Building Collaborative Practices Workshop: Aluna Theatre/PanAmerican Routes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 12:30pm – 5:30pm
COBA – Suite 130
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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How do artistic directors work together to produce a work that captures both of their visions? What do they give up? What do they take from each other? How do they find common ground? This is a challenge for artists who share similar aesthetic views yet are unsure of how to break through to another like-minded artist. This session is led by someone who has been doing this for years and has had great success in producing work that is valued by audiences, presenters, artists and communities.

At this session, you will learn how to:

1) negotiate the space and develop common themes;
2) develop and promote a collaborative program;
3) engage communities and develop audiences;
4) seek funding and do fundraising; and
5) make the space to move on or to work again.

Each year since 2012, Aluna Theatre has developed a collaborative theatre program involving performances, exhibits and workshops. In 2013, Aluna Theatre worked in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts for the second edition of panamerican ROUTES | RUTAS panamericanas: an International Festival of Performing Arts that was held from February 27 and March 9, 2014. This theatre event brought together Canadian, Indigenous and Latin American artists from across the Americas including Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada. For the winter of 2015, Aluna Theatre will be working in partnership with Modern Times Theatre.

The series of activities during this festival included main stage performances, gallery exhibits, installations, concerts, and master classes with international artists and an engaging four-day conference on performance and human rights where artists, academics and activists met with the public to discuss how art can mobilize social change.

This project is highly successful in its engagement with artists from Indigenous and diverse backgrounds, bringing in diverse audiences and providing opportunities for critical dialogue on contemporary issues in the arts and society that promote pluralism and social justice.

CPAMO supported the 2014 program and has now invited Aluna Theatre’s Artistic Director, Beatriz Pizano, to conduct two full day workshops that will unpack how Aluna Theatre developed, promoted, staged and received the funding for panamerican ROUTES | RUTAS panamericanas. This session will focus on:

1) negotiating the space and developing common themes;
2) program development and program promotion;
3) audience development and engagement;
4) funding, including fundraising; and
5) follow-up and evaluation.

Fee: $20 Regular | $15 Underemployed | $10 Student

We would like to thank our funders, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, for their support.

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