RISER Edmonton 2022
Common Ground Arts Society, in partnership with Toronto’s Why Not Theatre, has the honour of presenting these four new works on Edmonton’s stages from April-June 2022. Take a look, and join us for some cutting-edge theatre and dance!
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RE:CONSTRUCT // EVEN GILCHRIST
Venue: Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW)
A trans man and his idealized cis self enter the room, inviting onlookers to a very brave thing on the best day, the most perfect day ever. A guided meditation, a group retreat, a paint night, whatever it takes — together, if they just erase the image there, remove a memory here, edit the names, refine the story, refine the story… maybe perfection will be attainable in the end after all.
WIWIMAW // TAI AMY GRAUMAN
Wiwimaw tells two interwoven stories of Metis sisters, Marie and Rose Callihoo, between the height of the fur trade (1860s) and the age of road allowance peoples during the Great Depression (1930s).
“Metis women are the heart of the Metis Nation.” (LMFO’s MMIW report. June 30th, 2019).
A digital adaptation of Wiwimaw was filmed at Métis Crossing in February 2022. We look forward to sharing it and more details with you later this Spring!
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PAST RISER 2022 PROJECTS
THE POWER OF THE DRUM // CUBAN MOVEMENTS DANCE ACADEMY
Venue: Westbury Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW)
The Power of the Drum pays homage to the power of the drum as a reflection of the resilience, adaptability, creativity, and autonomy of the Cuban Diaspora in the midst of struggle, crisis, and uncertainty. Weaving drumming, dance, text, projection and sound together, The Power of the Drum offers a one-of-a-kind, immersive dance/theatre experience. It is based on the premise that for the AfroCuban people, arts and culture are not just forms of entertainment, but messengers and affirmations of culture and spirituality that form an essential part of both collective and personal identities.
I DON’T EVEN MISS YOU // TINY BEAR JAWS
Venue: Co*Lab (9641 102A Avenue NW)
Non-binary computer programmer Basil (they/them) wakes one morning to discover they are alone. Eventually, they build Orchid: a digital assistant created to keep Basil company. Using live music, dance, and video, I Don’t Even Miss You is a multidisciplinary exploration of love, legacy, climate change, and asks how gender, affection, and identity can exist with no one to perceive them.