How to build community narratives

Community narratives are found in community spaces
Community narratives are found in community spaces.

With the digital era now propelled to warp three by social media, it seems that telling the stories of our communities should be easier than ever, but I’m beginning to wonder if we don’t become more intentional about building community narratives – place-based stories – is there a chance we will lose track of what’s happening on the ground in our communities while we’re on our way to some undetermined digital destination faster than the speed of light. Continue reading “How to build community narratives”

The Secret World of the Rehearsal Hall

Being invited into the secret world of the rehearsal hall fills me with a sense of great privilege and responsibility. It’s a place where artists are laid bare, exposed and vulnerable. You become part of a living, breathing organism in which your mere presence – each breath, each blink of the eye, even the twitch of a finger – add to the collective performance. Once you have experienced this you realize the important role of audience in theatre.

Last Friday I was invited into the rehearsal of “Seasons of Immigration” at the Multicultural Theatre Space studio in Kitchener. The troupe was rehearsing the 5th anniversary remount of the show in preparation for a three city tour.

Seasons is an original physical theatre piece that weaves dance, movement and text together with a recorded and live music soundtrack. Directed by MT Space Artist Director, Majdi Bou-Matar it is based on the personal stories of immigrants as they carve out a new life in Canada.

Five years ago I made the still photos for the original production and happened to have a copy of the original recorded soundtrack. I’ve combined them in this multimedia story to capture the narrative of Season of Immigration.

The show starts its tour at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario with performances April 6 and 7, 8 p.m. It then moves to the St. John’s Imperial Theatre in St. John’s New Brunswick, April 9; The Playhouse in Fredericton New Brunswick, April 10 and wraps up at Galt Collegiate Institute on April 15.