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#IMPACT19Festival | #Erasing_the_Margins Conference

Erasing the Margins Conference

#Erasing_the_Margins Conference
All conference sessions will be held at the Walper Hotel (20 Queen Street South), in the King Conference Room

Ten years after the inaugural IMPACT Festival, we bring together Indigenous and culturally diverse artists and educators from across the country and around the world to discuss what it means to “erase the margins”.

We put centerstage perspectives and practices that challenge us to reconsider how we approach art-making, collaboration, and the creation of diverse and equitable theatrical and social spaces.

September 26
DAY 1: DE-INTERNALIZE

 Recognize and challenge attitudes and behaviours that have become part of one’s nature because of unconscious assimilation.

COME AS YOU ARE: UNDOING THE OBVIOUS | 10am – 12pm

Experiential workshop “Cultural Stripper” run by Farah Fancy (Montréal)

Come as you are to an interactive workshop that is a “revelation” of some of the layers of internalized colonization of our bodies, minds, and spirits. Together we will create a manifesto of how we can shift the conversation to allow for new awareness and possibilities for change to undo the obvious norms, assumptions and stereotypes that have created barriers. Let’s strip down to what is the core of who we want to be.

THE PROCESS OF UNLEARNING | 1 – 3pm

Chaired by Farah Fancy

Panelists include Tawiah BenEben Mfoafo-M’Carthy (Toronto), Santee Smith (Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre, Six Nations), Marama Lloyd (Aotearoa, New Zealand)

The act of colonization perpetuates a vicious cycle in which assumptions, hierarchies, prejudices, and ideologies are taken by both the colonizer and the colonized to be natural, thus fueling a homogenized and dominating culture. How do we identify, question, challenge, and overturn these assumptions that have inhabited our bodies for centuries?

September 27
DAY 2: DE-COLONIZE

 Recognize and challenge attitudes and behaviours that have become part of one’s nature because of unconscious assimilation.

FILTERING THROUGH THE S*!T: WEAVING NEW LEGACIES OF KNOWING | 10am – 12pm

Workshop facilitated by Diane Roberts (Montréal)

What are the legacies we carry and what do we leave behind? How do we reconcile the rhetoric of “safe spaces” with the risky business of decolonizing performance creation? How do colonial legacies continue to impact our ability to listen to the stories that need to be told? What is our responsibility as creative leaders (i.e. directors, dramaturgs, teachers, lead artists in a collaborative process) and what are the responsibilities of our collaborators?

Drawing on the Arrivals Legacy Project methodology this workshop seeks, through an integrated arts process, to revive ancestral stories of recovery and return drawing on ancestry and the dis/re/covery of root cultural practices as a creative storehouse for cultural production. The workshop will take participants on a journey to reveal our individual and collective responsibility to redress our past and revive our future.

THE PROCESS OF UNLEARNING | 1 – 3pm

Chaired by Diane Roberts and Pam Patel

Panelists include Jalila Baccar (Tunisia), Wilson Pico (Ecuador), Cheri Maracle (Six Nations), Rimah Jabr (Toronto)

Colonization is systemic. It is a function of our social, legal, economic, and political systems. How do we effect change that is embedded in the very ways we order our lives? How can we shift our creative processes in ways that undo our dependency on colonial structures? How do we infiltrate systems in order to undo what has been done, and is it even possible?

September 28
DAY 3: COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

Walk away with a shared intelligence that emerges from collaboration, generating new ideas, solving problems, and making better, more informed decisions about the future.

WHAT ARE WE INHERITING | 10am – 12pm

Fadhel Jaibi and Jalila Baccar (Theatre National Tunisien) and Essia Jaibi (Familia Productions, Tunisia) sit with Majdi Bou-Matar and Pam Patel (MT Space) to discuss our productions, partnerships, the art of collaborating and succession planning as we forge ahead in the vast, and often Eurocentric, international theatre industry. As two companies who successfully pursued a direct exchange of our work, we share our experiences of redefining the “mainstream” with our audiences, embarking on transactions across difference and distance, and passing the torch to artists who continue to carve space for the future.

THE PROCESS OF UNLEARNING | 1 – 3pm

Rapporteur: Cara Loft (Indigenous Community Member)

Panelists include Farah Fancy, Diane Roberts and Pam Patel

Emergence occurs when individual parts of a system interact and collide, causing a disruption that shifts the whole and creates new patterns of organization. As we reflect on our personal journeys of deinternalizing and de-colonizing, we aim to walk away with a shared intelligence that we can use to shift and disrupt the systems in our respective communities, breaking down the silos, walls, and barriers so that we can move one step closer to erasing the margins. This session will be an open discusssion with all conference attendees and will end with a summarized send off by the Conference Rapporteur.

#Erasing_the_Margins will open up space for the exploration and incubation of various approaches to decolonization and collaboration across difference in relation to artists, audiences, and presenters, creating a ripple effect in the broader theatre ecology as conference attendees carry these approaches back to their respective communities and apply different methodologies to their work.

If you have any questions about changes in our programming, please contact info@mtspace.ca for clarification, or call our office number (519.585.7763), or visit us in-person at our office at 220 King Street West, Kitchener (near Kitchener City Hall).