Cirkaskina Virtual Ambassador’s Youth Committee: Culture

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Cirkaskina Virtual Ambassador’s Youth Committee– Building Inclusion, Solidarity & Sense of Community Around the Theme of Culture

Cirkaskina’s first 2020 young ambassadors’ committee was organized the weekend of September 25th, in collaboration with the St. John’s International CircusFest by Cirque Hors Piste. This unique virtual committee brought together 44 participants (companions and youth) from 12 communities across Canada to jump-start a collective social circus creation process on culture and diversity. From Vancouver to Halifax, including Toronto, Quebec city, Sherbrooke, Nunaviq and of course Montréal, all communities made the best of this exchange platform allowing the youth to share knowledge, build links, and take advantage of privileged spaces to express oneself.
The young ambassadors’ committee took the form of interactive workshops, forum discussions and for those fortunate enough to be part of the Eastern provinces bubble in Canada, some precious in-person moments to make new friends from other provinces and connect via social circus. In total, 25 youth participated in the workshops and discussions on culture and creation in their local environments. Ignite Circus based in St. John’s, Newfoundland hosted Halifax Circus and a duo of youth from Labrador known as HayeObed in person during the committee. Others joined in for 5 workshops spread over the course of the weekend. ...
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Daphne Morin

Daphné Morin is the project leader for Cirkaskina, Cirque Hors Piste’s national component. Trained as a dramatherapist and social theatre performer/director, she has been involved in different community-based theatre projects. She has worked in various settings using theatre for well-being with children and youth living in precarious situations and/or struggling with trauma. Her training as a clown has led her to social circus where she hopes to utilize her knowledge of art for social change to collaborate with young people using innovative creative processes in their communities.