Ahuri Theatre is an award winning international collective of artists. We strive to bring together that which is usually separated, and to discover the likeness between things which are thought unlike. We do this through live performance, placing people, cultures, languages and ideas in a creative space to be explored, celebrated, challenged, and transformed. Inclusion is at our core: we progressively define, evolve and redefine our creation methods to include everyone in the room regardless of language,culture and ability. We eat, work and play together. We laugh. We make mistakes. And through our common experiences, we strive create something original that can smash preconceived notions, above all, those deemed to be universal.
Over its existence, Ahuri Theatre has produced 5 theatre productions both in Toronto and Tokyo. Most recently we produced Ralph + Lina which was presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s Riser Project. This show was nominated for 4 Dora awards and has toured extensively with over 75 presentations across the country. Before that we produced A Fool’s Life at The Theatre Centre in Toronto and the Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo. The piece garnered seven Dora award nominations and won for outstanding sound design. Through our activities we have formed partnerships with government agencies The Norwegian and Canadian Embassies of Tokyo, Educational institutions Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Toho University of Japan and Humber College, cultural institutions The Japan Foundation of Toronto, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and The Columbus Centre. and health and wellness organizations including Bridgepoint Health Centre, Variety Village, Communication Disabilities Access Canada and Triluma Living Collective.
Currently, we are in residence at The Theatre Centre and over the past two years, we have been developing work with artists and community members of mixed abilities. Our production of This is the Point will be presented this November as a co-production with The Theatre Centre. We have also been invited by the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to collaborate with participants of mixed abilities on What Dream it Was: an interactive immersive installation inspired by themes and images from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.