With sexual violence dominating the news cycle and social media feeds, Ottawa’s award-winning documentary dance-theatre performance The Ghomeshi Effect offers a nuanced exploration of how the legal system handles sexual assault cases in Canada. The CCGSD is proud to be the production supporter through its second run.
Following a limited run at the University of Ottawa’s new LabO Theatre from October 23 to 27, the play will tour universities and communities in Ontario and Alberta, including London, North Bay, Cochrane and Area, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray. All performances are followed by a talkback with expert panellists from each community. Dates and venues listed below.
In the aftermath of #MeToo #TimesUp, The Ghomeshi Effect shares real-life stories of survivors alongside interviews with lawyers, academics, and support workers, and offers new perspectives and opportunities for open discussion through words and movement.
“We need to talk about this,” says Jessica Ruano, CCGSD artist in residence & writer and director of The Ghomeshi Effect. “We need to find new ways of talking about it. We need to have conversations that move beyond provocative news articles and Facebook battles that are eliciting strong reactions, yet further dividing us.”
About the production:
The Ghomeshi Effect tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the legal system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence.
Written and directed by Jessica Ruano (2017 Femmy Award Winner) and choreographed by Amelia Griffin, this production features performers Nayeli Abrego, Leah Archambault, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Gabrielle Lalonde, Joy Mwandemange, Emmanuel Simon, and Michael Swatton, as well as the work of lighting designer Benoît Brunet-Poirier and sound designer Martin Dawagne.
The Ghomeshi Effect acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Alberta Status of Women.
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Don Wright Faculty of Music Talbot College
Presented by Violence Against Women Learning Network
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 7:30pm
Fanshawe College Downtown Campus Theatre
(for Fanshawe College students only)
NORTH BAY, ONTARIO
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 7pm
Nipissing University Theatre
COCHRANE AND AREA, ALBERTA
Monday, November 5, 2018 | 7:30pm
Cochrane RancheHouse Theatre
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Mount Royal University
MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Medicine Hat College Theatre
Presented by the City of Medicine Hat
RED DEER, ALBERTA
Friday, November 9, 2018
Red Deer Memorial Centre
Presented by Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Myer Horowitz Theatre
University of Alberta
Presented by the Faculty of Arts, the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, English and Film Studies and Political Science, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the Dean of Students
FORT McMURRAY, ALBERTA
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
Presented by Waypoints and Arts Council Wood Buffalo
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Magnus Theatre, 10 Algoma Street South
Presented by the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre