IMPACT 13 Symposia: Staging Occupation - At the Crossroads of Multiculturalism & Indigeneity

Organization: The MT Space

Venue: conrad centre for the performing arts s

Location: KITCHENER, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Sep 24, 2013 / 6:00 pm - (EST) End Date/Time: Sep 29, 2013 / 11:00 pm - (EST)
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Staging Occupation - At the Crossroads of Multiculturalism & Indigeneity

Canadian contemporary theatre exists at the crossroads of multiculturalism and Indigeneity. However, we often find ourselves working under various forms of occupation, including that of institutional ‘Canadian theatre.’ Such occupation is imposed not only on space, but also on time, taste, practice, language as well as on identity and history.

During the recent Occupy, Arab Spring and Idle No More movements we saw people take to the streets to occupy homes, parks, public squares and, in some cases, topple regimes, change governments and reclaim power.

Our 2013 IMPACT Conference, Staging Occupation, will examine the notion of theatre as an act of occupying space and (re)claiming territory. Theatre artists, presenters and producers from across the country will come together to push the conversation forward.

How do we use our art to rewrite history and illuminate different perspectives? How do we take down the walls, occupy non-traditional spaces and begin to work across institutional, artistic and cultural categorization? How do we tell our ‘authentic’ stories without propagating the stereotype? How do we present, produce and promote the ‘authentic’ from a community other than our own?

Please take part in this stimulating discussion. We are sailing – don’t miss the boat, be there! 

Symposia Sessions will be held in various locations throughout Kitchener-Waterloo. Visit our website for more information and schedules.

Visitors that register for the IMPACT 13 Symposia, will also have access to all festival events. 


Impact 13 is a biennial international theatre festival organized by MT Space. It provides a platform to engage, play and interact with hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors from across Canada and beyond.


Impact 13 Features:

•   3 international acts, 5 national acts & numerous acts from Waterloo Region

•   An expected festival attendance of 4000+

•   Conference: Staging Occupation: At the Crossroads of Multiculturalism and Indigeneity

•   Youth Conference: Hosted by KW Youth Theatre


Opening Ceremonies:

September 24 at THE MUSEUM (10 King St. W, Kitchener, ON)


Festival Party:
September 28, featuring WESLI BAND from Haiti (Presented by Neruda Arts)






DRIFT or drive - Kitt Johnson x-act

La Ciudad de los Otros - Sankofa Danzafro

Hawk - Onelight Theatre

How iRan - Productive Obsessions

First Dance - Tottering Biped Theatre

Voicemale - UW Drama & Conoculto

Myra's Story - PrACTical TheACTrics

Asphalt Jungle Shorts X - Flush Ink Productions

Balancing on Moonbeams - Shadow Puppet Theatre

Orpheus & Eurydice - KW Youth Theatre

Wesli Band Presented by Neruda Arts



IMPACT Conference Pass (incl. Festival Pass) $160 To purchase tickets, please visit:

IMPACT Pass $113 (Grants admission to ALL ticketed events.)  To purchase tickets, please visit:

Regular tickets: General Admission $20 advance/$25 door

Student/Senior rate:$15 advance/ $20 door


For full details please visit us online:

Contact: 519-585-7763 /

IMPACT is part of a larger Fall event, WE ARE CULTURE, which includes Kultrun Indigenous & World Music Festival








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