Help bring PROX:IMITY RE:MIX, MACHiNENOiSY ’s life changing, performance creation project created with LGBTQ2+youth, to Kelowna! LGBTQ2+ youth need your support. With transphobia and homophobia on the rise in BC there couldn’t be a more urgent need to show your solidarity with queer youth today.
MACHiNENOiSY Artistic Directors, Delia and Daelik, New Media Artist, Shang-Han Chien, Sound Artist, Chris Kelly and non-binary trans performance artist Red are on their way to the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna to work with a group of LGBTQ2+ youth ages 14 to 19. But we have come up short financially and need your help to bring this life changing, empowering celebration of diversity to the LGBTQ2+ youth and audiences in the Kelowna area. Your support will directly impact the lives of young queer people struggling to remain out and proud in Kelowna.
Photo Natalie Purschwitz
What is PROX:IMITY RE:MIX?
PROX:IMITY RE:MIX is a new media and dance performance created with and for LGBTQ2+ and allied youth which is designed to empower youth with creative strategies and the community support they need to express their unique perspectives and experiences. PROX:IMITY RE:MIX creates a safe space where LGBTQ2+ youth can interact both with their peers and with professional artists, placing issues of identity, gender, sexuality and community into an artistic context that celebrates the vibrancy and relevancy of who they are.
From July 7 to July 18, the youth will work with the artistic team to build skills in dance, theatre and new media and work toward a final performance at the Rotary Centre for the ArtsJuly 19 and 20 that highlights their unique identities and talents.
Since 2012, MACHiNENOiSY has taken PROX:IMITY RE:MIX to 6 communities around BC and created over 11 different performances. PROX:IMITY RE:MIX has had a profound impact on lives of everyone engaged. The experience of coming together in a supportive and accepting environment to share around issues of gender, identity and community with their peers while also working towards the greater goal of performance elevates and empowers the youth. Audiences, including family and friends of the youth as well as the general public, come away moved, informed, inspired and most importantly more compassionate towards people wrestling with the issues of identity that PROX:IMITY RE:MIX exposes. PROX:IMITY RE:MIX demonstrates how dance and performance can be a catalyst for self-development and social change.
Photo Natalie Purschwitz
Who is MACHiNENOiSY?
MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society is a contemporary dance company with a mandate to create performances which have relevance to today’s contemporary society and which are inclusive of all bodies, all ages, all races, and all genders. MACHiNENOiSY Artistic Directors Delia Brett and Daelik have both worked professionally as dance artists for more than 25 years.
Testimonials from past participants
“I learned so much about myself and built up so much confidence not only on stage but in basic everyday life. I've benefited so much from my time with everyone from the production, made friends, had fun and all around improved. It's one of the things that I just can't stop talking about, the experience was absolutely unforgettable and hands down one of the most amazing things I have ever had the honour of taking part in.”
“I was able to enter this workshop without fear of judgement about things such as my name, appearance, or gender. We were encouraged to let go of preconceived notions of how our bodies were supposed to work and sound within a performative environment, which allowed me to explore new relationships with my own movement in dance and in life. I felt I was able to explore myself in a safe environment with like-minded queer individuals. This allowed me to truly look at my current identity. I came out of it feeling empowered, more knowledgeable, and with friendships that will last for the rest of my life.”
“Performing in the project allowed me some much needed space to feel empowered and secure in my identity as a femme queer woman, but the final performance was only a small part of what is an incredible community engagement program that fosters in-depth dialogue about gender/sexuality.”
“There were no projects like PROX:IMITY RE:MIX that were accessible to me when I was a teen, and I feel that if there had been, I would have had a made things a lot easier for a queer kid growing up in the suburbs. I loved working with MACHiNENOiSY as a youth mentor on PROX:IMITY RE:MIX. I loved being part of creating a safe space for folks to express themselves.”