THE SHEN DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL
Join us starting at 1pm on November 19 for a free festival of new theatre, dance and musical works by performers and creators of Asian Heritage, a culmination of a year’s worth of development support from Soulpepper. The Shen Development Festival is programmed by Shen Fellow Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster with associate programmers Rong Fu and Miquelon Rodriguez.
All events are FREE. Please book your complimentary tickets below to avoid disappointment as space may be limited for some events.
When you are visiting the Young Centre for the Shen Festival, please enter the Distillery District via Cherry St. (Cherry St. and Tank House Lane) to bypass the Toronto Christmas Market lines and entry fee. Soulpepper audiences enjoy free admission to the Market on the day of your performance with use of the Cherry Street entrance.
Supported by Eleanor and Francis Shen through the Shen Leadership Fund.
PRESENTED BY THE GRAND-DAUGHTER OF JOSÉ MACEDA, ANDREA MAPILI WITH BYRON ABALOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOULPEPPER AND WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES' ETHNOMUSICOLOGY DEPARTMENT
In 1971, an immersive inter-arts piece called Cassettes 100 created by National Artist of the Philippines, José Maceda, was performed in the lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The 30-minute piece consists of one hundred ‘musicians’ weaving their way through and around an ‘audience,' each carrying a cassette player playing one of the hundred pre-recorded tracks of various Philippine instruments, voices and natural sounds.
On November 19, José Maceda’s granddaughter, Andrea Mapili, and her husband, Byron Abalos, will present the Canadian premiere of Cassettes 100 in the lobby of the Young Centre. This project is a part of Maceda 100, a year-long international celebration of the life, work and legacy of National Artist of the Philippines, José Maceda.
One Performance: 1:00 p.m. (Ticket not required)
Beginning with the story of her family’s escape from Cambodia, playwright and performer Chantria Tram chronicles her struggle to balance the traditional values of her Khmer parents with her own emerging beliefs. Someone Between is a humorous and vulnerable contemplation of cultural adaptation, migration, and the place between who we are, who we were, and who we are becoming.
Warning: Mature Themes
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY ANKITA KUMAR-RATTA
DIRECTED & DRAMATURGED BY TRACEY ERIN SMITH
CO-PRODUCED BY SOULO THEATRE AND ANKITA KUMAR-RATTA
What happens when you go and live in the country of your roots, and then come back to the country where you were born?
Undercover Indian tells the true story of a young Indo-Canadian woman, Ankita, who goes to live in India to learn more about her identity. This thought-provoking, playful, immersive theatre piece invites you to join Ankita in a yoga class (audience members can choose to sit in a chair or on a yoga mat) where she reveals, asana by asana, how her experience in India taught her to look at North American culture through a new lens.
Hilariously witty, Undercover Indian is a play about belonging, becoming and the beauty of identifying with two worlds.
Warning: Mature Themes
CHOREOGRAPHER MING-BO LAM, PERFORMED BY BEATRICE KWAN, DENISE SOLLEZA AND YUI UGAI (WITH THANKS TO MISHEEL GANBOLD)
The conflict between what we’ve been taught "good girls" do — agree, appease, be nice — and the battle that ensues as we work to unlearn such behaviours, can feel overwhelming. At what point do we stand our ground & mark our boundaries? Where is the tipping point? And how does it feel when at last we claim our right to own our bodies, our choices, our Selves?
LOVE YOU WRONG TIME
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY MADDIE BAUTISTA AND DEANNA CHOI
Two Asian girls seeking companions for discreet fun. We are talented with our hands: certified RCM Grade X piano and violin. Will make your yellow fever fantasies come true. Deanna Choi and Maddie Bautista wonder what’s the big deal about yellow fever. And then…the trouble begins. Musicalizing Asian femininity at the intersections of sex, love, loneliness, and the internet all in one shrewd and whimsical workshop.
Warning: Mature Themes
One Performance: > 4:15 p.m.
Approximate Running Time: 30 minutes. There will be no intermission.
Location: TD Studio
The Shen Cabaret, curated by Festival co-programmer Miquelon Rodriguez, showcases local musicians and artists in an intimate setting. Conf irmed cabaret artists include Deanna Choi, Athena Kaitlin Trinh, Bo Lam, Victoria Marie, and Arlene Paculan.
One Performance: > 8:30 p.m.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours
Location: Garland Cabaret
KIM'S CONVENIENCE SCREENING
CBC’s Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto, based on the hit play by Soulpepper artist (and Kim’s TV creator) Ins Choi. Catch up on the celebrated Canadian comedy with episodes from Season 2!
Screening begins at 3:00 p.m. (Ticket not required)
Location: RBC Studio
Joy Wong, a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, has created for The Shen Development Festival an original installation to hang from the ceiling of the Young Centre atrium, as a canopy above Festival patrons. Iconography taken from traditional Chinese textiles, ceramics, and scroll paintings will be screen-printed onto xuan paper using pastel and neon colours, creating a unique visual experience.