Performers of all ages, bodies and histories. Hosted by AcrossOceans Arts.
Join us for LEARNING, INTERACTION & INSPIRATION:
PREP for inclusive process and performance with these leading innovative artists who continue to achieve excellence in arts that embrace the magic of diversity, despite attitudes and environments that attempt to limit them to the margins.
MASTER CLASSES & PERFORMANCE Opp
Nov 25: 4-7 PM:
SYRUS MARCUS WARE animating an Activist Sewing Circle (description below)syrusmarcusware.com
Dec 9: 4-7 PM:
ALEX BULMER on speaking, hearing, communicating with different voices (description below) http://www.alexbulmer.co.uk/teaching
Dec 9: 7:30-8:30 PM:
PERFORM: informal sharing of short performances, experiments, ideas (after Alex’s class). Propose to perform (details below) > firstname.lastname@example.org
for all performers and interested people
NOV 25: Our Activist Sewing Circle
Join artist and activist SYRUS MARCUS WARE exploring activist aesthetics through the creation of a series of textile banners themed around disability justice & the movement for black lives.
Discuss processes for creating activist inspired art practices while creating a series of new collaborative works that will be donated to the movement for use in direct action.
Inspired by the Toni Cade Bambara quote about the role of the cultural worker from marginalized groups to make revolution irresistible, we will create beautiful textile pieces that address disability arts large scale.
For people of all ages, abilities and histories.
DEC 9: Speaking, Hearing & Communicating with different voices
ALEX BULMER will share her expertise in text & voice coaching and her experiences in how she has managed her creative life & career in the precarious world of performing arts.
Vocalizers of all forms are invited to attend including performers who speak through audio devices.
Bring a monologue, poem, text to a popular or children’s song you know well. We will explore how to express meaning and expression that is within the words and sounds, how we listen & receive a speech, ways to give feedback in groups & rehearsal environments, & discuss a life in the arts.
Dec 9: PERFORM > short, in-progress, new ideas of on inclusive performance > 7:30-8:30 after Alex’s class.
To PROPOSE: tell us about yourself, description & length of the work, people in it > email@example.com
About the Artists
Award-winning writer, director, performer, teacher, Alex divides her time working in Canada & Europe. Alex is co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre in Toronto, Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK, Artistic Director of Toronto’s Cripping The Stage, & co-founder of Picasso Project, a ground-breaking disability arts initiative.
Alex applies her knowledge & sensitivities to coach performers with all voices. She has taught at The Central School of Speech & Drama London UK, The National Theatre School of Canada, George Brown College, & Ryerson University.
In 2014, Alex was named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine. She recently shared a best actress award with co-lead Margot Carghill at the 2017 Moscow International Disability Film Festival for her performance in Awake. Alex was a UK Aria Prize finalist for her 2017 song driven radio feature Sounds Like She, & writer of the stage play SMUDGE, which earned two Best New Play nominations in Canada, & Time Out Magazine’s Critics Choice during its UK premiere.
Companies she has worked with include The Royal Court Theatre UK, Graeae (UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company) Buddies In Bad Times, The National Arts Centre of Canada, The Boy Choir of Lesbos, London 2012 Olympics, Toronto Drag Kings, BBC radio (winning an AMI award for her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Common Boots Theatre & Channel 4 series Cast Offs (nominated for BAFTA & Royal Television Society Awards).
Syrus Marcus Ware
Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator & educator, Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks & black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Windsor & the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Wont Back Down). Performance works have been in festivals across Canada, including Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).
Syrus is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective, co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick & Disabled Extravaganza at Mayworks 2014. He is part of the Black Triangle Arts Collective (BTAC), a visual arts collective dedicated to exploring disability, racial & economic justice. Syrus’ recent curatorial projects include That’s So Gay: On the Edge, TSG: Fall to Pieces, TSG: Come Together (Gladstone Hotel, 2016, 2015 & 2014), Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014), The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013). He is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre.
Syrus is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre & for 12 years Coordinator of Youth Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth. He was the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17). He is a member of Black Lives Matter-Toronto & Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Honours include the TD Diversity Award (2017), “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine (2005) & the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership & activism (2012). Syrus is working on a PhD at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.
ACROSS OCEANS ARTS has been producing platforms to deepen open & inclusive expression through the arts & humanities for over 25 years. PREP Master Classes & Perform platforms are facilitated by Maxine Heppner & MIchelle Silagy. Pilot Research leading to PREP has been supported by the City of Toronto through the TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’s Open Doors program.