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Tanya Evanson-Arsiray

Program and component
Explore and Create, Research and Creation

Community
Montréal, Quebec

Field of practice
Literature

Grant amount
$25,000

Fiscal year
2019–20

Grant Helps Artist Explore Aging and the Anthropocene Through an Afrofuturist Lens

A woman onstage in front of a mic.
Tanya Evanson performing at the Aké Arts & Book Festival, Abeokuta, Lagos State, Nigeria, 2019

Tanya Evanson-Arsiray has been called Canada’s rising star in poetry and musical performance and one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Her next fascinating project will juxtapose middle age and geological age.

Addressing the future through the personal and the political

The Anthropocene, the current geological age, is a period in which human activity has been the dominant influence on the environment. Evanson-Arsiray is spending a year researching ideas connected to the Anthropocene to develop a project that would be ready for performance near the end of 2021. She will ponder questions like: Do we really face the extinction of half of all plants and animals? What are the signs of distress in our own backyards? How do we manage what’s left?

A deep, sonic exploration of Black identity, aging, and the environment

At the same time, she will ask herself several personal questions, like: What are the stories around my own Black body as it enters middle age? How do family dynamics change when a child must care for an aging parent? How can one live responsibly to ensure energy and long life? Her twin investigation of aging and the environment will culminate in a series of live performances featuring composed music, original digital art, projection mapping, and theatrical lighting to create an immersive Afrofuturist space.

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