Solo Chicken Productions, in partnership with the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s ArtReach Program, students at George Street Middle School (GSMS) and the tenants of the low-income Social Development housing project, Evelyn Grove Manor, collaborated on the EngAGEING Art Project from September 2017 to April 2018. The project brought together professional artists, youth from diverse cultural backgrounds and seniors to collaboratively create an original work that explored identity, inclusion and belonging.
The project kicked off in September 2017 with writer M. Anne Mitton leading a poetry workshop for the women at Evelyn Grove where they created a collection of poetic works using the project themes as the catalyst. At the same time Sharisse LeBrun and Alex Rioux worked with youth from GSMS offering weekly theatre workshops. The youth also used the same themes to begin creating short theatrical works. In January the seniors then worked with Artist Shinaid McGillvray who helped them create murals based on the poetic works. (One of the banners is featured above!) The youth continued their theatrical journey during this time. In February Lesandra Dodson and Lisa Anne Ross began working with the woman and helped them to craft the bones of a theatrical production out of their poetry.
In early April Solo Chicken, ArtReach, GSMS and Evelyn Grove all came together to rehearse and present the show, LIFE'S REFLECTIONS that incorporated all the work that had been generated over the course of the project. This multi-generational show featured piano by Joanne Gabriel and was an exploration of the identity, inclusion and belonging shared through poetry, movement, song and art.
Solo Chicken Productions & The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Present:
An intergenerational performance about identity and belonging written and performed by Evelyn Grove Manor Residents & George Street Middle School youth.
Tuesday April 17 2018
Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Auditorium (2nd Floor)
Admission is FREE
Call 454.6952 for Info