With a fabulous team of Artist-Educators, including acting coaches Anita La Selva, Beatriz Pizano, and Liliana Suarez-Henao, Musical Director Brandon Valdivia, and Dance coach Lilia Leon.
Eleven youth took part in this three-month pilot project: Gastón Pistán, Kaia Moreno, Omar Sánchez, Jorge Cantor, Susy González, Nathan Marc-Ali, Javiera Millar, Luis Delgado, Sergio Ordóñez, María Plaja, Victoria Mejicano.
This project was made possible, in part, through Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
With our partners from Kahaniya – Sisters Sharing Stories, Aluna Theatre put together a 12-day theatre and photography workshop for a group of youth-at-risk and former child soldiers working with Fundacion Imaginacion in Colombia.
The project came together from a desire to create an approach to theatre grounded in the reality child soldiers are facing in Colombia today – girls in particular. We believe it must be genuine, it must be current, and it must give something back to its subjects. We also feel that given the opportunity to learn and the permission to explore, these young people have a chance to reveal new possibilities, both personal and practical.
Their stories, told through their own photography and interviews, were on display in an installation at the entrance to the theatre during Aluna Theatre’s production of La Comunión, January 2010 in Toronto.
Three Dollars & Six Dimes: Women and Hip Hop — A Rap Opera
June 27, 2009 at CanStage – the Festival of Ideas & Creation
July 25, 2009 at the Factory Studio
A collective creation striving to create a place for women in hip hop culture – a project bringing together spoken word and rap artists from the fringes of the GTA to create a new hybrid work for the stage.