Affinity Groups

Every Third Monday of the Month – online!

Are you an artist/arts worker caring for children, older adults, or those needing full-time support?

Balancing Act offers monthly affinity groups for artists and arts workers with caring responsibilities; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange resources. Welcoming new members always, Balancing Act’s Affinity Groups are a peer support, caregiver-friendly, ‘come when you can and as you can’ space. Featuring guest artists.

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Monday, December 12, 2022, 1-2:30 EST (Zoom): Restorative Holiday Session with Roula Said

Dive into Seven Waves Movement with Roula and wash away some seasonal stress! Restore and resource yourself with soothing sequences that will invite you to spiral, circle, undulate and shake out the dusty places. What do you need? Just a bit of space to move your feet and a chair. Can be done seated.

Roula Said is a singer, dancer, musician, actor and poet of Palestinian heritage based in Toronto, Canada.  Roula has been studying, teaching and performing Arab music and dance for over 30 years. From within her tradition as practiced here in the west (where she has also explored many other styles of movement, music, voice and dance). Roula has created Seven Waves Movement and Embodied Voice, original and innovative methodologies rooted in the Arab Arts and open to the world. She is also a member of Wild Soma Collective, along with Andrea Nann, Shannon Litzenberger and Julia Aplin, exploring embodiment as a world-making practice and an architecture connecting us to ourselves, each other and all of life. As a musician and poet, Roula sings and plays qanun (table-harp) and percussion to accompany traditional Arabic songs and original songs created from her Sufi-inspired poems. Deeply interested in ceremony and meaningful transitions, Roula also works as a wedding officiant and a death doula, supporting and empowering individuals and families to expand into areas of greater choice, agency and even beauty when it comes to death care.

Register for Roula’s self-love-care session HERE


Monday, November 14, 2022, 1-2:30 EST (Zoom): All Parents and Caregivers

Featuring special guests The Sense Archive: Ruth Douthwright, Sally Morgan, and Jessica Winton, who are collectively working on This Body of Work, exploring critical feminist performance(s) of motherhood and maternal agency through lived bodily/cellular experiences. With active listener Victoria Mata. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 1-2:30pm EDT (Zoom): Caring for Aging Adults and Parents

This session is focused on caregiving for aging adults. Expressive Arts Therapist Norma Araiza will support the room in conversation, as well as facilitate a therapeutic expressive arts activity. REGISTER HERE

Monday, October 17, 2022, 1-2:30 EST (Zoom): Guest Speaker: Artist and Curator Jenn Goodwin

Jenn Goodwin is a Tkaronto/Toronto based dance artist, curator, and artistic producer/programmer. A settler, feminist, mover and mother of two, much of her art and producing practice focuses on dismantling barriers to art for both artists and publics, temporary art in public space and championing artists and communities by way of their art practices. With Active Listener Blessyl Buan. REGISTER HERE

Monday, September 19, 2022, 1-2:30pm EDT (Zoom)

Welcoming Guest Artist Sanita Fejzić, award-winning Bosnian-Canadian writer and playwright, PhD candidate in social and ecological justice, and mother to two children. Supported by active listener Victoria Mata. Open discussion to follow.

Monday, June 20, 2022, 2-3:30pm EDT: Caring for Aging Adults and Parents

Balancing Act’s first affinity group for artists/arts workers who are caring for aging adults and parents. With special guest Reshmi Chetram, who will speak to her lived experience. Supported by active listener Victoria Mata. Open discussion to follow.

Monday, May 16, 2022, 1-2:30pm EDT (Zoom)

Welcoming guest artist Anne-Marie Ouellet. Anne-Marie is a francophone playwright and director whose recent creations have featured children of all ages. This affinity group will be in French, with English translation.

Venez nous rejoindre lundi le 16 mai, de 13 h à 14 h 30 (HE), alors que Balancing Act accueille l’artiste invitée Anne-Marie Ouellet pour notre prochain groupe d’affinité.Anne-Marie est une dramaturge et metteure en scène francophone dont le récent diptyque (La chambre des enfants et White Out), présenté au Centre National des Arts, a intégré les jeunes à la programmation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

With guest artist Maiko Yamamoto, a Vancouver-based artist who creates new, experimental and intercultural works of performance.  Since 2003, Maiko has been Co-Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based performance company, Theatre Replacement, founded with James Long. Active listener Blessyl Buan will be present.

Monday, March 21, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

We are excited to welcome guest artist Kanika Ambrose, a Toronto-based playwright and librettist, who will speak to the interweaving of her experiences as a new mother and a writer. With active listener Ella Cooper.

Monday, January 24, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

We are so pleased to welcome as our guests Lenka Clayton, founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, and Tracey Norman, a Toronto-based choreographer who recently participated in the ARIM. Both will speak to their experiences in this unique residency, and be available for questions. Open discussion to follow.

Monday, December 20, 2021, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

The Fireside Edition! Come and share your latest tips, tools, and tricks.

Created by Dancer & Choreographer
Kate Kamo McHugh with Isabel

Cinematography Colin Boyd Shafer, Music Once Again by Benjamin Tissot

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