offering a limited number of R+D residencies in our studios in Stratford in the
winter of 2020. We are doing this to build relationships with performance
makers from across the country and to support their process of artistic
inquiry. We are partnering with six projects that need space and time to move
to their next stage of creation.
We are excited to welcome our first round of R+D Residents!
LEOPARDS & PEACOCKS
Bilal Baig, Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Gaitrie Persaud, Jasmine Shaffeeullah
and Nikki Shaffeeullah
Members of Leopards
& Peacocks comedic theatre team experiment with character revision for
the role of Lakshan from hearing to Deaf. The goal of the residency is
to begin to incorporate ASL into the already bilingual English/Tamil script,
working in conjunction with Deaf actors.
Jody Chan, Sedina
Fiati, Anna Malla, Naty Trembley
The Switch Collective is an interdisciplinary
performance group that has been co-creating new methodologies and political
performance materials for the public sphere since 2016. Switching Queen(s), is
a 60-minute interdisciplinary roaming public performance to be shown in
Toronto’s Queen St. West area in the summer of 2020.
Alex Barberena, Vero Diaz, Ruben Esguerra, Y
The Art of Storytelling is a theatrical passage through time and space and a
retelling of who we are by connecting to our ancestral voices. Combining three
languages, poetry, storytelling, theatre, and music with Indigenous tradition
and current cultural aesthetics, The Art Of Storytelling brings the
audience on a journey through allegory and myth.
Martin & Rock Bottom Movement
Collaborators: Drew Barry,
Brayden Cairns, Samantha Grist, Sydney Herauf, Natasha Poon Woo,
A radical look at peasants impersonating femme fatale
Lucrezia Borgia through highly stylized genre-bending contemporary dance,
original devised text, and rearranged choral pop music. Peasantz will
shed glimmering light on the power of surrealism and escape, offering a
ruthlessly feminist approach to performance, with Borgia as the icon.
Gislina Patterson and Davis Plett
your spaniel, or, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by Gislina
Patterson is a
drag-lecture-karaoke-dance-poem using first folio text analysis, Sam Rockwell
movies, audio recordings of family dinners, and autofiction to re-imagine
Shakespeare’s most performed text.
Collaborators: Bessie Cheng, En
Lai Mah, Christine Nguyen, Sepehr Reybod, Kenzie Tsang
PING! Is a
sports-play/movement theatre hybrid that explores the embodied, physical
relationship between second and third generation Chinese-Canadians and table
tennis. The project explores how displaced children and grandchildren of
immigrants experience a connection to their homeland and culture through the
kinaesthetic activity of competitive sport.