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post-pandemic ... this is not ...

... an open letter signed by board members of the Conseil québécois du thé âtre produced this translation courtesy of Dayane Ntibarikure (PACT) and Gariela Saltiel (Segal Centre), with additional support from Mishka Lavigne in a post titled This is not Theatre ...





... having forged the label "educator of the imagination" to describe my work with students in the domain of theatre/drama or rather the domain of the incarnation of the imagination ... i take a paragraph from the letter ...  replace "theatre" with "education" ...  exchange "audience" with "student" ...  perhaps scandalously exchange "performing arts" with "pedagogy" ... now have created some semblance of meaning to my days of unknowing ...

"Education is the art of gathering. Without direct encounter with the student, education does not exist. Without this delicious and dangerous awareness of the fallibility of the humans there in front of you, educa…

rRemai mModern 2

Another moment from last year at the rRemai mModern. We stood in a moment of meditative silence watching a window curtain flapping the breeze Michael Snow's Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) ... threw red balls BODY FLUID BLOOD by Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) conceptual, performance and installation artist ... reflected on light gazing at Marie Lannoo's See Nothing, See Everything #6 ...

::Note:: ... video by colleague Gabe Penna ... a warm hearted, passionate educator ...

rRemai mModern

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... my class last year ... even the guide was a former student ... the work at the back Fringe … (depiction of a Native woman’s violently slashed back, stitched together with delicate red seed beads) ... part of the incredible Rebecca Belmore Facing The Monumental exhibition ... the temporary closure creates a huge longing ... visits to the rRemai always both soothed & challenged the soul … photo from the rRemai April newsletter ...

::Note::   ... rRemai mModern used a photo of my GFA class in their promotional material ... even the guide was a former student ... the work at the back ... Fringe ... from Facing the Monumental ...


Autobiography of Grass Tomb

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(Director Notes for the show not to be.)

My sojourn with the present embodiment of Autobiography of Grass Tomb began in 2003 during a first visit to Korea. Fascinated by the rich traditional arts i searched desperately for a Korean play in English translation and successfully downloaded one from a site now long defunct. Grass Tomb by Oh, Tae-sok & Dong Nang Repertory Theatre of Korea was described by the translator Ryu, Yung-kyung as “personified abstractions”. A short read of thirty-five minutes made it ideal for research in university classes. I played with the script for a few years in first year acting classes eventually developing something articulated as soul work.
 My partner AeRan Jeong, an incredible performance artist and esteemed academic, introduced me to the Korean Arts - the mask dances, Temple stays, Pansori instruction, Piri lessons and a vast array of Korean theatre from puppets to drumming. We spent years sharing workshop experiences.

Believing a chance to s…

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Jessica a Ceremony

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Jessica a Ceremony is a reimagined reworking of Jessica by Maria Campbell and Linda Griffiths.

The book of Jessica: A Theatrical Transformation documents the collaboration between Maria Campbell, Metis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, community organizer, activist and elder and Linda Griffiths (1953-2014), a Canadian actress, producer, writer and one of Canada's most lauded modern theatre voices as together they created the award winning play Jessica.

To honour the 45th anniversary of Maria Campbells's memoir Halfbreed (1973), regarded as a foundational work of Indigenous literature in Canada, the E.D. Feehan Theatre Guild brings you the story of a young Metis girl struggling to find her voice.  A story that resonates even more today. The cast diligently sourced the original script by improvising around scenes to develop their own path which they wish to share with you.

We welcome you to join us on our journey. Elder Vitaline conjures up the spirits Wolverine, B…

imagine

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... the huge yellow bellied bird flew directly at you ... it was early afternoon ... bright ... yesterday had been dark ... the clouds had let you sleep ... not today ... the festering open sore on your ring finger from the burn of many days and miles ago worried you ...
... the bird flew at the window ... you gasped ... it wanted to peck at the sore ... you clean the sore with your tongue ... you’ve been told saliva is the best medicine ... you don’t remember who told you or if it’s true ... still you suck the sore ...
... mosquitoes silently sucked your blood at night ... you wake to mounds of red blotches ... don’t scratch ... press your nail next to the redness and make an exclamation mark ... you’ve been told that helps ... actually you just made that up ... yet you believe it does help ...
... how much of everything you say is made up ... you peel away ... this is what comes back in memory ... let time slip away ... the will to stop dying ... you don’t care if you made it up ..…