Call for Workshop Participants – FREE opportunity for interested performers of ALL abilities ages 18 & up

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DramaWay was made aware of this opportunity and it’s amazing that a company can offer something like this for free, so we thought we’d share the news. If any of our performers are interested we encourage you to check it out.



Call For Workshop Participants:

This March, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage will present Disabled Theater, created by French
choreographer Jérôme Bel with Switzerland’s Theater HORA. In partnership with World Stage, Theater
HORA will host a unique 5-day workshop and theatre creation lab open to local performers with
developmental/intellectual disabilities (actors, dancers, singers, musicians) to work collaboratively with
Theater HORA company members.

Under the direction of Theater HORA’s artistic director, Michael Elber, the workshop will use improvisation
and theatre games to create new work with participants. Working primarily without talking, participants
will get a taste of Theater HORA’s creation process through demonstration and active contribution.
Theater HORA is also excited for an exchange of information and techniques between Theater HORA
and the workshop participants, and will encourage participants to share any of their own established
practices or knowledge. Held around the world, the workshops create a network of artists in the field of
inclusive theatre and performance who are interested in an exchange of artistic concepts and ways of
working. Over the five days, in-process works created during the workshop will be shown to the invited
public through informal presentations.

The workshop is FREE. To apply, send a brief description of your performance background and
experience, and an explanation of why you’d like to take the workshop, to Ara Glenn-
Johanson at A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted.
The workshop will run March 19-23 from 9:30am-4pm, location TBD but in the downtown core of
Toronto. Participants are expected to attend all of the workshop days. Participants should be
accompanied by a support person, and will need to arrange their own transportation and lunches.
To apply or for more information please contact Ara Glenn-Johanson
at Emailed applications must be received by Feb 20.
*Please note that artists with physical disabilities are not the target participants for this workshop.*
*This workshop is for adults only. Ages 18 and up.*

About Theater HORA

Founded in 1993 in Zürich, the intention of Theater HORA is to support and promote the creative and
artistic development of people with intellectual disabilities. It is essential that they can express
themselves as individuals. HORA believes that people with intellectual disabilities possess unique talents
and creativity enabling them to make an important cultural and social contribution to our society. It is the
aim of all the activities of Theater HORA to establish this view in the public opinion.
About Ara Glenn-Johanson

Ara has spent many years working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in both
artistic and non-artistic settings. She wrote her master’s thesis on disability, impulse, and
interdependence in performance. Ara is a performer/choreographer and creator of contemporary
performance works. She has performed for the American Repertory Theater, the Magic Theater, Erika
Chong Shuch Performance Project, and Epiphany Sonic Dance Theatre, among many others. Her works
have been presented in NYC, San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Toronto at venues including ODC
Theater, Mobius, CounterPULSE, and SOMArts.

About World Stage
Since 1986, World Stage has evolved into Canada’s most diverse season-length international
contemporary performance series. Every year, Harbourfront Centre brings innovative and
groundbreaking performance leaders from both the international and local arts community to World
Stage. Committed to bold curation and audience accessibility, World Stage programming continues to
foster opportunities for cultural development and the artistic exchange of ideas. Following last year’s Dora
Mavor Moore Award-winning season, World Stage 2015 features nine groundbreaking international
contemporary performance works, welcoming artists and productions from England, France, Switzerland,
Australia, Belgium, United States and Canada. One of those productions is Disabled Theater, by Jérôme
Bel & Theater HORA, which has four performances from March 25-28 at Harbourfront Centre.