Colloquium #26: Site-Specific Theatre in Halifax

By February 26, 2020 Colloquium

Convened by Roland Au & Carmen Lee and hosted by 2b theatre company
Moderated by Roland Au & Carmen Lee of Theatre du Poulet
Monday March 2, 630pm-830pm, Halifax Central Library, Room 301
Room 301 at Halifax Central Library is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are free but space is limited – sign up now!

Halifax has lost several theatre spaces in recent years, and finding performance venues has become one of the biggest challenges in our arts community. Artists have started looking for alternative solutions. Will site-specific and found space theatre become more universal in the Halifax scene? What are the challenges of creating and producing a site-specific performance? How does site-specific theatre differ from traditional theatre, in their processes and their results? What unique opportunities does site-specific performance provide? What effects will an increase in site-specific work have on companies, audiences, and festivals in Halifax and across the country?

This discussion is moderated by Roland Au and Carmen Lee, the Artistic Director and Executive Director (respectively) and co-founders of Theatre du Poulet (TDP). Carmen and Roland are both originally from Hong Kong. They made Nova Scotia their new home in 2015, and founded TDP in 2016. TDP is the first theatre in Nova Scotia operated by Asian immigrants. Their work connects political and social issues with art, using character mask, puppetry and physical theatre as language-free methods for reaching the widest possible audience. Their most recent production was “Settle Elsewhere” in October 2019. This immersive piece combines character mask, documentary theatre, and site-specific performance, using a moving yellow schoolbus and 5 locations around Halifax as the performance space. “Settle Elsewhere” explores the wide range of stories and day-to-day struggles faced by immigrants to Canada, giving audiences a glimpse into the rarely-shared experiences of people in our community coping with the heartache of leaving home and the challenges of settling elsewhere. Find out more about what Theatre du Poulet does at their website: https://www.theatredupoulet.com/.

We want a diverse set of voices in this conversation. Whether you are an art maker, an engaged audience member, or just interested in the topic, we want to hear from you. Admission is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat at the table now.