SummerWorks: Revolution, gratitude & being with a roar in The AMY Project’s brave, bold Lion Womxn

The AMY Project returns to SummerWorks with the brave, bold and deeply personal multimedia, multidisciplinary ensemble-generated Lion Womxn. Directed by Julia Hune-Brown and Nikki Shaffeeullah, assisted by Jules Vodarek Hunter and Bessie Cheng, Lion Womxn ran for three performances at the Theatre Centre—I caught their closing night show in the Incubator last night.

lion-womxnCreated and performed by nevada-jane arlow, Clara Carreon, Olivia Costes, Gabi M Fay, Carvela Lee, Megan Legesse, Laya Mendizabal, MORGAN, Whitney-Nicole Peterkin, Rofiat Olusanya, Aaliyah Wooter and Fio Yang, Lion Womxn is a theatrical collage of personal storytelling; told through a combination of monologue, dance (choreography by Jasmine Shaffeeullah), song, poetry and projection (design by Nicole Eun-Ju Bell).

With high-energy and soul-bearing performances, each shares her/their own joy, pain, rage, gratitude, struggle and strength—shouting out feminism, self-care, respect, gratitude, community and sex-positivity; and calling out misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia, body shaming and slut shaming. Raw and poetic at the same time, the result is heartbreaking, charming, anger-inducing and, ultimately, inspirational.

This was the final performance of Lion Womxn at SummerWorks, but keep an eye out for The AMY Project and future productions. Learn more about The AMY Project on their website—and give them a follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


SummerWorks: New blood performs original piece in Transfusions

transfusionsWas back at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre at Pia Bouman to see the AMY Project’s production Transfusions in the SummerWorks fest, co-directed by Maya Rabinovich (who also directed Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales for SummerWorks) and Lisa Codrington, with assistant director Chiamaka Gloria Ugwu.

Transfusions is an original piece, the result of arts education workshopping and mentoring, featuring an ensemble cast of nine young women: Clover Fannin, Natalie Jules, Anna Laribi, Tiffiney Manios, Lia Reyes, Patricia Sailer, Andrea Villanueva, Sara Yacobi-Harris and Natalie Yiu.

Framed with the journey of a rookie red blood cell stepping up on its first day on the job, the piece examines the theme of blood from various angles: menstruation/passage into womanhood and the fight/flight response – via a stressful nightmare math test of negative inner voices and standing up to bullying – as well as mothers and heredity, passion, sickness, and sexuality and slut-shaming.

On its journey from the head to the heart to the groin, Transfusions is a kaleidoscope of music, movement, scenes and spoken word on the theme of blood with an engaging and energetic cast of young women.

You have one more chance to see it – tonight (Tues, Aug 12) at 6:00 p.m.