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InsideOUT Call for Presenters 2014-2015

11th Biennial Western Canadian Conference on Sexual Health

This is a great training opportunity for those in the sexual health fields, as well as those serving youth, marginalized or vulnerable populations!

There are student fees and volunteer positions available.

May 1 & 2, 2014
11th Biennial Western Canadian Conference on Sexual Health:
Being Sex Positive—Moving from Exploitation to Empowerment

This years conference streams:
Sexuality and Risk
Sex Through the Lifespan
Sexuality and Disability
Sex Positivity

ASPSH.ca

Underucrrent Theatre: Public drama workshops re: gender, race, violence

From April 1-6, Undercurrent Theatre presents Escape Velocity and other works: a festival of performing arts exploring love, violence, and bodies in space. As part of the festival we are offering two public workshops. There is still room in both. More information below:
"ESCAPE VELOCITY" WORKSHOPS

We are pleased to offer community workshops open to those interested in discovering how the performing arts can be used to explore themes of gender, race, culture, & anti-violence.
There are 12 spots available in each. To apply for a spot, please email info@undercurrenttheatre.com with your name and a few lines outlining your interest. There is no cost to participate, all abilities are welcome, and no experience is required.

Drama as Self-Care
Tues April 1 | 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Drama therapy is inherently a spiritual endeavour that connects mind, body, heart and soul. In this workshop, participants will use theatre-based processes to safely explore traumatic experiences of violence and to investigate the role of drama in health, healing, and self-care.
Facilitated by Michelle J Buckle, CCC, RDT, R.Psych 

Occupying the Body: Exploring decolonization through embodied performance
Thurs April 3 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Why do we inadvertently abandon our cultural identities by submitting to the dominant culture? Which methodologies can we use to empower and decolonize ourselves, while preserving and honouring our heritage and body image both on stage and beyond?  This workshop explores the political and aesthetic realities of race, gender, sexuality, feminism, colonization, and continuance through applied theatre practice.
Facilitated by Michelle Rios, MFA 


About the Workshop Facilitators:


Michelle J Buckle, CCC, RDT, R.Psych is a Registered Psychologist who holds a Masters of Counselling, a Certified Canadian Counsellor Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology and Dramatic Arts. She is registered with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Michelle integrates drama therapy, play therapy and the arts into her counselling and consulting business. Working with children, teens, adults and their families, she finds that people are spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical beings on a journey seeking balance in all areas.

Michelle Rios, MFA has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in countless theatrical, operatic & concert venues.  Some of her many credits include featured roles in the Tony Award nominated Broadway productions of Paul Simon’s The Capeman,The Sound of MusicIn the Heights, and Man of La Mancha.  Her film and TV credits include Law & OrderThird WatchWashington HeightsDirt, and as Flora, opposite Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, in the upcoming feature film Frontera. A Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic Semi-finalist, she has performed with luminaries in the popular music world, such as Grammy Award winners Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, and Ruben Blades and has also shared the operatic stage with renowned tenor Placido Domingo. Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Rios currently resides in Edmonton and possesses an MFA in Theatre Practice from the University of Alberta Department of Drama.
The festival is presented with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Public Interest Research Group, alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage, and Latitude 53.

Gasland II Film Screening

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Gasland Part II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca film festival shows us how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important issues facing our nation today.

For more information on the film: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/home

Presented as part of Edmonton Water Week 2014. For more info on events happening throughout the week, check out: http://edmontonwaterweek.wordpress.com/

Edmonton Transit tickets will available at this event.  Free popcorn will be provided at this event.

Presented by the Blue University Project - U of A Council of Canadians Chapter, an APIRG Working Group.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/609615882465968/

U of A Campus Community Garden Volunteer Orientation

This spring, the Faculty of ALES, supported by the Office of Sustainability is developing a one-acre mixed crop Campus Community Garden in the University of Alberta South Campus. Our goals are to enhance our campus sustainability and community food security by providing local food in our campus food system and food bank, and encouraging skill-building in food production in our campus community.

On Saturday, April 5 we will be having our first Volunteer Orientation where we will discuss in a world café style set-up, what the participants want to get out of this space and how they think we can make a real difference through this project. We will be talking about artscaping, building projects, marketing and social outreach, and of course, sustainable urban agriculture!
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions or want any further information please email Nicole at nbmartin@ualberta.ca

Speaker Series: Access to Water and Sanitation in the Global South

March 20, 2014

University of Alberta ECHA L1 150

7:00 - 9:00pm

***Please RSVP your spot by registering via Eventbrite here: http://tinyurl.com/mtqwjdf

Join us for an evening of discussion around the access to water and sanitation around the globe. Presentations from The Manavta Project (http://www.manavtaproject.org/) and Engineers Without Borders (http://www.ewb.ca/)

Transit tickets will be available at this event. Snacks will provided at this event. This is a free event!

Presented as part of Edmonton Water Week 2014. For more information on events happening throughout the week, check out the website: http://edmontonwaterweek.wordpress.com/

A. Escape Velocity and other works: a festival of performing arts exploring love, violence, & bodies in space
B. Undercurrent Theatre
C. Azimuth Theatre, April 2 - 6, 7:30 PM and 2:00 PM weekend matinees.
D. Undercurrent Theatre presents a week of performances, installation, and workshops:

ESCAPE VELOCITY AND OTHER WORKS
a festival of performing arts exploring love, violence, and bodies in space

- All performances are pay-what-you-can
- ASL interpretation will provided Friday April 4th at 7:30pm and Saturday April 5th at 2pm
http://www.undercurrenttheatre.com/p/escape-velocity.html

Undercurrent Theatre presents a week of performances, installation, and workshops:

ESCAPE VELOCITY AND OTHER WORKS
a festival of performing arts exploring love, violence, and bodies in space

- All performances are pay-what-you-can
- ASL interpretation will provided Friday April 4th at 7:30pm and Saturday April 5th at 2pm
- Information about physical accessibility will be posted soon

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HEADLINE PERFORMANCE

Escape Velocity
April 2-6 at 7:30pm & April 5 at 2:00pm

What happens to the body in space? What does it take to escape from another body’s gravitational pull? In the absence of gravity, tears don’t fall out of your eyes: they stick together and form a ball. Following 2013’s (un)earthed, Undercurrent Theatre’s second original creation Escape Velocity is an exploration of gender-based violence in our communities. It was devised by the company based on lived experiences and in ongoing consultation with community members, including artists, activists, social workers, police officers, journalists, teachers, researchers, mothers, daughters, and more. We invite you into this project with celestial love and hope for the future.

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault, physical/emotional violence, and racism.

Created by the cast & director
Facilitated and directed by Nikki Shaffeeullah
Performed by Saima Butt, Neelam Chattoo, Aliya Jamal, Rebecca John, & Natalia Knowlton
Stage management by J Brooke Leifso
Set design by Athena Photinopoulos
Costume design by Sarah C Louise
Sound design by Rob Johnson
Lighting design by Amy Chow


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INSTALLATION/PERFORMANCE SHORT
Colonial Cravings | April 2-6 Ongoing (Performance April 2 @ 7pm)
Downton Abbey! Tea with milk! Order and hierarchy! (Not) everything is yours for the taking at Colonial Cravings, but you can try! Escape from the world, confess your desires, but please speak proper English and don’t bargain - prices are fixed. An installation in the lobby of the Azimuth, with a performance on the evening of April 2 at 7pm.
Created by Aliya Jamal | Featuring Sahana Parameswara and Syma
Installation consulting by Elaine Wannechko


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PERFORMANCE SHORTS

Pause, Shuffle, Repeat | April 3 @ 7:30pm & April 6 @ 2:00pm
This mixed media performance will take you on a pop culture-fueled journey: an exploration of identity, how music shapes memory, and a coming into one’s own skin.
“I can pause. I can wait a minute. I can let the music play.”
Created and performed by Saima Butt | Poetry coaching by Kathryn Lennon


Chola Face | April 4 @ 7:30pm & April 6 @ 2:00pm
She’s put on a Chola Face and tonight’s she’ll be your hookup to Latino culture on the dance floor. But what happens when a (real) Latina who’s just moved from Mexico joins the party? Battle. Get ready for a reggeaton-style rap throwdown.
Created and performed by Natalia Knowlton
Guest appearance by Thais Polo | Rap/Reggeaton Dramaturgy by Alastair Robertson

My Other Self | April 5 @ 7:30pm
An anecdotal study of personal myths and misconceptions surrounding racial and cultural identity. The half/partial/bi/multi-truths and lies that we grow up believing about our bodies, ourselves, and where we come from, as racialized children making sense of our otherness.
Curated by Rebecca John
Performed by Alex Felicitas, Amy Chow, Athena Photinopoulos and Rebecca John
With stories from the performers, Arun Bhaumik, Evan Smith, Jaclyn Dang, Kassia Celeste, Leah Baclig, Lynda Morris, Miya Abe, Noori Gill, Nathan Loitz and others…

From and To | April 6 @ 7:30pm & April 6 @ 2:00pm
A movement piece exploring what is passed on through generations and our relationship with the roots on which we stand. A journey inspired by the words of women in our families, From and To draws on the voices of the performer’s own mother and maternal grandmother and allows for a unique glance into how we relate to and interpret what is said as we grow.
Created and performed by Neelam Chattoo
Featuring the voices of Khairun Mavani and Shamima Chattoo
Sound design by Zachary Polis | Movement coaching by Kathleen Ochoa


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WORKSHOPS

We are pleased to offer community workshops open to those interested in discovering how the performing arts can be used to explore themes of gender, culture, & anti-violence.
Space in the universe may be unlimited but space in the workshops is, unfortunately, not: there are 12 spots available in each. To apply for a spot, please email info@undercurrenttheatre.com with your name and a few lines outlining your interest. There is no cost to participate, all abilities are welcome, and no experience is required.

Drama as Self-Care | Tues April 1 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Drama therapy is inherently a spiritual endeavour that connects mind, body, heart and soul. In this workshop, participants will use theatre-based processes to safely explore traumatic experiences of violence and to investigate the role of drama in health, healing, and self-care.

Facilitated by Michelle J Buckle, CCC, RDT, R.Psych

Occupying the Body: Exploring decolonization through embodied performance | Thurs April 3 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Why do we inadvertently abandon our cultural identities by submitting to the dominant culture? Which methodologies can we use to empower and decolonize ourselves, while preserving and honouring our heritage and body image both on stage and beyond? This workshop explores the political and aesthetic realities of race, gender, sexuality, feminism, colonization, and continuance through applied theatre practice.
Facilitated by Michelle Rios , MFA

About the Workshop Facilitators:

Michelle J Buckle, CCC, RDT, R.Psych is a Registered Psychologist who holds a Masters of Counselling, a Certified Canadian Counsellor Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology and Dramatic Arts. She is registered with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Michelle integrates drama therapy, play therapy and the arts into her counselling and consulting business. Working with children, teens, adults and their families, she finds that people are spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical beings on a journey seeking balance in all areas.

Michelle Rios, MFA has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in countless theatrical, operatic & concert venues. Some of her many credits include featured roles in the Tony Award nominated Broadway productions of Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Sound of Music, In the Heights, and Man of La Mancha. Her film and TV credits include Law & Order, Third Watch, Washington Heights, Dirt, and as Flora, opposite Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, in the upcoming feature film Frontera. A Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic Semi-finalist, she has performed with luminaries in the popular music world, such as Grammy Award winners Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, and Ruben Blades and has also shared the operatic stage with renowned tenor Placido Domingo. Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Rios currently resides in Edmonton and possesses an MFA in Theatre Practice from the University of Alberta Department of Drama.


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Escape Velocity and other works: a festival of performing arts exploring love, violence and bodies in space
is produced by Undercurrent Theatre

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors:
Edmonton Arts Council and Alberta Public Interest Research Group - APIRG

Thirteen post-secondary institutions from across Alberta are teaming up to take part in the One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge. This friendly competition runs March 7 to 29, 2014 to see which school can get the greatest participation from students, staff and faculty to pledge to power down for Earth Hour 2014.
Make your pledge at sustainability.ualberta.ca/earthhour
Earth Hour is a global movement that encourages individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take action against climate change. Show your commitment to the planet by switching off all non-essential lights and appliances for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 29, 2014.

Thirteen post-secondary institutions from across Alberta are teaming up to take part in the One Hour, No Power: Campus Challenge. This friendly competition runs March 7 to 29, 2014 to see which school can get the greatest participation from students, staff and faculty to pledge to power down for Earth Hour 2014.

Make your pledge at sustainability.ualberta.ca/earthhour

Earth Hour is a global movement that encourages individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take action against climate change. Show your commitment to the planet by switching off all non-essential lights and appliances for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 29, 2014.

Gasland II Film Screening

March 18, 2014

University of Alberta, ECHA 2-190 

6:30pm - 9:00pm

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Gasland Part II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca film festival shows us how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important issues facing our nation today.

For more information on the film: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/home

Presented as part of Edmonton Water Week 2014. For more info on events happening throughout the week, check out: http://edmontonwaterweek.wordpress.com/

Edmonton Transit tickets will available at this event.

Presented by the Blue University Project - U of A Council of Canadians Chapter, an APIRG Working Group.

Education Centre is located at 87 Ave & 113 St (Map https://goo.gl/maps/be7pT)