Theatre As Disruption

July 14, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Room Number: TRS 1-073

Join the Meeting: https://ryerson.zoom.us/j/98474370709?pwd=c0tncnNLWHJQcmc3dTEyV0orMnRpdz09

Chair: J. Coplen Rose (U Toronto)

Speakers:

Alicia Fahey (Capilano U), “Tsawalk: Rupturing the Colonial Mythology of the First World War in Redpatch

Elisabeth Knittelfelder (U Vienna), ““Performing the Archive: Backspacing Black Female Erasure in Koleka Putuma’s Hullo, Bu-bye, Koko, Come In and in the work of Mojisola Adebayo”

Jill Planche (Toronto Metropolitan U), “Discovering the ‘in-common’ in Magnet Theatre’s Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking

Paper Summaries:

Alicia Fahey (Capilano U), “Tsawalk: Rupturing the Colonial Mythology of the First World War in Redpatch

Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver’s play Redpatch contextualizes the First World War and its ruptures in the broader histories of colonialism in Canada. At Vimy Ridge, Indigenous soldier Private Woodrow experiences a moment of ontological crisis that effectually destabilizes the formative mythology of Vimy Ridge.

Elisabeth Knittelfelder (U Vienna), ““Performing the Archive: Backspacing Black Female Erasure in Koleka Putuma’s Hullo, Bu-bye, Koko, Come In and in the work of Mojisola Adebayo”

This paper discusses the intersection of epistemic violence and the Black female body and the performance of the archive as disrupting the erasure of womxn of colour in the plays Hullo, Bu-Bye, Koko, Come In (2021) by Koleka Putuma and The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (2017) by Mojisola Adebayo.

Jill Planche (Toronto Metropolitan U), “Discovering the ‘in-common’ in Magnet Theatre’s Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking

Can we disrupt existing frameworks and protocols of Western capitalist thinking about the “commons” by imagining its etymological “common”? I engage Deleuze’s “minor” or immanent theatre with Magnet Theatre’s physical theatre to argue theatre is the ultimate common space to create new imaginations essential to step outside ourselves toward empathy.