New Beginnings: Community Collaboration

From May 22-27, witness a team of 9 artists collaborating, 9 performers, 9 dancers, musicians and dozens of community participants! We just had our first rehearsal and it is clear that it’s going to be one heck of a show. Over the past two years, we’ve been interviewing community members who are newcomers to Canada, working with numerous newcomer agencies and hearing the stories of dozens of individuals who have experienced resettlement. Now, we’ve compiled their stories into our final show of the 2017-2018 season, New Beginnings!

We are excited to bring this community collaboration to the stage in May. It is a unique way to build bridges, share experiences and be entertained. Before performances, you can check out our lobby art installation featuring paintings, photography, and film by local refugee artists. Thanks to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, we’ll also be offering an ASL-interpreted performance, translation services, and child-minding to make the show as accessible as possible. Following the performance, we’ll be hosting regular conversation circles to foster dialogue about the stories depicted and welcome people to offer their own stories in return.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we feature the amazing artists participating, or check out our blog for regular updates.

You can catch the world premiere of New Beginnings and participate in important community-building activities from May 22-27 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg). For more details and to purchase your tickets, click here!

New Beginnings will also run in the same space as One Trunk Theatre production Boundary Avenue: a documentary-style play co-created by Liam Zarrillo, Andraea Sartison, and Caroline Wintoniw. Boundary Avenue looks at the town of Emerson and the influx of asylum seekers who have crossed into Manitoba over the past year. There will be special opportunities to see both productions – check out Brown Paper Tickets for package deals!

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