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Voices of Love: Reaching Across Image

Theatre for Living and the Vancouver Public Library present a theatrical dialogue (that will be entertaining and fun) about family values, gender, and the recently passed Vancouver School Board gender policy updates.

Facilitated by David Diamond on September 13, 2014, in the Alice MacKay room at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street), on unceded Coast Salish Territories.

We will be using the beautiful exercise called "Rainbow of Desire" (the same technique we used for our very popular "Us and Them" series in 2011) to investigate the conflicting desires and fears on all sides that have made the gender policy issue so volatile. The reason to do this is to be able to see and hear each other in a way that builds community - instead of building barriers.

"Us and Them (the inquiry) takes us to the place where we deeply feel the resonant truth that we are just one people on this planet. This is startling theatre that requires action."
Kim Hayashi, audience member

"I learned a lot about things at the Rainbow of Desire. I noticed there are common things between me and others. There is not only "you" in every thing you are doing, there are others."
Dalia, student at University of Bethlehem

It is not necessary to RSVP, but if you are able to let us know if you will be able to come please click "join" on our Facebook page, or send us an email to

For more information, please contact David Ng, Outreach Coordinator at 604.871.0508 or email

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Founded in 1981, Vancouver's Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre), directed by David Diamond, uses THEATRE FOR LIVING to help living communities tell their stories. THEATRE FOR LIVING has evolved from Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed". Since 1989 Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre) work has slowly moved away from the binary language and model of "oppressor/oppressed" and now approaches community-based cultural work from a systems-based perspective; understanding that a community is a complexly integrated, living organism.

Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre) work is a worldwide leading example of theatre for social change; theatre for dialogue creation and conflict resolution; theatre for community healing and empowerment. Projects have taken place in collaboration with First Nations and multicultural communities through hundreds of theatre workshops, Power Plays and Forum Theatre events around the world on issues such as violence and suicide prevention, anti-racism workshops, youth empowerment, homelessness and mental health, othering, bullying and community development.

And don't miss our annual theatre based training workshops! They are attended by people from around the globe who apply THEATRE FOR LIVING techniques to mainstream theatre, interdisciplinary work, environmental action, education, counselling, conflict resolution and mediation training as well as community cultural development (CCD).

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