Sat April 27 - Sat April 27, 2019

Presented by Action Dignity’s Youth PLACE Program in association with Arts Commons and Antyx

Doors for Show 1: 1:00pm
Doors for Show 2: 7:00pm
Performance Time Show 1: 2:00pm
Performance Time Show 2: 8:00pm

General Seating

Who are you?

Who are you without your labels?

In a world increasingly aware and sensitive to issues such as systemic racism and colonialism, intergenerational trauma, and sexism; how can we as individuals create safer spaces to both acknowledge the truth and pains of the past, while empowering ourselves in the present to move forward with hope for the future?

This performance – conceived and performed by racialized youth from Action Dignity’s Youth PLACE program – dives into the core of these pressing issues that divide and disconnect people. Journey with us as we bravely navigate these questions with openness, vulnerability, authenticity, and community.

“Oppression cannot exist without labels; because labels set the standard for societal expectations and societal norms, which directly relates to where we put ourselves and our sense of self within society. The understanding that we are both the oppressed and the oppressor is the difference between freedom and bondage. The real question is, whose chains are you wearing?”

The performance is approx. 90 minutes in duration and there is no intermission.

This performance is best suited for audiences 14 years old and over due to mature content.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Gender neutral accessible washrooms are available in this venue. Gender specific accessible washrooms are available by speaking with our Front of House Staff.

This space is accepting of all-types of difference, and all attendees have a right to feel safe at Arts Commons regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act). To this end, Arts Commons will not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour, please know that such behaviour is grounds for removal from the event. If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour please speak with a member of staff.

We regret that a relaxed performance, audio described performance, or audio-enhanced/subtitles are not available for this presentation. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments:

Youth PLACE (Platform for Learning, Action and Community Engagement) is a national three-year collaborative project that engages racialized youth to inform, create, incubate and implement approaches to address the systemic and day-to-day barriers that they face especially around discrimination, racism and prejudice. It uses a youth broker model to engage diverse youth in collaborative action with their peers through creative methods such as arts, technology and social media.

Youth PLACE trains and supports youth leaders as they work to convene groups of peers, collaboratively identify shared issues, plan and carry out actions to address issues, and engage with decision makers to influence systemic change. Youth PLACE fosters youth-led analysis and action to address complex social issues with creative and innovative methods.

Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.

To make planning your trip a bit easier, the most convenient parking can be found in the Arts Commons Parkade or across the street in the City Hall Parkade (attached by a +15 with an elevator). Arts Commons is also easily accessible by Calgary Transit (the C-Train is a block away) and the Centre City Cycle Track Network (there are bike racks out front of each entrance on 8th Ave SE).




Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception  80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support 

Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.