Sick + Twisted Theatre
Sick + Twisted is a theatre company dedicated to creating work exploring the experience of living with a disability.
- To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by producing high-quality public theatrical performance events, with a focus on the experience of living with a disability, and by providing a forum for qualified artists with disabilities to exhibit, present, or perform their artistic works through participation in such events.
- To advance education by providing structured learning activities such as courses, instructional seminars, and workshops about performing arts, and by providing opportunities for participants to publicly exhibit, present, or perform their works, or develop their crafts or skills in conjunction with these learning activities to theatre artists, technicians, and administrators, with disabilities.
- To relieve conditions associated with a disability by developing and providing tools such as audio description and livestreaming theatre productions, to improve accessibility to performing arts audience members with disabilities.
- To do all such things as are ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.
Artists with disabilities are grossly underrepresented in the creation and presentation of theatre in Canada. Yet all performance is rooted in the body and the exploration of the human condition. Artists with disabilities have an understanding of the truths of the human condition that can only be arrived at by confronting the challenges and opportunities presented to us by our exceptional bodies. But these truths are universal. We have what the rest of the world needs.
Sick + Twisted recognizes that the ability to perceive and represent truth in performance is not dependent on bodymind perfection. Artistic excellence is achievable by artists of all abilities.
Sick + Twisted Theatre acknowledges that our work and performances take place on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Anisininew, Dakota, and Dene Peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. We respect the treaties made here. We acknowledge that Indigenous culture and art forms thrive on these lands despite having been criminalized by the forces of colonization. We acknowledge that people with disabilities or gifts among Indigenous communities continue to be criminalized, institutionalized, and denied care. As we create art that centres the perspective of Deaf and disabled artists, we seek to live in good relationship with the traditional caretakers of this land, respecting the wisdom and beauty of Indigenous culture.