UFV Theatre and the UFV School of Creative Arts would like to present this year’s Ashland Speaker Jivesh Parasram
An award winning multidisciplinary artist, community activator, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. Jivesh Parasram is also the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre, located in Vancouver, BC.
Please join us for a lecture and a workshop with Jivesh Parasram on Wednesday, March 4th in room D105, Abbotsford Campus.
The lecture will reflect on Parasram’s artistic practice and trajectory, followed by a question and answer session.
The lecture is open to all.
Reception and Meet & Greet, with refreshments, at noon in the greenroom
To attend the workshop, please email Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecture by Jivesh Parasram: 1:00 – 2:00 pm, room D105.
Workshop “FRAGMENTS: Writing through Disparate Inquiries”: 2:30-5:20 pm, room D105.
FRAGMENTS: Writing through Disparate Inquiries
Making theatre can sometimes seem daunting, with the creation of your own work seemingly a bottomless pit of potential. And that’s fair, because we’re all complex people, with many different perspectives. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. The starting point is less, “what do you want to say?” – but rather, “what do you truly believe?” Beginning from a place of examining your own positionality, this workshop offers some foundational tools to approaching the creation of new work drawing on both auto-biography and broader research.
Participants will be introduced to a simple, but efficient structure to generating material through a system of questions and writing prompts. Through compiling a running list of “fragments” they will create a bank of creative possibilities in attainable chunks rather than jumping into one large project. The combination and sequencing of these seemingly disparate fragments will work to create implied meaning, and create the skeleton structure for a new project. If you can write an essay, you can use this system. If you can’t write an essay without getting feedback that you make too many “broad sweeping generalizations” – you’re gonna do great. After all, theatre is (maybe) just a series of bad answers to the questions of the world.
Jivesh Parasram (He/Him/His) is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, community activator, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada, and Internatio nally. Jiv grew up in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and endeavours to split his time between T’karón:to (Toronto) and the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). In 2009 he co-founded the award winning collective Pandemic Theatre, and currently holds the position of Artistic Director for Rumble Theatre. Parasram is a “Dora Mavor Moore” award nominated artist, and the recipient of two “Harold Awards” for his contributions to the Independent Theatre Community of Toronto, including the Ken McDougall Award for Direction. Internationally he has received a “Herald Angel” from the Edinburgh Fringe for his contributions to the 2018 CanadaHub programming. Jiv was a member of the second cohort of the Cultural Leaders Lab with the Toronto Arts Council and the Banff Centre and was the recipient of the 2018 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. His current research centres “Dharmic Dramaturgy” in approaching contemporary performance and social design