Keynote and Opening Event: (Trans)itioning Inward: Making Art with Intention with Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野

Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00to07:30
Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West, CA

Keynote poster of Teiya Tashara's talk with two drawings of Teiya highlighted by trans colours and musical notesTeiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (they/them) became an opera singer as a teen but it took two decades to become an intentional artist. This talk chronicles Teiya’s journey from opera singer to ethical artist through queer, trans and racialized self-awareness, and what these identities mean for how they make art in meaningful ways.  We are also fortunate to have the evening and the month opened by our invited Elder Sedalia Kawennotas Fazio.



Sedalia Kawennotas' Fazio headshotSedalia Kawennotas Fazio. Mohawk Elder, Bear Clan from Kahnawá:ke. Founder and Director of first Sweat Lodge in Montreal.

Teiya Kasahara's headshotTeiya Kasahara 笠原貞野. Nikkei-Canadian settler Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary, interdisciplinary creator-performer based in Tkarón:to (Treaty 13). Heralded as “a force of nature” (Toronto Star) and “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail), Teiya comes from a background of over 15 years of singing both opera and concert roles, most recently Madama Butterfly (Windsor Symphony), and the soprano solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Vancouver Symphony). They explore the intersections of identity through their original works including the 2022 world premiere of The Queen in Me (Canadian Opera Company/Amplified Opera/Nightwood Theatre/Theatre Gargantua), and Little Misgender which was in development as the 2021-2022 artist-in-residence at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto). Teiya is a co-founder of Amplified Opera, and is the 2022 recipient of the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Music from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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