Emerging Creators Unit Showcase
June 11

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June 11 at 8PM |The Chamber | Free/PWYC

Since January, our Emerging Creators Unit has been curating a path of artistic exploration and discovery, supported by Tawiah M’Carthy, Philip Geller, and guest mentors. At our Queer Pride Festival, Tan Vu and Kalale Dalton-Lutale conclude their time in the ECU with a sharing of excerpts, experiments, and insights into their creative processes and learnings.

Now in its sixteenth year, the ECU offers an intensive, process-focused opportunity for emerging performance creators to develop their artistic practice and producing skills through the creation of a new project.

Find Tan and Kalale on Instagram.

ASL interpretation: This event will be ASL-interpreted. ASL interpretation provided by Timothy Keslick & Scott Garant.

Photo of Tan Vu and Kalale Dalton-Lutale by Greg Wong.

Kalale’s project for the unit explores pleasure, performance, and collective creation amongst friends, interrogating how working together in different contexts might bear different fruits. The work anchors itself in the medium of quilting, and its history as a form of community building and resistance.

Kalale Dalton-Lutale is a Black queer playwright and performer originally from Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work embraces experimentation, mothers, loss and pop culture. Some of her plays include Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions, directed by Mike Payette, 2017), Crybaby (presented by Black Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Workshop Montreal, directed by Jesse Stong, 2019), and i am entitled to rest (New Words Festival, directed by Murdoch Schon, 2020). Kalale is a graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada.

Weaving together Vietnamese creation myth and Carl Jung’s theory of consciousness, ANIVIA follows The Wanderer on his journey to recover fragments of a broken mirror. This new creation by Tan Vu integrates song, spoken word, movement and cultural symbolism, as The Wanderer uncovers stories to resdiscover wholeness.

Tan Vu is a Canadian artist of Vietnamese descent. A Fulbright fellow, Tan performed in theatre and opera in Saigon before moving to New York to train under a scholarship. He immigrated to Canada in November 2019, and has since worked with Cahoots Theatre, Talk Is Free Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, and other arts institutions. Tan is the recipient of career development grants from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, and of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s 2020 Queer Emerging Artist Award.

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