Featuring Two x 30
Live at the Kisanii Hub
From June 9th to 11th, Jamii presented "Two x 30", a series of duet performances that explore the inextricable link between our collective unconscious patterns of movement and our environment. Along with this series of movement-based performances, Aline Morales, Arlene Paculan and Michael Clarke offered audiences a musical treat. To explore further how we respond to our environment, including waterways, Linda Epp offered body painting that symbolizes water, while Sara Abusarar shared tales connected to water, and Cathy Thorne wrote poems that was delivered and gifted to audience members.
Video and Edit by Recro Digital Marketing
Photos by Jae Yang
Two x 30
Direction, Choreography and Concept: Michael Caldwell
Sound Design and Original Composition: Robbie Grunwald
Costume Design: Valerie Calam
Performance and Choreographic Collaborators: Alana Elmer, Karen Kaeja, Benjamin Landsberg, David Norsworthy, Atri Nundy, Takako Segawa, Roberto Soria, Heidi Strauss, Irma Villafuerte
Production Collaborators: Laura Cournoyea, Helin Gungoren
Producer: Mateo Galindo Torres
Organized by Jamii Team: Isorine Marc, Iris Unlu, Afnan Yakot, Yusra Yacout, Nadifa Daud Mohamed, Maysam Abu Khreibeh
Host: Monica Garrido
Live Performer: Arlene Paculan & Zaynab Wilson
Live Performer: Michael Clarke
Live Performer: Aline Morales
Typewriter Poet: Cathy Thorne from Everyday People Typewriter Poems
Storytellers: Djennie Laguerre and Sarah Abusarar
Face Painter: Linda Epp
Event Photographer: Jae Yang
Event Videographer: Recro Digital Marketing
Stage Manager: Julia Beaulieu
Michael Caldwell, Twox30
Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer, performer, curator, director, producer, and arts advocate. He has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada's esteemed performance creators/companies, performing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, earning two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance.
Zaynab Wilson, Musician
Anchored in rhythm, melody, and matters of the psyche, Zaynab plays with her dynamic range of musicality and transmutes stories into songs that “quietens your spirit.” The Montréal-born artist sculpts a soundscape that binds the intrinsic Afro-Caribbean rhythms developed in her childhood performance years and the heart-driven, improvisational song styles of Jazz and Soul music.
Djennie Laguerre, Storyteller
Actor, Author, and Storyteller is a graduate of the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory (New York) and the University of Ottawa (BAC in Art; Theatre and Literature). She has been acclaimed as the performer and author of Manman la mer at Théâtre la Catapulte. She is the author and performer of Rendez-Vous with Home/Lakay at the SummerWorks Festival, 2008, and at the Théâtre français de Toronto, 2010 also presented in several storytelling festivals such as Les contes nomades (NAC) and Le Festival du loup de Lafontaine et Festival Les vieux m'ont conté. She as won the best Actress Prix Rideau Award for her performance in Manman la mer. She received the Spotlight Award at the SummerWorks Festival in 2008 for Rendez-Vous with Home. She is a Dora Awards nominee for "Outstanding Performance - Individual" Rendez-Vous with Home 2020, for "Outstanding Performance - Individual" for Les Zinspirés, and "Outstanding Performance - Ensemble”. Also, nomination for "Best Actress" at the METAs Awards 2018 for Rendez-vous Home/ Lakay. Your children know her as the storyteller and dancer Madame Bonheur at MiniTFO/CBC.
Robbie Grunwald, Twox30
Robbie Grunwald is an independent producer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. Based in Toronto, he has performed across the globe with artists including Donovan Woods, Jill Barber, Rose Cousins, Doug Paisley, and the Good Lovelies. Robbie has contributed original compositions for contemporary dance by choreographers Tina Fushell, Mairead Filgate, and Meredith Thompson, original scores for films by Mike Vass, and scored the feature documentary Open Shadow - The story of Teal Swan by film maker Paola Marina.
Monica Garrido, Host
Monica Garrido (she/her) is a Mexican born Toronto based Queer Artist. Her short films have premiered at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Her first solo show “The Cunning Linguist” won the 2016 Queer Acts Audience Award and was recently adapted as an Audio Show for Aluna Theatre’s Studio Series. She’s part of the ensemble of the Canadian Comedy Award winning show Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza. Winner of the 2018 Queer Emerging Artist Award at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She is one of the writers of a new sketch show for OMNI TV "Abroad". She is one third of a Latinx Drag King “Boyband the Boyband", currently she Co-hosts/Co- Produces Aluna Theatre’s “Radio Aluna Theatre”. She is also a Taurus and wishes you the best.
Michael Clarke, Musician
Michael grew up and started his performance career in Toronto doing theatre, film & television and live music. He's spent the last 5 years on Vancouver Island developing two solo theatre shows ('Soul King Solo, A Concert Tribute to Sam Cooke' & 'The Journey' a biographic piece featuring his life experiences and the original music they inspired him to create). While on Vancouver Island his live music performance went through an evolution into a one man band which he calls 'The Michael Clarke Experience' where he showcases his multi instrumental talents. With the aid of his looper he lays down rhythm guitar, bass and drums of popular songs creating a musical floor where he can dance over with his saxophone, solo guitar and voice.
Cathy Thorne, Typewriter Poet
Cathy Thorne loves poetry, people and old-school typewriters - and she has found the perfect way to combine all three! She writes on-the-spot personalized poems at in-person and virtual events, creating wonderful keepsakes for your guests. She also hosts engaging poetry-writing workshops, passing along her best tips and tricks so that everyone leaves workshops with a poem they’ve created themselves. She is a cartoonist with a background in improvisational theatre, creative writing and visual arts, and she is able to quickly connect with guests at your event to write heartfelt, spirit-boosting (and sometimes cheeky) poems for them.
Valerie Calam, Twox30
Valerie Calam is a Toronto-based artist interested in finding pathways to refresh and support herself. She works with sound, movement, fabric, patterns, the nervous system, and the body.
Arlene Paculan, Musician
Arlene is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Mississauga. She has enchanted crowds across Canada, UK, Europe and the US since 2010. Arlene is also Executive Producer of Let's Make Good Productions, which is an artist and event promotion company with a goal to spread empowerment through original art. She is the host of her own TV show, Striving Artist, which is aired on Filipino TV. Past performances include: Rock the Coliseum, JUNO Fest (London), Aeolian Hall, Living Arts Centre, The Rose Theatre, tedX Mississauga, Meadowvale Theatre, Sound of Music Club Series, Paisley Arts Festival (Scotland).
Sarah Abusarar, Storyteller
Sarah comes from a long line of storytellers on her paternal side. She tells stories to both adults and children. Sarah has told stories both nationally and internationally at festivals in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Bosnia and Croatia. Because, Sarah, grew up in several countries she tells stories from all over the world with the focus on Palestinian and Croatian stories where her roots lie. Her favorite stories are ones that promote social change. She teaches a course through the Storytelling School of Toronto called "Storytelling as a Tool for Social Transformation using Kalila wa Dimna fables". Sarah has also used stories in a therapeutic way with children in refugee camps and refugee children in Toronto, as part of their therapy. She works at the Parent Child Mother Goose Program using traditional storytelling to encourage parent child bonding. Sarah, tells stories so that she may go deep inside of the tales and find herself in far away magical places, that she remembers, from long, long ago.
Linda Epp, Face Painter
Linda is a face painter for approximately 10 years. Her story with face painting began with her two children went out for Halloween one year when they were quite young. She went and bought some terrible (non FDA approved) paint at the dollar store and thought she could magically transform them. She later figured out that it didn’t quite work out that way, but she fell in love with the art of face painting. She has since honed her skills with workshops and many hours of practice. Linda has worked with many organizations such as the St. Lawrence BIA, Jamii, long term care facilities, local festivals and private birthday parties. She states that she loves what she does and there is nothing better than putting a huge smile on a child’s face!