CLASSICS RECLAIMED, SEPTEMBER:
We are thrilled to announce that for this month’s Classics Reclaimed event, we’re stepping back from performance material and making some time to listen and learn. As female-identifying artists working and creating together, we can do so much more than just make great theatre; we can break the cycle of domestic violence by educating ourselves on how violence against womxn continues to impact our community.
For this month’s Classics Reclaimed event, we have paired up with Sagesse. This Calgary-based non-profit organization offers a variety of empowering resources that educate individuals and groups on domestic violence against women, sex workers, and folx within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We’re super excited to be hosting a REAL Talk session with Sagesse that will be exclusively focussed on artists and how we can use our unique role in the community to spread awareness- safely!
WHEN/WHERE: Zoom Session on Thursday September 17th from 2pm-4pm (participants have the option to stay and chat until 5pm)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: This is a closed, artists-only event and will NOT be live-streamed. Space is limited so please get in touch with us at email@example.com to register for this FREE training session!
The epidemic of domestic violence against women grows stronger by the day, and we as an all-female theatre company recognize our privilege and responsibility to use our platform to raise awareness. We also acknowledge that we often explore themes of violence against women on stage, so we want those depictions to be authentic yet respectful, taking care of our audience members whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. We also want to equip our artists with the tools to keep themselves safe when exploring these themes, both in the rehearsal room and on stage. This will require an on-going conversation about how to offer a safe working environment for artists which is built on a foundation of education, mutual respect, and robust intimacy practices.
This REAL Talk session will equip us with facts, vocabulary, and tools that will enable us to be better peer supporters for those who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence. This initial event will be the bedrock of further training sessions and we strongly encourage all artists who have worked with us in the past or hope to work with us in the future to engage in this and/or future peer support training opportunities.
These courses are being offered FREE of any charge, however we encourage all participants to support the wonderful work Sagesse do in our province by donating at www.sagesse.org if you are able.