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Lab #17: Regenerative Practice in Performing Arts with Vanessa Sabourin

February 27, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Vanessa with the text PERFORMANCE LAB #17. Towards a Regenerative Practice in Performing Arts with Vanessa Sabourin, In-Person in Partnership with Fringe Theatre and Online. Vanessa and the text are layered on a background of a dark blue, green and purple galaxy sprinkled with stars.

The Lab

Living as an artist can often be equal measures of powerful fulfillment and debilitating exhaustion. As members of the creative sector (this includes ALL contributors), we utilize an extremely influential platform to deliver our work. We have the potential to engage with a vast number of perspectives and experiences, and to transform public understanding. As an integral component of any society, how do we build a practice, and an industry, that roots itself in regenerative structures and expand our definition of what it is to be an artist in this world, today?

The underpinning of regenerative practices is found in relationship – relationship to each other and to land. This workshop will introduce principles of ecological design and whole systems thinking, and will discuss how these components can inform and support your practice in the arts, as well as our shared industry in general. Through an engaged, shared-learning format, we will discuss both visionary and practical applications, along with personal and group exercises to draw us deeper into the conversation.

Please come ready to write, to listen respectfully to and appreciate others, and to share what you are able to with the group. Participants who wish to simply observe the workshop are welcome – please just let Vanessa know.

Pay What You Will

Suggested Donation of $10

What Do You Need To Join?

In Person

  • Your self
  • Something to take notes


  • Your self
  • Something to take notes
  • A Device To Zoom In On
  • An Internet Connection


In Person

  • Fringe Theatre Adventures
  • ASL Interpretation will be available in person
  • Venue Accessibility
  • Masking and Optional Covid-19 Test will be Provided


  • ASL Interpretation and Auto-Generated Captions will be provided online

About your Lab Instructors

Vanessa Sabourin

Vanessa Sabourin (she/her) has been a theatre artist for over 25 years, based largely in amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton. She is of settler descent and her theatre experiences include performing, directing, producing, and programming in professional, independent, and fringe capacities. She is a co-founder of The Maggie Tree, and has pursued a varied field of study and practice in theatre.


ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada
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