IN THE COMMUNITY
The Importance of Creative Expressions Activities as We Age
Forget About Tomorrow, pre-show discussion with Dr. Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka (Chair of the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care)
Dr. Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka will explain her philosophical approach to the engagement of the arts with older healthy adults and with people living with dementia. Science states that being engaged in the arts may postpone dementia by two years. The idea is to become proactive long before any possible diagnosis of dementia. Dalia will talk about her program in Vernon and in West Vancouver. Program participants share their expertise and life stories in a safe and friendly environment. They become engaged in visual and performing arts and develop new friendships that fend off boredom, bring excitement and stimulation to their lives. Being engaged in the arts has the potential to reduce anxiety and stress to both client and caregiver and therefore increase the quality of life for both.
Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, PhD, Chairperson of The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care. Earned her PhD (2006) and Post-Doctoral (2011) from UBC. Graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem. Developed the Creative Expression Activities Program for seniors with dementia, which won an award from the American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation. Dalia was acknowledged as a Steller Researcher for 2016 by The Alzheimer Society of Canada. She continues presetting in the US, Canada, Israel, and Europe.
Saturday, March 10, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
BMO Theatre Centre
Admission is FREE
Learn about Mask-making with Melody Anderson
Me and You, pre-show presentation with playwright Melody Anderson
Join playwright Melody Anderson for a presentation on the various processes she employs to create her unique masks, and see work from her remarkable 30 year career as one of Canada’s most well-respected mask designers, including current works in progress. You’ll also learn about the development of the masks and script for Me and You, which uses her extraordinary partial-masks to represent the stages of life from infancy to old age.
Melody Anderson is known for her work as a theatre designer, specializing in mask-design. In the course of her career, she has designed/constructed more than 3,000 masks for 50 productions. She has made masks for numerous companies, both locally and nationally, most notably the Caravan Farm theatre. Mask-making credits for the Arts Club include: Don Quixote, The Number 14, Flying Blind, The Visit, Alice, Arsenic and Old Lace, Blowin’ on Bowen, and Hamlet. Her masks are also used as actor-training tools in schools throughout North America. Melody is the recipient of six Jessie awards and five nominations for both design and collective creation. She is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Wet Ink Collective. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with actor/playwright Peter Anderson.
Saturday, April 28, 11 AM–12:30 PM
BMO Theatre Centre
Admission is FREE
During the 2017/2018 season, the Arts Club is offering a three-term program for students interested in learning about theatre in a fun and creative environment. This afterschool program will teach students the fundamentals of improv, acting, and musical theatre, using techniques from some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists. Students will learn tools that will help them express themselves creatively and develop the confidence to perform for audiences of their peers.
Kidz Theatre Lab
In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, and thanks to a generous donation from Kids First Foundation, Kids Theatre Lab was created in summer 2017 to provide elementary aged children in the East Vancouver area an opportunity to explore musical theatre in a fun, engaging, and safe classroom environment. This program brought in 14 students from grades 4–7 who attended elementary schools in the Renfrew/Collingwood area of East Vancouver. The program ran over two weeks in the summer of 2017.