Story is for the creative and curious. For people who believe stories matter. The ideas, people, musings and moments assembled are an invitation to use art as a lens to know yourself; see others and imagine possible futures. 

Art is integral in our society. Often the focus is on how art makes us feel: inspired, uncomfortable, excited, challenged, relaxed. More than that, the arts help us to make sense of the world around us, to make sense of each other, to find meaning and help create harmonious communities. Learning through the arts enables students to discover and develop empathy, to be problem solvers able to think creatively and to be resilient.

Inside these pages, and beyond through The Creatory, we bring together ideas, people, musings and moments so that we may know ourselves better, see others and imagine possible futures.

This edition of Story pulls the idea of resistance apart and looked at it from multiple perspectives. To resist, in whatever form, implies action of one kind or another. To actively put up a fight against something, a political regime, dubious big business or a perceived social ill is taxing. Certainly in this moment and political environment, resistance is most frequently thought of in the context of large-scale public protest. But the more you ponder resistance, the more complex and slippery it gets.

Change or metamorphosis is the driving idea behind this edition of Story. It began as an observation of how many elements of the upcoming program started life in another art form – novels transformed to musical theatre and dance, television transformed to live performance, rock album to rock opera. In addition to changing form, many of the works address deeper issues of transformation.

 

In this edition of Story, one of the most enduring kinds of story looms large – fairy tale – inspired in large part by our presentation of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White.

As well as fairy tales, across our program over the second half of 2016 are productions that explore religion, spirituality, ritual, symbol and morality.

This edition of Story is inspired by QPAC's January to June 2016 program. Many of the contributors touch on the idea of place and what it means to belong somewhere. 

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