NOV 7 | The Performer as Creator: RIVER ISLAND 川島

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NOV 7 | The Performer as Creator: RIVER ISLAND 川島

Whether you are preparing a new role or creating your first work, this workshop will hone your unique creative impulses. Let's make art!

By IndieFest | re:Naissance Opera

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Date and time

Sun, Nov 7, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM PST


Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Road Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada

About this event

In this hands-on workshop designed for performers, Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野, Debi Wong and Stephanie Wong will lead participants through a series of exercises aimed at empowering creativity and agency in individual artistic practices. This workshop will develop out of the interdisciplinary creation methods explored in Wong & Kasahara's new co-creation, RIVER ISLAND 川島 and will end with an opportunity to share work.


RIVER ISLAND (literal translation of “Kawashima”) is a new devised operatic piece that draws inspiration from the enigmatic life of Kawashima Yoshiko, a royal and military leader whose race, sexuality, and gender identity were factors in their execution at the end of the Second World War. Through the intersectional lens of Yoshiko’s lived experience and biography, this operatic piece will examine themes of gender, sexuality, queerness, culture (Chinese and Japanese), racialization, and the erasure of those identities because of Western imperialism, specifically the intervention and subjugation of China by Western powers, Russia, and Japan, ie. the “century of humiliation”

Co-creators: Debi Wong & Teiya Kasahara

Dramaturgy & Devised Director: Stephanie Wong

**This event is limited to UBC & Vancouver Opera students, staff & faculty and Indie Opera Artists**

**All guests must pre-register.**

About the organizer

re:Naissance Opera is a bold new opera company located on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. We are driven by local artists and a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, intersectionality, innovation and collaboration. We produce modern-day operatic performances that represent and connect the diverse communities, people and storytelling media unique to our home-city of Vancouver. We believe that by harnessing the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of opera; by empowering storytellers and producing stories that have been excluded from the operatic space, we will change the world one opera at a time.

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