Bill 21- Teesri Duniya Theatre's Official Statement

Teesri Duniya Theatre Vehemently Opposes Law 21

Teesri Duniya Theatre vehemently opposes the passing of Bill 21. This law egregiously undermines the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as it legitimizes excluding visible minorities, particularly Muslim women, and Jewish and Sikh men, from working within the public sector and from receiving public goods.  Teesri Duniya Theatre also strongly opposes the passing of Bill 9, which forcibly closed 18,000 Quebec immigration files without just review, and will affect approximately 50,000 potential immigrant citizens, who are largely visible minorities.

 These laws come into effect in a time when discrimination, intolerance, Islamophobia, and violent attacks against minorities are pressing in the media and in everyday life. Instead of eliminating discrimination and preventing violent attacks, we firmly believe these laws fuel biases.

 We at Teesri Duniya Theatre recognize the longstanding history of Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and other minority presences making significant contributions to life in Quebec and across the country. To this end, we believe what our mandate as a human-rights oriented theatre company seek to resolve and reverse unjust socio-cultural biases and speak to our history of discrimination towards minorities. Teesri Duniya Theatre would like to reach out to the artistic and cultural community to join us in achieving removal of Law 21 and Law 9, and maintain action in solidarity with all those affected by these laws.


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Nine English Theatre Companies Announce Upcoming Seasons Together

On May 30, the companies joined forces at the Conseil des arts de Montreal on Sherbrooke St. E. to present their programs for the 2019-2020 year.

“Part of what I think is so cool about this launch is that we are nine very different companies,” said Amanda Kellock, Repercussion Theatre’s artistic director. “But we work together in a lot of different ways and support each other, and we all believe in the work that each other are doing.”

“We can have a very different mandate, but at the same time, we can be enthusiastically supportive of another company,” she continued.

While each of the theatre companies produce very different styles of work, from politics to comedy, together they create the flourishing network that keeps Montreal on the map as a theatre hub.

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Diversity and Equity in the Arts: Are we there yet?

I came to Canada from India. That was 43 years ago. India is an ancient civilization brimming with differences – 26 languages, 250 dialects, 29 provinces, and various territories, religions, races, ethnicities and cultures. While the social cohesion of India is injuriously threatened by today’s rising majoritarian Hindu nationalism – it is still the diversity that unites this vast country.

Diversity is as old a phenomenon as human existence. Differences do not create distance but rather, motivate equality – for it is differences that propel citizens to demand equality.  

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Validating Prejudice is not Secularism - A statement by Teesri Duniya Theater on Bill 21.

Validating Prejudice is not Secularism; Teesri Duniya Theatre vehemently opposes the Quebec Government’s proposed Bill 21  posits a stance of equality and anti-religious secularism by  banning teachers, police officers, judges, prison guards, crown prosecutors and many other public servants from wearing hijabs, turbans, kippahs, and crucifixes while on duty. Bill 21 would also require citizens to uncover their faces when accessing public services like municipal transit and the legal system.

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Séquences: Birthmark Critique

Le texte de Stephen Orlov est courageux, d’une certaine façon à la limite du tabou, abordant un sujet on ne peut plus sensible. Montréal contemporain : deux familles, l’une Palestinienne de confession musulmane, l’autre Juive. Jamila, mère d’une jeune femme, a quitté sa terre natale pour s’installer au Canada, et plus précisément à Montréal. David Stein est lui aussi Montréalais, veuf, et son fils veut s’installer en Israël dans une des colonies juives. Mais…

La première impression que donne Birthmark est sa tendance à maintenir le spectateur en haleine dans ce récit sur l’identité, la dépossession, la survivance, les obstacles à pouvoir s’entendre, les raisons qui peuvent pousser un individu à commettre tel ou tel acte ou prendre des décisions irréversibles, mais c’est surtout un essai théâtral sur les origines.

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Westmount Mag: Une pièce audacieuse sur la radicalisation

Les médias regorgent d’articles à propos de la radicalisation chez les jeunes. Insérant le sujet dans une histoire humaine et familiale, la plus récente œuvre du dramaturge Stephen Orlov utilise la comédie noire pour traverser la division culturelle entre les communautés de diaspora juives et palestiniennes du Canada. MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) présente la première mondiale de la pièce Birthmark du Teesri Duniya Theatre du 3 au 18 novembre.

Cette pièce audacieuse qui se déroule à Montréal, dirigée par Michelle Soicher et Liz Valdez, amène les gens à se poser des questions dures et actuelles par rapport au Moyen-Orient. Poursuivant son mandat d’encourager le dialogue, Teesri Duniya Theatre organisera une discussion avec le public avec personnes invitées après certaines représentations.

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