Our artistic practice transgresses established artistic norms and aesthetic expectations, by sharing compelling stories of oppressed people’s individual, cultural and socio-political resistance, through various kinds of artistic activity:
1. Artist-Community Collaboration, via multidisciplinary Epic Theatre productions
2. Site-specific Pop-Up Social Justice Encounters, via Invisible Theatre spectacles
3. QueerCrip Physical Dance/Theatre, via interdisciplinary Performance Creation
4. Film Production, via DIY Digital Media
5. Applied Theatre of the Oppressed, via grassroots Community Organizing
We've presented the work of over 1,000 professional Deaf/ Disabled/ Mad artists to new audiences in Calgary (and Edmonton!) at Balancing Acts – our annual Disability Arts Festival (closed in 2010).
We've commissioned and premiered original performance works from dozens of Canadian artists, including Kazumi Tsuruoka, Lyle Victor Albert, Rachel da Silviera Gorman, Alan Shain, Jan ("JD") Derbyshire, Elizabeth Hudson, Heidi Janz, Ruth Bieber, Vi Ann Diep, James Doyle, Tegan McGarty, Danny Watt, The ACTORvists, and others.
We run an annual summer training intensive in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques; develop and deliver (anti)master classes in aesthetic representation and non-normative production techniques; and facilitate arts equity training for allied agents of systemic change in the arts sector. We also provide arts-based social justice training for non-artists/ community-based catalysts of systemic change.
We've established ourselves as a leading contributor to Canada's Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts domain, a global Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, a hub of arts equity education and advocacy, and a creative agent of systemic change.