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Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new projects for 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Over the coming months, Crow’s will be announcing a new slate of original theatre, podcast, screen-based and multi-platform projects-in-development. Today, we’re thrilled to make the first in our series of announcements with four new projects and partnerships. 

Creation Residency: MIXTAPE by Zorana Sadiq

Last seen at Crow’s Theatre in our co-production of Towards Youth, Zorana Sadiq, an award-winning actor and classical musician, will develop a new multi-media performance piece, MixTape, with sound design by Deanna Choi.  Sadiq’s work is wide-ranging. Her work spans different types of performance from theatre, verbatim theatre, and television to chamber music, modern opera and new music.

In her dazzling new solo performance, she unspools the relationship between sound and our identity.  We spend our lives making and hearing sound, building up a soundscape of our own devising. In MixTape, Zorana pursues her unruly obsession of the ear, music, and the sounds that makes us who we are. Sadiq’s hyper-sensitivity to sound as a young girl took root as the most reliable means to understand the world.  Both raw and nuanced, sound becomes a powerful vessel that shapes her life as an artist.  But what gets lost in the bargain when we subscribe to a particular aesthetic in art?

Commission and Creation Residency: UNTITLED NEW PLAY by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal, whose show Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special was scheduled to be part of Crow’s Theatre’s 20/21 season, has been commissioned by the Crow's team to  create a new work.

Cliff is a multi-award winning Cree actor, playwright and musician, best known for his one-man play Huff, which toured internationally to great acclaim, including to The Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, last year. 

Crow’s Theatre & Emancipation Arts Launch Organizational Incubator

Crow’s is proud to announce the launch of a new Organizational Incubator project with Emancipation Arts. This initiative is focused on strategic change, organizational growth, and capacity building. You may already know Emancipation Arts founder, Ngozi Paul, as a frequent Crow’s collaborator. Emancipation Arts produced the multiple Dora award-winning play, The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, in association with Crow’s, and Paul played Her in audience favourite, A&R Angels.

Emancipation Arts is an award winning producer of theatre, television, film, and web properties. Committed to telling vital stories which both showcase the diversity of human experience and expand social boundaries. Aided by Managing Director, Noora Rizvi, and Head of Development, Khadijah Salawu, their growing list of projects includes the annual FreeUp! event now carried by CBC.

In a time of great change and even greater aspirations for the arts ecosystem (not to mention culture at large), the Incubator collaboration is a perfect fit. Emancipation Arts invites you to sign up for their newsletter and stay tuned for more on this initiative.

Podcast in Residence: SOFT REVOLUTION

Crow’s Theatre is pleased to announce the launch of Ali Momen and Torquil Campbell’s Soft Revolution as podcast-in-residence for next 6 months. This weekly podcast  will anchor Crow’s Theatre’s forthcoming lineup of new podcast collaborations, and original podcast creations (more to be announced). Having been on air for 10 months, the always entertaining, sometimes infuriating, and often inspiring duo, have developed a cult following with their lively mix of conversation at the intersection of art, society, culture, and politics.

Hosted by frequent Crow’s Theatre collaborator, and Stars band member Torquil Campbell and Come From Away’s Ali Momen, the pair get together each week with fellow musicians, actors, and artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and politicians to dissect the week’s events take a deep dive into pandemic life. In the ten months since its debut, Soft Revolution has had the great fortune to welcome some fabulous guests, including Daniel Handler, Chilly Gonzales, Deepa Mehta, and Tegan Quinn and academics and writers such as Jennifer Lena and Ronald Deibert.