Sharing the Stories of Unstoppable Women

As we gear up for International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: I Am Unstoppable, we’re proud to present the artists behind two more of our upcoming pieces. ObScene is a performance art piece that explores healthy sensuality as well as the importance of women supporting women. I Am a Warrior focuses on the fact that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

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Kristy Janvier

ObScene – created and performed by Kristy Janvier

Janvier was born and raised in Flin Flon and is of Dene, Irish, and Ukrainian decent. At the age of eighteen, she began working overseas as a professional actress/dancer. Upon returning to Canada in 2016, she has connected to her roots through contemporary-Indigenous dance. She’s had opportunities to work with Young Lungs Dance Exchange (Winnipeg); 8 Days (Toronto); Aberdeen Cultural Centre (New Brunswick); Dancers of Damelahamid (Vancouver); and Weesageechak Festival (Toronto).

Janvier created ObScene after an experiment conducted during a hostessing gig. “I made a point of only smiling at the women and got very mixed reactions,” explains Janvier. “In my research, I’m looking at how my own beliefs or judgements hold myself back from true expression. I’m curious if women hold ourselves back out of fear of judgement from others. This piece is about exploring our inner sensuality as a means of release, which I hope inspires others to do so as well.”

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Sue Higgs

I am a Warrior – written by Sue Higgs and performed by Cheryl Soluk

Originally from the United Kingdom, Higgs came to Canada by way of Nova Scotia eleven years ago. Higgs didn’t start writing until she reached her fifties, but has since enjoyed being a member of the Eastern Shore Players, who have produced several of her plays. She has been fortunate to have six short comedies performed at the annual King’s Shorts Festival in Annapolis Royal, NS.

Higgs’ piece, I am a Warrior, comes from the inspiration of her mother, who encouraged her to get out there and try everything. “I don’t think age should ever stop you from learning something new,” Higgs says.

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Cheryl Soluk

Performing Higgs’ piece is Cheryl Soluk. Soluk is thrilled to be working with Sarasvàti Productions again, having joined us for 2017’s One Night Stand series and SHORTs for FemFest 2016. She has also performed in a number of local productions: Jim Forgetting (Stars on Moon Theatre); Janitor, 2CentStamp, Recycled (Geri\the\atrics); Blade, Under the Empress of China, June’s Window (Theatre Anywhere); and Jill’s War, Story of Deborah (Sarasvàti Productions).

“One of the greatest joys in life is to be able to tell someone’s story,” says Soluk. “It’s a moment in time where a group of strangers meet in one room so they can all feel something together, and how awesome is that?”

We couldn’t agree more, Cheryl! Join us on March 10th at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film to experience all our artists and their stories. For more information, click here!

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