Movement Workshop with Ali Robson

Registration is officially open for our first workshop of 2020! On January 19th, join Ali Robson for a movement workshop for actors and movers of all skill-levels.

Activating the Performer’s Body: An Introduction to Movement for Actors
Facilitator: Ali Robson
Saturday January 19th, 1-4pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street
Room 2T15
Fee: $25

This workshop will attempt to address the range of physicality that an actor may be asked to explore as part of the creative process. By working with movement systems and abstract movement, participants can begin to identify where meaning can be found for the performer through the physical body and its relationship to the performance space, fellow performers and the script.
We’re thrilled to have Ali Robson leading this exploration. She works in both dance and theatre and is curious about collaborating across disciplines and creating work with and for people of all ages. Ali is a collective member of Weather Parade Dance Theatre, is the Associate Artistic Director of Company Link and is a board member for Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

This workshop is intended to be introductory – artists of all levels of experience are welcome! If you have questions regarding access needs, please email liz@sarasvati.ca.

Deadline to register is January 8th!

To register please email liz@sarasvati.ca with your name and contact info, OR call the office at 204-586-2236.

 

 

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Monologues and More

Our March 2020 International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Changes is gearing up to be an exciting and eclectic event beyond the constraints of traditional monologues. The menu for this year’s event will include four monologues brought to life by local performers and five performances by artists in other creative mediums. These creative pieces will range from dance to song, from spoken word to mime.

We announced the monologues a couple of weeks ago with full details on the IWW webpage, in addition exciting new work is being created, here’s a little sneak peak to help whet your appetite on who and what you can expect to see…

Kweskina by waNda Wilson – Some of you may remember waNda from last year’s Cabaret. WaNda recently received her Red Seal as a mechanic, and her title for this year’s piece means “change your thoughts” in Cree. She performs a beautiful combination of storytelling and musical performance, stemming from her own personal life experiences.

Bringing movement to the stage, is a dance piece by Maria Grant. Maria runs Drop In Dance Winnipeg and will Choreograph a piece to perfectly fit this year’s cabaret and the theme of “Change”.

The bold, beautiful and Deaf by Joanna Hawkins – As a deaf artist and member of 100 Decibles, Joanna will explore the world of mime and bring to life the art of silent storytelling.

Oversharer by Kristen Einarson – Kristen has had a really big year. She split up from her partner, she got a whole new career path, she started filling in her eyebrows, she had a mini nervous breakdown at her friend’s bachelorette party and started doing stand-up comedy. This is a monologue of things she has told people that she probably should not have. In her signature comedic style, Kristen is vulnerable and hilarious, and her piece will take you on a ride of social anxiety, insecurity, and uncertainty. She probably shouldn’t be writing such big promises in a show description. She probably shouldn’t have said she has a signature style. She also wishes she gave her character a more interesting name, like maybe “Harriet” or “Susan”.

The art of spoken word poetry will have a place in this year’s line-up. Writer, activist and member of Red Rising Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie will share her original work.

Save the Date! These pieces will be performed from March 2-8 for International Women’s Week with just two opportunities to see the full line-up on March 7th. Keep up to date as we travel across the province to various stages, organizations and venues to bring these pieces to life in the name of women everywhere.
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Week, than to host a performance yourself? To host any number of the monologues above, contact info@sarasvati.ca for details on availability and price. We would love to perform for you!

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IWW Cabaret of Monologues: Changes

We are excited to be lining up an amazing selection of pieces for our March 2020 International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues. This year’s theme is… Changes. A wide variety of solo performances will explore how we navigate a changing world . Four monologues have officially been accepted into this year’s cabaret, while others are in the process of being curated and workshopped. The decision not to have a child, coping with the reality of a newborn, a satirical look at what climate change might mean to children, and a woman who uses an elevator to out-maneuver a predator. These are just a few of the topics covered with plenty more to come! Until we have a full menu of monologues for you to devour, here are the official first four to whet your appetite…

Masks by Makrenna Sterdan
Ms. Jones works to keep positive as she teaches a school of children about air pollution. But, when she is alone with fellow teachers and staff, the dark truth about the day’s lesson is revealed.

Yearning-Distance by Beth Lanigan
A new mother struggles to describe her changing world and herself. She simultaneously experiences and explores the detachment and dissociation of her postpartum depression.

The A Word by Brooklyn Alice Lee
A young woman enters The Women’s Hospital, alone and afraid she struggles to complete paperwork while questioning the nurse and herself about her decision to terminate her pregnancy.

Ping by Larissa Hikel
Jessamyn returns home from a late shift at the bar she works at. She is cautious entering her apartment building as she recounts the terrifying events from the night before. Events that women today know are far too common.

International Women’s Week: Cabaret of Monologues will take place from March 2-8, 2020. We will once again tour the monologues to various locations around Manitoba and offer two public performances of the full line-up on March 7th. Last year we were excited to travel as far as Flin Flon and to perform in tiny classrooms as well as huge museums. If you’re interested in hosting any of this year’s monologues, give us a call at (204) 586-2236 or email us at info@sarasvati.ca!

Stay tuned for updates and more information on International Women’s Week: Cabaret of Monologues 2020, coming soon!

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FemFest 2019 Hightlights

We would like to take a moment to look back at a few of the many highlights of FemFest 2019: All the World’s a Stage!

This year was a dynamic festival that included new works, touring shows that pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre, and many opportunities for creative inspiration and development.

Our touring shows included real life mothers and daughters and a Pop Art performance in a setting that included an audience of only 4 people! Both of these shows challenged the way we look at theatre and audience interaction, and were each inspiring in their own unique way. We also had our very first canine performer! Tulia, a guide dog who played the part of herself in Raising Stanley/Life with Tulia.

Our workshops gave emerging artists a chance for mentorship and show development, a devised creation, many new works in progress, performances, and readings.

And this year we took FemFest to the streets with our walking tour! Making Winnipeg’s downtown a stage for music, spoken word poetry, comedy, ASL dance, and puppet theatre.

Thank you to our many amazing volunteers, artists and festival patrons, you all made FemFest 2019 a tremendous success.

If you’d like to be part of FemFest 2020: Engaging Community, the submission deadline is November 30th! More information here.

And check out our gallery for more photos of FemFest 2019!

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Our Fundraising Dinner

Thanks to everyone who attended our fundraising dinner: The Art of Reconciliation.

This was a wonderful evening to mingle with the community, share a delicious meal, and be inspired by the creativity of award-winning multi-media artist KC Adams!

The 1491 menu, created by Chef Steven Watson of the Common Wealth College, was a very special experience that included 3 sisters soup, Sumac rubbed smoked pickerel on duck fat fried wild rice cake, Bison with burned sage, tobacco, berries, fired parsnip, and roasted potatoes.Wild rice pudding with corn, blueberries, hazelnuts, and maple. Such a delicious and unique experience!

And the evening capped off with an engaging talk by KC Adams, sharing her art and her story with all who attended.

We are grateful for the amazing artists who were part of our evening, and for the incredible community of people who came out to support us.

 

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Workshops 2019/2020

We have an exciting array of emerging artist workshops for the 2019/2020 season.

We began the year with the Launchpad Project!  Our new emerging artist program that brought together 10 emerging artists under the fabulous guidance and mentorship of Victoria Hill and Lindsay Johnson. This group of enthusiastic emerging artists participated in intensive workshops with professional artists like Directing with Brenda McLean, Devised Theatre with One Trunk Theatre’s Andraea Sartison, movement with Tanja Woloshen, and improv with Outside Joke’s Andrea del Campo. They then took this skill development and devised a show for FemFest 2019 called To Kill a Lizard.

Sara Groleau, one of the participants, expressed how grateful she was for the opportunity to join with other creative, enthusiastic emerging artists.

“I loved how everyone on our team had different backgrounds and perspectives. I’m happy that I got the chance to take creative risks and try new skills that I probably wouldn’t have tried outside of this environment. I’m honoured that our show was a part of FemFest because it’s such a great festival and it made me feel that much more at home in Winnipeg’s strong theatre community. My favourite part was the people: the Sarasvàti team including our coordinators/facilitators, our workshop leaders, and of course my fellow LaunchPadders!”

This was a fantastic platform for emerging artists to collaborate and develop their skills, create a show from scratch, and perform on the FemFest stage. Also at FemFest this year we offered a Pop Art Performance workshop with xLq and a Playwriting Masterclass with Yvette Nolan. xLq’s workshop gave participants a chance to explore Pop Art Performance, audience interaction, and creating safe spaces to explore and push the boundaries of performance. And Canadian playwright Yvette Nolan worked with and challenged emerging playwrights to hone their craft, culminating in a reading of excerpts of new pieces by the participants at a performance we called Leaping off the Page.

Our workshop series has already been a success this year and it’s just the beginning…

Up next we start off our first of four Coffee with a Pro series – where emerging artists will have a chance to sit down with a professional in their field, ask questions, learn, and engage in an intimate conversation about their craft. Our first session will be on playwriting and we are excited to have Audrey Dwyer as our professional! Along with being the new Assistant Artistic Director at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Audrey is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Facilitator and Mentor.

Then early in 2020 we’ll be offering a movement workshop with contemporary dancer and choreographer Ali Robson. Ali works in both dance and theatre and is curious about collaborating across disciplines and creating work with and for people of all ages. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, movement coach and collaborator since 2004. She brings a special combination of dance and theatre expertise and we are very excited to have her on board!

We will also be offering panel discussions on important topics in the theatre community and more workshops for emerging artists throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for more information soon and check out our latest blog post for more on workshops.

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Up Next for Sarasvàti

110 artists and production crew, 39 volunteers, and countless audience members made FemFest 2019 a huge success! We reflect on this in our latest blog post and are gearing up for a fantastic season of new projects, workshops, and performances ahead.

Coming up we have a fundraising dinner featuring award-winning multi-media artist KC Adams and a special 1491 menu, and our emerging artist workshop series will be kicking off in the upcoming month. The workshops will continue throughout the winter and spring offering mentorship opportunities with professionals in various theatrical fields, as well as, workshops and panels on a variety of exciting and thought provoking topics – stay tuned for more on this soon!

March 2-8, 2020 we will be holding our annual International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues and May 21-24 we will be presenting the work that has been created as part of our Seven Visions Reconciliation Through Theatre Project. This will be the result of 7 workshops throughout the year that bring together Indigenous youth, elders, and artists to create a safe space to tell their stories through art.

Lots to look forward to, for more details about the year ahead see our blog post!

 

 

 

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Community Service Recognition Award

Our Artistic Director, Hope McIntyre, and Sarasvàti Productions are proud recipients of the Community Service Recognition award that will be presented as part of the sesquicentennial (150th year anniversary) of Mahatma Gandhi. 

In celebration of this event the Mahatma Gandhi Centre of Canada (MGCC) will be honouring Mahatma Ghandhi by holding two days of activities.

The October 2nd event will be co-sponsored by the CMHR and the Borden-King Institute. Following the garlanding ceremony at the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at 5:30 pm, and a commemorative talk in the CMHR Lecture Hall at 6:00 pm by the Gandhian scholar Professor Vinay Lal of UCLA, USA, there will be a screening of Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed 1982 movie “GANDHI”. This event will be open to the public and free of charge. Complimentary tickets for the event can be obtained online from the CMHR or by phone 204-289-2000.

The Annual Gala Dinner of the MGCC will be held on October 3rd at the Buhler Hall of the CMHR, starting at 6:00 pm. His Excellency Dr. Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada will present the keynote address. Community Service Recognition Awards will be presented to the following: Mr. James Favel & Bear Clan Patrol; Drs. Daya & Chander Gupta; Mr. Bashir Khan; Ms. Hope McIntyre & Sarasvati Productions; Mr. Kishore Modha; Councillor Devi Sharma; and Mr. Sushil K Sharma. A commemorative book entitled “Embracing Nonviolence and Reconciliation”, edited by Ms Manju Lodha will be released. Tickets can be purchased for $75 by emailing info@gandhicentre.ca.

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Last Weekend of FemFest 2019

The final weekend of FemFest 2019 is around the corner and you still have time to catch the exciting programming at our festival this year.

Touring Shows

This year FemFest is bringing some truly unique performance experiences with our touring shows Like Mother, Like Daughter and 4inXchange will be playing throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss your chance to take in 4inXchange. The Toronto based Pop Art duo known as xLq bring a theatrical style unlike anything you’ve seen before. The performers create a safe space to explore questions about value, intimacy, love, and truth in this interactive game created for only 4 audience members at a time, through a series of of dialogues, chances, competitions, and meditations.

You will interact with the performers and your fellow audience members – but don’t be intimidated! They make it fun and comfortable, while at the same time creating a truly unique and thought provoking experience.

With only 4 slots per show be sure to book ahead on our website or by calling our office M-F, 204-586-2236. Here’s an Instagram boomerang of xLq to spark your interest.

Like Mother, Like Daughter is another touring project not to be missed. This project brings together real life Indigenous and Immigrant mother/daughter pairs to share their stories in an improvised format originally co-created by Toronto’s Why Not Theatre and London’s Complicité Creative Learning. Brought to Winnipeg for FemFest we have an amazing group of local mothers and daughters participating in the project. Click here to check out our latest blog post and find out more about them. The performance ends with the audience sharing a meal with the participants and continuing the conversation! 

Local Shows

There’s still a chance to catch our walking tour All Winnipeg’s A Stage. Travel around Winnipeg’s downtown to pop up parks and shops and enjoy the incredible talents of local performers. Highlights include multilingual Spoken Word poet Amber O’Reilly sharing her poetry at the eclectic local used book store Bison Books, the gorgeous indie folk melodies of Philippine born singer/songwriter Hera Nalam – featured in our latest FemFest video, and Dancer, choreographer, and ASL interpreter Ms. Iris Perchaluk (z eye) embodying the lyrics of music in a truly unique way…among others!

And last but not least the world premiere of Baby Box a new play co-written by 3 established Canadian playwrights who created this piece from 3 uniquely different female perspectives on the experience of placing a baby in a baby box. Directed by our Artistic Director, Hope McIntyre, choreographed by Ali Robson, and performed by local Winnipeg performers this show is original blend of movement, lyrical text, and powerful prose.

Be sure to book ahead to ensure you don’t miss your chance to catch all that FemFest 2019 has to offer!

 

 

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FemFest 2019 More Accessible Than Ever

This year at FemFest 2019: All The World’s A Stage we are offering ASL interpreters and Child Minding services for select performances throughout the festival.

ASL Interpreting

There will be 4 performances with ASL interpreting, helping to make the festival more accessible and inclusive to as many community members as possible.

Raising Stanley/Life with Tulia: September 15th 2:00pm
Launchpad: September 17th 8:30pm
Baby Box: September 18th 8:30pm
Like Mother, Like Daughter: September 19th 6:30pm

Child Minding

We understand that as a parent, finding time to enjoy theatre child-free can be nearly impossible. That is why this year, we are happy to offer Child Minding at FemFest for 3 selected performances, free of charge!
Child Minding will need to be booked 24 hours before the performance start time. You can book your child’s spot by emailing info@sarasvati.ca or calling (204) 586-2236.

 

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