Head over to CKUT to check out this great interview they did with Phoebe Fregoli and Kyla Kaplan Chinard about Be Tween, now through Saturday at TNC! (8pm Thurs, 7 and 9pm Fri and Sat)
Check out this week’s listserv!
This week’s listserv: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1b3de9cc1742c539addf852a1&id=59063442cf
An Interview in the Link with the directors of What the Fuck Am I Doing Here (#wtfaidh): http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/a-lesson-in-anti-austerity
An interview by TNC with the directors of What the Fuck Am I Doing Here: https://tuesdaynightcafetheatre.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/interview-with-the-directors-of-what-the-fuck-am-i-doing-here-nov-16-26/
What is Fishbowl Collective? How did you two begin working together?
Fishbowl Collective came out of a desire to create disruptive, collaborative, socially, and politically important work. We met and started creating together through a specialized theatre program in high school. In the summer before our final year we had the opportunity to create for and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There we were introduced to a new kind of physical theatre, and knew we had finally found our creative vocabulary. Back in Ottawa, we began creating together and Fishbowl Collective was born. Our work draws on Lecoqian and Tanztheater traditions, clown, riot grrrl, critical gender theory, and the theatre of the oppressed. Four years and four shows later, we feel incredibly fortunate to have toured our original work across Canada at a number of schools and festivals, and we are excited to continue creating, curating, and producing work that takes a radical, critical, and playful look at society.
What makes this show different from some of the other work you’ve done?
Both of us have been involved in community organizing for a while. This project is exciting to us because we know that, when combined, art and advocacy have the potential to impact change.
Our past productions have been all original, collaboratively devised work. This is the first time that we’re playing with pre-existent material, using the songs and text that Caytee Lush created in 2012/2013, and adapting them to the contemporary social and political climate in Montreal. This is also the first time that we’re playing with live music – which is incredibly exciting! We both think good theatre should have the risk and vitality of a good punk show (one that is supportive and not just a bunch of bros moshing in a space). Folks should feel free to dance, jam along, participate in whatever way they feel comfortable!
Why should people come see the show?
What the Fuck am I Doing Here? is an opportunity to engage with with the Quebec student movement in a fun and critical way – to put into practice the theory we discuss in lecture halls and with friends, but rarely in creative and collaborative spaces. Theories such as the creation of inter-sectional and anti-hierarchical space, how to oppose and disrupt a system you disagree with, and how to politically organize in a way that does not marginalize certain bodies. Come engage with important chronologies of recent local histories in a space of education, celebration, community, and play!
How do you believe political theatre can make real-world change?
Political performance can facilitate a critical reflection upon the conditions of contemporary society and the ways in which systems of power and oppression subjugate some and uphold the interests of the political and corporate elite. Political theatre can also stage radical alternatives to hegemonic ideological discourses. In this model, performance becomes a political action of disruption and resistance. The participants, both “performer” and “performed-for,” are called on to respond, to create alternatives, to imagine more just futurities together. Political theatre is not an invocation to action, it is action itself. It is practice for revolution.
What should people know before coming to the show?
Come to have fun! This is a participatory, anti-hierarchical, de-centralized space! Bring a guitar! Bring a ukulele! Bring an accordion! Bring your voice! Sing, strum, sit, stand, jump and jive and get rev-y as fuck!
Anything else you’d like to add?
No prior knowledge of the Quebec student movement or global politics necessary! All experiences and knowledge levels are encouraged.