Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wow... What a Season of Playback!

Our Red Threads of Peace troupe is grateful for the many communities we have had the opportunity to perform during the 2016-2017 season:

Villa Cabrini Residence
Sarasvati Productions
Pathways to Reconciliation Conference
Artists Access Ability Network Manitoba
Rebel Sky Media Peace Days
Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
Manitoba Storytellers’ Guild “Seeds of Hope”
Canadian Community Economic Development Conference
Studio Central
St Kateri Tekakwitha Church Reconciliation Dialogues
Eden Health Care Foundation
Mosaic Family Resource Network
Association of Religious of Manitoba
Rainbow Resource Centre
Friends and Family

Over 700 people shared moments and experiences from their lives this past season. We were honoured to perform them and will carry the warmth of their stories and hospitality with us.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Villa Cabrini Residence and the Gas Station Arts Centre generously gave us rehearsal and performance space. Funding for projects and training was received from Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Community Services Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Healthy Together Now, and donations. It is this open flowing of support and caring that has nurtured and sustained the development of our troupe and our capacity to serve Winnipeg and the surrounding area of communities.

Having our first public performance on May 31 was a wonderful way to end our 2016-2017 season. With your help, we raised over $800 for our long time supporter, the Gas Station Arts Centre! We are fortunate to be part of a community so willing to engage in a spirit of compassion and respect for lived experiences through Playback Theatre.

To top it all off, our amazing troupe member, Brad Leitch of Rebel Sky Media, is working on a short documentary about what drives playback actors to take creative risks before live audiences, while handling difficult topics and stories. His film will give insight into the world of Playback through the eyes of Red Threads, as we discover stories, the beauty of art, the rituals of performance and the power of community arts practice. Stay tuned!

Red Threads is now on summer break and will return in the Fall. We look forward to returning with refreshed minds and hearts, ready to receive and honour your stories.