Diversities in gender and sexuality

Diversities in gender and sexuality


Voices from across the Canadian theatrical landscape


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Diversities in gender and sexuality I: Histories of representation of gender in the theatreby Kelsy Vivash, performance maker and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance studies

In this video Kelsy explains the history of the erasure of women from stages and from theatre history  in the West, and inquires as to the ethical realities of having women play in historical drama in the present.

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Diversities in gender and sexuality II: Gender minoritization in contemporary theatre practice, by Kelsy Vivash, performance maker and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance studies
 
This video features Kelsy’s exploration of gender inequity in contemporary Canadian theatre practice and performance, including discussions of 1) the realities of LGBTQ theatre practioners, 2) of the absence of critical appraisal of historical plays when staging gender in the present, and 3) of the need to make our places of learning and training open to the realities of gender ‘non-conforming’ persons.
 
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Diversities in gender and sexuality III: Psychophysical strategies for supporting gender diversity in actor training, by Conrad Alexandrowicz, associate professor, University of Victoria

With reference to specific exercises and techniques, in this video Conrad explores how to counter gender-based discrimination in actor training by supporting actors of diverse gender expressions. He looks at the ways in which gender is a construction—indeed a performance in its own right—and suggests methods and techniques of moving beyond certain types of neuro-muscular patterning that would otherwise restrict gender expression to an existing and dominant range of options.

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Diversities in gender and sexuality IV: Queer and trans performance strategies in contemporary Canadian theatre and performance, by Alex Tigchelaar, MA student in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts at Brock University, and co-artistic director of the cabaret theatre company Operation Snatch.
 
In this video, Alex provides examples of a variety of different approaches to thinking about and creating performance work that problematizes inherited assumptions about queer bodies and provides space for the expression of queer and trans realities.