Unscripted: KINSHIP is a new string of programming which succeeds the 2021 Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling panel series.
Unscripted: KINSHIP is a three-part podcast series exploring themes of interdependence, care and kinship in the arts. Each episode, hosted by Angela Sun, welcomes a different artistic collective to engage in conversation about how they are reimagining artistic collaboration in ways that embrace these themes as well as how relationships and radical reciprocity have been integral to the development of their collective’s unique creative processes. Episodes were released in June 2022.
Listen to the episodes on Apple Podcasts
Watch the episodes on Youtube with open captions
Learn more about the artistic collectives in their Spotlight videos
Meet the KINSHIP artistic collectives!
The Countdown Public Art Project
The Countdown Public Art Project is a province-wide initiative that creates outdoor monuments in public spaces to honour survivors of gender-based violence and to imagine, or count down to, a world without gender-based violence. Joining us today from Countdown are lead artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston, Countdown Elder and Storykeeper Roberta Della-Picca and Erin Lee, Executive Director of Lanark County Interval House and Community Support (LCIH), a key Countdown partner organization in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
The Switch Collective
The Switch Collective is an interdisciplinary performance group that has been co-creating new methodologies and political performance materials for the public sphere since 2016. Switch centres the unique knowledge systems and artistic expressions of Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color (QTBIPOC). The Switch Collective is pushing boundaries by blending mediums, bringing them into unexpected public spaces, and reaching everyday people, thus attempting to reject the elitism wherein art is relegated to galleries and theatres. Any sidewalk can be a stage. Any building, a projection screen. A procession leads into a parking lot for a grieving ritual. A shadow puppet leads the audience into a back alley for a dance party.
Bricks and Glitter
Bricks and Glitter describe themselves as a group of troubled queers who believe in creativity and collectivity, in imagining together a world worth living in. Intersectional by default and critical by necessity, they are trying to create a space for all of us, to world-build together, and to practice the future in the now. Bricks and Glitter is a community arts festival, celebrating Two-Spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance.
Angela Sun – Podcast Host
Angela Sun is a Mad, plus-size, first generation / settler actor, theatre creator, producer, writer, and arts administrator of East Asian descent. Her multidisciplinary, multilingual artistic practice focuses on cultural dissonance and mental health. She is also known for her advocacy for cultural diversity, size-inclusivity, and access for the invisible disability community. She has worked with many emerging and established artistic organizations throughout her career. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Theatre Passe Muraille and is currently developing a one-woman show about trauma, representation, and storytelling entitled The Glass Eye.
Wy Joung Kou
Wy Joung Kou is an interdisciplinary artist, based in Treaty 13 Territory (Toronto), with a practice rooted in frameworks of disability justice. Their body of work spans mosaic, poetry, sound, movement, performance, video, and installation, and their educational trajectory as a professional artist has followed a path combining mentorship and community-models of learning & skill exchange. Kou is the Associate Artistic Director of ReDefine Arts, a performing member of Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers, the inaugural winner of the 2018 JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities, and an ILGBT Artist Residency alum.
Becky Gold is an accessible drama instructor, creative enabler, audio describer, and PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BA Honours in Drama and English from Queen’s University and an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her SSHRC-funded research explores disability-driven and inter-abled artistic practice, with a focus on the value of interdependence, relation-building, care, and access-intimacy in the creation process. Becky has been published in the Journal of Public Pedagogies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Studies in Social Justice, Canadian Theatre Review and Interdependent Magic: Disability Performance in Canada, a collection of plays and interviews by, for, and about Disabled theatre artists.
Megan Wilk is a queer, second generation settler with lived experiences of disability, residing, with gratitude, in Tkarón:to, Treaty 13 territory. Their professional experience working with Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, d/Deaf, blind, neurodiverse, and other disability artists and arts organizations has furthered their dedication to learning and un-learning, disability advocacy, building and sustaining relationships, and practices of care and interdependence. Megan is the Program & Access Assistant of ReDefine Arts and Digital Producer of Perceptual Archaeology.
Unscripted: KINSHIP is a ReDefine Arts production, co-curated by Becky Gold and Wy Joung Kou with digital producer Megan Wilk, and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, & Toronto Arts Council.
Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling
Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling was an online panel series that took place in April 2021, exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling. With a roster of artists approaching storytelling from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the Unscripted series hoped to amplify conversations between artists who are engaging creatively with elements of sensory-based, linguistic and cultural accessibility:
What emerges at the intersection of ceremony and artistic creation; of movement and storytelling; of spirituality and physicality on stage?
Aria Evans, Yolanda Bonnell & Merlin Simard (moderator)
Where does world (re)building fit into the world of theatre and performance? How can our understanding of a narrative change or expand when it is told via multisensory means of storytelling and immersive design?
Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, Victoria Mata & Anna Camilleri (moderator)
A panel of Deaf individuals discuss the impact of language colonization on everyday life.
Jenelle Rouse, Amelia Palmer, Dominique Ireland & Natasha “Courage” Bacchus (moderator & curator)
The Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling series was co-produced by ReDefine Arts & Theatre Passe Muraille, co-curated by Becky Gold and Wy Joung Kou with panel coordination by Rinchen Dolma, and generously supported by TD Bank Group, Ontario Arts Council, & Toronto Arts Council.