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November 26 – 27, 2021


Study on Truths and Justice (work in progress)
Guest Artist – Guetcha Guaritcha

Poetry Reading
Terry Watanda

Full of Simple Wonderings
Yui Ugai

In the Distance
Claire Whitaker with charles c. smith

Poetry Reading
Gavin Barrett

Myself When I Am Real
Shannon Litzenberger

Civilization Day (work in progress)
Ana Groppler with Braydon Cairns

The Crossing
Michael Mortley and Atri Lundy

Presented by wind in the leaves collective
Livestream co-produced by Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada


allies and friends (November Edition)
wind in the leaves collective


The focus of this performance series is to bring together poetry/spoken word and dance. This reflects the collective’s aesthetic practice whose roots trace through the African griot tradition, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and the notion of the ‘choreopoem’ defined as “a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry, dance, music, and song…”, first coined by Ntozake Shange for her work, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.”

Such an approach to poetry and performance is shared by many cultures and this series seeks to present and explore the commonalities and differences between performers, their heritage and artistic practice, and how these connect to ancestral visions in the contemporary and touch upon the social issues of our times.

wind in the leaves collective

Artistic Director: charles c smith
Project Co-0rdinators: Perry Voulgaris, Victoria Glizer

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Production Stage Manager: Taylor Young
Lighting Designer: Andrew McCormack
Livestream Videographer: John Lauener
Sound Engineer: Richard Feren
House Technician: Eli Stefura

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