sirenscrossing is an international, collaborative umbrella for a transdisciplinary site-specific practice. We think of humans as only one node of liveliness in the interweave of the living Earth. Through creating audience experiences in everyday spaces, we deepen into the lived reality of humans (even those in cities) and their sympoietic mesh with nonhumans, landscapes, and Earth systems. sirenscrossing seeks to enliven individual human’s awareness of their spiritual, biological, ecological, social, and technological entanglement in multispecies and hybrid bio/geo/techno processes. All of this has become increasingly urgent, on a planet in crisis. We hope to contribute to a tidal surge of momentum for change. Commissioned artist for Coventry UK City of Culture (2021-2022).
Awarded as “Artist of the year” by the Quebec-based artist collective “Les artistes pour la paix,” Aquil Virani’s collaborative art projects combine painting, drawing, filmmaking, writing, graphic design, installation, and participatory art processes and ask important questions about social and environmental justice. In 2021, he was named the first ever national artist-in-residence at the Canadian Museum of Immigration.
Monique is passionately dedicated to a theatrical practice as an act of resistance. Spun directly from the family-web of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater, her theatrical practice mines stories embedded in the body. Her first play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots was produced in 1990 and is widely taught in curricula internationally. She is the co-editor, with Ric Knowles, of Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, vols. I & II and the upcoming vol.III, co-edited with Lindsay Lachance.
Red Betty Theatre has welcomed and centred IBPOC voices in Hamilton, Ontario through vibrant storytelling and theatrical presentations since 2011. There’s a clue about our name in our logo if you can read Hindi: lal beti – red daughter. Red for rage and blood and love; these three elements fuel women – forgotten women, shunned girls, outsiders daring to question patriarchal dominance while subverting beliefs that set up women and girls up to be accessories, impediments, or glorified servants.
Red Betty Theatre supports marginalized women’s voices. As the first local IBPOC feminist theatre company, Red Betty Theatre plays a vital role in Hamilton by making space for ‘other’ voices to grow and be heard. There’s enough room for everyone.