This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women. Are they conscious of promoting a “feminine perspective” or is it something that is intuitive? Imago Theatre would like to thank all of the artists who responded to our questions for their thoughtful, insightful responses. We will be sharing these responses on our blog for the first two weeks of May. We will also be creating a publication of selected quotes, which will be available for free at the Her Side of the Story readings, long-table discussion, and cabaret.
To create theatre is intrinsically revolutionary act. Our work brings people together in shared space to question and investigate, our darkness, our fears, our hopes, and our dreams. Theatre dares us to look deeper, care more, and think harder about what it means to be human. In this, the theatre challenges the forces in society that tell us we are not enough, that we are alone, and that the highest value can be defined by what aspire to buy at the mall. The feminine perspective on our stages acknowledges that what we share as women and men is beyond the culturally constructed ideas of gender and privilege. In the theatre women can be granted the freedom and the equality we are not granted in the world. To reveal women as beautiful, flawed, whole and fully human is still a radical act. I do it gladly. Through words and movement and lights and sound and community let us reveal the wholeness of our lives. Let us be rebels and priestesses.