Reflectory 2

Reliance on tech in the new normal

The second Raucous Reflectory will take place on Thursday 17 September where the provocation will be: "Our reliance on technology within our ‘New Normal’ world will be a game-changer for artistic collaboration."

Our generous participants are:

Rebecca Rouse, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, Aesthetics & Narration in the School of Informatics at the University of Skövde, Sweden. Rouse’s research focuses on theoretical, critical, and design production work with storytelling for new technologies, such as augmented and mixed reality. Rouse designs and develops projects across museums, cultural heritage sites, interactive installations, and theatrical performance, all with the thread of investigating and inventing new modes of storytelling. This design work dovetails with Rouse’s research in design methods, media theory, and the history of technology. For more information visit www.rebeccarouse.com.

Santee Smith / TEKARONHIAHKWA is a multidisciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Six Nations. She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, completed Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a Dance MA from York University. Santee premiered her inaugural work Kaha:wi in 2004 and later founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Her body of work includes 14 productions and numerous short works and collaborations. She is a sought after teacher and speaker on Indigenous performance and culture. Through embodied storytelling and performance her work speaks to Indigenous identity and continuance. Smith is the Chancellor of McMaster University.

Lars Bröndum is a composer, a musician and works as a Professor in Music at the University of Skövde. Bröndum research and compositions explore the interaction between acoustic and electronic instruments and the boundaries between composed music and open improvisation. Lars often performs live electronic music using esoteric instruments such as Theremin, effect pedals and a Buchla Music Easel. His music has been performed around the world in countries such as Mexico, Russia, USA, Germany and Japan. His latest CD “Phaethon - Music for instruments and electronics” received an award for best Swedish experimental album at the Manifest Gala 2020. Bröndum also runs the indie record label Antennae Media.

Julia Head is a theatre director from Bristol, UK and the Artistic Director of FullRogue. In 2018 she received a Bristol Old Vic Ferment Leverhulme Arts Scholarship to develop her practice. She works extensively with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and was awarded the Henry Augustine Forse Award for her contribution to Engagement. She is the Company Director of Young SixSix, an Associate Director of Twisted Theatre and is also a trustee of MAYK. Julia is BAD at sitting still or being quiet, so her practice rigorously investigates live work and the MESS, MISTAKES and SPACE that exist within its walls.: https://juliahead.com/

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu is an acclaimed theatre creator and director raised in Kenya and Victoria, BC and based in Toronto. She is the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre, the largest Black theatre company in Canada, as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company IFT (It's A Freedom Thing Theatre) Theatre. She recently directed the critically acclaimed plays: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper), Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre), Here are the Fragments (The TheatreCentre/The ECT Collective), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Soulpepper) and Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape (Obsidian/Soulpepper). Mumbi is the recipient of several awards, including a Dora Award, a Toronto Theatre Critics Award, an Artistic Director's Award (Soulpepper), and a Pauline McGibbon Award.

Kevin Matthew Wong is a Toronto-based theatre creator, producer and environmentalist. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, which merges environmentalism and live performance. His co-creation The Chemical Valley Project is a multimedia solo-performance, created in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray, and co-creator Julia Howman. Kevin has been lucky to work with Cahoots Theatre, the Koffler Centre, Music Picnic, Theatre Passe Muraille, Paprika Festival, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, The Gardarev Center, and others. Kevin is also Producer at Why Not Theatre, working on projects such as Mahabharata, Prince Hamlet, and What You Won’t Do For Love, and he organizes with Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. kevinmatthewwong.com

Our heartfelt thanks to Arts Council England and The National Lottery for making these Reflectories a reality by awarding us emergency funding during the Covid-19 pandemic.