Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool

Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool Activity 4.3 Performing Arts The realm of performing arts on stage and screen is vast and varied. You may be familiar with more well-known styles like musical theatre, opera, and mainstream cinema, but there are many others you may not know, like shadow puppetry, dabke, or spoken-word performance. 1. As a class, research and discuss with your teacher styles of performance that are popular in your area, your culture, or with a particular group that may be linked to the area you live in. 2. Split into small groups, with each group assigned a different style of performance to watch. Samples and full-length features can be found on websites such as HotDocs, JustforLaughs, and YouTube. 3. Watch the selected media with your group, and research the style and its history in Canada, using TCE and other sources as needed. You may also want to read biographies of any famous Canadians in the field. a) Questions to consider: How did this style originate? Is it new, or does it have historical roots? Is this a form that was more popular in the past? What does it look like today? Is it popular across Canada, or is it concentrated in one area? Why is it significant? Who are some of its best-known performers? What challenges does this art form (and its performers) face? 4. Individually, create a poster, bulletin board, etc., designed to educate the public about the art form you researched. It should be designed to be displayed in the hall of your school. Begin by finding any local stories or community connections to focus your output. When creating your presentation, think about big points in history, important figures, national and international prestige, fun facts about the medium, and where can people view this locally – consider including things like free online resources and local theatres! 16. Chinese Lion Dance showcase in Vancouver (Howesjwe/ Snowdon Theatre in Montreal (Michel Bussieres/