Event Category: Workshop

National Access Arts Assembly Part One

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Inside Out Theatre, British Council and Tangled Art + Disability, with the support of Canada Council of the Arts, have joined forces to improve accessibility in the arts countrywide. By inviting artists, producers, advocates and audience members to join the conversation in our spaces, we hope to imagine possible cooperative futures for accessible performances in Canada.

In order to do this, we’re hosting two, three-day accessibility-based assemblies. Inside Out Theatre will host the first assembly in August, 2019 in Calgary, and British Council and Tangled Art + Disability will host the second assembly in Toronto in October, 2019. Our mission with these assemblies are to celebrate the great work that is already taking place with accessible performances, but to also determine how we can improve further within every community. With the first assembly focusing on coordination and organizing accessible performances, the second will cover the practice and training necessary to best host an accessible performance.

We are purposefully keeping the gathering small, with no more than 40 participants, to ensure there is space and time for everyone to actively participate.

Learn more about the assembly on the Inside Out Theatre website
Apply to attend the assembly

Adult Dance Classes – Hip Hop and Line Dance

Momo Movement brings together individuals of all abilities and levels to be challenged in the joyful practice of dance and theatre skills moving to the music. Through movement and theatrical games we strive to remove as many barriers as possible, so that every individual can feel confident with their own self expression. There is no right or wrong at Momo Movement, if you’re moving, you’re dancing. facilitate artistic expression through performance.

Momo adult community classes have been running consistently for over 15 years. These popular classes are open to dancers of any ability or disability, whether you are new or more experienced with dance. Our trained facilitators guide the group through a warm-up, movement games, improvisation, physical awareness, and creative dance exploration in a fun and open environment.

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Adult Dance Classes – Creative Movement (Afternoons)

Momo Movement brings together individuals of all abilities and levels to be challenged in the joyful practice of dance and theatre skills moving to the music. Through movement and theatrical games we strive to remove as many barriers as possible, so that every individual can feel confident with their own self expression. There is no right or wrong at Momo Movement, if you’re moving, you’re dancing. facilitate artistic expression through performance.

Momo adult community classes have been running consistently for over 15 years. These popular classes are open to dancers of any ability or disability, whether you are new or more experienced with dance. Our trained facilitators guide the group through a warm-up, movement games, improvisation, physical awareness, and creative dance exploration in a fun and open environment.

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Adult Dance Classes – Creative Movement (Mornings)

Momo Movement brings together individuals of all abilities and levels to be challenged in the joyful practice of dance and theatre skills moving to the music. Through movement and theatrical games we strive to remove as many barriers as possible, so that every individual can feel confident with their own self expression. There is no right or wrong at Momo Movement, if you’re moving, you’re dancing. facilitate artistic expression through performance.

Momo adult community classes have been running consistently for over 15 years. These popular classes are open to dancers of any ability or disability, whether you are new or more experienced with dance. Our trained facilitators guide the group through a warm-up, movement games, improvisation, physical awareness, and creative dance exploration in a fun and open environment.

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Making Space for Conflict & Dialogue

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What can we do when we hurt each other? How can we respond supportively to people who have been directly harmed in our community? Through experiential and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques participants explore ways of dealing well with conflict, making space for healthier dialogue, and finding ways to treat each other better in arts spaces. With Karen B. K. Chan.

A group agreement to support safety and participation will be available online before the workshop. A therapist will be present to provide in-the-moment support to participants, should anyone need.

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Directing & Facilitation: A Community Conversation

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How can we as theatre directors and arts facilitators increase our capacity to lead rehearsals and workshops in ways that are emergent, supportive of diversity, open to healthy conflict, and conducive to safe risk-taking? Led by Nikki Shaffeeullah, this hands-on community consultation seeks to identify current industry gaps in director training, and explore how direct education and facilitation training can make for stronger creative spaces.

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Creating Sign Language Magic

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Explore of the different ways of making theatre accessible to d/Deaf communities. Creating Sign Language Magic leads you through various methods of creating accessible sign language productions for d/Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and sign language users. Discover the multiple forms you can use to incorporate sign language into theatrical contexts including interpretation, shadowing, and performance.

Presented in partnership with Generator and Deaf Spectrum. Directed by Sage Lovell; performed by Gaitrie Persaud, Thurga Kanagasekarampillaai, Derek Kwan, and Suchiththa Wickremesooriya.

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Accessing Facebook and Social Media

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This introduction to Social Media is designed to demystify the workings of Facebook for users with sight loss. Perfect for first-time users and for current users who want to get more out of their experience. Attendees must bring their own devices: smartphone, tablet or laptop. Please specify which device you’ll bring and what access technology you currently use.

More information on the VocalEye website

Instructors Monty Lilburn and Albert Ruel will lead participants through a practical hands-on session that includes the following topics:

Part 1

  • the history, purpose and means of access
  • Facebook terminology (timeline, profile, friends, pages, groups, likes, loves and emojis)
  • Facebook Mobile vs full site
  • privacy set up
  • demonstrations
  • Q and A

Part 2

The group will be divided for hands-on practice according to interest and experience level. Content will be tailored accordingly. For example:

  • step through the process of getting signed up with a Facebook account
  • adjust privacy levels and other settings
  • practice searching for people, groups and pages
  • how to like, follow, join, comment and post
  • connect with new people, groups and pages
  • share tips and resources

Fingerworks for Fireworks 2019

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Learn and practice VocalEye’s innovative tactile approach to describing fireworks for people who are blind and partially sighted with the creators of the technique, Collin van Uchelen and Steph Kirkland.

This workshop will introduce pyrotechnical terms and verbal vocabulary in conjunction with tactile techniques to describe common and unusual effects. Participants will hone their skills with a partner. People with sight loss are invited to attend, to experience the technique and to give feedback.

Newly trained and returning fireworks describers will have the opportunity to describe Team Canada at the Honda Celebration of Light in English Bay on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

More information on the VocalEye website

SIghted Guide Basics

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How do you help a blind person cross the road?
How do you get the attention of a blind person?
Is it okay to say “see you later” to a blind person?
Is it okay to pet a blind person’s dog?

This is VocalEye’s first public workshop designed to answer those questions and more. Participants will learn basic skills for guiding and assisting people who are blind and partially sighted in everyday situations. The morning session will focus on practical techniques; the afternoon session will cover language, etiquette and sample scenarios; and the day will end in conversation with members from the blind/low vision community.

Sighted Guide Basics on the VocalEye website

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is free to attend. Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact donna@vocaleye.ca to register.