Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Over There: How we went to war in Europe”

May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – May 26, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Project Lead: Marlis Schweitzer
Event date/time: Thursday, May 18 - Friday May 26 (this is a closed workshop)
Event location: Accolade East 207 and 209

Led by UK-based creative researchers Dani Phillipson and Helen Gilbert, in conjunction with Indigenous artist Tamara Podemski, the workshop will focus on techniques for developing performative storytelling inspired by historical research and supported by new media/ digital technology. In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the workshop will explore local histories and cultural memories of WW1 and WW2 and creatively speculate on how our participation in these international conflicts might inform our present and future as a multicultural nation with particular connections to different parts of the world. We will draw on archival and ethnographic accounts of Canadian troops, especially Indigenous soldiers and others from marginalized communities, as well as documents detailing the lived experiences of men, women, and children who served on the “homefront” in a variety of capacities. Students from different disciplinary backgrounds will develop a devised performance inspired by historical research, integrating live performance with digital elements.