WEDNESDAY May 4 – FESTIVAL NIGHT 2
She who walks on fire by Rania El Mugammar
She who walks on fire is a delicate exploration of the lived realities of five Sudanese womxn. Based on the womxn who have influenced and shaped the author’s sense of identity, she who walks on fire is an exploration of storytelling as documentation and resistance. She who walks on fire is both celebration and mourning. Punctuated by aghani al banat, girl’s songs, the story is heart wrenching at times, humorous at others, tied together by a the rhythmic remembering of Sudanese oral storytelling traditions.
Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant , performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn’s rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth. Social justice anchors Rania’s work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion.
She is the current co-chair of the Outburst Advisory Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, former curator of d’bi young’s Watah School “Art(is)t Shaman” Series and a member of the Kandake Performance Collective. Rania is deeply passionate about gender/race justice and organizing locally and globally. She is the editor of SpeakSudan’s youth arts magazine and a contributor to a variety of blogs and publications.
Rania is deeply interested in navigating intersectional and at times contradictory identities that result from inhabiting racialized bodies on colonized lands. Her research interests include Islam and Blackness, Queer youth of color, positionality/intersectionality , accessibility in community organizing, displacement/flight and migration, art as decolonial practice and more. She is deeply interest in mentorship as a means to community growth and liberation.
Yield to Pedestrian by Sherry Hsu
Sherry is a young Asian Canadian woman who immigrated from Taiwan with her family when she was 11. She is not a FOB (Fresh off the boat), and prepare for hell if you call her a FOB. But she is not a CBC (Canadian born Chinese). So where does she fit it? Yield To Pedestrian tells a powerful story about this young woman’s exploration of her self-identity by examining how her ethnicity contributes to her identity. How much of her color, culture, location and gender define who she is. And her rage that shocked her, triggered by a Chinese FOB who failed to yield to her as she was crossing the street.
Sherry Hsu is an actress, writer, and emerging filmmaker. She recently worked with director Phillip Noyce on the TV show Warrior opposite Jason Scott Lee and Holt McCallany. She also starred as Michelle Trico in the TV series Nowhere to Hide. She studied commerce at University of Toronto before changing direction to acting, where she trained in several renowned classes in New York and Toronto. She is the founder of The Actor’s Rehearsal Room, which is a group where local actors get together to practice their craft regularly, and foster a supportive community through shared resources. Sherry speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese.
Letters to the Universe by Shaunga Tagore
Letters to the Universe is the story of Shaunga, and her alter ego Scorpio Rising’s journey of diving through portals and time warps as she learns about madness, magic, survival, healing, home, community, friendship, self-love and connection with the universe. Throughout her journey she meets spirit guides, ancestors, invisible friends who come to life and a community of superqueeros who ban together to bring forth the QTBIPOCalypse. The Letters to the Universe team is thrilled to present a 15 minute excerpt at rock.paper.sistahz 2016! A fuller version of the work will be presented during Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Pride Festival (June 2016).
Shaunga Tagore is a queer, genderqueer, Bengali woman of colour survivor. She is a multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, choreographer, arts educator and intuitive counsellor She incorporates art-forms including poetry and prose, dance, video, burlesque, music, theatre, astrology and tarot. She completed a book of poetry for her Master’s thesis at York University (2010) titled, The Erasable Woman, which she has also re-worked into a One Woman Show previously presented at Toronto Mayworks Festival (2015) and San Fransisco’s Queer Astrology Conference (2015).
Shaunga Tagore – Creator/Performer/Producer
Sedina Fiati – Producer
Dainty Smith – Stage Manager
Jelani Ade Lam – Director/Performer
James Kendall – Set Design and Production Manager
Afi Browne – Costume Design
Mariam Zaidi, Tricia Hagoriles, Akriti Jain – Videography
Anabel Khoo, Sze-Yang Ade Lam, Robin Akimbo, Shadrack Jackman
zahgidiwin|love by Frances Koncan
In the not-so-distant postcolonial future, a young Anishinaabe woman embarks upon a journey through time and space to rediscover the truth about love, living her best life, and growing up as fabulously as possible amidst the intergenerational trauma of cultural genocide. A decolonial comedy.
Frances Koncan is an Anishinaabe playwright and director from Couchiching First Nation. She studied at the University of Manitoba (BA Psychology) and the City University of New York Brooklyn College (MFA Playwriting). In 2015, she was a participant in the National Screen Institute’s New Voices Program, where she wrote and directed her first short film, Outdigenous, and the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Writing Program, where she began to write zahgidiwin|love. Previous credits include, as director: The New Beginning, Seminar (Apprentice, RMTC/Mirvish), Matt & Ben; as playwright and director: Flesh Coloured Crayons, After the Ball is Over, Lost Boy, How to Talk to Human Beings, Little Red; as playwright: Lingua Franca, The Dance-off of Conscious Uncoupling, Zelda with a Z, and #whitegirlproblems. She currently resides in Winnipeg with her puppy and BFF Tucker.
8:00-10:00PM, doors 7:30PM
Location: Wychwood Theatre