Krys is a founding member and Artistic Programmer of Big Pond Small Fish. She has been instrumental in developing BPSF’s philosophical approach to collaboration with vulnerable participants. Her approach elicits and then collaboratively develops the stories, drawings and perspectives of participants into experimental choral, art and video productions. Krys holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (2007). In the past few years she has worked on the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir, (32 voice version) with the students in Toronto and a larger version (100 voices) version for the JAF Festival in Launceston, Australia.
Anupa’s interdisciplinary arts practice in painting, cybernetics, and experimental performance is grounded in music. She is a cellist and visual artist who grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka where she collaborated with her father, composer Premasiri Khemadasin in theatre, opera and film ventures. She manages the Khemadasa Foundation, a Sri Lankan institute established in 1993 to give free education in music and arts to underprivileged youth. In 1989 she moved to Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2004, she has lived in Toronto. She performs widely in Sri Lanka, Europe, Canada and the USA. Recently, she toured the USA with the Phoolan Devi Opera as a musician and co-producer.
Chozin is one of the founding members of the Torontonians, Mammalian Diving Reflex (MDR) theatre company youth subdivision. The Torontonians is a collective of teenagers focused on learning about producing and creating experimental art projects. With MDR, Chozin has worked on projects in Canada and internationally, including: Haircuts by Children in Winchester, England and Nightwalks with Teenagers in Nyon, Switzerland. He has given talks about the Torontonians’ work and methodologies at the Ruhrtriennale Festival, Germany, and to arts professionals in Hamburg and Mannheim, Germany. In 2015, he participated in the research phase of The Hemsbach Protocol, by living with Mammalian’s artistic director Darren O’Donnell at the Luisenhof Hotel in Hemsbach Germany with local refugees. Currently, Chozin studies economics at York University.
To Bill Burns, Jermey Dobski, Downsview Public Library staff, Ahash Jeeva, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Success Beyond Limits, Toronto Arts Council, Rajkumar Vallipuram, Eva Verity