Awakenings Artist Mentorship
“A Revolution of Love” Artist Mentorship
Artists working in theatre, performance, dance and interdisciplinary practices, with strong interest in site-specific work, are invited to apply for “A Revolution of Love” artist mentorship with Soulpepper Theatre Company. The mentorship will include five artists from Soulpepper 2021 Academy and five artists that are to be chosen through this open call selection process. The artists will create site specific work for each of the 10 Toronto History Museums.
Soulpepper’s Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha, dub poet and decolonial scholar d’bi.young anitafrika, and choreographer Esie Mensah, who came together to create the inaugural Awakenings performance art piece – “A Revolution of Love“, will mentor 10 performance artists, inviting them to explore the following questions:
- Acknowledging the colonial past of the historic sites and the entire city, where do we go from there?
- What shape does a revolution take when its end goal is love and healing for all?
The opportunity to apply has closed.
Soulpepper is Canada’s leading artist-driven theatre company. Soulpepper believes that stories can connect us, that they are vital to our understanding, compassion and knowledge, and that they can motivate us toward social change. The Soulpepper Academy aims to develop highly skilled artists who are equipped to make significant contributions to the cultural landscape. They develop artistic leaders and believe that a supportive and immersive experience allows artists to move confidently into new territories. It is a key tenet of the Academy that Members are not training in order to imitate what has already been done or achieved. Rather the training aims to equip young artists to innovate, and make the art of the future.
Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper. She has directed ground-breaking theatre across Canada that has been developed for television on Global TV, CBC and Netflix including “Da Kink in my Hair” and “Kim’s Convenience”. She has directed in London, New York, and LA, garnering an NAACP nomination for Best Direction and multiple Dora nominations and awards for Outstanding Direction. Recently, she was named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine.
Dora-nominated Esie Mensah embodies the multifaceted artist whose creative footprint extends to many disciplines. As a choreographer, dancer, movement director and TEDxToronto speaker, Esie brings her mastery of storytelling to audiences as diverse as her experiences. From working with megastars like Rihanna, Drake and Arcade Fire, to brands like Coca-Cola, TIFF, Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre and the Toronto Raptors, Esie Mensah’s creations show no signs of slowing down.
d’bi.young anitafrika is an African-Jamaican-Canadian international dub poet, theatre interventionist and decolonial scholar who is committed to creating and nurturing art that ritualizes acts of recovery from violence inflicted upon the people and the planet. Shx is a multi-award-winning Canadian Poet of Honor, Toronto Mayor’s Arts Award winner, author of twelve plays, seven albums and four collections of poetry, as well as a core faculty member of the new Soulpepper Academy.