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Access Activators Relaxed Performance Training: Peterborough

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Showplace Performance Centre

290 George Street North

Nexicom Lounge

Peterborough, ON K9J 3H2

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Electric City Culture Council and Public Energy are thrilled to announce that British Council Canada will offer a Relaxed Performance (RP) Training Program in Peterborough on June 6, 2018.


What is a Relaxed Performance?

Relaxed performances were initially designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette's syndrome, people who experience anxiety or people who are not comfortable with the conventions of a traditional theatre setting.

Why should your organization offer Relaxed Performances?
As well as complying with federal and provincial accessibility legislation, expanding your programming in ways that welcome disability will improve your sustainability as a cultural space while putting your organization on the map. More importantly, it is imperative that all audiences be able to experience arts and culture without barriers. Join us in helping to make our arts and cultural sector more inclusive.




The Foundation: The Principles of a Relaxed Performance

Wednesday, June 6, 10am - 4:30pm

Venue: Nexicom Lounge at Showplace Performing Centre, 290 George St N, Peterborough, ON

Duration: 6.5 hours, including lunch and two breaks


The Foundation workshop provides a basic overview of Relaxed Performance, what it is, who it's for, how it started and examples of what it can look like in practice. This overview will include information about building a Visual Story and how to work with artists and producers so that the integrity of the artwork is never compromised when integrating a Relaxed Performance in your programming.

  • Social and medical models of disability
  • History and variances of Relaxed Performance model
  • Who are Relaxed Performances for?
  • Elements of Relaxed Performance

We encourage all staff to attend including the Artistic Director, General Manager, programming team, box office and Front of House staff, marketing and communications, audience development team, and volunteers.


Accessibility at the venue: The Nexicom Lounge is fully wheelchair accessible.

For any other accessibility requirements, please contact Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Performance Curator at victoria@publicenergy.ca

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About the Access Activators: Relaxed Performance Consulting

In 2016, the British Council invited six Canadian artists and cultural organizers invested in advocating for accessible arts to be trained by UK’s Include Arts. Now certified trainers ‘in the making’, the team of Access Activators are bringing their knowledge and energy to support organizations across Canada to integrate Relaxed Performance into their programming. We wish to invite you and your organization to be among our leading participants in this exciting program!


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