Image of two circus performers and the following text: Produced by Femmes du Feu in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, Circus Sessions, Friday April 27th & Saturday April 28th 2018, 8pm, Canada Council for the Arts logo, Femmes du Feu logo, Harbourfront Centre logo

Circus Sessions

Femmes du Feu

Femmes du Feu, one of Canada’s leading innovators in aerial circus works, is proud to announce the fourth annual Circus Sessions at the Harbourfront Centre as part of NextSteps 17/18. This initiative prides itself as a week-long creative laboratory and think-tank that will offer a small group of contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned circus artist/instructor/researcher Marie-Andrée Robitaille in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre’s beautiful space. Through this, two performances of new collaborative work will be showcased on April 28th and April 29th at 8:00pm at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Alex Bulmer, a Toronto based blind theatre artist and writer, will be mentoring three artists through audio describing and discussions around accessibility in circus and performance. These three artists—Whitney Treddenick (B.C. circus student and fluent with 2 Hand Manual and Hand Under Hand communication), Erin Ball (Kingston, ON based professional circus artist and double leg amputee), and Kate Kavanagh (UK based circus writer and academic)—will explore how to integrate live audio describing for visually impaired audiences into the project as material develops.

All components and participants, including these 3 artists looking at accessibility, start from scratch on day one, and explore and create throughout the 5 days to develop some work to share with an audience.

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