A Creature, Untamed

Drawing of a black-shadowy figure that is shaped like an ominous winged two-legged creature with long draping bat-like wings and a prolonged alien-resembling head. It has thick hands resembling claws. It is shaded in with bold opaque marker with clean distinct lines around the body. In the bottom right corner there is a long green pathos plant growing out of a terracotta pot. It is vine like and stretches up to the left top corner of the page. The background of the image is various crayons of magenta, and purple hues to create a textured effect of foggy light.

A Creature, Untamed is a synesthetic tale, a mad and disability, movement and sound art-based performance piece by Steff Juniper exploring themes of neurodiversity, institutionalization, and access intimacy. It tells the story of an  “alien bat”-like creature born out of sensory deprivation as a scientific experiment, that explores its brief freedom in its waking life interpreted through performance and sound art, eventually to be captured and detained by a scientist for its attempt at learning about itself and its world. This performance was being proposed to be a part of Inkling Enacted because of its multi-disciplinary approach to accessibility in theatre and audience interaction.

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Special Thanks to: Anthony Abbatangelo (sound), Katie Yealland (tech) and Kumari Giles (production) for contributing to “A Creature, Untamed”.

The Mermaid Project

A digital collage by Aria Evans features simple outline drawings of a long haired person in movement, wearing only underwear and shoes. Each iteration of the person is posed differently (crouching, kneeling, bending) and has collaged materials on top of varying parts of the body. These bodies are set against a lightly faded background image of ice and rushing water, overlaid with illustrated speckles and bubbles.

A group of artists meet at the intersection of their disciplines to dig their hands, bodies, and voices into the waters of the mermaid archetype. In the wake of a climate crisis future where the sacred rock that houses our limited human bodies promises to be ravaged by fire and water, we set out to imagine how we can become merpeople. We look at the myths, at our bodies, at our relationships to power and access. We remember our experiences of water – what we love and fear about it. We investigate the creation of a ritual to activate an emergency evolutionary pattern so we may begin to mutate into beings that can exist past the destruction of the human reign. We call forth the mermaid.

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Facilitated by: Ximena Huizi
Co-created by: Wy Joung Kou, Asaph Blaine, Aria Evans, Kristine White, Mila Natasha Mendez and  Ximena Huizi.
ASL interpreters: Rogue Benjamin

The Two Natashas

photograph by Mana Bijangoodarz of two women looking as if they are arguing. They wear a similar tan coloured dress. On the left is a brown woman with brown hair curling past her shoulders. She is wearing a silky tan dress that shows all her curves. She has her hand-thrown up with an attitude on her face as she stares sideways at the other woman on the right: a Black woman with short bold red hair wearing a velvet tan dress that clutches to her curves. She is pointing toward the other woman as she looks firm like she is scolding her. A triangle earring dangles from her ear.

The Two Natashas is a comedy show about two Deaf women, Natasha and Natasha, who met through a mutual ex-boyfriend: bonding over the trauma of a dating experience gone wrong, they can’t help but immediately become best friends. Once together, these two find they can’t keep themselves out of trouble and prove hilariously that hell hath no fury like two Natashas scorned.

Directed and Edited by Ebony R. Gooden
Acting by Natasha Courage Bacchus and Gaitrie Persaud

The Change Project

Placeholder image of a row of 6 cream coloured wooden die. The front-facing surface of each die has a different letter printed on it in black, spelling out the word “change”. The block row is centred in the frame on a grey brown wooden surface and the background is a soft pale blue.

‘Change’ is the inkling of an original performance piece that tells the story of ‘Outsiders’ who are brought together by a mysterious Host to compete with each other to tell personal stories of change with unexpected consequences. We learn much more about the host and the story tellers as the story advances.

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Conceived and led by Mark Brose, (with Tristan Whiston), the project commenced in May 2020 with artists Alex Bulmer, Tamyka Bullen, Gehan Udayanga, Hanan Hazime, Thurga Kanagesekarampillai, Marye Barton, Jane Field, and Anna Camilleri  joining Mark and Tristan in 8 zoom workshops to write and share stories and poetry of change.

Safe Words (I Didn’t Say Broccoli)

Shay And Jen are on a stage. Shay is behind Jen and only partially visible, pushing their wheelchair from behind. Jen's arms are down and stretched out at their sides while being propelled forward. Jen has an excited and apprehensive look on their face. Jen is wearing a black T-shirt that says Faking it.

Safe Words is a 20 – 25 minute original contemporary wheelchair dance duet with original soundscape created from wheelchair users’ real experiences in public spaces. Choreographed and danced by Shay Erlich and Jen Roy, Safe Words explores the experiences of street harassment faced by disabled folks and questions the need to perform hyper competence in public in order to avoid that harassment and other harms.

“For the Inkling process we will be focussing on developing a working original soundscape for this production. The soundscape will be created by Steff Juniper and Anthony Abbatangelo. This soundscape will be composed of real world sounds representing the experiences of wheelchair users in public space. kumari giles has been producing and coordinating artistic development in person and remotely while Jen and Shay have been collecting sounds during outdoor rehearsals. These found sounds will be adapted and added to existing samples from sound libraries by Steff and Anthony in order to create a working draft of the original sound creation.”

Postcards From My Balcony

A photograph of Alex standing on her apartment balcony.  She is a white woman wearing a purple and blue plaid shirt over a black t-shirt and blue jeans. The balcony door is ajar. She faces out at the edge of it, and holds the wooden railing.

Director Leah Cherniak joins Blind artist Alex Bulmer to lead this inter-generational collaboration, bringing young film artists together with senior theatre makers. Adapted from the written series of original postcards created by Alex while she was suspected to be COVID positive and in quarantine, the film combines live action with animation. 

This short film features cinematography by Ben Roberts, animation by Cristal Buemi, sound design and original composition by Deanna Choi, and an original song by John Millard. The process combines a collaborative approach rooted in collectively-created theatre with the disciplines of animation and film making.

The Wait of Water

Photograph of a big blue lake on a blue skied day. Overlaid on top is a semi transparent image of Anna. She has a neutral expression on her face and shows her palm to the camera in a "stop" motion. Bottom right of the image contains white text reading "THE WAIT OF WATER".

The Wait of Water is a digital/video performance that explores intimacy and sovereignty. Directed and written by Anna Camilleri, it is part of an emerging body of work about queer/femme embodiment and subjectivity.

“For Inkling Enacted, creative development is focused in two process-based pods. In the dramaturgical hub, Anna Camilleri, Gehan Udayanga, and Trisha Lamie explored concept and creative approach through movement, vocal experiments, and research, and in the scenography hub, Katie Yealland and Anna Camilleri built still and moving images through stop motion animation, and green screen and layered projection.”

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Anna Camilleri – concept, poet/vocal performance, video editor, scenography, movement choreography collaborator
Trisha Lamie – movement choreography collaborator
Gehan Udayanga – movement choreography collaborator
Katie Yealland – animation scenography collaborator and video co-editor

Original music by Lyndell Montgomery and Gehan Udayanga.

Saviour Saviour

Saviour Saviour is an interactive improv-y piece that examines the dangers of white saviourism and the consequences of trying to “save someone” for one’s own personal benefit. Advertised as a “fun cult experience”, this piece wants to show the visceral and violent consequences of actions when ignorant things are said without understanding for the person in pain/struggling.

Director Cam Luu is collaborating with QTBIPOC artist Ganesh Thavarajah in this process.