CTR 150 / Spring 2012 Manifestos: Or Everything You’ve ever Wanted to Say about Theatre but Were Afraid to Put in Print” is now available online

In celebration of CTR’s 150th anniversary issue, Views and Reviews editors Natalie Alvarez and Jenn Stephenson stage a coup and take over the entire issue, which they devote entirely to views in the form of manifestos. Leading theatre artists and provocateurs share their manifestos on the state of theatre in Canada.  Their rants and raves, visions and vituperations evoke the halcyon days of the manifesto form as the vehicle of choice for avant-garde auteurs to express their views on the future of the theatre and how the artist ought to proceed. Through creative interrogations of the manifesto form itself and anti-manifestos written in resistance to its formal dictates, contributors from coast to coast enjoin readers to consider the stakes in Canadian theatre today.

The issue features an interactive manifesto by Montreal’s 2boys.tv, as well as featured videos in our online edition of contributors making their manifestos public at sites of their choosing. Contributors include Daniel Brooks, Aluna Theatre’s Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus, Waawaate Fobister, Nina Arsenault, Kristine Nutting, Leaky Heaven’s Steven Hill and Michele Valiquette, Ravi Jain and Michael Wheeler, Naomi Campbell, Olivier Choiniere, T.L. Cowan, Jillian Keiley, Zuppa Theatre Company’s Alex McLean, d’bi young anitafrika, Yves Sioui Durand, performance artist Claudia Bernal, Nicholas Hanson, Madeleine Blais-Dahlem, Anand Rajaram, Rebecca Singh, Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, Louis Patrick Leroux, Kathryn Harvey, Sarah Garton Stanley, Jacob Wren, Marcus Youssef, David Yee, and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company.

This issue contains:

Seek Electricity: A Multiple Theatre Manifesto

Alex McLean


A Statement of Objectives (and a Conversation)

Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus


GLITTERfesto: An Open Call in Trinity Formation for a Revolutionary Movement of Activist Performance Based on the Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous

T.L. Cowan


r/evolution begins within

d'bi. young anitafrika

Administration is Eating Away at Us

Olivier Choinière and Meg Moran

On the Beauty of Our Perpetual Marginality, and Why it Might be Time for All of Us to Figure Out Our Position on Social Housing
Marcus Youssef

Writing on the Wall
Steven Hill and Michele Valiquette

Space-ifesto 2012 (A Manifesto Toward Conditions and the Proliferation of Culture in a BETTER CANADA)
Rebecca Singh


On the Force of Time
Anand Rajaram

TYA = i Assessing the Fair Market Value of Young People

Nicholas Hanson

Igniting Imaginations with Actor-manipulated Design

Jillian Keiley

Ondinnok: the First Nations Theatre of Quebec

Yves Sioui Durand and Meg Moran

Tangible Archives of the Intangible, or Archiving the Ineluctable Modality of the Theatrical

Kathryn Harvey

A Manifesto of Living Self-portraiture (Identity, Transformation, and Performance)

Nina Arsenault

Dangers of the Theatrical–Dramaturgical Complex: A Call to Artists to Run Faster and Jump Higher on Their Own Two Feet

Alex Lazaridis Ferguson

Manifesto in a Cup 

On Moderation in Social Networks

David Yee

A Few Rules, Some Platitudes, a Bit of Advice, and a Prayer for Producers of (Radical/Political/Meaningful) Theatre

Naomi Campbell

Michael Wheeler and Ravi Jain

There is No Revolution, Televised or Otherwise

Kristine Nutting

Manifesto for Confusion, Struggle, and Conflicted Feelings

Jacob Wren

Why a Linguistic Minority Theatre is Essential: A Manifesto

Madeleine Blais-Dahlem

Theatre That is Not Just DEH-BIN-NOCK!

Waawaate Fobister

Theatre Production, Experiential Learning, and Research–Creation in the Academy: An Anti-manifesto of Sorts

Louis Patrick Leroux

Failure Points

Sarah Garton Stanley

To Hell with Manifestos

Daniel Brooks


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