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Seeding the Future: Students share original art and performances inspired by 21 Black Futures

The next generation of Black Canadian talent responds to the theatre anthology series with an eclectic mix of art and performance.

The next generation of Black Canadian talent responds to the theatre anthology series

Rhiannon Hoover performs a piece in response to Omega Child, one of the monodramas featured in 21 Black Futures. (@rhiannonxhoover/Instagram)

21 Black Futures, the new anthology series from Obsidian Theatre and CBC Arts, lays out a vision for the world to come. But here's the thing about the future: it's never-ending. So there's something kind of appropriate about what's going on with the program: it's already launched its own spin-off series. 

Introducing Seeding the Future, an eclectic mix of art and performance inspired by the stories found in 21 Black Futures. To create this digital project, Obsidian Theatre and CBC Arts partnered with folks from two notable theatre programs (York University and Brock University), and a call was put out to Black Canadian students. Who would be up to the challenge of creating an original work inspired by the show?

Emerging talent from around the country answered the call, and between now and March 8, they'll be revealing their original submissions on social media. Seven new works will debut every Monday until then, and to enjoy them all in one place, we'll collect them here on the site. 

Watch Seeding the Future and discover the next generation of Black Canadian talent. 

Season 1

isi bhakhomen (@isi_bhakhomen) on The Death News


 

Teri Blades (@alexeri_97) on The Sender


 

Cassandra Henry (@breathe.andbe.here) on Beyere


 

Larissah Lashley (@larissahlashley) on Witness Shift


 

Caitlyn MacInnis (@caitlynmacinnis) on Sensitivity


 

Paris (Unlimited) Molokwu (@parisunltd) on Jah in the Ever-Expanding Song


 

Emily Radcliffe (@21blkfutures_emily) on Madness with Rocks


 

Season 2

Nia (Nini) Osei (@nini__o) on Georgeena


 

Dante Jemmott (@dantejemmott) on Rebirth of the Afronauts: A Black Space Odyssey


 

Doriane Irakoze (@dorianeira) on Umoja Corp.


 

Audny-Cashae Stewart (@audnycashae) on Emmett


 

Sid Malcolm (@sidmalcom_) on Notice


 

Kaelan Bain (@kaelanbain) on Blackberries


 

Hannah Yvonne Williams-Griffiths (@jene.cestquoi) on Special


 

Season 3

Soji Cole (@soji.cole) on Yen Ara Asaase Ni/This Is Our Own Native Land


 

Quinlan Green (@quinlan.green_) on The Prescription


 

Rhiannon Hoover (@rhiannonxhoover) on Omega Child


 

Megan Legesse (@megsventures) on Cavities


 

Marie-Jude Salomon (@sheismariejude) on Builders of Nations


 

Paul Smith (@freshprinceofstittsville) on 40 Parsecs and Some Fuel


 

Clara Val-Fils (@Cassinissimo) on Chronologie


 

21 Black Futures is on CBC Gem. Watch now!

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