Decolonizing the Arts
For the whole month of March 2019 Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, Open Space, Tah’lum Indigenous Artists Collective and ProArt Alliance presented Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria - a series of events designed to engage the entire Victoria arts community in conversation leading to actions which will begin a process of decolonizing artists’ practices, arts organizations and arts funding bodies. Many persons expressed the desire to continue this work.
So, in response, we have invited two theatre pioneers, Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan of Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since its inception in 1995, Pangea World Theater has worked with artists from many Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) communities locally, nationally and internationally to create works for the stage. As they proudly state:
“Pangea illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences, and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater.”
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires and Open Space have partnered with three other ProArt Alliance members: Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria & Theatre SKAM. We are grateful for their support.