fbpx Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams | HowlRound Theatre Commons

Livestreamed on this page on Thursday 9 July 2020 at 8 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (Kingston, UTC-4).

Kingston, Ontario
Thursday 9 July 2020

Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams

A two hour learning session guiding performers to consider how whiteness, tokenization, appropriation and allyship manifest in their arts practices

Thursday 9 July 2020

Kingston Circus Arts and anARC Theatre presented Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 9 July 2020 at 8 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (Kingston, UTC-4).

The content of this session is designed to energize participants towards prioritizing anti-oppressive practices. Here we engage with how oppression and racism are specifically related to exclusion while simultaneously considering the narratives that influence our understanding of oppression/racism.

Participants will reflect on key concepts – whiteness, tokenization, appropriation, allyship – and how they manifest in the performing arts, in addition to the impact they have on performers. Participants will be asked to consider what an anti-oppressive environment should look like and what action needs to be taken to foster that.

Prior to the LAB, participants are encouraged to complete this free interactive e-module on racism offered by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and to watch the following short video on intersectionality.

This LAB is offered as part of the coLABoratory: the creation process for a new work in Kingston, ON. This co-created work will creatively present selected underrepresented historical figures and stories using narrative, descriptions, sound and circus-inspired movement. It will also feature creative ASL stories and interpretations, as well as enhancements for blind audiences.

Thank you to the Kingston Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario for your generous support.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

Bookmark this page

Log in to add a bookmark

Find all of our upcoming events here.

Upcoming Events


Add Comment

The article is just the start of the conversation—we want to know what you think about this subject, too! HowlRound is a space for knowledge-sharing, and we welcome spirited, thoughtful, and on-topic dialogue. Find our full comments policy here

Newest First

Subscribe to HowlRound

Sign up for our daily, weekly, or quarterly emails so you never miss the latest theatre conversations.

Sign me up

Supporting HowlRound

We fundraise to keep all our programs free and open and to pay our contributors. Thank you to all who make our work possible!

Donate today