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Emotional Resilience While Performing Traumatic Narratives: Part II

 

Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

With Diane Roberts and Jessica Bleuer

Hosted by Mariana Marcassa and Susie Showers

Presented with support from Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro and the Acts of Listening Lab at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

This event is the second in a series of three meetings where artists, scholars, students, and interdisciplinary professionals will share knowledge, techniques, and questions for performing traumatic narratives in theatre. Our aim is to gradually unfold a non-linear conversation through immersive workshops and dynamic discussions.

Discussion with Diane Roberts: Policing Safe(r) Space: Silencing the Critics in Performance (5:30pm)

What are the legacies we carry and what do we leave behind? How do we reconcile the co-optive rhetoric of “safe spaces” with the risky business of performance creation? How do colonial legacies continue to impact our ability to listen to the stories that need to be told?

Diane Roberts is an accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, who has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years. Her directorial and dramaturgical work has been seen on stages across Canada and her reputation as a mentor, teacher and community collaborator is nationally and internationally recognized. Diane is a current PhD Candidate in Fine Arts, HUMA program. Diane’s celebrated Arrivals Legacy Project, developed during her 7-year tenure as Artistic Director of Urban Ink productions, has birthed new Interdisciplinary works across Canada, throughout the Americas, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. This work has allowed her to articulate, cultivate and realise a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression.

Workshop with Jessica Bleuer: Preparing to​ Listen to​ Trauma: Supports and Limits (7:20pm)

How can theatre producers, directors and actors prepare themselves to​ explore trauma-based narratives? And how do these same people prepare their audiences to listen to these narratives? What are the relative costs and benefits of telling these stories, and what are the ethical issues that should be considered? Could some of the answers to these questions be found in our nervous systems? This workshop will combine theory, discussion and practice to explore the above questions.

Past two-term NADTA Diversity Chair, Jessica Bleuer, MA., M.Ed., RDT, OPQ (Psychotherapist Permit) is a full-time lecturer and supervisor at Concordia University’s MA in Drama Therapy Program. She also works in private practice and has a small cultural equity consulting practice. Her diverse research interests include the impact of exclusion on mental health, the use of forum theatre to explore prejudice and discrimination faced by LGBT2SIQ communities, and finding ways to address the impact of microaggressions in both therapeutic and educational spaces. She also focuses on how drama therapy methods have the potential to deepen common psychodynamic and systemic therapeutic processes.

More about the Acts of Listening Lab

With an emphasis on listening in post-conflict zones, and research-creation that responds to questions of memory, justice, and storytelling, the Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab) complements the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling’s (COHDS) existing strengths in sharing authority and difficult narratives. This new state-of-the-art laboratory is directed by Dr. Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance) and forms an integral part of COHDS’s research and creation activities. The ALLab facilitates a core objective: to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration through oral history, the arts, and digital media.

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