Calling all theatre artists, dancers, and storytellers!
Join members of The Ghomeshi Effect team in this workshop for aspiring playmakers (or simply those interested in how plays are made) keen to explore topics about which they are passionate. Employing documentary-style research and contemporary dance, participants will explore how they can use found stories and found movement to create a piece of theatre that is truthful, thought-provoking, and responsive to the world we live in.
The Ghomeshi Effect is a documentary dance-theatre performance that tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the legal system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence. Please note, the performance is not about Jian Ghomeshi or his trial, but focuses on the collective experiences of survivors in the Canadian legal system.
Waypoints proudly presents The Ghomeshi Effect in honour of Family Violence Prevention Month. The goal of FVPM is to draw public attention to the issue of family violence, including sexual violence, and to create spaces for meaningful dialogue, healing and ending violence in Alberta.
Waypoints and the Arts Council Wood Buffalo are partnering to give artists and performers a space to engage in difficult conversations, while using the arts to inspire impactful change.
Facilitator: Jessica Ruano (Writer/Director) is an Ottawa-based theatre director, producer, and writer. She has an M.A. in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy from the University of Ottawa, and she wrote her thesis on new works of theatre that have toured the Canadian festival circuit. In 2013, she directed the London premiere of Sappho…in 9 fragments, applauded for its aerial scenography, that played to sold out houses and toured across Canada and to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She was the recipient of the 2017 International Women’s Day Femmy Award for Media for her work on The Ghomeshi Effect.