When the clouds become gray, the question grows intense.
I arrived here in Victoria in September of 2015 to commence my PhD in Applied Theatre and am now in my second year of study. I often ask myself, why do I study applied theatre and the Philippines in Canada? At the heart of this unresolved question, I continue to wrestle with the perennial experience of cultural translation while thinking of climate justice, indigenous ways of knowing and ethical artistic explorations. By reading the works of theatre scholars like James Thompson (performance affects), Peter O’Connor (public performed resistance), Jan Cohen-Cruz (engaged performance), and Jill Dolan (performance utopia) I sense an opportunity to contribute to the future of applied theatre, especially in sites of indigenous oppression. Continue reading