After eleven years of production, we finally have a season, with four full shows and many other events to share with you. Read more on “Aluna’s 2014-15 Season: Outspoken, Classic, Intimate – Toronto” »
from Grupo Yuyachkani’s 6th Laboratorio –
Along with 27 other artists from across the Americas I was welcomed into the house of Yuyachkani to share in a truly unique experience. Read more on “Sebastian Marziali: Artist-Pilgrim, in Peru” »
by Helene Vosters
What does it mean to think of redress as rehearsal, as something in need of repetition, review, and refinement? Read more on “The Work of Testimony: Beyond Borders, Across Generations” »
On March 1 2014 I chaired a panel as part of the Panamerican Routes Festival Conversatorio series about treaty number nine. This panel was titled “Restaging Treaty: Embodied Memories, Written Records and Living Archives.” It featured contributions from playwright Falen Johnson, lawyer Murray Klippenstein, author John Long, elder Grafton Antone, and the conversatorio audience. Here are some memories, thoughts, and further theorizations that emerge in the wake of that discussion. Read more on “We Are Treaty People – a conference report by Sasha Kovacs” »
Sowing Social Justice: Fighting GM-Corn with Creative Activism
By Shelley Liebembuk
The inspiring conversatorio panel discussion on “Maiz(e) in the Americas: tradition, big agriculture, and resistance” brought together impassioned activists, scholars, and artists—many of whom are all three—to address the dire socio-political impact of genetically modified corn throughout the Americas and speak about their own daring social justice interventions. Read more on “Sowing Social Justice – by Shelley Liebembuk” »
no podemos encontrar reconciliacion si no conocemos la verdad.
(Comisión de la Verdad y Reconciliación)
A present without memory condemns us to a poor future. To believe that today owes nothing to yesterday allows us to think that we have no responsibility to tomorrow. Read more on “Yuyachkani, Antigona, and memory in Peru – by Brian Batchelor” »
On Friday February 28, our conference opens with a keynote address from Diana Taylor. Is it enough for us to tell you that her work and her writing have been instrumental in helping us at Aluna understand our place and role in our culture(s)? Who is this amazing thinker? Brian Batchelor returns to offer us an introduction: Read more on “Introducing Diana Taylor” »
On August 14, 2013, a press release from Monsantoglobal.com announced to media outlets across the world that Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) had approved permits for the company to plant more than a quarter-of-a-million hectares of GMO corn across Mexico. The release also announced two Monsanto-funded cultural initiatives Read more on “Sin Maíz No Hay Vida (Without Corn There Is No Life) – a report from Chiapas by Brian Batchelor” »
When you make art about the times you’re living in there is an urgency to speak as things comes up. In that spirit, here are a few notes on the Art and the Issues of one of the new works Aluna is presenting at our festival in February 2014.
We have a few stills back from Brian Damude, our official unofficial photographer of our fabulous Cabaret of May 30, 2013: Read more on “In case you missed the cabaret” »