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Friday, May 29, 2009

Special Event: Power @ Rhizome


MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents

POWER
A performance cabaret featuring culturally diverse youth
In collaboration with professional artists

June 4-6, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Rhizome Café
317 East Broadway at Scotia
Admission at the door only: $1-$10 sliding scale
Doors open at 7 pm

In a groundbreaking project developed by MISCELLANEOUS Productions (creators of e-race, What You Carry With You, THE REENA PROJECT: Outcasts & Angels and Stock Characters: The Cooking Show), a group of multi-barriered youth are collaborating with a team of professional artists on POWER: an evening of solo performance pieces, ensemble drumming and dance numbers, all of which take a raw, honest look at the things that matter to youth in the community: power, racism, immigration, poverty, violence, sexism, addiction and love.

Building on workshops and outreach initiatives conducted through 2008, a casting call in January 2009 drew youth from Eastside high schools, community centres and workplaces. Since then, under the guidance of Director/Writer Elaine Carol and other professional artists, the eight youth performers - Michael Cheng, Gloria Dominguez, Roberto Hidalgo, Kai Sulin Lee, Daniela Madrazo, Natasha Pheko, Dakota Prince and Megan Solis - have had intensive training in interdisciplinary performance art, solo performance, theatrical monologue, stand-up comedy, Slam poetry, ritual performance, World music, hip hop music and dance.

“For most, if not all, of the multicultural, immigrant and Indigenous multi-barriered youth we work with, POWER is be the first and only access they have had to the arts,” says MISCELLANEOUS Productions’ Artistic Director Elaine Carol. “These are young people who have, in some cases, fallen through the cracks of the educational, social and justice systems of our society. Through this project we hope they will learn to use art as a vehicle for healthy, lasting personal and social change.”

POWER is directed by Elaine Carol with music by hip-hop artist Ndidi Cascade and percussionist Paul Bray; choreography by Carla Catherwood; costumes by Marina Szijarto; and set design by Yvan Morissette. Esther Oh and Karen Ausejo Cooper (Consulting Social Workers), Eric D. Wong (Diversity Consultant), Sheryl Gregoire (Producer/Production Manager), Hedyeh Bozorgzadeh, Sarah Sawatsky and Jonathan Teague (Assistant Directors) have also helped to bring POWER to the stage.

Media contacts: Melanie Thompson, 604-224-6201 or melaniethompson@shaw.ca
Elaine Carol, 604-873-6522 or elaine-c@mdi.ca

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