Body Be Witness (2014)

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Body Be Witness:

An Interdisciplinary Showcase of New Work by Participant Writers & Performers
of The Story We Be 2014 Summer Writing Institute

Friday July 18th 2014
Doors at 7:00pm
Performance at 7:30pm
Reception to follow
The Beaumont Studios
316 W. 5th Ave., Vancouver
Unceded Coast Salish Territories
*Note: Use entrance off of Alberta St.

An evening of storytelling and movement-infused performance installations featuring urgent, and beautiful stories, of self, of community. Prepare to have your mind, heart, body, and spirit engaged, and ignited.

Fundraiser: $5.00 – $30.00.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
All ages. Content may address difficult subject matter.


Important Accessibility Information:
The performance space is wheelchair accessible. Entrance doors are 34″ in width, and internal doors are 35″ in width. The Beaumont however is not equipped with accessible washrooms. With respect for those who live with chemical sensitivities, we request that those attending this event limit their use of scented personal grooming products for this evening.


Background on the 2014 Summer Writing Institute

This June and July, something amazing has been happening in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. The 2014 Summer Writing Institute, presented by The Story We Be!

Through three cutting-edge writing Intensives (The Story We Be: The Craft of Memoir & Personal Narrative, facilitated by mia amir, From The Body: Writing Our Selves for Performance, facilitated by lee williams boudakian, and Witness: Tools in Reporting and Journalistic Prose, facilitated by David P. Ball) 30 community writers and performers from a diversity of experience levels, and genres of interest, have had the unique opportunity to participate in a rigorous, intergenerational, diverse, and intersectional creative community where they have:

  • explored, nourished and grown their creativity;
  • developed their craft; and
  • engaged in meaningful consideration of important questions regarding the response/abilities of the writer/artist as a socially, politically, and culturally engaged actor in our world.

This work emerges from the belief that the role of the story writer, and the storyteller, has perhaps never been more important as we, with increasing urgency, require new narratives to assist us in repairing parts of ourselves, our communities, and our world that are broken. As such, the Institute has centred story-writing and storytelling as cultural forms, artistic practices, and political tools, that require and deserve training, mentorship, and collaboration.