“Spiritual and intellectual integrity is achieved on Turtle Island by the interplay of human and more-than-human consciousness. The experience of imagination is minding all things. Minding all things performs the spiritual conservation of all things. All things comprise the Indigenous mind and Indigenous minds are composed of all things.”
“The Haudenosaunee Imagination and the Ecology of the Sacred”
We acknowledge and honour the ancestral guardians across Turtle Island,
where our creative team worked together to bring this project to life.
We invite you to explore this website in two ways:
1. Scroll down the Welcome page. Choose a featured artist, or navigate left-and-right through the story carousels. These stories propose a theme-based journey that link different artists and their work.
2. Visit the Explore page to browse through different artists and their work, sorted by theme.
The Centre Cannot Hold is a project of Postmarginal. Since 2017 Postmarginal has brought together performing artists and cultural workers who wish to explore new models of inclusive creative practice that move beyond traditional centres and margins. The Centre Cannot Hold responds to a need expressed by this community for an online space to share and learn from each other, to expand accessibility beyond our in-person activities.
The title of the project is drawn from a poem by William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming,” written at the end of World War I. In contrast to a cataclysmic vision of a world falling apart, however, our centre yields gently into a thousand smaller ones, each held together in intricate interconnections.
We developed The Centre Cannot Hold over three years, guided by 35 theatre and dance artists, academics, cultural workers, researchers, digital specialists, and community leaders from across Turtle Island. Among their mandates: to highlight the artists; to embrace complexity; to present a web of stories; to use the visual metaphor of a forest and its underground ecosystems that nourish and communicate; and to open up the exploration to allow you, the visitor, to encounter surprising connections.
The content was created in close collaboration with five profiled artists: Audrey-Anne Bouchard, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Santiago Guzmán, Lisa Ndejuru, and Veronique West; and the stories were collected around original poetry written for the project by poet charles c. smith.
It is our wish that this site will become a resource centre for those who wish to inspire their practice, to cross the frontiers of identity, and to embrace a relational view of how artistic practices are intertwined. With time, we hope to include more artists. And we will invite this community to share their experiences and knowledge through live and online workshops meant to increase competence in the practices of inclusive theatre and performance. Please join our community:
We are interested in receiving your questions, feedback, or suggestions for additional artists or resources to showcase. Please write to us at info[at]postmarginal[dot]ca.
PROJECT DIRECTION & PRODUCTION
Peter Farbridge and Crystal Chan
Audrey-Anne Bouchard, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Lisa Ndejuru, Santiago Guzmán, Veronique West
Chris Dodd, Doris Tourangeau, Henry Daniel, Jacob Zimmer, Jennifer Alicia Murrin, Jesse Del Fierro, Joana Neto Costa, Jonathan Thibideau Lacasse, Maxime D.-Pomerleau, Mũkonzi Mũsyoki, Nathan Simmons, Pablo Felices-Luna, Philippe Racine, Raeesa Lalani, Robert Tsonos, Shanti Ikwe Gonzales, Soleil Launière, Véronique Leduc, Kenji Maeda, Roxanne Blood
charles c. smith
WEB CONCEPT, ART & DESIGN
Kevin Yuen Kit Lo (LOKI)
VIDEO DIRECTOR & EDITOR
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Sue Balint, Margaret Rose, Saba Akhtar
Collette Berg, Geraldine Etienne, Christine Lemelin, Mathilde Perahia
Geraldine Etienne, Pablo Strauss, Gabriel Proulx, Christiane Charbonneau
Shrina Patel, Harp Arora
Sue Balint (co-ordinator), Anne-Laure Mathieu, Ez Bridgman, Farah Fancy (facilitation), Diane De Andrade and Tara Everett (ASL translation), Alina Gutierrez Mejia (visual note taking)
DIGITAL DESIGN CONSULTANTS
Isabelle L’Heureux, Kelly Lynne Ashton, Raffaela Siniscalchi, Anne-Laure Mathieu, David Ward, David Jhave Johnson
Agence On est là
Array Music, Smart Lab & The Music Gallery
Barbara Kanneratoni Diabo
Canadian Association of Theatre Research
Common Boots Theatre
Conseil québécois du théâtre
Creative Users Project
Common Boots Theatre
Diversité artistique Montréal
Festival Accès Asie
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association
Hodan Ismaël Youssouf
Humber College Theatre Department
Jesse del Fierro
Joe Jack et John
Jonathan Thibideau Lacasse
Kama La Mackerel
Lady Vanessa Cordoba
Les Drags te Font Signe
Bibish Marie Louise Mumbu
Modern Times Stage Company
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Professional Association of Canadian Theatre
Resource Centre For the Arts
Tangled Art + Disability
Toronto Arts Council
Vancouver Moving Theatre
White Wash Productions
York University Theatre Department