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Shaista Latif and Alisha Stranges

Shaista Latif

Shaista Latif is a theatre creator and facilitator. Latif is an artist in residence at STO Union and Buddies in Bad Times. She was a 2014/2015 Diaspora Dialogues playwright in residence. Recent performances of her work include How I Learned to Serve Tea (Qouleur Festival), Graceful Rebellions (Ontario Scene Festival), and The Archivist (Rhubarb Festival).

Alisha Stranges

Alisha Stranges is a theatre creator, dancer and performer. She has toured Europe and Canada as a member of CORPUS Dance Projects and enjoys creating and performing new works with various independent artists and theatre collectives in Toronto. Since 2010, Alisha has co-facilitated PrideCab, Buddies in Bad Times' queer youth arts performance program. Alisha is a graduate of Humber College's Theatre Performance Program and looks forward to completing her HBA in Women(s) and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

BLINK: Storytelling with Shaista Latif and Alisha Stranges


What is a ritual? Eating turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Doing your Saturday morning chores? Knowing the words to "Happy Birthday" and singing them to a loved one?

By examining closely the many ways we define and practice ritual, BLINK creates an intimate and interactive storytelling experience that reveals how ritual transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Inspired by the Kaiserpanorama – a turn-of-the-century mass entertainment medium and precursor to motion pictures – BLINK reinterprets the viewing device and asks the audience to engage with their senses of sight and sound as we perform a series of tales that question and honor the ways we celebrate ritual.

Listen to our stories on the lawn and if you are intrigued, come take a closer peek and be part of the action!

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