MotionLive Collective is an ad hoc collaboration, mobilizing diverse inter-disciplinary artists to develop new works and innovate creative projects. Brought together to produce an award-winning festival debut of Aneemah’s Spot at Summerworks 2012, the continued work of the collective has been fostered by key arts organizations such as Obsidian Theatre Company, TD Then & Now, BAND, b current, Factory Theatre, ift Theatre and Caribbean Tales Films. With the vision to increase access through creative collaboration for artists of colour, African Diasporic stories, urban communities and new audiences, MotionLive Collective’s projects have included Aneemah’s Spot (TD Then & Now Series 2014), as well as Poetiks: Live Exhibit of Word & Sound (City of Toronto) and the cross-Canadian Northside Project: Snapshot of Hip Hop Arts.
Bringing together accomplished theatre, musical, visual and literary artists, MotionLive Collective garnered the RBC Arts Award. The Collective is currently developing Oraltorio: A theatrical MixTape, and are now preparing to present the premier production the play in 2016, co-produced with Why Not Theatre as part of the Riser Project at the Theatre Centre. Recently, MotionLive Collective began fulfilling its vision of connecting with international artists and arts movements, by producing and directing the debut Toronto presentation of Raising Lazarus, written and performed by award-winning UK playwright/slam poetry champion Kat Francois at Dancemakers Theatre. MotionLive Collective will continue to build networks with international artists, collectives and arts organizations to pave the way for cross-global collaboration, touring and creation.