May 22 at 5:30 PM – Miriam Cusson: Public Conversation with Daniel Aubin

Image courtesy of Stacey Lalande, Mirth Photography.

Public Lecture (in French and English): May 22, 2013, 5:30 PM
The Laughing Buddha
194 Elgin St
Sudbury, ON

Theatre Intervention: June 26, 2013 8:30 pm
Errington Street South
Chelmsford, ON

Both events are free and open to the public.

A multilingual experience that integrates theatre, sound, movement, and video, this project fastens together the colliding and competing northern Ontario communities: Aboriginal, Francophone, and Anglophone. As Canadians, we pride ourselves on the concept that we are a multicultural society, yet we often find it difficult to come together. Even working together toward a common vision can still sometimes seem like a revolutionary, cutting-edge process. In Sudbury, the concept of community is often limited to invisible cultural silos, where Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglophone groups exist side-by-side without the need for connection. What is the meaning of community in a world focused on individual gain? How do we find and define our own cultural identities in Canada? What happens when competing communities collide?

The artist behind this unique theatre project, Miriam Cusson, will speak publicly about her work in conversation with colleague Daniel Aubin at the Laughing Buddha on May 22 at 5:30 PM. Cusson will present design and costume sketches, maps, site documentation, audio journal excerpts, and share the script-writing process. The discussion will serve as an introduction to and insight into the performance, which will take place at sunset on June 26 in Chelmsford, ON. Please stay tuned to www.musagetes.ca/musagetes-old for more details.

Miriam Cusson has been working as an actor, writer, artistic director and costume designer for more than 10 years. Her first theatre role, Judith in Violette sur la terre, was written by Carole Fréchette and coproduced by le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury, ON), le Théâtre de la Tandem (Rouyn-Noranda, QC) and le Théâtre en scène (Roubaix, France). In 2003-2004, Miriam was Artist-in-Residence at le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario where she participated in several productions as director, writer, designer, actor or stage manager. In 2005, Miriam directed Sudbury Blues, an homage to Sudbury’s ruggedness, poetry, and literature which featured during the 11th Festival international de la littérature in Montréal. From 2006 to 2010, Miriam was Executive and Artistic Director of le Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury where she created several literary soirées and shows, notably le Parcours littéraire and Un pays qui pousse dans le Nord. In 2011, along with her colleague Mélissa Rockburn, Miriam founded les Productions Roches brûlées (Burnt Rock Productions) a company that specializes in project development as well as artistic direction and creation. Miriam is also the literary advisor for the poetry collection at les Éditions Prise de parole in Sudbury, Associate Artistic Director of the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance as well as a lecturer for Laurentian University’s francophone theatre program.

Daniel Aubin is Greater Sudbury’s Poet Laureate. He recently launched his second book of poems, Néologirouettes, with les Éditions Prise de parole. Daniel currently works as the communications officer for la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and writes about arts and culture for Le Voyageur newspaper. As an actor, he’s played in productions with le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Collectif FFF and Théâtre la catapulte. He recently appeared as Vlad in Encore Theatre’s production of Lenin’s Embalmers.

Musagetes is an international organization that strives to make the arts more central and meaningful in peoples’ lives, in our communities, and in our societies. Musagetes works in Guelph, Sudbury, Lecce (Italy), and Rijeka (Croatia) to demonstrate how art can be participatory and socially engaged, to establish a greater sense of belonging in communities.

For more information or for media interviews, contact Mélissa Rockburn, Senior Production Manager at melissarockburn@gmail.com or 705-507-4985.