Unconference on the Future(s) of Toronto Performance
Thursday September 19th
The world in which we work is changing.
Let’s share how we’re dealing with that.
In live performance, we know the importance of unexpected connections, surprising moments and shared inspiration.
An Unconference creates these conditions.
It’s a space to get together - as people with lives and skills and passions. It’s an event to get past our job titles and get real work done.
At the forth Unconference, we made performance in Toronto better. This year we were thrilled to be at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in the new(ish) Weston Family Learning Centre.
The Unconference was an amazing mix of people. A huge thanks to facilitator Misha Glouberman, co-ordinator Kari Pederson, our great team of volunteers and to all the folks that made it happen:
Unconference on Change and the Future(S) Of Toronto Performance is
co-hosted by Small Wooden Shoe, The Art Gallery of Ontario and Necessary Angel Theatre Company accessibility partners: FADO Performance Art Centre, The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and The Metcalf Foundation with support from:
Canadian Stage, Dancemakers, The National Ballet School, Series 8:08, STAF, and Tarragon Theatre
“The 2009 Unconference was one of the most inclusive events I have been to in Toronto… People were ACTUALLY meeting, we were ACTUALLY talking about issues that mattered to us as individuals… The point of this, the value of it, the necessity of it, is that it is a real opportunity for us to connect. We are so busy we don’t make enough time for it. Rather than creating a conference in which we speak about community and have panels talking about it, this just does it.”
— Ravi Jain (theatre artist – Why Not Theatre)
Some common questions about the Unconference –
What’s an Unconference? Many things to many people. But to us it’s an event where the content of sessions is participant driven and in which you spend most of the time in conversation with others who care about similar things. There are no panels or lectures. You’ll get to propose sessions and only attend sessions that are helpful to you. You’ll be in conversations not as a representative of your organization or as an “emerging artist” – but as an individual who wants to help and to get smarter.
What kind of people come? Theatre people, dance people, music people, performance art people, people who don’t identify by genre. Actors, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, technicians, administrators, marketing people, Artistic Directors, fundraisers, video artists, dramaturges, General Managers, students, teachers, people who don’t identify by occupation. “Emerging,” “Mid-Career,” “Established” “Award-Winning,” “New Arrivals,” “Culturally Specific,” “Ethnically Diverse,” “White,” “Not white,” people who don’t identify by those kinds of phrases. Older people and younger people and yes, people who didn’t identify by age.
All those kind of people and you (we hope.)
What does the day look like? Registration and coffee opens at 9:00, the morning will start at 9:30 (being early is appreciated) lunch will be around 12:00 and we’ll be done by 4:55 with 5 minutes for a fun survey. There will be some social time after and then a move to a bar around 5:30.
We start by getting small groups to meet each other and answer some questions. Then different small groups work together on some questions that could be solved by someone in the room in 15 minutes or less (e.g. What software should I use? What should I make for lunch? Who should I talk to about X?) Then we try to answer those questions.
After lunch we do the Open Space – addressing bigger questions brought forward by you, the participants.
You spend the day in conversation about things you care about with others who care about the same things. This is how change happens.
Can I come for just part of the day?
This is an all day thing with a beginning, middle and end (in that order!). If you need to miss part of the day, get in touch with us.
Will there be coffee, lunch and snacks provided? Yes.
How is it so cheap? With the support of these amazing organizations.