Virtual Accessbility Roundtable Invite

Accessibility On Stage and Off will be happening on April 4th at 12pm on-line and we’d love for you to join in on the discussion. Social distancing may be in place but we can still have this important dialogue! 

We hope all is well and that you’re settled into this new temporary normal. While our team is staying busy working remotely we are excited to carry on with our planned roundtable on the topic of accessibility both on stages and off stage. We are grateful to be working in partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Sick + Twisted Theatre to adapt to a creative virtual delivery method. Through the online program Zoom, we will host this discussion and bring together a group of panelists to share their experiences. This wonderful group of people consists of industry experts, performers and a PhD Professor from the University of Manitoba. Sick + Twisted Artistic Director Debbie Patterson will be our fabulous moderator! 

Here are the details:

Accessibility: On Stage and Off

April 4th, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion on Zoom

Cost: FREE

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Sarasvàti Productions and Sick + Twisted Theatre present a discussion on accessibility from the comfort of your own home!

More is being done to address accessibility in theatre and the arts in Winnipeg, but is it enough? How accessible are performances for audiences? How exclusionary are the spaces and processes we use in making theatre? Why is the inclusion of artists with disabilities essential to the continued development of the art form? Join us for a frank discussion with guest artists and Disability advocates. Join the live discussion on Zoom, or watch/listen via Facebook livestream. ASL interpretation will be occurring live.

Email info@sarasvati.ca to register for the workshop and for full details or tune in to our Facebook page April 4th at noon for the livestream.

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COVID-19 Office Update

Programming is continuing! Along with everyone else, we at Sarasvàti Productions are doing our best to balance our desire to continue to work with the need for extra precautions. As of right now we are still operating with some staff working remotely. We are available by phone and e-mail, but our office is not being kept open for regular hours so it may take us a bit longer to respond to things. Thus far none of our programming has been cancelled. We are exploring ways to adapt our April 4th roundtable, Accessibility On Stage and Off, to a virtual discussion. We believe staying creative during these challenging times keeps us healthy. Please keep an eye out to our social media platforms for future updates!

If you are eager for some art while practicing social distancing check these out:

Spread kindness, understanding and positivity. We remain hopeful in light of COVID-19 while recognizing the toll it is taking on so many people. On behalf of our entire team we wish you and your loved ones good health and safety as we all navigate the days ahead together – but at a distance.

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Ekosani, Thank You!

International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Changes was a huge success! On behalf of our staff and Board members at Sarasvàti Productions, we would like to thank everyone who supported us as we brought this year’s Cabaret to life! From the artists who performed to the playwrights, directors and stage crew, the venues who hosted us and the staff who facilitated, we appreciate all your efforts. And of course to our wonderful audience – we cannot be more grateful for your support.

Our Cabaret of Monologues began with a community tour. Through team collaboration, we hosted 11 shows in 8 days all through-out various venues in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. A total of four hundred community members witnessed the work. Our two public performances attracted almost two hundred people at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film on March 7th. The opening remarks were presented in Cree by Elder Phyllis Hart. She started off the performance in a way that honoured women and created a welcoming atmosphere. Each performer offered something unique – there was laughter, tears, and celebration. All in all this year’s Cabaret was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been possible without all the support!

Take a peek at our Cabaret in Review blog for a more in depth look at our tour.

Up next is Accessibility: On Stage and Off  a roundtable discussion happening on April 4th at 12:00 p.m. We are excited to partner with Art AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Sick + Twisted Theatre. Join us at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 140 Rupert Avenue. RSVP by calling our office at 204-586-2236 or message us at info@sarasvati.ca. Admission is free however donations are welcome.

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Accessibility On Stage and Off

Save the date for another important roundtable discussion on April 4th at 12pm at RMTC! We are excited to work in partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Sick + Twisted Theatre. 

More is being done to address accessibility in theatre and the arts in Winnipeg, but is it enough? How accessible are performances for audiences? How exclusionary are the spaces and processes we use in making theatre? Why is the inclusion of artists with disabilities essential to the continued development of the art form? Join Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Sarasvàti Productions and Sick + Twisted Theatre for a frank discussion with guest artists and Disability advocates.

Stay tuned for the line-up of panelists.

The venue is scent-free and will be physically accessible with ASL Interpretation and Audio Description.

Free to all, donations welcome.

Feel free to save your spot early as space will be limited – info@sarasvati.ca

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Countdown to Cabaret of Monologues!

Two weeks to show-time! On Saturday, March 7th 2020, we invite you to join us for our annual International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Changes.

While we’ve been hard at work in preparation for our performances we encourage you to get to know more about this year’s show! Have you seen our line-up for this year’s Cabaret? We are excited to release a sneak peak of the monologues along with the wonderful women who will be performing them. Find out more about this fierce group of women and their stories by visiting our blog.

You may also be interested in taking a look at our promotional video created by our very own Brooklyn Kilfoyle on Sarasvàti Productions Facebook page. Here you’ll get to see an in-depth point of view from some of our performers!

Two public performances will be taking place on Saturday, March 7th at 4pm and 8pm. ASL interpretation will be offered at the 8pm show. Elder Phylis Hart will start the show with an opening blessing before the ladies set the stage.

Tickets are just $15. Looking forward to seeing you there!

As part of our commitment to work with the community, we will also be taking pieces on the road. We are honoured to be hosted at Sunshine House, North End Women’s Centre, Sage House, St. John’s Library, University of Winnipeg, Agape House, CMHR, Altona United Church, Genesis House, and Rainbow Resource Centre. 

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Songide’ewin Tickets Available!

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the culmination of our Reconciliation Through Theatre Project. Check out the dates and purchase early to join us live at the Forks for:

Songide’ewin, Sôhkitêhêwin, Neljedghile, Shoohkitayhew, Kapiasungitoaluk, Waditaka, Courage.

February has been a busy month for our team at Sarasvàti. Our newest staff member Fawnda Neckoway has jumped in with both feet to prepare for the show in May. This well anticipated experience shares the stories of over 70 Indigenous youth and their view of reconciliation. Songide’ewin is set to include a promenade featuring artwork created by youth participants. It will be followed by a stage performance composed of the youth’s stories and compiled by playwright Jo McDonald and collaborator Darla Contois. The show will be directed by well-known theatre artist Tracey Nepinak. We will conclude every performance by hosting a gathering to provide the opportunity for dialogue while feasting on traditional food. We welcome you join Sarasvàti Productions as we continue to encourage our community’s youth to participate in a conversation about Reconciliation.

Six outdoor performances are scheduled to take place at the Forks in Winnipeg as follows:

Thursday, May 21st 2020 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. and
Sunday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Admission is $15.00 for students and seniors and $20.00 for adults.

For ticket purchases please visit here OR get in touch with us at the office for more information: by phone – 204-586-2236 OR by email – info@sarasvati.ca

You can learn more about Songide’ewin scrolling through our blog or contact Fawnda at associate@sarasvati.ca.

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An Open Invitation

Sarasvàti Productions and Out from Under the Rug Theatre Collective present an opportunity to engage in dialogue with local artists and industry professionals:

Theatre in Colour: A roundtable discussion on the importance of racial diversity in theatre.

We are thrilled to support Emerging-Company-in-Residence Out From Under the Rug Theatre Collective as they host this vital discussion. The intention is to explore the history and ideas surrounding “racial diversity” in Canadian theatre, the strengths and weaknesses within the system, and the necessity of representation in all capacities of the theatre workspace. Featured panelists will include industry professionals Elena Anciro, Katie German and Jo MacDonald. All are welcome to come and engage in a dialogue.

The discussion will take place on Sunday, February 16th 2020 at the Rachel Brown Theatre (221 Bannatyne Avenue) at 2:00 p.m.

The Rachel Brown Theatre is physically accessible by elevator; if you have questions or other concerns about accessibility of the space please feel free to get in touch.

This event is open to the public and free of charge; however donations are welcome.

For more information please contact Sarasvàti Productions at 204-586-2236 or email at info@sarasvati.ca

You can also get in touch with Out From Under the Rug directly at outfromundertherug@gmail.com.

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IWW 2020 Tickets Are Here!

Get your tickets for this year’s Cabaret of Monologues!

There are two public performances taking place on Saturday, March 7th at 4pm and 8pm. ASL interpretation will be offered at the 8pm show. Tickets are $15.

Both performances on March 7th will take place at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, and both will feature 9 fabulous performances by local artists!

Rehearsals are well underway, tickets are on sale, and tour dates are quickly filling up. From March 2-8, audiences will have a chance to see these pieces performed in a range of spaces including women’s centres, clinics and community hubs.

Last year our performers traveled to Flin Flon and the Pas; each year brings something a little bit different, and we’re so thrilled that this event allows us to connect with so many communities. We can’t wait to take these incredible performances to venues across the province!

You can learn more about this year’s playwrights and performers by scrolling through our blog.

Buy your tickets for the performances on March 7th here OR get in touch with us at the office for more information: by phone – 204-586-2236 OR by email – info@sarasvati.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking Forward to 2020

Happy New Year! 2020 marks Sarasvàti Productions’ 20th year in Winnipeg –  we are so proud to continue to connect with people and create art in this community. For over 20 years we’ve created real social change through theatre, and that’s what we plan to keep doing in 2020 and beyond!

We have some exciting discussions coming up in the next few months – the only way we grow and change is by listening and engaging in critical discussion. The first one is co-produced and facilitated by Out From Under the Rug, Sarasvàti’s first Emerging-Company-in-Residence. ‘Theatre in Colour: A Roundtable Discussion on the Importance of Diversity in Theatre’ will happen in February, stay tuned for details very soon! In April, we’ll be partnering with Arts Accessibility Network of Manitoba and Sick + Twisted Theatre for a discussion about Accessibility in the Arts focusing on strategies not only for making theatre accessible for audiences, but also for artists. More info to come.

Rehearsals for the International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues have officially begun and we can’t wait to take a wide assortment of stories and performances into all sorts of community venues. In addition to the community performances, there will be two performances at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg) on March 7th – you can buy your tickets here!

Currently in development is Songide’ewin, a multi-disciplinary piece based on youth stories and compiled by playwright Jo MacDonald (with consultation by Darla Contois) and directed by Tracey Nepinak. Over a number of months, seven incredible local Indigenous organizations worked with Sarsavàti to create safe workshop spaces for youth to create art. They shared their feelings about and experiences of reconciliation. We’ve been so honoured that they’ve agreed to share their perspectives with us and we continue to work with many of them as a youth advisory. It will be exciting for all of us to see it all come together at The Forks from May 21-24.

Of course, many other things are on the horizon for 2020 – an office move, a leadership transition, FemFest in September – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves! We’re just so thrilled to get to share another year of transformative theatre with all of you.

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A Proud Part of Winnipeg

The holidays offer such a great opportunity to take advantage of all Winnipeg has to offer. Although we are hard at work preparing for multiple projects in the new year, our Sarasvati team is also taking some time off to enjoy our local winter wonderland. Have you checked out the skating trails around the Forks, the fabulous Kent Monkman’s exhibit at the WAG, and don’t forget for the kids The Paper Bag Princess is running into January at PTE.

We can’t wait to share all that we are working on for the start of 2020, including our huge production at the Forks in May, then in September we launch our 20th season in Winnipeg!! We are very proud to be one of so many long-standing arts and cultural institutions in the city.

As seen in Flightnetwork‘s Article – A Whirlwind of Experiences in Winnipeg – we are also just one of so many active experiences happening in Winnipeg throughout the year.

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