Unsettling Hierarchical Models of Performance Creation

November 3 - 3, 2020

Speaker:  Beatriz Pizano

Location: Zoom

Schedule: Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Maximum participants:  16


From the speaker: 

We will explore using Collective Creation methodologies to discover new theatrical languages that speak from who we are as artists. 

We will reflect on the history of Aluna Theatre as Trans-American theatre company that works interculturally, interdisciplinary and in multi-languages to dismantle inherited creation systems that limit what stories we tell and how. 

I will be sharing our discoveries from our latest creation, The Solitudes, presented early this year at Harbourfront in Toronto and some of the tools used in our process (using the basics of the Colombian Collective Creation from the iconic La Candelaria Theatre company in Bogota.)

I will also talk about how we incorporate and transform these outside methodologies to fit the multi-cultural society in which we live in Canada.  Finally, I fwill share work with dynamic titling, a specific approach to using surtitles on-stage.



Beatriz Pizano is the Artistic Director of Aluna Theatre, an artistically-driven theatre company based in Toronto creating exciting new work that introduces audiences to diverse and rich performance practices from across the Americas. Aluna’s bold productions in English and Spanish are marked by a distinct theatrical language drawing from our heritages, cultures, and languages, including dance, physical theatre, and multimedia design. Over eighteen years of production, Aluna has received over 30 Dora Award nominations for acting, writing, directing, and design – and has won twelve awards.

Aluna is the only professional Latin Canadian theatre in Canada and the producer of two festivals. RUTAS is a biennial International Multi-Arts Festival created in 2012 to raise the profile of the Latin American community and to connect Canada to the Americas. Since, the festival has become one of the most important events of its kind in Canada. It has created artistic exchanges across the Americas and has been vital in connecting other arts presenters to the Latin American culture. CAMINOS, a national festival of works-in-progress created in 2014, is becoming recognized as a launching pad for new works from our diaspora that go on to full production premieres on Toronto’s leading stages.

Beatriz has received a number of prestigious awards including the John Hirsch Prize, the Chalmers Fellowship, K.M. Hunter award, 100 Colombianos and Colombiano Estrella (two awards from the Colombian government). She is the first Latinx actress to win the Toronto Critics award and a Dora for her performance in Blood Wedding. In 2019 she was recognized as TD’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians.