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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Naked Body Stands in for Humanity

Her Naked Body Stands In For Vulnerable Humanity

4th Annual Human Body Project
At the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
August 13-23, 2009

Click link below to watch the Human Body Project video (2 min.)

Barack Obama observes that the global empathy deficit is far more serious than the financial one. As a mother, it feels intensely urgent to me that we humans address this issue. This project, me volunteering as a "sample human," is my way to do whatever I can do to move humanity forward.

I am an artist. For ten years I lived on the edge trying to make it as a painter. I am also a longtime yoga practitioner, a college instructor, and a former journalist. My events reflect who I am, my wisdom, and my depth. Rather than a separate public persona, I show up as a real, struggling human. The events are in the moment, workshop-like, contemplative. One participant said it was like a new religion, sacred.

I use my 47-year-old naked body (no plastic surgeries, two babies, flabby, not what you'd call titillating) to create a felt, visceral experience of shared vulnerability. I also write about my life, as authentically as I am able to, on my blog.

It's hard! I am not comfortable without my defenses. Who I am is a heartful person. Or, at least, this is what I want to own as a human being and what I want all of us to own as human beings. This is the most vulnerable thing to be. I have learned that being naked is way easier than being openhearted.

Sacredness, authenticity, heartfulness, these attitudes or qualities are mostly missing from how we live. For instance, I often feel painfully disconnected when I participate in or am complicit in the many superficialities and detachments from heartfulness that life presents. But how do we create or deal with or engage with heartfulness? I certainly haven't been taught how. In fact, I learned quite the opposite: not to deal with these qualities, not to "go there."

It is a profoundly difficult dilemma that must be understood in a visceral sense, beyond intellect and cognition. Our separation from sacredness has led to everything from individual health problems (such as my own, which I sometimes write about) to global issues like climate change and poverty. It's mine, but it's yours too.

When I conceived this project in 2006 I decided to commit to do at least one annual public event until I die, partly as a chronicle of my sample human body and the changes that take place in it over the years. I also hope to continue to provoke a serious consideration of vulnerability, our own, as humans in a body, and, by extension, the troubled planet's.

Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." By choosing to use my own body and life experience, I have chosen to "be" and represent that which we all share: physicality, mortality, fragility, and vulnerability. It may be mine you're looking at, but it's yours too.

Location at the Edmonton Fringe
Venue #3
Acacia Hall
10433-83 Ave.

Dates and Times at the Edmonton Fringe
August 14 10:45pm-12:15am
August 16 2:15pm-3:45pm
August 17 6:00pm-7:30pm
August 19 12:30pm-2:00pm
August 20 4:00pm-5:30pm
August 22 8:15pm-9:45pm

$12 regular
$10 for students and seniors
(18 and over)

About the Artist
Tasha Diamant has paintings in hundreds of corporate and private collections. She has been a journalist for national newsmagazines including Maclean's and Australia's Who Weekly. She has also been a yoga instructor and experiential workshop facilitator at the largest holistic health facilities in the US, Kripalu Center and the Omega Institute. She now teaches public speaking at Lethbridge College. Tasha lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, with her husband and two daughters.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hamilton Fringe Festival Show

"Type 2- A Tragic Comedy" by Jason Gale


Our 2009 Hamilton Fringe Festival Show Synopsis

"Type 2- A Tragic Comedy" is a sensitive, realistic portrayal of the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. The story chronicles the career of a stand up comic who suffers from the illness. We also see how her periods of depression and mania affect her husband and their relationship. "Type 2" is a rags to riches to reality tale that pulls no punches from either viewpoint. The show features the re-teaming of comic genius Michelle Mainwaring, who won WODL Best Actress award for her dark, dramatic portrayal of Annie Wilkes in "Misery" and her partner in that production Jason Gale who was nominated for best actor. Gale wrote the script, utilizing his research and personal battle with the illness. If you know or think you know someone who is bipolar, you must see this show.

* Warning-Strong language and mature content

For more information about "Type 2", please visit our site,


Venue: Hamilton Theatre Inc., 140 McNab St. North, Hamilton ON

Dates and Times:

Saturday July 18 - 12:00 noon
Sunday July 19 - 5:00 p.m.
Monday July 20 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 22 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 25 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday July 26 - 3:00 p.m.

Ticket prices - $9.00 available at the venue box office before each
show or online at

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Event: The Timekeepers

Fringe Theatre Adventures


Ocean of Sugar's


A powerful production about friendship and hope in a time of horror, The Timekeepers, by Israel's Ocean of Sugar, returns to Edmonton for an exclusive Canadian engagement. In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day April 21, Fringe Theatre Adventures invites new and returning audiences to experience this important, internationally-acclaimed drama free of charge, by donation only. The Timekeepers plays the TransAlta Arts Barns' Westbury Theatre April 14 to 19.

When Hans, an outrageous gay German, and Benjamin, a conservative Jewish horologist, are thrown together in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, they appear to have little in common. As they work to repair watches for the Nazis under the Capo's tyrannical eye, their mutual prejudice and mistrust slowly give way to a touching friendship.

Addressing the Holocaust with a combination of humour and sorrow, The Timekeepers accentuates the prisoner's private experience amidst a tragedy of millions. An audience favourite and Hold-Over at 2006 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, this award-winning production has met with rave reviews in London, Tel Aviv, New York and Vancouver.

Written by American playwright Dan Clancy, The Timekeepers is performed by Israeli actors Victor Attar, Roy Horovitz and Omer Etzion. Daniel Salomon composed the original score, with set and lighting design by Uri Ofir, costume design by Inge Barba, and vocal coaching by Professor Hanna Hacohen.

The Timekeepers runs April 14 through 19 at 8pm nightly, with matinee performances April 18 and 19 at 2pm. For more information about Fringe Theatre Adventures' presentation of The Timekeepers, please call 780-409-1910 or visit

Warning: The Timekeepers deals with mature subject matter. Discretion advised.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Old Growth" at the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 4-12 2008

Acky-Made presents... (at the Toronto Fringe Festival)


an ecological play with music and magic

Written by Alex Eddington

Directed/dramaturged by Alison Williams

Performed by Alex Eddington and Aura Giles

Music by Alex Eddington, with Aura Giles

Integrating the premiere performance of "Branchings" for solo flute, by Alex Eddington.

"See the forest!"

Two troubled young musicians travel to the Queen Charlotte Islands to perform for a murdered spruce tree – and to be transformed.

Award-winning composer/playwright Alex Eddington ("The Fugue Code") and emerging professional flutist Aura Giles blend fact and fiction, music, magic, and storytelling in this unique story about an eco-prophet for our time.

“Brilliantly theatrical…* * * * ” – Eye Weekly

“A must-see…superb…* * * * ” – Edmonton Journal

"One of the best performances the Fringe will see this year." - SEE Magazine

Live music for flute and hand percussion!

Sleight-of-hand magic with coins, sponge balls, paper, finger rings, chewing gum, water, light...

** Content advisories!: nudity (non-sexual); violence; coarse language. Ages 14+ strongly recommended. **


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Press release:



(July 2-13, 2008)

Glen Morris Theatre
(4 Glen Morris Street - just east of Spadina, 3 streets south of Bloor)

Friday, July 4 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 5 - 12:30 pm
Sunday, July 6 - 4:30 pm
Monday, July 7 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday July 8 - 7:00 pm
Friday, July 11 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 12 - 8:00pm

"Old Growth" is a 60-minute show
$10 at the door OR in advance

Online ticket sales:
Fringe Box Office: (416) 966-1062

NO Latecomers will be admitted
NO refunds
(Fringe rules, not mine!)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Fat Lady Makes Fringe Festival Debut!

classical music consort

Classical Music Consort


Acis and Galatea

By George Frideric Handel


July 3-12, 2008 at The Factory Theatre Mainspace


For Immediate Release – Toronto, June 16, 2008: The Fat Lady of opera has finally arrived at this year’s FR!NGE in the form of an ambitious, contemporary production of G.F. Handel’s erotic pastoral, Acis and Galatea. Toronto’s Classical Music Consort performs the 1718 tale of love shattered by murderous jealousy on period instruments, along with an international cast of singers, through a web of surreal video projections designed by director Patrick Young. The exciting step of bringing opera to the FR!NGE is a fitting coda to the CMC’s first full season. This enterprising young company, founded and lead by artistic director Ashiq Aziz, is establishing the foundations of an accomplished repertoire while aiming to attract a new generation to the resonance and relevance of classical music. Acis and Galatea is unique at this year’s festival, not only for its captivating music, vocal performances, and visual style, but as a daring conceptual hybrid of the baroque with the unsettlingly modern.

For Acis and Galatea, Mr. Young has created ninety minutes of video material to compliment his staging. Mr. Aziz, who will be conducting, has assembled an impressive cast of ascendant young vocalists from Canada and the U.K. including tenor Tom Macleay as Acis, soprano Rosie Coad as Galatea, tenor John Bacon as Damon, and baritone David Roth as Polyphemus.

The story of Acis and Galatea is recorded in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, though Handel’s libretto was written by the poets Alexander Pope, John Gay, and John Hughes. Galatea, a beautiful, immortal wood nymph, falls in love with the young shepherd Acis. But the Cyclops Polyphemus has also fallen in love with Galatea. When she scorns the giant’s advances, his lust is transformed into a vengeful rage, and he kills his mortal rival, Acis. A mournful Galatea then pleads with the gods of Olympus, who metamorphose Acis into a mountain stream, immortalizing the spirit of her ill-fated lover.

Bringing this fraught tale of desire and rage to the FR!NGE are two Toronto natives, Ashiq Aziz and Patrick Young, who, having moved abroad to pursue their careers, are excited to be returning with this production to their hometown. Since receiving his Master’s degree in conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, England, Mr. Aziz divides his time between Toronto and London, where he also conducts the RCM’s Bach Consort. From its founding in 2006, the CMC has created a stir with its intelligent, richly interpreted performances of music from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as new works by Canadian composers. Mr. Young has spent the last seven years living and working in New York and South Africa. He studied Literature at Columbia University in New York and has assisted directors Off-Broadway and regionally in the US. His own work, which has been described positively by TimeOut New York as an “aggressively weird goulash,” is both multi-media and multi-disciplinary, often combining live music, dance, video and text.

This innovative production of Acis and Galatea is sure to stand out at this year’s FR!NGE, not only as the festival’s only opera, but as a contemporary spectacle of love, violence, and desire evoked through transcendent music and arresting images.

What: The Classical Music Consort presents George Frideric Handel’s

Acis and Galatea

At The Toronto International Fringe Festival
Where: Factory Theatre Mainspace
: 125 Bathurst Street (South of Queen, at Adelaide)
Thursday July 3, 8:15pm; Sunday July 6, 4:45pm; Tuesday July 8, 10:30pm; Thursday July 10, Noon; Saturday July 12, 7:30pm.

Admission: $10, for tickets visit

or call 416-966-1062

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