Creating a Mother Earth Inspired Reality for Social Change
We will collect, observe and examine our current world: its architecture, its written words, the images and advertisements that we see and hear in our present day. Individually and as a collective we will reimagine “a mother earth inspired world” by rewriting the words and redesigning/recreating the images, the advertisements, the buildings and the environment according to female imagined aesthetics. What would be the genesis, the exodus and the revelation of a mother earth inspired world be? In this imagined paradigm would a mother earth inspired world eliminate violence? In the end will we have a collective of stories, sentences, collages, drawings of “a mother earth inspired world“ to share with the larger community involved at the conference and beyond via FAC’s website/blog & social media so that others can contribute their vision of a mother earth inspired world and participate in our dialogues begun in the workshop.
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Diana Tso is a performer/playwright/poet/storyteller. She graduated from the University of Toronto, with Honors BA in English Literature, and of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq, in Paris, France. She’s worked with diverse theatres internationally for over 18 years. She’s the artistic director of Red Snow Collective www.redsnowcollective.ca whose theatre vision merges east & west storytelling art forms through music, movement & text. Her play Red Snow, a love story inspired by the survivors of the Rape of Nanking 1937, premiered in Toronto January 2012 and toured to the Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival November 2012. Her next play, Comfort, inspired by the “comfort women” in World War II & the resilience of women in war, premieres in 2016. As artist in residence with the Toronto District School Board & the York Region District, her program shares Chinese art forms to develop creative ensemble skills for youth to empower their voices through dragon mythology, writing and theatre creation www.arts.on.ca She has been a practitioner of Taoist Tai Chi since 1994.
Dr. Duke Redbird is an established Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator. He received his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University in 1978 and his Doctorate from OCAD University in 2013. His published book of poetry Loveshine and Red Wine was the inspiration for a multimedia musical production of his poetic work, at a performance before Queen Elizabeth II. For fifteen years he was the Arts & Entertainment reporter for CITYTV. In 2012 at his property on Bark Lake, near Algonquin Park, Ontario, he developed an Art Centre for Compassionate Living with nature and divides his time between that and his work as a consultant with the Toronto District School Board and other educational institutions. He delivers a unique perspective from his heritage that is both a positive and optimistic alternative to how we view our universe in the 21St century. In 2005 he was honored by the Native Community and recognized as an Elder and Wisdom Keeper. He is a curator of the Inaugural Art Exhibition of TDSB “Debwewin”(Truth)