Q2Q: symposium explores the future of queer theatre in Canada


dub poet and mono-dramatist, d'bi.young anitafrika is scheduled to to perform at the Q2Q symposium

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the frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional queer theatre, and Simon Fraser University are joining forces for Q2Q: A Symposium on Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada.

The four-day conference will bring scholars of queer Canadian theatre and performance together with the artists, producers, curators and administrators contributing to the LGBT2Q live arts scenes and cultures across the country.

“Combining round table discussions, networking events, and an evening reading series of new plays, the symposium asks what a comparative analysis of contemporary queer performance practices can tell us about current trends and future directions, as well as the importance of documenting the larger historical narrative of Canadian queer theatrical production and reception,” say organizers in a press release.

Symposium participants will work together to generate through theory and practice new ways of understanding how queer theatre and performance have contributed to the political and social development of LGBT2Q communities in Canada. Each moderated roundtable will last two hours with 6-7 participants who will present work around a theme, discuss that theme, and hold a Q&A.

As part of the symposium, the frank theatre will also host its biennial Clean Sheets play-reading series each evening from July 21-23. The trio of plays selected this year deal with the intersections between race, culture and sexuality.

Conference delegates and roundtable speakers will include a who’s who of queer theatre and performance artists in Canada including Sky Gilbert, Brad Fraser, evalyn parry, Sarah Stanley, C. E. Gatchalian, Greg MacArthur, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Brendan Healy. There will also be a special performance by acclaimed dub poet and mono-dramatist, d’bi.young anitafrika.

All events are free and open to the public. Organizers ask attendees to RSVP by emailing info@q2qconference.com.

Q2Q runs July 21-24 at the Goldcorp Centre for Arts at SFU Woodward’s (149 West Hastings St, Vancouver). Visit https://q2qconference.com for more information.

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