Edge Theatre Ensemble's Goal
as a Socially-Conscious Theatre
What kind of theatre do we need now as we traverse into the future?
This is a frightened world and we are, as a culture - and a species! -
terrified people. There is always something to fear: a new threat, a
change, small deaths, big deaths. These fears aren't going to go away,
no matter how many fences go up between peoples, no matter how many
prisons are built, no matter how many bombs are dropped. These fears
are part of the human condition.
There is one possibility that may free us, however. Risk-taking in a safe
place. Like Sisyphus, we can learn to love our "rock." Finding pleasure in
the flames. Enjoying the free-fall. Getting up close and personal with our
own fears. Calling them by name. Committing ourselves to that enjoyable
difficulty that keeps us, as artists, coming back for more. And the most
important people of all - the audience. The theatre we do must challenge
us and invite us to take a risk.
How can we, as artists, do battle with the forces of fear? Is this our job or
I believe that in the communion between artist and audience, voices may
be heard, ideas realized and differences bridged. As theatre and dance
practitioners, our craft is unique in its live, person to person, in-the-
moment communication. There is great opportunity to raise questions,
confront social issues, reveal new cultural stories, counter popular
perceptions, and cultivate understanding
and awareness between peoples. Why
fear the artist? “Because of his great
power of communication,” said Chilean
folk-singer Victor Jara.
What if we were
to completely embrace that power?
This is what moves and motivates me,
and this is the theatre I seek to create.
We strive to create works of art that
are founded in artistic honesty,
specificity, and bravery, using our full
bodies, full voices, full souls. We seek to
be honest, specific, and brave in the
current themes and issues of the
human condition that we address, while remembering that it is the job of
the artist to ask questions and instigate dialogue, not provide answers.
We endeavour to listen, to learn, and to stay with the struggle.
This is our challenge and our goal.
D.C. Atkinson - 2007
Tongues photos by David Reuter;
Antigone photo by Jodie Knowles