method has been utilised by Nightwood TheatreThe Stephen Lewis FoundationThe Banff Centre, University of Toronto, Ryerson and York Universities, MaRSWomen's College Hospital, and other institutions globally.

The acronym S.P.O.L.R.U.S.I.E represents the method's nine foundational principles of Self-knowledge, Politics, Orality, Language, Rhythm, Urgency, Sacredness, Integrity and Experience balanced by nine bodies: Beyond Body, Spiritual, Mental, Community, Emotional, Economic, Creative, Physical and Earth Body. Workshop exercises comprise of physicalising, vocalising, writing, dialoguing, meditating, reflecting, critically analysing and devising. Over the course of the workshop practitioners reflect upon their own lived experience, as a catalyst to creating new work, using the Anitafrika Method as guide.

Participants should wear clothing fit for movement and bring a notebook and pen.

This Intensive is offered on a sliding scale in the spirit of pay-what-you-will.
Full price $175, minimum $50,
email vanessa@azimuththeatre.com if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation.

dbiyounganitafrika.com/

This is ASL/English Accessible.

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Engaging and Working with ASL/English Interpreters, ASL Coaches and Deaf Consultants in Theatre: A Guide for the Community

Presenter: Nicole Sander and Catherine Joell MacKinnon
Saturday February 16
11:00am – 12:30pm
Studio Theatre

A performance’s over-all aesthetic is one of the resounding factors that leads to its success or ultimate failure in the patron’s and critic’s view. Many factors impact this aesthetic when utilizing inclusive measures to incorporate something like American Sign Language (ASL). Where do you find competent theatre skilled Interpreters? How will the performance use them? Should you be using a Deaf Interpreter? What about a Deaf actor on stage? Have you considered the need for a Deaf Consultant or ASL Coach? Did you budget correctly or did you budget at all? …. And most importantly, why are you doing this in the first place?

During this workshop we will delve into these questions and many more. With the current shift towards greater inclusion in the mainstream, we will uncover the truths about access versus inclusion and what that really looks like from the Deaf perspective.

This is ASL/English Accessible.

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Maritime Sign Language: History and Culture

Presenters: Linda Campbell and Jim McDermott
Sunday February 17
11:00am – 12:30pm
Westbury Theatre

Join the cast of Tales From The East Coast as they discuss the rich nuances of Maritime Sign Language (MSL) and its history and culture. There will be a discussion on the history of Deaf performance within Atlantic provinces and a hands-on opportunity to learn some MSL!

This is ASL/English Accessible.

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