By Shelley Scott
Nightwood Theatre is by means of a ways the longest-running and such a lot influential feminist theatre corporation in Canada. given that 1979 it's been a manufacturer of recent works through Canadian ladies, and a supplier of possibilities for girls theatre artists. It has additionally been the "home corporation" for the various greatest names in Canadian theatre, akin to Ann-Marie MacDonald. Shelley Scott exhibits how Nightwood has outlined itself as a feminist corporation. Its creative management relies on collaborative versions and the performs played were selected for his or her relevance to the varied groups of ladies. Scott has additionally traced how Nightwood has been obtained by way of the media in addition to positioned the theatre in a world context through evaluating its background to that of like businesses within the U.S. and the U.K
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While not didactic in an agitprop sense, the play does convey its intentions to the audience in a straightforward manner. 51 Theatre Passe Muraille became the company most closely identified with the collective creation method in Canada, and Nightwood, in turn, had strong ties with Passe Muraille. 53 Another important factor in this method of creation was the freedom of the actors to discover not only the form and structure of a play, but also its content and scope. 54 Besides legitimizing and popularizing collective creation as a genre of play-making and influencing the style of Canadian productions, Passe Muraille provided seed money, rehearsal space, and support for other artists.
The program described it as an original theatre production, presented in a mosaic of dance, ritual, personal experience and music, based on Shelley Scott * Nightwood Theatre 62 legends, documents and the art of Latin America. The musical adaptation has been written by and will be performed live by Compañeros … a political group formed in Toronto in 1978.
Nightwood’s mandate has always been to encourage diverse perspectives and to provide opportunities for women who might not find them elsewhere, and collective creation is in many ways an ideal model for this kind of empowerment. Furthermore, the work that is created through collective creation can be especially rich and powerful, benefiting from the combined efforts and gifts of a number of people, rather than being the vision of a single individual. As Maureen White commented regarding This is For You, Anna: For me the greatest reward of working collectively is seeing a vision emerge that could never have come from just introduction: context, creativity, collectivity 31 one person.