As this decade comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the incredible year that was 2019!
We hosted our annual International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues, with the theme Here I Am! The pieces toured to a record number of organizations and communities including The Pas and Flin Flon. We also partnered with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights for a successful free evening of performances throughout the Museum.
We celebrated our 17th FemFest, featuring theatre and theatre creators from across the country. Some highlights included another fun and successful Bake-Off, a unique community piece featuring real-life mothers and daughters, and a very sweet guide dog performer named Tulia (featured in Raising Stanley/Life With Tulia
This year we continued our Emerging Artist Workshop Series, putting on a variety of workshops and panels. We were also able to partner with some fantastic community organizations, including the Norwest Youth Hub and SEED, to do workshops for youth.
In the fall we completed the first phase of the Reconciliation Through Theatre Project, which included readings of the piece Seven Visions in the spring. Throughout the process we’ve been able to partner with seven wonderful community organizations in the city. We met, talked and created art with over 70 youth about their experiences of and feelings about reconciliation. As we move into 2020, the creative and production teams (including playwright Jo MacDonald and director Tracey Nepinak) are hard at work. We look forward to presenting a piece honouring those youths’ experiences for our performances in May at The Forks.
2020 is sure to be a thrilling year for us here at Sarasvàti! A lot of changes are on the horizon – a new office, a leadership transition – and we are so grateful and excited to have such an amazing team of supporters, community members, artists and friends surrounding us.
Coming up in 2020 – the International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Changes! This wide variety of solo performances will explore how we navigate a changing world. In addition to touring throughout Manitoba, there will be two community performances on March 7th at 4pm and 8pm. You can buy tickets or find more details on the line up here.