Local ‘Diversity Project’ uses many arts to explore unity, fear

Thérèse Bouchard, a Tofino dancer, singer and musician, approached a number of other artists in Tofino with a vision for a performance piece that would involve the exploration of universal themes through multiple artistic disciplines, including writing, music, dance, visual and audio arts.

An artistic conversation between Bouchard, Jan Janzen, Joanna Streetly, Sandi Rideout, Mish̬le Gagn̩, Janice Lore and Rino del Zoppo ensued, and The Diversity Project Рa human affair! was born.

“Over the last nine months the artists have developed and shared individual ideas, riffed on each other’s work, improvised, and collaborated. The Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre Association has been instrumental in providing the rehearsal space in which to bring their vision to the stage,” she said.

“Chapter One: Unwrapping Fear is the first of a series of performances which will explore the theme of Unity within Diversity, each envisioned as a multi-disciplinary project which will be as surprising, rich, and unique as the artistic conversation which creates it,” she said.

The event is set for June 4 and 5 at Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre at 8 p.m. June 4th and 5th at the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre in Tofino. Tickets at the door, or at Mermaid Tales, Common Loaf and Blackberry Cove Marketplace.

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