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2021年6月29日

当少即是多:戏剧可以从一年的慢动作中学到什么

梅根·亨特参加文化日

2021年7月28日,

刷新:Instagram的一年如何重新定义艺术社区

文化日的伊娃·莫里森

2021年7月15日

A lot of the time, you're asked to simplify things and make your vision fit into something that settler or white audiences could understand better. And we didn't try to do that.\n\nAccording to Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Curator of Inuit Art for the Government of Nunavut\u2019s Department of Culture and Heritage, who is one of _INUA\u2019s_ four co-curators, this show reimagines the exhibition of Inuit art in many ways. Most important, she says, \u201cWe're all Inuit, and it was all Inuit at every level of the project. Our project manager at the WAG is an Inuk, our exhibition designer is an Inuk, our catalog designer is an Inuk.\u201d\n\n![_INUA_ Curatorial Team. From L-R: Kablusiak, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, asinnajaq, Dr. Heather Igloliorte. Photo courtesy of WAG.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/inua-curatorial-team_dnyDh4.jpg)\n\n_INUA\u2019s_ lead curator, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, who\u2019s originally from Nunatsiavut (Labrador), is Assistant Professor and University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Montreal\u2019s Concordia University. The other _INUA_ co-curators are Kablusiak, a Calgary-based multi-disciplinary Inuk artist who was born in Yellowknife, and asinnajaq, an urban Inuk artist and curator from Inukjuak, Nunavik, who grew up in Montr\u00e9al.\n\nTo select works for _INUA_, an acronym for Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut, meaning \u201clife force\u201d or \u201cInuit moving forward together,\u201d the curators reviewed pieces from the WAG\u2019s permanent collection and the Government of Nunavut\u2019s holdings. They worked with WAG staff to secure loans of artworks from artists and museums elsewhere. They also commissioned about 15 new works in a variety of media directly from Inuit artists.\n\n**Expanding the Perceptions of Inuit Art**\n\nWorking with an all-Inuit team empowered the curators to centre Inuit perspectives, asinnajaq says. \u201cA lot of the time, you're asked to simplify things and make your vision fit into something that settler or white audiences could understand better. And we didn't try to do that.\u201d\n\n\u201cIf you always simplify things,\u201d she continues, \u201caren't you feeding into making a stereotype?\u201d\n\nWhen people describe Inuit art, explains Zawadski, \u201cthey might say, \u2018Oh, it's prints and drawings from Cape Dorset. Or it's dancing bear carvings.\u2019 But Inuit art is much more than that.\u201d\n\n![Krista Ulujuk Zawadski. Photo courtesy of WAG](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/krista-ulujuk-zawadski_p1EUQ2.jpg){.small}\n\n\u201cWe tried to represent Inuit art in all forms,\u201d she says. \u201cThat includes LGBTQ+ artists. That includes urban Inuit artists. That includes Inuit from Alaska and Greenland and Calgary. That's something that not a lot of other shows have done.\u201d\n\nJocelyn Piirainen, the WAG\u2019s Assistant Curator of Inuit Art, who worked closely with the guest curators, says that in addition to carvings, textiles, prints, and drawings, _INUA_ features video, sound, multimedia installations, and other contemporary pieces.\n\n**Connecting to the Ancestors**\n\nEach co-curator also selected a work by a family member. These \u201cancestor pieces,\u201d Zawadski says, are \u201cour way of saying, \u2018This is who I am, where I come from.\u2019 Because that's something that we do as Inuit. People always ask you, \u2018Who are your parents, who are your grandparents?\u2019 They want to know where you're coming from, whose family do you belong to.\u201d\n\nSearching the WAG\u2019s permanent collection, Zawadski found a tusk carved by her great-grandfather Victor Sammurtok. Igloliorte\u2019s ancestor piece is a beaded, caribou-hide bag that her grandmother Suzannah Igloliorte made. asinnajaq chose a pair of fur-clad dolls crafted by her great aunt Elisapee Inukpuk, while Kablusiak\u2019s grandmother Ella Nasogaluak-Brown created _Arnaq & Angun_, dolls wearing traditional dresses from Inuvialuit in the Western Arctic. \n\n**Why Winnipeg?**\n\nThe issue of whether this major centre of Inuit art should be located outside traditional Inuit lands has been a contentious one. Yet as Zawadski says, \u201cBuilding Qaumajuq doesn't stop facilities being built in Inuit homelands.\u201d\n\n![asinnajaq. Photo courtesy of WAG](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/asinnajaq_suSmm1.jpg){.pull}{.right}\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s a very good thing to have a facility like this, and there should be more facilities,\u201d asinnajaq agrees. \u201cTo me, it\u2019s not a question of there being one and where should it be on earth. The answer is more.\u201d\n\nQaumajuq is creating new ways to connect to Inuit, too, particularly urban Inuit living in Winnipeg. \u201cIt\u2019s a big deal to have a building, a very beautiful, special building, that's dedicated to you,\u201d says asinnajaq.\n\n\n\n\n\nBut for Inuit, asinnajaq points out, \u201cIt\u2019s not just our space. It\u2019s our space being hosted in Treaty One territory by all of these nations\u201d in Winnipeg, the city with the largest Indigenous population in Canada. The Qaumajuq team is working on programming to promote engagement between the Inuit, First Nations, and M\u00e9tis communities.\n\n![Visible Vault, Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/visible-vault-qaumajuq-the-inuit-art-centre-at-the-winnipeg-art-gallery_DkQyg3.jpg)\n\nAnd beyond _INUA_, Piirainen suggests, Qaumajuq is holding this massive collection of Inuit art for safekeeping. A key Qaumajuq design feature is the three-story, glass [Visible Vault](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/art\/visible-vault\/), displaying nearly 5,000 carvings, where Piirainen says everyone \u201ccan feel they are free to come in, walk around the vault, and really see the pieces up close.\u201d\n\n![Visible Vault, Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/visible-vault-qaumajuq-the-inuit-art-centre-at-the-winnipeg-art-gallery_jSh6rP.jpg)\n\n**Reaching Audiences Beyond Winnipeg**\n\nQaumajuq opened with a series of virtual events to show off its art to audiences across Canada and beyond. \n\n[An online version of the _INUA_ exhibit](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/inua-online\/) on the Qaumajuq website enables visitors to walk through the exhibition remotely, and the museum is offering monthly virtual programs highlighting different components of the show. Igloliorte worked with a team of Inuit students to create [_Nagvaaqtavut | What We Found_](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/inua-online\/#artwork), a multimedia guide that shares stories about some of the _INUA_ works. The WAG\u2019s education team has been offering virtual tours to Inuit students across the north as well.\n\nBy combining these online tools with in-person visits, Zawadski concludes, _INUA_ \u201cis going to reach far more people than any other Inuit art show ever has.\u201d\n\n_Cover image: Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid._\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-07-15 09:05:57","first_published_at":"2021-07-15 09:05:57","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-07-13 14:00:14","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:42:16","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

策展“INUA”,加拿大最新的因纽特艺术展览

卡洛琳·b·海勒,文化日

2021年7月15日

\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-06-29 12:49:43","first_published_at":"2021-06-17 10:05:12","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-17 09:44:04","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:41:27","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

艺术运动

文化日的Aaron Rothermund

2021年6月29日

My process of reimagining theatre began with writing letters about these issues. I will never forget the private disclosures regarding systemic racism shared with me in this process: dozens of artists reached out to share, but were afraid to speak publicly. I felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to make my theatre community a better place. \n\nAn old theatre adage states that one must leave town before they are valued in their home community. I imagine a time where that is not the case. \n\n![Shot of Hannah Moscovitch's \"The Kaufman Kabaret\". Set design by Hannah Matiachuk. 2016. University of Alberta.](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagining-theatre\/img-0987_O7cFMB.jpg){.pull}\n\nCOVID-19 dealt the theatre community a severe blow, but it also gave our community a crucial opportunity. Many have wondered, why now? Why bring a conversation on racial equity and equality now when the industry is struggling? Power structures are intimidating; we are often silent (or silenced) in their presence. It\u2019s much simpler to share stories and express disagreement when there is no work to be gained or lost. \n\nBut the deeper dynamics of gatekeeping aren\u2019t affected by a pandemic. There is power in wielding money and contracts, so it quickly becomes safer to remain passive. If those who have the financial means to sustain you are at odds with those challenging the status quo, where do we place our support? To whom do we have a responsibility? \n\n**Imagine\u2026 a healthy workplace.** \n\nEarly in my career, I elevated all my relationships to the status of family or close friends, to the detriment of my self-advocacy. It\u2019s not that deeper relationships aren\u2019t welcome, but we can forget that we are each other\u2019s co-workers. As professional colleagues, we need to uphold standards of employment that reflect the industry we want. \n\n\u201c\u2026employers have an obligation to create an inclusive workplace. This includes removing discriminatory barriers that prevent individuals from getting a job or promotion; accommodating employees who have special needs; and ensuring that the work environment is free from discrimination.\u201d (Alberta Human Rights Act) \n\nI\u2019m reimagining professional industry where meaningful engagement with marginalized communities results in fewer barriers. When barriers go unchallenged because challengers risk losing their livelihoods, the industry suffers as much as the individual. The theatre industry suffers a lack of credibility when it fights positive change. \n\nAnyone can forget their responsibility and connection to a community, including marginalized artists. We are all flawed and capable of oppressing each other in this competitive environment. How do we open the doors to alleviate some of that competition? \n\nCan theatre companies who receive local, provincial, and federal public arts funding cast a wider net to find their talent? Open calls for auditions are not always so open; every community has examples of companies that hold auditions yet continually hire the same people. Leadership positions often draw from a similar pool of insiders, without much effort to consider new voices. Accessing a path to influential positions is nearly impossible for many multi-talented artists. \n\n**Imagine\u2026 taking chances on people.** \n\nI\u2019m reimagining a theatre community where our latent talents get a chance to blossom, where we look to the margins of ourselves and our community: actors can be dramaturges; designers can be producers. We can be fluid as theatre artists. We must allow for horizontal and vertical growth. An artist should be able to broaden their horizons as well as deepen their practice. Artists yearn to stretch. When we put ourselves or others in boxes, we kill the little opportunity for surprising new directions. We revert to the way something has always been done instead of fostering a spirit of pathfinding. \n\n![Napole\u00e3o at her directorial debut for The Lobbyists collective featured at the Chinook Series, for a piece called \"Threshold\". 2021. Photo courtesy of the author.](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagining-theatre\/screen-shot-2021-06-16-at-11_HJckE2.png)\n\nI\u2019m reimagining my artistic voice. I\u2019ve been moving towards directing, dramaturgy, advocacy and writing. As I challenge myself, I feed my creativity, which makes me a better artist, which enhances my ability to be of use, and the cycle continues. With a broader range of abilities, I have more to offer my colleagues, who reciprocate because they are on their own paths. Fostering meaningful growth in individuals can exponentially grow their ability to give back to a community. \n\nI\u2019m reimagining artistry on my terms. It\u2019s taken me years to unpack how I\u2019ve been conditioned away from the natural wonder, creativity, and curiosity that drives art. In expanding beyond my usual practice, I am finding my path. \n\nThis path necessitates supporting others along the way. As long as we have a shared space where we can meet and co-create, I think we will be ok. I will meet you there.\n\n*Cover image of Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\u2014photo credit: Brianne Jang (BB Photography) & April M. Killins*\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-06-29 12:47:57","first_published_at":"2021-06-21 11:16:57","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-21 10:56:37","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:41:10","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

重构社区和剧院的工作场所

文化日Natércia Napoleão

2021年6月29日

In terms of race and representation, opera has a long way to go still. Opera InReach mentors and featured performers are diverse, meaning students are sure to see themselves on stage.\n\nAlong with physical accessibility via digital delivery, the materials relate opera to the world students know, including social justice and other relevant themes, and forms like spoken word. Opera and social issues are not strangers. Beethoven's Fidelio tells the story of a woman who disguises herself as a jail guard to rescue her husband from incarceration in a political prison. Pepper, who was a pop singer before taking on opera, points out differences between pop and opera singing techniques. \n\nYet, pointing out the connections brings opera closer to home. \u201cThey\u2019re already experienced in \u2018opera\u2019 even if they don\u2019t know it,\u201d says Perri Lo, Provincial Coordinator for British Columbia.\n\n\u201cFor students, they don\u2019t quibble about what is opera or not,\u201d Fajardo adds.\n\nAnother important aspect is future audience building. \u201cThat was a big part of our considerations,\u201d Agostino says.\n\n![Libydo and Kayla Ruiz. Photo courtesy of Opera InReach.](assets\/National\/blog\/opera-inreach\/1-libydokaylaruiz-1_w39az4.png)\n \n**The Details**\n\nAfter offering pilot presentations at a mix of middle and high schools, and the University of Toronto (where both Adridge and Pepper studied), the teams are busy preparing modules to present to school boards at the coming of the academic year in September 2021. The material will be flexible.\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s being aware, being sensitive to their curriculum,\u201d Lo says. \u201cIt\u2019s so different between provinces.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe\u2019re trying to find as many different ways of approaching it,\u201d says Elliott Harder, Provincial Coordinator for Alberta. That can also include other disciplines such as literature, science (looking at the physics of sound, for example,) and theatre. \u201cIt\u2019s not just music,\u201d he says. \u201cWe keep finding more avenues to do that.\u201d\n\nThe presentations last between 7 and 20 minutes, with some examples, and wrap up in activity, typically with on-site mentors to provide support. Future plans include one-on-one mentorships for any students who want to pursue any aspect of opera from singing to stage management.\n\nAs Kehler points out, it\u2019s not only about arts and culture \u2013 but to educate students on realistic future employment opportunities. \u201cHow can we work in the opera industry, but maybe not on the opera stage?\u201d \n\nFeedback from the pilot programmes has been very positive, with many students enthusiastic about the opportunity to discover something they never would have gotten to otherwise. \u201cWe were so pleasantly surprised by the response,\u201d Agostino says. \n\nIn the end, opera is a glorious art form with a bad rep. \u201cOpera has a big job to undo that perception,\u201d Adridge says. \u201cIt\u2019s opera\u2019s job to do that.\u201d\n\nPutting opera in reach of everyone sets up the art form in its rightful place. \u201cArt as a pillar of society,\u201d Adridge says. \u201c\\[It\u2019s] the ultimate vessel of creativity.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-06-29 10:39:54","first_published_at":"2021-06-21 12:15:48","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-21 11:50:05","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:40:50","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

重新校准:一看歌剧InReach

安雅·瓦森伯格,这里是文化日

2021年6月29日

As a Relaxed Performance Consultant, I help arts organizations to welcome members of the Disability Community to performances and spaces. And yes, a lot of the organizations I consult for are larger companies whose donors may have deeper pockets, but the people I work with aren\u2019t just ticking boxes - they want to make a real change in the arts scene in Canada. They want to re-imagine how to invite the Disability Community to participate in their work. \n\nI am often approached by smaller companies or individual artists asking how to make their work more inclusive, and honestly, small steps can be taken to begin that process. Steps that don\u2019t cost a lot, if anything at all. Erin told me that the Kingston Arts Council is \u201c\u2026making an effort to describe their photos (on social media)\u201d and, she shares, people are describing themselves in meetings. I agree. I\u2019ve noticed this myself over the last year. Prior to COVID the only meetings I attended where people gave visual descriptions of themselves (for members of the Blind and Low Vision communities) were those that were disability led. Now, it\u2019s more common\u2014at least in the arts. Emily Maxwell, Founder & Co-Director of Toronto\u2019s [The Disability Collective](https:\/\/www.thedisabilitycollective.com\/), echoes these thoughts. \u201cIt can sound like a lot and daunting, but small steps can be made until it becomes natural\u201d.\n\nIt\u2019s true, and something I always tell the people I work with. Start small, do what you can, but at the same time be honest with your community about what you are able to offer as well as what you aren\u2019t. So if you can keep the house lights at 30% and lower sound cues to 90 decibels, but can\u2019t afford an ASL\/LSQ interpreter or Audio Description, tell your audiences. Manage their expectations so that they know exactly what they can access and what they can\u2019t. Give them all the information they need prior to purchasing a ticket so that they can fully engage and participate, or know that your limitations won\u2019t allow that at this time.\n\n![](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts\/f18a463c-2ef7-4e82-91ed-b29c8efcb091-original-min_ie6858.jpg)\nImage Description: Emily and Nathan are standing in a green field surrounded by grass and trees. They are leaning forward against a chain link fence and looking over the fence towards the left of the photo. Emily, a young white woman with red hair and blue eyes, is standing on the left of the photo with her arms on top of the fence. Nathan, a young white man with brown hair and blue eyes, is standing on the right of the photo with his left arm on top of the fence. They are both wearing blue denim jackets. Both have thoughtful expressions on their faces.\n\nDoes inclusion and accessibility stop at front of house? It shouldn\u2019t. What are we doing to \u201cshowcase human beings in all of their diverse beauty\u201d\u2014 a gorgeous thought by Nathan Sartore, Co-Director of The Disability Collective, a new company out of Toronto that promotes and showcases art by Disabled Artists. Art should \u201clook like what people look like\u201d, Nathan expands. \u201cAnd real people backstage too,\u201d Emily adds. Yes! As a former Stage Manager with on-again off-again mobility issues, I completely agree. How often have I arrived at a venue to find the booth inaccessible? More times than I\u2019d like to admit. And what about stage steps? How do artists who use mobility devices access a stage that doesn\u2019t have an elevator or ramp? Laura Cusack, Founder and Executive Director of the [Hummingbird Hub](https:\/\/www.hummingbirdhub.org\/) in downtown, historical Stouffville, found a way. \u201cCulture is the heart of a community. To get a community to bond, and make an impact as we grow we need to focus on the cultural arts\u201d. And that focus is brought about by their Accessible Open Mic Night. Most open mics, as we know, take place in pubs and bars that usually have stairs or aren\u2019t very inclusive. So how did a community centre in a century-old building become the centre for inclusivity in Stouffville? By engaging with their audience and community\u2014a thought echoed by each of the people I spoke with.\n\n> Ask your community what they need in order to participate. Engage in dialogue with the Disability Community and listen, without preconceived ideas, but with an open heart and mind, and a desire to breakdown barriers and include everyone. \n\n[Cassie-Hope Aubin](https:\/\/www.cassiehopeaubin.com\/), Deaf Theatre Artist, shares \u201cWe see diversity happening, which is amazing, but disability is often excluded or the at the bottom of the list.\u201d As a musical theatre performer Cassie-Hope has \u201cbeen in shows that weren\u2019t accessible, so I wouldn\u2019t have even been able to see my own show.\u201d\n\n![](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts\/page-3-image-3_fvRC7l.png)\nImage Description: Taylor, a singer-songwriter in a wheelchair, wears a white t-shirt and performs at the Hummingbird Hub\u2019s Accessible Open Mic Night. A microphone on a black stand is in front of Taylor. His father, Mike, is on the right of the photo holding a guitar and wearing a green and white baseball-style shirt. A green and gold sign with \u201cHummingbird Hub\u201d and the web address is on a white wall behind them.\n\nIt\u2019s time for a change. Time to reimagine how we present, access, and create art. It\u2019s time to relax not only performances, but also processes. Reach out to the d\/Deaf and Disability communities, ask what they need to be included both onstage and off, engage disabled creatives, bring their voices to the stage and share their stories in open and honest ways. This is an exciting time of reflection. We are being allowed time to think about how we want to move forward\u2014and it\u2019s time to include every voice in that discussion.\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-06-29 10:39:13","first_published_at":"2021-06-23 11:06:32","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-21 13:19:19","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:40:28","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

重新想象——残疾人社区如何接触艺术

瑞秋纪念文化日

2021年6月29日

Building a boat is a process of thinking, knowing, and doing\u2014of learning and creating, which are the two most important of all human activities. It is not a single big job; it is a thousand little jobs, some of them done over and over and over.\n\n![Getting the hang of things (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture2_fFcp3r.png){.overflow}\n\nDay 1 is over before you know it, and everyone goes home a little sore, but satisfied to see their boat taking shape. By Day 2, with the exterior of the rowboat complete, the builders add the interior frames, seat risers, and seats. In between the major steps there is always more planing, sanding, and tweaking to do to prepare for the big launch on Day 3.\n\nSituated on the boardwalk in the heart of the busy Halifax waterfront, the [Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA)](https:\/\/maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca\/) was searching for a way to open up the doors of its boatshop and become a community anchor. They found it through the unexpected intersection of traditional craftsmanship and youth outreach. \n\n![The museum is at the heart of the Halifax waterfront (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture3_A544gz.png){.overflow}\n\nInspired by the Family Boatbuilding concept introduced in WoodenBoat Magazine in 1998, the MMA\u2019s program is simple: gather a few \u2018families\u2019\u2014whether bound by blood or simply friendship\u2014give each group a kit of pieces for a 12-foot rowboat, and help them put the pieces together in three days. Family Boatbuilding spreads wooden boatbuilding to a wider audience and keep the craft alive and vital.[^note1]\n\n![All hands on deck (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture4_iqT9b5.png){.overflow}\n\nThe [Alexandria Seaport Foundation](https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/), in particular, ran with this idea. They introduced an element of social action, training and employing at-risk youth as apprentices. In the process, they also raised the profile of the movement, publishing Bevin\u2019s Skiff plans for other institutions to use for their own events.[^note2] This is where the MMA found their direct inspiration, and they are not alone. Similar programs have sprung up throughout the Eastern Seaboard and along the West Coast, independently run by an eclectic collection of museums, historical societies, boatyards, and community non-profits.[^note3]\n\nThe MMA built its first two boats in 2014. The next year, three. Then, four. Now, it runs the program multiple times a year in partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University\u2019s Child and Youth Studies program.[^note4]\n\n![In June 2018, Eamonn Doorly the master boatbuilder from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, led a boat building workshop with students from Pictou Landing First Nation](https:\/\/youtu.be\/7EsIdJwNDKY)\n\nEvery time the MMA runs the program, the excitement on Day 3 feels fresh. By midday, the last quarter knee has been sanded, and each boat christened and ready to launch. Everyone gathers on the floating dock, poised to push their boats into Halifax harbour. They seem a long way from the Day 1 version of themselves. At first, they were reluctant to jump in with hammer in hand, afraid of making mistakes. They soon realized that, in itself, was a mistake. Here, mistakes are celebrated instead of frowned upon\u2014they\u2019re the best teachers. \n\n![Launch day as Theodore the Tugboat looks on (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture5_TxOoWY.png){.overflow}\n\nThe participants now know how to sand, plane, use a bevel gauge, build upside down, and drill straight. They can also translate angles, apply boatbuilding math, tell the difference between types of wood, and identify a transom or a seat riser. Above all, they\u2019ve absorbed craftsmanship as a concept\u2014what Richard Sennet called \u201cthe desire to do a job well for its own sake.\u201d[^note5] And no one is breaking drill bits anymore.\n\nThe MMA\u2019s Building Boats, Changing Lives program is building capacity in practical building skills, traditional wooden boatbuilding, and heritage craft. But they are doing much more than that.\n\nFirst, they\u2019re building up and empowering youth. Through something as subtle as hammering a nail, they\u2019re connecting youth to identity and belonging, through shared Maritime heritage. The type of boat commonly built during Family Boatbuilding, a flat-bottomed skiff, \u201ccan be found anywhere in the Atlantic provinces, not to mention anywhere in the world\u201d and has been historically indispensable for the inshore fishery.[^note6] Amateur and professional boatbuilders alike have built versions of it for centuries in North America.[^note7] These newest boatbuilders coming out of the MMA join a long line of those who have come before. They now have an elemental connection to boatbuilding heritage by literally making that heritage their own.\n\n![The latest links in a long line of wooden boatbuilding tradition (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture6_BfnHfe.png){.overflow}\n\nSecond, and finally, the MMA is building a culture of craftsmanship\u2014one boat and one boatbuilder at a time. It\u2019s a culture that values patience, hard work, the impulse to preserve and honour the past, and good old-fashioned gumption in the face of mistakes.\n\nNova Scotia sailor, boatbuilder, and writer, Silver Donald Cameron once said, \u201cBuilding a boat is a process of thinking, knowing, and doing\u2014of learning and creating, which are the two most important of all human activities. It is not a single big job; it is a thousand little jobs, some of them done over and over and over.\u201d[^note8] The MMA teaches everyone who picks up a hammer or a drill during its program that boatbuilding \u2013 like life \u2013 is just a constant process of fixing our mistakes. While we do not live in an ideal world, we can continue to try and make it one.\n\n[^note1]: The WoodenBoat Show, \u201cFamily Boatbuilding,\u201d WoodenBoat Magazine, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/thewoodenboatshow.com\/family-boatbuilding\/.\n[^note2]: \u201cFutures Handcrafted: About the Apprentice Program,\u201d Alexandria Seaport Foundation, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/apprentice-program\/; \u201cBevin\u2019s Skiff,\u201d Alexandria Seaport Foundation, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/get-engaged\/bevins-skiff\/.\n[^note3]: Some include the Antique Boat Museum in Thousand Islands, New York; the Reedville Fisherman\u2019s Museum in Reedville, Virgina; the Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville, Virginia; the Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, Delaware; TSNE Mission Works in Boston, Massachusetts; the University of New Hampshire in Barrington, New Hampshire; and Eddon Boatyard in Gig Harbour, Washington.\n[^note4]: I helped out with the MMA\u2019s program in 2015 and 2016, helping to build the kits and serving as a small group leader.\n[^note5]: Richard Sennett, The Craftsman (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 9.\n[^note6]: David A. Walker and Wayne Barrett, Small Wooden Boats of the Atlantic (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1990), 10. \n[^note7]: Howard I. Chapelle, American Small Sailing Craft: Their Design, Development, and Construction (New York: W. W. Norton, 1951), 100.\n[^note8]: Silver Donald Cameron, \u201cThe Nine-Year Seminar on Boatbuilding and Life,\u201d in We Belong to the Sea: A Nova Scotia Anthology, ed. Mary Stanton (Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Publishing, 2001), 88.\n\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of Unexpected Intersections. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown's Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-08-05 09:57:42","first_published_at":"2020-06-15 08:59:15","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-15 08:40:58","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:26:05","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

在大西洋海事博物馆,他们建造的不仅仅是船只

文化日的Aleen Leigh Stanton

2020年8月5日

_They know this River will still be here long after we have turned to nuclear dust and blown away, saith the river..._\n>> -_Beholden: A poem as long as the river_, Rita Wong and Fred Wah\n\nRolling from one valley to another, streaming across coarse contours, sometimes surrendering to the whims of winds and pouring rain, other times cutting through the rock-ribbed plains; rivers have always made the most enchanted neighbourhoods. A river\u2019s ample bosom has cradled pioneering civilizations and nurtured childhood memories. Its panoramic views have kindled weary eyes and inspired grandiose dreams, and through centuries its gentle ripples have concocted timeless fables of love and romance. By the virtue of their romantic allure, rivers have always been a recurring theme in poetry and literature.\n\nWhile artists have always, liberally and quite blatantly, borrowed from nature; they have also been moved, time and again, to devote their craft to salvage the very landscapes that enriched their imagination. [_River Relations: A Beholder\u2019s Share of the Columbia River_](http:\/\/www.riverrelations.ca\/), an artistic investigation by a group of creatives from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), is one such venture that delves into the destruction inflicted upon by the \u2018damming and development\u2019 of the Columbia River, in the wake of the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.\n\nRising in the clear waters of the Columbia Lake in B.C. and surging through glaciated Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River flows through the Kootenay River\u2014the river\u2019s largest tributary on the Canadian divide of the border. It enters the U.S. at the confluence of Pend d\u2019Orielle River in the Washington state, before conclusively disappearing into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon. Columbia River is a water wonderland, flowing with ferocious abundance, making it the largest river in North America\u2019s Pacific Northwest region, and a sanctuary for the largest salmon runs in the world.\n\n![The Columbia River. Photo Courtesy of Fred Wah.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/columbia-river-fred-wah-1_avhEyr.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nModern civilization has turned rivers into economic powerhouses, plugging them with gargantuan concrete structures to harness hydroelectric power and divert water for irrigation. The Columbia River was subjected to a similar fate, transforming its free-flowing bliss into a curse. A violent flooding spell in 1948 that wrecked the Fraser Valley in B.C, Canada, and the town of Vanport in Oregon, U.S. became the impetus for securing a cooperative development between the two countries. The talks sought to regulate water flows and to capitalize on the river\u2019s enormous hydroelectric capacity, finally culminating into a formal [_Columbia River Treaty (CRT)_](https:\/\/www.canada.ca\/en\/environment-climate-change\/corporate\/international-affairs\/partnerships-countries-regions\/north-america\/canada-united-states-columbia-river.html) in 1964. Canada committed to build three water storage reservoirs in exchange for an upfront payment of $64 million in recompense for extending sixty years of flood control to U.S., in addition to receiving one-half of the estimated hydro-power generation benefits to the U.S, on continual basis. Today, CRT is upheld as a successful example of two countries \u2018sharing the benefits\u2019 through a collaborative transboundary arrangement. Yet, the ramifications the treaty had on the Indigenous peoples and the river\u2019s salmon reserve have become a despicable addendum to the treaty.\n\nThe _River Relations_\u2019 team scrutinized historical and contemporary images of the Columbia River to understand the evolution of its landscape, outrageously interrupted by dams. The most notable output of the project is the image-text poem, published in the form of a book, entitled [_\u2018Beholden: A poem as long as the river\u2019_](https:\/\/talonbooks.com\/books\/beholden), composed by [Fred Wah](https:\/\/fredwah.ca\/), a former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and [Rita Wong](https:\/\/www.poetryinvoice.com\/poems\/poets\/rita-wong), a poet and an environmental activist.\n\n![Revelstoke Dam, B.C. Artwork by Nick Conbere and Photography by John Holmgren.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/revelstokedamreservoir-1_bi2Kz3.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nWah and Wong travelled the entire river stretch, from Canal Flats in the East Kootenay all the way to Fort Astoria, Oregon as a part of their research for the book. \u2018Having lived along the Kootenay River for much of my life I had always felt that the river should be called the Kootenay; that the Columbia was really just a tributary of the Kootenay\u2019, says Wah.\n\nWah believes that the treaty insolently disregarded the \u2018spiritual value\u2019 attributed to the river\u2019s salmon by the First Nations. To them, salmon is the \u2018harbinger of good news\u2019, revered as a gift from the salmon king. They believed that the salmon were actually humans, and at the start of each salmon season, they would transform into fish form on the king\u2019s command. They also celebrated the \u2018First Salmon Ceremony\u2019 to mark the beginning of each salmon season. Even today, certain tribes celebrate \u2018Salmon ceremonies\u2019 with a communal prayer for the salmon to return and inhabit the river again.\n\nThe loss of salmon has chronicled a poignant chapter in the river\u2019s history. Wong was swamped with emotions when she watched Upstream Battle (a documentary by Ben Kempas) \u2018One moment that always stays with me from that film is footage of salmon trying to swim upstream to return to their spawning grounds - and hitting a dam, and trying over and over to get beyond that obstacle - it\u2019s a heart wrenching glimpse into the painful destruction wrought by megadams.\u2019\n\nBeholden is a reflection on the devastation brought on by the damming of the river and focuses on themes of colonization, indigenous rights and mutilation of the river\u2019s ecology. \u2018Most of the language in the poem comes from a struggle between simply describing the river, (..) and finding ways to \u201clisten\u201d to the river\u2019. It was Wah who proposed to write \u2018a poem as long as the river\u2019, in collaboration with Wong. \u2018With him writing along one side, and me along the other, the words came from our experiences along the river\u2019, Wong reminisces about the poem\u2019s origins. \u2018Each of us would write along a shore of the river, from beginning to end, occasionally having our texts cross the river at bridges or dams. Rita\u2019s and my texts were not in conversation as they were written, but, finally, feel tethered to a similar poetic impulse and imagination\u2019 explains Wah.\n\n![Book cover, _Beholden: A poem as long as the river_, illustrations by Nick Conbere and cover image by Genevieve Robertson.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/beholden-book-cover-1_bB7z2B.jpeg){.pull .right}\n\nJust like Wah, Wong also let the river \u2018speak to\u2019 her and guide her writing process. \u2018Near the headwaters of the river, I made an offering and asked the river for permission to share the words arising from my journeys along it. I listened and keep listening.\u2019\n\nNick Conbere, a visual artist and an Associate Professor at ECUAD, [skillfully transcribed Beholden on a 114 feet long map of the Columbia River](http:\/\/www.nickconbere.com\/river-relations.html), with Wah and Wong\u2019s share of poems meandering along the river, as if two tributaries spiraling the entire stretch of the river. The poem\u2019s two halves are distinctly recognizable, as Wah\u2019s half has been typeset whereas Wong\u2019s is handwritten, a decision she consciously made. \u2018I felt it was important to stay with the bodily experience of writing by hand and following the river\u2019s contours. It felt closer to the experiential aspect of being along the river (\u2026)\u2019 While the book was shortlisted for the B.C Book Prize, the poem\u2019s winding digital image has been showcased at numerous art exhibitions.\n\n![Rita Wong and Fred Wah, _Beholden: a poem as long as the river_. The Gallery Installation. Photo by Touchstones Nelson Museum.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/gallery-installation-1_H8ib2Z.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nAs the two countries renegotiate the Treaty, uncertainty abounds. Would the revision of the Treaty offer a second chance at reviving all that is lost? Only time can tell. Wong reminds us \u2018There are ways to use the land that help to regenerate or heal it \u2026 (the way) Indigenous peoples coexisted with what was here - taking care of it rather than exhausting it\u2019.\n\nToday, many artists romanticize nature as well as assume an advocate\u2019s mantle. Wong believes one way the artists can solicit support for environmental issues is by dwelling on \u2018how to heal our relations with the land and water\u2019, and by imploring the society \u2018to actually care about this\u2019.\n\nThe project has drawn to a close, and the artists have moved on to explore further avenues of nature advocacy. For as long as there is heartache for all that has been lost, I\u2019ll quote Wah;\n\n> _Let\u2019s reach for solace of water to find some deep pool of larger memory that will float us past Savage Island_.\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of _Unexpected Intersections_. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown\u2019s Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan]( \/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-07-08 13:21:08","first_published_at":"2020-06-04 16:58:40","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-04 16:19:23","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:25:40","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

听这条河:哥伦比亚河的颂歌

萨巴达尔文化日

2020年7月8日

We're introducing sports people to theatre, and theatre people to sports\u2014and then there's people like us, who are in between, who can understand both worlds and love it.\n\nOn a summer night in 2008, at the corner of Queens Quay West and Bathurst in Toronto, six figures meet to play basketball. It's a weekly tradition: every Monday night at 10 pm, they meet here and shoot hoops until the lights at the court go out. The instigator was Richard Lee, who sent an email to fellow actors with an offer of a weekly game, held on Mondays\u2014the night the theatre is dark. Now, 12 years later, the tradition lives on through an innovative stage production: [_Monday Nights_](https:\/\/6thmancollective.wordpress.com\/).\n\n![2020 PuSh Festival, Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC. Sarah Race Photography.](assets\/National\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out\/monday-nights-1-credit-sarah-race-photography-1_7ZKtvW.jpeg)\n\n_Monday Nights_ was developed as part of the [Theatre Centre Residency Program](http:\/\/theatrecentre.org\/?p=1322) and saw its world premiere in Toronto in 2014, with subsequent runs in 2015 (to coincide with Toronto hosting the Pan American Games), 2017 and 2019. Most recently, it was mounted in New Westminster, BC, as part of the 2020 [PuSh International Performing Arts Festival](https:\/\/pushfestival.ca\/).\n\n\"As you grow up, you stop playing and you do adult things. You're working, you're paying bills, you're starting a career, you're trying to find love,\" says Byron Abalos. He and the other members of the [6th Man Collective](https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/pg\/6thmancollective\/posts\/?ref=page_internal)\u2014veterans of the Monday night games\u2014hoped to put that conundrum to bed by adapting their weekly tradition to the stage.\n\nWhat does a pick-up basketball game look like as a piece of theatre? Upon entering the theatre, retrofitted into a makeshift basketball court, audience members are instructed by a \"referee\" (a performer in the production who acts as a guide of sorts) to choose from among the four sports bags. Each bag represents a \"team captain,\" whose journey they'll follow through the rest of _Monday Nights_. For the first half of the show, they listen to audio on headsets about their captain's personal story, as the performers run through basketball drills to teach them the rules of the game. Each captain's story is autobiographical, based on the performers in the collective; Abalos's story reflects his and his wife's attempts to conceive a child via in-vitro fertilization, for example.\n\n![2020 PuSh Festival, Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC. Sarah Race Photography.](assets\/National\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out\/monday-nights-4-credit-sarah-race-photography-1_uygO2V.jpeg)\n\nAround half-time, audience members join performers for a game of three-on-three. The stakes are unspeakably high: \"The captain of the team with the fewest points has to do the laundry of the other captains,\" after the show, Abalos admits. The show ends with performers and audience members continuing the Monday night tradition: sinking baskets until the lights go out.\n\n\"It's a journey from individual to community,\" Abalos explains. Audience members start as individuals, before coming together as competing teams, before ultimately forming a larger group. This unification is evident in the disparate audience members who come out to experience _Monday Nights_. \"It's often people who are not sports people, who hated gym in high school, who leave saying, 'Wow, that moved me and I understand sport in a different way than I did before.'\"\n\nSimilarly, he says, the show has attracted athletes who aren't necessarily predisposed to a night at the theatre. \"We had a father who brought his son, a teenager. This was the first piece of theatre they'd ever seen. There's something about the appeal of the sports part of it that made them curious enough to come on down. We're introducing sports people to theatre, and theatre people to sports\u2014and then there's people like us, who are in between, who can understand both worlds and love it.\"\n\n![2020 PuSh Festival, Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC. Sarah Race Photography.](assets\/National\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out\/monday-nights-2-credit-sarah-race-photography-1_6mvl9d.jpeg)\n\nWhat are the commonalities between art and sport that makes the fusion so uplifting? \"Camaraderie, being in our bodies, competition, a chance to connect with each other as people,\" Abalos says. \"\\[Both art and sport] connect us to each other and help us to put ourselves in situations, to build empathy, to create community and to leave us better.\"\n\n_Monday Nights_ recently finished its West Coast dates, and life is back to normal. The sporting spirit remains high in Toronto with the Raptors as sitting NBA champs. Byron and his wife dote on their baby, now seven months old. And, 12 years later, the Monday night gang still gets together to play basketball. 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