April 24, 2022

Hoops

A Circus Extravaganza! 

Ontario

A fun-filled circus event for families.

Performer Erin Ball

Photo by Olya Glotka

Overview

Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon with circus artists Erin Ball and Jayeden Walker, hosted by Deaf actor Elizabeth Morris. Aerial acts, live music, pirates, mermaids, a chance to learn some hula hoop moves and so much more!   

Radio Circus: Red Dress 

Circus artist Erin Ball, musician Bon Evans and access consultant Amy Amantea collaborate in this performance to explore circus act accessibility and if lyrics can provide creative access. This work is the result of that first exploration.  

Pirate Tales  

A pirate and mermaid navigate the waters of their unlikely friendship in this Disability-centered aerial act. A family-friendly circus show, it demonstrates that what sets people apart can bring them closer together. The piece will be presented with open audio description.

Hula Hoop Workshop 

This workshop is an exploration of hula hoops facilitated by Erin Ball and Jayeden Walker. We’ll all work together to find fun ways to interact with hoops. Everyone welcome! 

About Erin Ball

Erin Ball (she/her) identifies as a Queer, Mad (from the Mad Pride movement) and Disabled femme. She is a white colonial settler and a circus artist living on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Ojibwe; Katarokwi, also known as Kingston, Ontario. Ball runs the Kingston Circus Arts and is the Co-Founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong). Ball took a year off in March 2014 due to life-changing events that resulted in having both of her lower legs amputated. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing with a focus on including as many people and students in her audiences as collaborators and performers. She has traveled worldwide to perform and teach and strives for representation, access and inclusion in the arts. 

About Jayeden Walker

Jayeden Walker is a Queer, neurodivergent circus artist specializing in aerial arts. She lives, plays and creates as a settler in Toronto; the traditional territories of Mississaugas of the Credit River, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. In 2017, Walker sustained a traumatic brain injury that deeply influenced her artistic and teaching practices. When she’s not performing and creating, she works to promote accessible movement in her coaching and performance work and by serving on the board of directors for Reason d’etre dance productions and Hercinia Arts. 

About Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth Morris is a professional Deaf actor. She was born in England and has lived in England, Japan, the United States and Canada. In 2004, she graduated from Gallaudet University for the Deaf (Washington, D.C.) with a BA in Educational Drama and Elementary Education. While in Washington, she was part of a theatre company Quest for Arts, during which time she performed in Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Japan and Australia. She had the honour of performing at the Deaf Olympic’s opening ceremony in Australia. Later she joined the National Theatre of the Deaf based in Hartford, Connecticut. On returning to Canada, she graduated from OCAD University (Toronto, Ontario) with a Masters of Design in Inclusive Design in 2017. Her thesis was based on creating ways to make live theatre more accessible and inclusive for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audience members, including their families and friends. She won a medal for the Best Exhibit in her program at OCAD University’s Graduate Exhibition.  

In Canada, Morris performed at the Stratford Festival — she was their very first-ever Deaf signing actor. She has also performed at the Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Shakespeare Link Canada (Toronto, Ontario), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Ontario), the Concrete Theatre and the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Alberta). Morris is an actor, Deaf Interpreter for the theatre, ASL coach and Deaf Community Consultant/Inclusive Designer. She is a co-founder of the Deaf Spirit Theatre company and loves being an actor for theatre and film. 

About Bon Evans

Bon Evans (he/him) is based in Katarokwi/Kingston and is a dedicated musician, radio host and videographer. He is a board director at a local musical lending library and hosts a weekly live outdoor music show, Live Music Sundays, that brings community and musicians together. 

Evans has spent several years filming and editing live performances while adding to an extensive archive of creations. He has recently been involved in several international film projects with circus artist Erin Ball.  

Evans also hosts a weekly radio show with Island Radio 101.3 where he has helped numerous musicians and artists create and promote their work through live-streaming and filmed events. 

Accessibility Information

  • Access the Visual Story.
  • Listen to the Audio Description introductory notes.
  • Volunteers and Harbourfront Centre staff will be available to assist patrons with getting in and out of the theatre 30 minutes before and after each show and can provide sighted guides to patrons who require ‘Curb-to-Seat’ support.
  • Both performances will be presented with ASL Interpretation and will be Relaxed Performances. Content warnings will be provided, house lights will dim slightly and audience members are welcome to come and go as needed. Sounds from the audience are welcome and expected.  
  • Red Dress will be presented with low vision-friendly integrated creative access.
  • Open audio description will be provided for Pirate Tales.
  • Low vision-friendly descriptions will be offered during the workshop. 
  • Headphone-based assistive hearing devices are available in the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Equipment is limited and should be reserved in advance.
  • There will be an informal touch tour after the performances where audience members can engage with the performers and the props. Priority will be given to blind or low vision patrons and anyone else who will benefit. 
  • The Harbourfront Centre Theatre has wheelchair accessible seating. Please note: the ramp leading up to the HCT is 33” wide. The doorways to the single-stall washrooms in this building are 28.5” wide.
  • If you require a wheelchair-accessible seat, audio description equipment, assistive hearing device or Sighted Guide ‘Curb-to-Seat’ service, please contact the box office by email at tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com or call (416) 973-4000 and choose option 1.
  • If you have questions about the access features offered for this event, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Katherine Hale at khale@harbourfrontcentre.com. or (416) 973-4960 

Dates & Times

April 24
2pm
60 mins
4pm
60 mins

Venue

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

A mid-sized theatre with modular seating arrangements.

Indoors

231 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 2G8
Canada

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Price

General Admission

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