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February 14, 2020
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 16, 2020
Coyuntura will gather theatre-makers, administrators, and educators to celebrate, recognize, and envision the future of Latinx theatre practice in Canada. Workshops, facilitated discussions, and a free-form pitch session of Latinx works are interspersed with opportunities for Latinx theatre artists and their allies to meet, talk, and celebrate the launch of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition. The first gathering of its kind in Western Canada, Coyuntura will feature 18 of the world’s most prominent artists from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala, Germany, the U.S, and Canada. Coyuntura is where veterans and new innovators meet; where discussions across differences and generations take place; Coyuntura is the moment where past, present, and future converge.
The long term impact of Coyuntura will be to land Vancouver on the map as a centre where new Latinx work is being created and produced, and where Latinx theatre artists from across Canada and beyond can look to for future partnerships. We hope that this will be the first of more Gatherings to come, to be held in alternating Canadian cities. All are welcome at Coyuntura 2020 because we believe that the more we learn about the many different cultures that make up our communities, the deeper the connection is between us.
Coyuntura will contribute to the development of a more diverse arts sector in Canada by introducing more Latinx content into the national theatre ecosystem. The Latinx community, although new to Canada (the first visible Latinx demographic were Chilean refugees, who arrived in the mid-1970s), is reaching a catalyst point in this country. We are now a truly visible demographic in Canada. Spanish is heard regularly on the streets of major Canadian cities, and Latinx cultural events are starting to attract a large number of people. In Vancouver, however, our theatre community has yet to have any kind of gathering of Latinx theatre artists from across Canada and international borders. Coyuntura is an opportunity to cater to the new needs of our diverse artistic community.
Coyuntura will take place during the run of award-winning playwright Carmen Aguirre’s world premiere of Anywhere But Here, produced by Electric Company Theatre at The Vancouver Playhouse. This is the first time in Canadian theatre history that an original Latinx-Canadian play of this size will receive a world premiere on one of Canada’s mainstages featuring a Latinx team; it is a pivotal moment and Coyuntura is the perfect complement for this joyous occasion.
Coyuntura 2020 also serves as a launch for the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), a Vancouver-based service organization dedicated to furthering the Canadian Latinx theatre movement. According to Stats Canada (2016 census), there are over 400,000 self-identifying Latin Americans in Canada, a 17.3% increase since 2011. In British Columbia alone there are over 40,000 Latin Americans and yet few Latinx plays or events have been produced in Metro Vancouver. When some theatre companies, both large and mid-sized, have produced works about the Latinx experience, Latinx artists have not directed or been cast in lead roles. CALTAC is currently assembling a database of professional Latinx theatre artists in Canada that will be shared with professional Canadian Theatre Companies across Canada. Coyuntura will be the perfect time to launch this database and encourage our attendees to sign up and to share it nationwide.
100% of Coyuntura’s ticket sales will go to the Unist’ot’en Camp Legal Fund. We stand with the Wet’suwet’en people.
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Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) photo by Reznek Creative.
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