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fu-GEN Walk the Walk Festival

June 13 - 19

Studio Theatre

 

fu-GEN Theatre is proud to present Walk the Walk

 

National Festival of Asian Canadian Women, a week-long celebration of Asian Canadian women theatre creators from across Canada. This week also includes masterclasses, lectures, a panel discussion, a performance cabaret, and our annual Potluck Festival which presents work from our KXIII Emerging Creators Unit.

 

We're so excited to have partnered with six theatres from across Canada who share our vision of a more inclusive, equitable theatre ecology. Theatres who are committed to making a table everyone gets a seat at. We're emboldened and grateful for their support.

 

There's an event EVERY night from the 13th - 19th. From a play about a widowed housewife who goes to Burning Man, to an unforgettable interactive (hands-on) performance installation, to our much beloved Potluck Festival.

 

All events are FREE (except for the Cabaret) but tickets will be required.

For more information visit: www.fu-gen.org.

 

masterclasses & ancillary events

 

THE LONG TABLE: A real substantive conversation on diversity, inclusion and representation in the arts

TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 2PM – 5PM

A community hearing using a theatrical, democratic, non-hierarchical open forum as innovated by feminist arts practitioner Lois Weaver of Public Address Systems. You are invited to a theoretical dinner party where grievances may be aired, solutions proposed, revolutions plotted. Recording devices of all kinds welcome. Social media engagement encouraged. Real life engagement more encouraged. All are welcome. All are participants.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS AND COMEBACK LINES: A survival guide for artists of colour

with Dr. Shanti Ganesh

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15: 4PM – 6PM

Our bodies move in states

Stasis is not the default

Does white equal empty?

How can we stay friendly in white environments?

Tips and tricks and comeback lines.

Saved by Bollywood.

Performing whiteness without going insane.

Dr. Shanti Ganesh is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist and Head of Department, Interactive / Media / Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands.

 

HOLISTICALLY SPEAKING: Asian Canadian theatre history and audition practice

with Nina Lee Aquino

THURSDAY, JUNE 16: 1PM – 4PM

Part history lesson on Asian Canadian theatre, part audition prep workshop, Factory Theatre Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will share her vast knowledge of Asian Canadian theatre history and her professional expertise by workshopping audition pieces. This holistic approach to audition prep means learning where the work has come from, what came before it and after it, and the place it occupies in the Asian Canadian theatrical imaginary. Participants will workshop a specific audition piece in this practical and specific hands-on masterclass with one of Canada’s most innovative theatre directors. EXTREMELY LIMITED CAPACITY.

 

SHAKING TO DRAKE: Performance art-making and shaking

with Natalie Tin Yin Gan

FRIDAY, JUNE 17: 3PM – 5PM

A crash course in performance art with a focus on movement-based approaches to voice and text, politics, offending people, shaking to the beat of your own drummer… and Drake. Natalie Tin Yin Gan is the creator of Chinese Vaginies and a co-artistic director of Vancouver interdisciplinary super group Hong Kong Exile. Participants are asked to bring clothes to move in, brains to think with and mouths to say words.
LIMITED CAPACITY.


These events require registration directly with fu-GEN here: https://fugen.typeform.com/to/JrHq73

main events

 

MONDAY JUNE 13th, 8PM
BURNING MOM

By Mieko Ouchi (Edmonton)
Direction by Diana Belshaw (Toronto)
Presented in partnership with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Workshop West

A retired suburban Calgary housewife and mother tragically loses her partner after 45 years together. So what does she do? The only thing that makes any sense at all.
She goes to Burning Man.

 

TUESDAY JUNE 14th, 8PM
CHINOISERIE

By Marjorie Chan (Toronto)
Direction by Tara Beagan (Toronto)
Presented in partnership with The Shaw Festival

In America's mid-west in the late 19th C., a Chinese painter arrives at the home of Reverend James and his wife, to recreate the chinoiserie wallpaper from the Reverend's childhood home. But things are not what they seem, and an affair begins that threatens to uncover the house's hidden layers.

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15th, 8PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: NOSTALGIA AND COLONIZATION

Moderated by: Dr. Shanti Ganesh (Netherlands)

Join Dr. Shanti Ganesh (cognitive psychologist / neuroscientist / artist) for an eye opening discussion about nostalgia, intersectionality, tokenism and the ongoing process of decolonization.

Also, this evening will be the long anticipated launch of our top secret project, like a new Beyoncé album, The 49. What is The 49? You'll have to come and find out.

 

THURSDAY JUNE 16th, 8PM
DA JIA (BIG HOUSE/ EVERYONE)

By Sophie Gee (Montreal)
Direction by Nina Lee Aquino (Toronto)
Presented in partnership with Factory Theatre

A contemporary, Asian Canadian meditation on Arthur Miller's classic All My Sons.
During Chinese New Year, a young Chinese Canadian man tries to reconcile his guilt over the deadly collapse of his father's garment factory in China with the comfortable life the business has given him.

(In English, Mandarin and Cantonese with surtitles)


FRIDAY JUNE 17th, 8PM
CHINESE VAGINIES

A performance installation by Natalie Gan (Vancouver)
Direction by Clare Yow (Vancouver)
Presented in partnership with Theatre Northwest and Hong Kong Exile

Soft and fluffy. Moist to the touch. Versatile and unique in shape. Quickly steam, and stuff with a filling of your choice. These tender pockets are now ready to be served! Chinese Vaginies is a playful choreography that considers the interconnected issues of food, labour, race, and violence on the female body.

 

SATURDAY JUNE 18th, 8PM
PERFORMANCE CABARET

Tickets $15 in advance | $20 at the door

Music, dance and spoken word collide in a cabaret that celebrates Asian Women and their art. Performers include: HATAW, Janice Lee, Sampradaya Dance, Maddie Bautista, Bo Lam and Fan Tan Fanny.

 

SUNDAY JUNE19th, 8PM
POTLUCK FESTIVAL XIII

This year, facilitated by Mel Hague, KXIII is presenting works created by four young, emerging Asian Canadian creators: Lisa Li, Gloria Mok, Diana Reyes and Christina Wong. The Potluck Festival is a mini-festival of excerpted work from the unit, directed by professional artists and featuring the newest talent in Toronto theatre.

 

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