“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”Cesar A. Cruz
Candice Roberts is 5th generation settler and artist based as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Her original works interweave physical theatre, music, mask, movement and clown to investigate the humour and heartbreak of our social and human conditions.
Cultivating anti-oppresive and intersectional understandings are important in Candice’s artistic research of creativity, decolonization and the connections between self expression, mental health and community.
Pre-COVID times had her touring all over North American, including New York and New Orleans with her award winning solo shows- LARRY, and IDEAS BOBERT.
She is the artistic director of CANDY BONES THEATRE which devises and tours innovative, immersive and original theatre for young audiences. Watch out for MAKE A MISTAKE, a brand new CCA supported collaboration with Nayana Fielkov about the ART OF FAILURE, and OOPSIE a covid conscious classroom performance for K-6.
Candice is launching an exciting new theatre/digital exploration called: THE CURE FOR FEAR. This new work will encompass physical comedy, mask, movement and music to look at the disconnection that occurs through trauma as well as the nature of finding connection with ourselves our environment and community.
I, Candice Roberts and Candice Roberts Theatre stand in solidarity with BIPOC and The BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement.
I acknowledge my play, work and rest happens on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. I acknowledge that much harm has come to Black, Indigenous and people of colour through the colonization of this land.
In unpacking my own white privilege I am sitting with the enormity of the consequences of generations of unearned privileges.
I am committed to learning the truth about our history of colonization and the systems created that perpetuate racism and white supremacy. This is so that I can make clear actions that support the dismantling of these systems of violence and oppression. This is a powerful time in history, and our actions have impact for creating real change.
THIS IS A LIFE LONG COMMITMENT. I will make mistakes but I will continue to check myself and make adjustments as I learn.
I am humbled in gratitude by the important work and emotional labour the BIPOC community is doing (and has been doing for YEARS) to bring social justice to the forefront. These are the cultures who have enriched my life with their presence, with their stories, their music, their art and their people.
What actions am I taking now?
- working through this growing anti-racism reading list
- open dialogue in my communities about white privilege
- prioritizing collaboration with BIPOC identifying artists
- STRATEGICALLY souring out world news (NOT facebook) I like DEMOCRACY NOW (I’m sure there are more out there, please let me know what sources you trust)
- reading/watching/listening to BIPOC artists
- researching #DEFUNDTHEPOLICE
- To be continued
In love and solidarity,