THE YOUTH / ELDERS PROJECT
MAY 31 - JUNE 4
In an exciting new partnership between Buddies, The 519, and the Senior Pride Network, The Youth / Elders Project brings together young and old to create a living document of our personal queer histories. Integrating text, movement, music, and design, a group of queer youth and elders embark on an oral history of queer lives. This intergenerational ensemble will offer a snapshot of queer life as a way to preserve personal histories and engage a new generation with the possibilities of queer identity.
How does our queer community share a space? Almost half a century after queer lives broke into mainstream consciousness at Stonewall, our community is larger and more diverse than ever. Our histories overlap as much as they diverge, our struggles have changed but also remain the same. Our need to come together, to share and celebrate our histories, victories, losses, loves, and lived daily experience has never been greater.
Over the course of a year, a group of queer youth and elders will engage in a community-facing project of documenting and recording oral histories from all parts of Toronto’s queer landscape. They will work with artist mentors at Buddies and The 519 to seek out and devise creative new ways of sharing a multitude of queer stories on stage. Throughout the year, the ensemble will also host a series of public events to engage in a broader discussion of the issues facing the youth and elders of our community and seek out the space where the queer generations intersect.
The Youth / Elders Project is supported by the Community Collaborations Program at the Canada Council for the Arts
photo of Monica Garrido + Neila Lem by Tanja-Tiziana.
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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and The 519 in partnership with Senior Pride Network present
THE YOUTH / ELDERS PROJECT
directed by EVALYN PARRY
with LEELEE DAVIS + VANESSA DUNN
performers + creators JORDAN CAMPBELL, DANIEL CARTER, BRIAN COPE, MONICA GARRIDO, GENADY GAVLESHOV, RILEY KELK, BELLA LARSEN, LEZLIE LEE KAM, NEILA LEM, LILA PINE, RUSSELL POWELL, SHAUNA SLOAN + TY SLOANE
Wednesday, May 31 // 8pm (opening)
Thursday, June 1 // 8pm
Friday, June 2 // 8pm
Saturday, June 3 // 8pm
Sunday, June 4 // 2:30pm
For 40 years, The 519, Canada’s largest LGBTQ Centre, has been at the forefront of advancing LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Toronto and beyond. Through our unique community programs and social services – including dedicated programs for LGBTQ newcomers and refugees, queer and trans parents, older LGBTQ adults and trans folk – we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives people’s lives through our commitment to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community.
SENIOR PRIDE NETWORK
Senior Pride Network is an association of individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest and commitment to expanding programs and services for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in the City of Toronto and throughout Canada. The Network meets to share experiences and to work collaboratively on activities and projects designed to enhance services for older LGBTQ people.
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