Young Man, Fish and Young Woman in There Is No Word For Wilderness. Written by Lisa Hamalainen. Directed by Alexandra Simpson. Produced by Rebecca Ballarin.

There is No Word for Wilderness

Presented Sept 18 – 21, 24 – 26 & 28 2019 to Earl Bales Park as part of the Arts in the Parks program!

Presented by Animacy Theatre Collective and TAC Animating Toronto Parks Program

This is a relaxed production **

Listen to the actors from TINWW introduce themselves here!

Look through our Visual Story here!

Written by Lisa Hamalainen

Animacy Theatre Collective Artist - Alexandra Simpson
Alexandra Simpson (Director, Masks)
Director, Masks
Rebecca Ballarin, Producer, There is No Word for Wilderness.
Rebecca Ballarin (Producer)
Producer
Beatriz Arevalo, Costume Designer, There is No Word for Wilderness.
Beatriz Arevalo (Costume Design)
Costume Designer
Anders Azzopardi, Composer for There is No Word for Wilderness.
Anders Azzopardi (Composer)
Composer
Zoe Ruth Fairless, Stage Manager, There is No Word for Wilderness.
Zoe Ruth Fairless (Stage Manager)
Stage Manager
Jessica Watkin, Consultant, There is No Word for Wilderness.
Jessica Watkin (Consultant)
Consultant

Featuring Performances by:

Performer Shaquille Pottinger as Hare is No Word for Wilderness.
Shaquille Pottinger (Performer, Hare)
as Hare
Performer Jack Comerford as Young Man and Fish in There is No Word for Wilderness.
Jack Comerford (Performer, Young Man & Fish)
as Young Man/Fish
Performer Lisa Hamalainen as Young Woman in There is No Word for Wilderness.
Lisa Hamalainen (Performer – Young Woman)
as Young Woman
Performer Morgan Johnson as Hare in There is No Word for Wilderness.
Morgan Johnson (Performer, Fox)
as Fox
Performer Joe Recinos as Owl in There is No Word for Wilderness.
Joe Recinos (Performer, Owl)
as Owl

Anishinaabe Ceremony and Teaching by:

Shelba Deer, Anishinaabe Ceremony and Teaching, There is No Word for Wilderness.
Shelba Deer (Anishinaabe Ceremony & Teaching)

Dates and time: Sept 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 & 28 (6 pm start) at Earl Bales Park

Show 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm, Teaching 7:20 pm – 8:00 pm

Rain dates: Sept 22 & 29 (6 pm start) at Earl Bales Park

Come dressed for trail walking in September! Walking shoes and layers are highly recommended.

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There Is No Word For Wilderness by Lisa Hamalainen. Directed by Alexandra Simpson.
There Is No Word For Wilderness by Lisa Hamalainen. Directed by Alexandra Simpson. Produced by Rebecca Ballarin.

About

There Is No Word For Wilderness is a land-based story walk brought to life with mask, puppetry and live music. It reflects one woman’s journey of getting lost to get found as nature reveals itself to her. 

Suitable for all ages and free to attend, this new play takes the audience on a trail adventure as the story unfolds around them. Centering around land/life connection it aims to raise awareness of the enormity of our problem with waste and over-consumption.

Following each performance, Shelba Deer gives an Anishinaabe teaching and offering to Shkagamik-Kwe (Mother Earth):

Shelba Deer will be giving Anishinaabek cultural teachings and be conducting ceremonies after each play is over.  These teachings and ceremonies will vary each evening such as smudging, tobacco offerings, sharing circles, food offerings, and have different teachings about how to connect to the spirit of life, and to connect, respect and care for Shkagamik-kwe (Mother Earth). Before everyone enters the seating area Shelba will introduce herself and start out with giving a teaching about the moontime and what the protocols are for the moontime when it comes to ceremony. It is protocol for kweok (women) and girls to wear either a skirt, dress or wrap for ceremony, but if not that is fine. This is usually done out of respect. Miigwech, Nia:wen and thank you!

History:

There Is No Word For Wilderness was produced in 2017 for the 4Elements Festival on Manitoulin Island and in 2018 with Evergreen Brick Works and at Morningside Park with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

There Is No Word For Wilderness by Lisa Hamalainen. Directed by Alexandra Simpson.Accessibility

Listen to the actors from TINWW introduce themselves here!

Look through our Visual Story here!

**Relaxed Performances

All performances will be considered Relaxed performances. Relaxed performances were initially designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who may benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette’s syndrome, people who experience anxiety, or even people who just don’t enjoy the conventions that are experienced in a traditional theatre setting.

This performance does not use any lighting effects or recorded sound. During our pre-show announcement, we will introduce the performers and talk about any moments in the show that audience members may find surprising; any moments that use loud sound effects or loud live music; and what the actors’ proximity to the audience will be. Audience members may choose to leave the group at any point during the performance and re-join at any time. Volunteers will have flashlights available should any audience members feel uncomfortable as dusk falls. Noise and movement during the show is completely acceptable, and we would encourage you to bring any items that will make your experience at the show a positive one! This includes fidget toys, sensory toys, books, cars, balls, stuffed animals, glow bracelets etc.

Audio Description

On September 28th our performance will include Improvised Audio Description by Kat Germain (http://katgermain.com/). There will be a Touch Tour prior to the start of the performance.

Audio Description (AD) makes live and recorded (referred to as “Described Video” or “DV”) events more accessible to people who have differing needs when accessing them via sight, understanding and/ or attention. AD is most often targeted to the Blind/ partially sighted/ low vision (B/ PS/ LV) community. The applications however, include people who are neurodiverse and/ or with sensory sensitivities such as Autism and Tourette, as well as people with a fixed or narrow visual field due to their range of motion of the head, neck or spine.

Audio Description is the Art of Talking Pictorially and is also known as “Visual Translation”. The creativity in what we do presents itself solely through the art of balancing long-established Standards, Codes of Conduct and the needs of our listeners — with sensitivity regarding our diverse cultural landscape and language surrounding identity

ASL Interpretation

On September 26th, there will be an ASL Interpreter present for Shelba’s ceremony and teaching following the performance. 

There will be print copies of our pre-show announcements and scene summaries available to audience members at all performances.

Additional

We are working with a consultant to assess the physical accessibility of the park path along which the performance takes place. We will update this event page as well as our website as more information becomes available.

Please feel free to email animacytheatreproducer@gmail.com if you wish to receive updates regarding accessibility, or have any questions about the accessibility of the production.

Location

This performance takes place at Earl Bales Park (4169 Bathurst Street, North York). The park is located at the South-East corner of Bathurst and Sheppard (North of Bathurst & Wilson and South of Bathurst & Finch).

Audience members should plan to meet at picnic area #5 by the South parking lot.

Traveling by Car or Wheel-Trans…

The park entrance is off Bathurst Street on Raoul Wallenberg Road. This entrance is marked by a large, digital sign.

Once you turn onto Raoul Wallenberg Road, continue straight ahead to the fork in the road. At the fork there is a sign directing you to different areas of the park: Keep right (toward the picnic areas). Continue driving – you will pass a parking lot on the right and other picnic areas on the left. The road will end in one, large parking lot. This is the South parking lot. You will see a tall flagpole with the Canadian flag at the end of the parking lot. We will meet audience members near the flagpole. There will be Arts in the Parks signage. 

Accessible parking spots are located at the end of the parking lot on the left side.

Traveling by TTC…

From Sheppard West subway station: Take Bus #84 (Sheppard West) East to Bathurst and Sheppard.

From Sheppard-Yonge subway station: Take Bus #84 (Sheppard West) West to Bathurst and Sheppard. 

      After getting off Bus #84:

  • Walk South on Bathurst street towards the Earl Bales digital park sign
  • Turn left at the digital sign onto Raoul Wallenberg Road
  • At the fork in the road (where there is a sign directing you to different areas of the park), stay right
  • Continue walking until you reach the final parking lot (you will see a Canadian flag on a tall flagpole at the end of the parking lot).
  • We will meet audience members near the flagpole! We will have Arts in the Parks signage there. 

     From the Bathurst Bus (Bus #7)

  • Take the bus to the stop at Bathurst St and Bainbridge Ave.
  • Follow Raoul Wallenberg Road into the park.
  • At the fork in the road (where there is a sign directing you to different areas of the park), stay right.
  • Continue walking until you reach the final parking lot (you will see a Canadian flag on a tall flagpole at the end of the parking lot).
  • We will meet audience members near the flagpole! We will have Arts in the Parks signage there

For more information please email: animacytheatreproducer@gmail.com

 

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Arts in the Park, Toronto Arts Foundation. Toronto Arts Council logos

                    

Thank you for the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Toronto Arts Council (TAC).

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Director, Masks

Alexandra Simpson (Director, Masks)

Alexandra Simpson is an interdisciplinary artist and activist with a background in devised theatre creation, mask (building and performance), dance and play-writing. She is the co-Artistic Leader of Animacy Theatre Collective, a Toronto-based company focused on the creation of original works that speak to social and environmental justice.

Alexandra has a BFA in Performance Acting and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson and a MA in Performance and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Alexandra is a recipient of the Chalmers Professional Development Fund and in July 2019 went to the International Sartori Workshop in the Art of Commedia dell’Arte to study mask building in wood, leather and papier mache. 

Recent credits include: Blood & Soil (Theatre Artaud), Upstream Downtown (Animacy Theatre Collective), and the Five Points (Theatre by the Bay).

Producer

Rebecca Ballarin (Producer)

 Rebecca Ballarin is a theatre director and producer, currently based in Toronto. In addition to her training at U of T, she has completed directing workshops with a number of prominent Canadian directors including Kim Collier and Jackie Maxwell. Recent directing credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 7 Stories (Hart House Theatre), O (United Solo Festival), 291 (Parados Festival). Upcoming: Assistant Directing The Flick with Outside the March, and The Haunting of Hungerford House with Tweed & Company.

Rebecca is the Artistic Producer of Pearle Harbour Presents and will be co-directing and co-producing Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop! for the Next Stage Festival this coming January. In addition to her producing work with Animacy, Rebecca acted as an Associate Producer on The Tape Escape with Outside the March this summer.

Costume Designer

Beatriz Arevalo (Costume Design)

Beatriz Arevalo is a Costume Designer with worldwide experience. Currently based in Toronto, she has also lived/worked in the USA, Belgium, France, and her home country Brazil. She loves to travel and explore new cultures. “My non-stop wish to discover the world and innovate has brought me closer to design”. Recent credits include Molly Bloom (Fourth Gorgon Theatre), Necropolis: Legion (Full Moon Productions) and A Brief History of the Unicorn (by Mina Sewell Mancuso).

Beatriz graduated with a major in Fashion Design from FAAP (São Paulo, Brazil). She also attended a course entitled Wardrobing for Theater, Film, and TV at FIT in New York City and did an internship as costume designer assistant at Cocoa Village Playhouse (Florida, USA).

She is the first resident designer at Triga Creative. She would love to thank Alexandra Lord, her mentor, and Triga for supporting her in this project.

Check more of her work at www.beatrizarevalo.com

Composer

Anders Azzopardi (Composer)

Anders Azzopardi is a Toronto-based trombonist, composer and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Anders theatre credits include: Weather the Weather (Common Boots Theatre, 2016); Terra Incognita (Terra Incognita Collective, 2016); There is No Word for Wilderness (TRCA & Evergreen Brick Works, 2018) and Upstream Downtown (Animacy Theatre Collective, 2018). He is also the artist in residence at both Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts and the Country Day School.

Anders Azzopardi is a Toronto-based trombonist, composer and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Anders is an active member of Toronto’s music scene performing his own compositions and collaborating with others for large ensemble music, arts-based and community events. Anders theatre credits include: Weather the Weather (Common Boots Theatre, 2016); Terra Incognita (Terra Incognita Collective, 2016); There is No Word for Wilderness (TRCA & Evergreen Brick Works, 2018) and Upstream Downtown (Animacy Theatre Collective, 2018). Anders employs a unique writing style for outdoor theatre that uses a combination of composed pieces and thematic improvisations to blend with the performers and adapt to the immediate environmental conditions, and audience and actor actions/reactions. He is also the artist in residence at both Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts and the Country Day School providing lessons and clinics for a wide variety of young performers.

Stage Manager

Zoe Ruth Fairless (Stage Manager)

Zoë Ruth Fairless is a freelance theatre artist operating out of Toronto, Ontario. While her main discipline is stage management, she spent much of her time at Queen’s University working as a stagehand with IATSE local 471. She discovered her passion for theatre in her last year of high school after taking a technical theatre course and has been working to support herself through theatre ever since.

Recent credits include Nerves at Toronto FringeThe Wizard of Oz at Lower Ossington Theatre, and Broken Images at The Red Sandcastle Storefront. She is very excited to join There is No Word for Wilderness again this fall, this time at Earl Bales Park.

Consultant

Jessica Watkin (Consultant)

Jessica Watkin is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

She has been consulting on a project-basis in Toronto and Canada (in person and online) since 2016 with companies such as Next Stage Theatre Festival, Lemontree productions, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Live Describe, New College Library, Canadian Association of Theatre Research, Bodies in Translation and more!

As a multidisciplinary blind artist, Jessica started as a playwright and has since developed performance movement pieces, ensemble-created performances for the Fringe (Toronto), created a rug for an exhibit called Productive Discomfort where her piece was called “This Was Not Made For Your Visual Pleasure #PleaseTouchMe” and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Feminist Space Camp (Magazine).

Jessica cares about building a better performance community in Canada. Her research focuses on Disabled Artists and their Creation Processes in Canada, as well as systems of support and training institutions and the effects on Disabled people.

She loves reading, yoga, sunflowers, Joni Mitchell, and travel.

 

as Hare

Shaquille Pottinger (Performer, Hare)

Shaquille Pottinger  is an actor who hails from places aplenty, but distinctly caught the acting bug in Barrie, Ontario. His mother would like you to know that he is a Theatre and Drama Studies graduate from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Now a denizen of what locals lovingly refer to as “The 6ix”, Shaquille has been trying his best to keep busy, appearing in various theatre productions, workshops, and short films. If you like his work here, be sure to catch him in Young People’s Theatre 2020 season production of Blue Planet!

Selected Credits: Charlie in The Pansy Craze (Next Stop Productions); Dad in TRUNK! (Kerploding Theatre); Uday in Best Kept Secrets(Theatre by Committee); Dracula in Raise the Stakes (Void Room Theatrics); Len in Shakey-Shake and Friends (SS&F Theatre Co.); Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Erindale).

as Young Man/Fish

Jack Comerford (Performer, Young Man & Fish)

Jack Comerford is a performer, clown and musician based in Toronto.  Jack is psyched to be back with Animacy Theatre Collective for There is No Word For Wilderness as the super wavy Fish and the very definitely down to earth Young Man.  Jack loves running around in parks, and it is a very lucky turn of events that he gets to do so alongside a troupe of animals.   In his meantime, Jack is just trying to be a better plant parent.

Recent credits include: Junie B. Jones the Musical (Electric Moon), One Left Hour (Good Old Neon), The Tenth Muse (Filament Incubator), as well as last years production of TINWFW.  Jack is excited to be back living a life aquatic. 

as Young Woman

Lisa Hamalainen (Performer – Young Woman)

Lisa Hamalainen is a theatre maker, actor, writer, storyteller and translator from Manitoulin Island. An advocate for free arts in parks and outdoor participatory projects, she creates projects that are female-driven and land-based, and aims to tell stories that inspire empathy, healing, and connection to land and water. Her current project There Is No Word For Wilderness grew out of her residency at 4elements Living Arts and was first presented in the 2016 and 2017 Elemental Festivals, followed by a 2018 production with Evergreen Brick Works/TRCA. She is thrilled to be working with Animacy Theatre and to be a part of the 2019 TAC’s Animating Toronto Parks program.

Lisa now lives in Montreal with her husband James and their two cats Masha and Miila. She is a storyteller for young audiences at The Learning Tree. Alongside these artistic practices, she translates/adapts Russian literature. Lisa lived intermittently in Moscow for several years where she studied Russian language and was a performer with a physical theatre touring troupe (Doroga Pamyati). Training: BFA Acting University of Windsor, Moscow Art Theatre School summer program, Alexander Kalyagin’s International Theatre School (Russia), Peter Wylde’s The Wylde Project (Toronto).

as Fox

Morgan Johnson (Performer, Fox)

Morgan Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre creator who aims to use performance for social change. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor during which time she also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and with the SITI company. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and is working towards her doctorate in the same program. Morgan is co-artistic leader of Animacy Theatre Collective where she most recently worked as a creator/performer on Upstream Downtown, a physical clown show about salmon in Toronto (performed at Toronto Festival of Clowns, Toronto Fringe, and with Evergreen Brickworks and the TRCA). With Animacy Theatre Collective (ATC) Morgan is currently working on a new show about social and environmental precarity in Toronto as seen through the raccoon-human relationship.

 

 

 

as Owl

Joe Recinos (Performer, Owl)

“I am the son of two tribes. I am the daughter of one birth. I am the spirit of many nations. I am a child of mother earth.”

Joe Recinos (kab’ lajuj b’atz’ –twelve monkeys) was born and raised on Turtle Island with Maya roots from Iximulew (Guatemala).  A poet and actor whose television credits include roles on Mayday, Dual Suspects, and The Strain. A Harold Award recipient whose passion for the arts extends behind the scenes. Joe has also sat on ArtsVote Toronto, Humber Advisory Committee, and several other juries. He was the Director of the SummerWorks SLIP Program and Program Coordinator for AVNU. A trained facilitator, Joe has delivered various workshops on diversity and inclusion with Goodmans LLP and with communities across Ontario. Currently co-artistic director at hub 14.  A Humber Performance graduate, his extensive experience in the performing arts led him to found Creative Mafia Arts.

Shelba Deer (Anishinaabe Ceremony & Teaching)

Shelba Deer is an Anishinaabe/Onkwehón:we (Original people-Ojibwe/Mohawk) from Sheguiandah First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She is a loving, caring aunt to her nieces and nephews, and is very family and friend oriented. She became active in her Indigenous culture and community, with ceremonies such as fasting, the water offering and the sweatlodge in 2012. Shelba carries a sacred bundle and is a ceremonial helper (ooshkaabbewis) of Anishinaabe/Indigenous healing modalities and ceremonies. She became certified in energy work Reiki Level 3 and Access the Bars in 2017. She does public speaking, teachings, ceremonies and facilitates workshops pertaining to the Indigenous culture, spirituality, way of life and local land-based community art since 2016. She did cultural public speaking and led facilitation for the ceremonies for the play There Is No Word for Wilderness in Toronto in 2018. She is now learning about her Mohawk roots and culture. She currently attended her first Longhouse ceremony in Kahnawake, Quebec where her late father’s family is from. One thing that Shelba learned about the teachings and the culture of her Ojibwe and Mohawk way of life is they are similar, and at the same time they are different, but not one Indigenous way of life is better than the other. After all spirituality is universal.  

Outline for Teachings for Play:

Shelba Deer will be giving Anishinaabek cultural teachings and be conducting ceremonies after each play is over.  These teachings and ceremonies will vary each evening such as smudging, tobacco offerings, sharing circles, food offerings, and have different teachings about how to connect to the spirit of life, and to connect, respect and care for Shkagamik-kwe (Mother Earth). Before everyone enters the seating area Shelba will introduce herself and start out with giving a teaching about the moontime and what the protocols are for the moontime when it comes to ceremony. It is protocol for kweok (women) and girls to wear either a skirt, dress or wrap for ceremony, but if not that is fine. This is usually done out of respect. Miigwech, Nia:wen and thank you!