Call to Artists: THINGS-SPEAK


Call to Artists: THINGS-SPEAK

Friday, July 12, 3:45 to 5PM
Cafe Istanbul
From Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Mia van Leeuwen is looking for artists interested in working with her to create short performances for The Surrealist Salon on Saturday of Kolaj Fest New Orleans. THINGS-SPEAK is a process of improvisation grounded in free association, stream of consciousness techniques combined with movement and objects as a catalyst for creation. Van Leeuwen welcomes performers, actors, dancers, movers, visual artists, musicians, writers or anyone interested in exploring creative acts. Volunteers will work with van Leeuwen during a closed workshop to develop performances using found objects. Some of these will be provided and participants are invited to bring their own. Past object participants include: a yellow rubber glove, a box of cereal, a framed photograph, an umbrella, a pipe, a pair of bowling shoes, a tea-cup, a chess-set, a wig, a bust of Shakespeare, a bag of feathers. Participants will need to wear clothing they can move freely in and bring to the workshop a writing device, and a minimum of three found objects.

Note: Space is limited. RSVP required. If this interests you, send an email to or speak to someone at the Kolaj Fest New Orleans Information Desk. First come, first serve and we will create a waiting list if all the spaces are filled.

About Kolaj Fest New Orleans
Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 10-14, 2019. Visit the website to learn more, see an overview of the program, and register to attend. Kolaj Fest New Orleans would not be possible without the support of Press Street, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, LeMieux Galleries, Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue, Antenna Gallery,
Kolaj Magazine and Kasini House. Kolaj Fest New Orleans is made possible through a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer. WEBSITE

About Mia van Leeuwen

Mia van Leeuwen practices the body of performance to explore wide-ranging themes, playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art. She explores narrative and scenography through collage techniques and multi-genres, delving into subject material with vigour and imagination. Mia is the co-artistic director of the experimental – out of line theatre – founded in 2003 (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Her recent ventures include Sapientia (Montreal 2019, Lethbridge 2018, Winnipeg 2015), Destroy She Said (Winnipeg 2018), Postcolonial Postcards (Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg 2017), and White Bread (Edmonton 2016 and Antwerp, Munich, Innsbruck, Belgrade, 2014). Mia’s object theatre adaptation of Sapientia – a martyr play written in the 10th century by history’s first known female playwright Hrotsvitha of Gandershiem, won two 2018 METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding Contribution to Theatre (produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre, Montreal). Mia van Leeuwen is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge, specializing in Movement and Devised Theatre. Learn more at her website.

Photo by Leif Norman