"Looks Like Us - Winter Series"
A series of online LIVE performances
& pop-up performances in David Crombie Park
February & March 2021 - supported by the Government of Ontario
It is a new year and we are excited to present a series of live-art, pop-up, mobile multidisciplinary performances, offering a wide range of free artistic experiences in February and March to all Esplanadians!
This artistic activations are offered online (LIVE on Facebook) , encouraging everyone to engage in these multidisciplinary performances (dance, theatre, music, storytelling and puppetry) that are sure to bring joy to everyone attending or simply passing by.
LOOKS LIKE US - Photo Exhibit
Displayed in Crombie Park in April & May 2021
The 27 photos in this exhibit, documenting the human experience during this global pandemic, were taken by female photographers from around the world. The collection was curated by 13 young women from this neighbourhood.
This extraordinary exhibit, located across three sites, throughout the Esplanade, was made possible through a wonderful collaboration between Jamii and a global collective of more than 400 women, photographers, called The Journal.
The exhibit is featured as part of CONTACT, Photography Festival, and supported by the Government of Ontario.
March 30th to April 8th, 2021
Susie Burpee brought her colourful character 'Allegra Charleston' to the Esplanade for a series of pop-up performances, which surprised students of Market Lane Public School. These short performances took place in the mornings, engaging young audiences on their way to school with (physically distanced) live interactions. The intent of these performances was to touch the hearts of young people who haven’t had the opportunity yet to see live performances in their schools this year, and bring some laughter and magic to their day to brighten up their mood.
Performances of "Allegra" were followed by a series of 4 workshops facilitated by Diana Tso.
Susie Burpee is an award-winning multi-faceted dance artist with over 25 years of experience in the performing arts in Canada. As Susie's alter ego, Allegra Charleston outshines her most of the time with her love of art and public space, and her incomparable joie de vivre!
March 18th, 19th, 20th
"A moment of calm, a meeting, an exchange, a smile... it's a journey through and into community, a brief encounter for connection and reflection. It's a conversation between our urban landscape and the natural environment.
Throughout this movement-based, traveling performance, GIIZHIG brings community together while physically apart, uplifting our spirits through our shared senses and with our collective imaginations."
“Giizhig” is the Anishinaabemowin - Ojibway word for “cedar”, and prounounced “gee zhig”
Director: Michael Caldwell
Artistic advisor: Isorine Marc
Created with and performed by: Aria Evans, Irma Villafuerte, Jane-Alison McKinney, Jim (Many Hats) Adams and Michael Caldwell
Poem by: Mahlikah Awe:ri
Produced and presented by: Jamii
In partnership with: Canadian Stage
March 3rd, 4th, 5th , 6th
Watch on our youtube channel.
Jamii is excited to be partnering with the creative bunch at CORPUS to co-produce a site-specific musical and dance performance in and a round one of our beloved playgrounds.
These performances, which were live streamed on Facebook LIVE, transformed our park into a joyful, vibrant and whimsical stage, bringing love to all audiences through musical delight.
Co-directors: Anika Johnson, Isorine Marc
Artistic advisor David Danzon.
Performers: Jeremiah Sparks, Arlene Paculan, Bana Stegu, Leen Hamo,Trudy Lee Gayle, and Anika Johnson.
Video: Isorine Marc, Ana Higuera, Alejandra Higuera
Sound tech: Amye Sagar
Powered by Streamstage
Presented in partnership with Canadian Stage
Photos: Jae Yang
February 25th, 26th and 27th
A whimsical offering with beautiful puppets that will transform our streets into a magical floating garden, and bring joy to everyone.
LuminUS is inspired by this dark time, both seasonally and historically, as we move through the winter of coronavirus and social change, towards illumination and a better understanding of what it means to be connected to one another and the earth through acts of radical care and deep kindness. We hope this project allows us to engage and celebrate the best of ourselves and our hopes for a caring Tkaronto through connection, artful expressions of sculpture, light, music, large scale puppetry and spectacle.
LuminUS was conceived, designed, built and directed by Clay and Paper Theatre’s co-artistic director’s Tamara Romanchuk and David Anderson.
Performed by Amelia Blaine, Jesse Wabegijig, Devlin Edgar Flynn and Chris Wilson.
One of the keys to well-being and mental health is social connections. In such challenging times, when we have been socially isolated for months, having the opportunity to reconnect (at a safe physical distance) with others, especially neighbours, is extremely important. There are undeniable positive health effects in being part of something bigger than self, as we share a communal experience, and create memories together – especially in person. By offering these artistic experiences to you, we hope to contribute to enhanced well-being for all.
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