Community Engaged Arts
“Dispelling Darkness” is a two-year project to engage survivors of sexual and domestic Violence, through a series of workshops led by multi-disciplinary artist Sharada Eswar – script, and collaborators Suma Nair – movement, Jasmine Sawant – theatre and Cathy Nosaty – music. Four brave women, Zubda, Dhandevi, Sandy with little Gurtaj
and Sunmeet came together at the Art Gallery of Mississauga to write, to sing, to dance and tell th
eir stories, in their own way. Thanks to a grant awarded to Sampradaya Dance Creations and with the support of the
Punjabi Community Health Services and Case Manager Aman, SAWITRI Theatre Group has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these women and raise awareness of this critical issue. This grant is administered by the Ontario Arts Council on behalf of the Ministry of the Status”of Women.
From February 27th to April 24th 2018, SAWITRI Theatre worked with Anna Silgardo, founder of Artists in Momentum, on this project. The goal of this project was “to make a difference one starfish at a time”. Working with Anna Silgardo, project was executed and delivered by Jasmine Sawant of Sawitri Theatre Group in collaboration with Suma Nair, Assistant Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations and Raina Desai of SAWITRI Theatre Group.
The objective was to create a safe and fun environment for a group of women with varying degrees of mental health challenges to reflect on where they are in their life journey. Using art as creative expression for mental well-being, they came away empowered and confident. Participants created masks as tools on how they perceive themselves; built vision boards as tangible expressions of their dreams while engaging in voice and breathing exercises.