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b current
celebrating sixteen years: 1990 - 2006

rock.paper.sistahz 5: full hands
b current new works series

Cut the cake with us at b current as we turn a sweet sixteen, presenting the fifth installment of the annual rock.paper.sistahz festival and playing harder than ever!

rock.paper.sistahz is an innovating festival which concentrates on performance work by black women artists. The festival has been pushing the envelope annually by developing and presenting fresh material, performance styles, and ideas; and providing a fast growing and valued venue for experimental work. This 5th year we spread wings in venues from theatre stage, to cinema house, to gallery space and more -- vibeing on the theme: full hands.

Artistic Director ahdri zhina mandiela

"top theatre artist of 2005" - Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
" -- a high energy blast for everyone, rock.paper.sistahz -- a  huge hit in any corner of Canada" - Matt Radz, The Gazette, Montreal

Sunday April 9, storylime! - in association with the Toronto Festival of Storytelling
Words and fable and family time with Itah Sadu, Jan Blake from London England, and Amina Blackwood-Meeks from Jamaica
5:30pm at Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre

Monday April 10, sistahz say - black women writers in tomes and fiction and poems
Featuring Dionne Brand, Sylvia Hamilton, Nalo Hopkinson, Motion, AfraKaren Niles, and M. NourbeSe Philip
8pm at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

Tuesday April 11, cinema sistahz - black women on/making film
honest work by Lesley Ewen (B.C.)
Keep on Keeping On by Sylvia Hamilton (Nova Scotia)
on/black/stage/women by ahdri zhina mandiela (Toronto)
Building Peace: One Seed at a Time by Regent Park Focus
7pm at the Bloor Cinema

Wednesday April 12 - Friday April 14, offer 8 new plays over 3 days
Collapse by the Roaring Truth Collective of Regent Park (April 12 only)
Leaving Home by Rebecca Fisseha, directed by Colin Taylor (April 14 only)
No Knowledge College by Naila Keleta Mae (April 13 only)
Red Rider written and performed by Nalo Hopkinson (april 13 only)
Ten Re/defined by Christine Nicole Harris, directed by Sharon Lewis (April 12 & 14) ahdri zhina mandiela & Alison Sealy-Smith (April 14 only)
Virgins Unite by Joan M. Kivanda directed by Djennie Laguerre (April 12 only)
Zong by M. NourbeSe Philip, directed by Diane Roberts (April 13 only)
Shows start at 8pm each night at the Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre

Saturday April 15 - Staceyann Chin
The festival caps off on Saturday April 15, 8pm at the Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre with the much anticipated Canadian premiere of Border/Clash by acclaimed New York-based poet/performer, Staceyann Chin.

"Border/Clash is sensual, provocative, political, beautiful - and not to be missed."
"A coming-of-age autobiography that morphs-- into a poetry slam!"
"Staceyann Chin is an original. Don't miss her!" - Eve Ensler
"Fierce, ferocious and slyly funny! (Staceyann) commands your attention!" -The New York Times
"Chin -- giving voice to an entire population made silent by fear!" - Variety

rock.paper.sistahz 5
April 1 -15, 2006
Tickets for all events are $15 and can be purchased through
Harbourfront Centre Box Office: (416) 973-4000
235 Queens Quay West

The full rock.paper.sistahz 5 festival schedule is available online at

rock.paper.sistahz 5 Venue information:
Trane Studio - 964 Bathurst St
Bloor Cinema - 506 Bloor St West
Theatre Passe Muraille - 16 Ryerson Ave
Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre - 235 Queens Quay West




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