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Forward March Festival 2024

Forward March Festival 2022 (Photo Credit: Sam Polzin)

Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, 2024

George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre (GCNC)
50 Sousa Mendes Street, Toronto

in Partnership with the George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre

BLANK by AMAVA Collective
Continue? by Christopher-Elizabeth and Annasofie
MEDUSA’S SISTERS by Phoenix The Fire

Theatre Direct is excited to present co-productions of three brand-new works for young audiences by emerging artist collectives:

BLANK is a devised theatre piece that explores, the negative impact and influence of censorship on children.

Continue? is an exploration of sibling relationships expressed by playing video games with each other and with the audience.

Performed through shadow puppetry, MEDUSA’S SISTERS tells the story of Stheno and Euryale who stood by their infamously cursed sister, experiencing a transformation of their own.

The festival offers a unique development process for its artists including an Industry Series, test audiences and mentorship by Indigenous Culture and ASL consultants and a festival director.

The free festival will be take place in spaces across the George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre and include ASL interpretation/performances in ASL as well as additional kid-friendly programming between performances.

Tickets may be reserved in advance starting April 2024.

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About AMAVA Collective
Founded in 2022 by Tsholo Khalema and Jan Jennings, AMAVA Collective is a dynamic and inclusive creative collective. “Amava” means experience in IsiXhosa, reflecting the collective’s commitment to providing immersive and transformative experiences through the arts. AMAVA Collective is dedicated to the exploration and celebration of BIPOC storytelling through the lens of devised creations.

About Christopher-Elizabeth and Annasofie
Christopher-Elizabeth and Annasofie became friends on March 8, 2022 (International Women’s Day), and have been an inseparable duo ever since, jumping from project to project, each one sillier and more ambitious than the last. They’re both so excited to work with Theatre Direct and everyone else in the Forward March Festival, bringing Continue? to a younger audience. When not plotting and scheming, Annasofie and Chris-Liz cannot be found. Do not look for us.

About Phoenix The Fire
Phoenix The Fire is a theatre and film community hub providing workshops, resources and ASL interpreting service. We facilitate partnerships to leverage Deaf artists.