Staging Our Histories explores the convergence of history, memory and performance. Bringing together performing artists of diverse traditions with members of academia and the general public, Staging Our Histories (SOH) offers a space for engagement and dialogue regarding the ways we express our histories beyond the page.
As a not-for-profit public history initiative, SOH puts diverse histories and voices in conversation with each other on the same stage, in front of a live audience. SOH events typically feature 4-8 short performances over the course of one dynamic evening. Pieces are staged back-to-back, punctuated by talk-back sessions with the artists and audience that continue the conversations which emerge from and between each piece.
The theme of our 2016 event was Unharvested Histories. Live performances took place on October 15th in Goderich, Ontario.
The inaugural Staging Our Histories took place on Sunday May 31st, 2015 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The event featured live performances and screenings from filmmakers, poets, storytellers, and other artists dedicated to performing history.