Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2023
May 16 & 18 online | May 19 in-person
Location: Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B2
The Gathering Divergence Interdisciplinary Festival & Conference is a festival and conference with a specific focus on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized arts communities. Held over 3 days, GDMAF/C features performances, literary readings, panels, workshops and creative investigations from diverse practices.
Artist Showcase: Gauri Sharma
Date: May 18, 2023 at 12:40 pm via Zoom
Gauri Sharma has been a dancer and a dance teacher for 15 years. She was Dr. Santosh Vyas’ student and has masters in Indian Classical Form-Kathak. For the last 5 years, Gauri has been teaching dance at local festivals, dance groups and school across the GTA including Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener. She performed and choreographed creative dances, Indian folk, classical form – Kathak and Bollywood in Canada.
Artist Showcase: Faith Jade
Date: May 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm via Zoom
Faith Jade is a dance artist, choreographer and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As an accomplished performer, Faith Jade works professionally as a choreographer and commercially as a dancer across the GTA. She is a proud graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Dance and Education, Bachelor of Education program, and is currently completing a Masters of Education focused on Blackness in Arts Education.
Faith Jade’s recent dance film titled “Feel” centres the connection between blackness, police brutality and mental health. This work captures the duality between outer perception and inner turmoil that often contribute the intersections of Blackness. This short work was presented at Toronto’s annual fundraising gala for mental health called “Let The Elephants Dance” in 2022.
Her passion for arts education and Black liberation through the arts stems form a desire to use her gift of creation to facilitate and hold space for underrepresented voices. As a Black-identifying dance artist, Faith Jade recognizes the need for black-affirming, excellence driven spaces and opportunities in order to elevate Black art within the Toronto community.
General admission (per day): $15
Accessibility pricing (per day): $5
The full schedule is available here.