The Creators Unit is a chance for individual artists to explore collective creation and performance. This program is composed of poets, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, playwrights, and anyone who is interested in being part of a tight-knit creative team. The piece devised by the Creators Unit can take any form the group envisions; this is a place to take artistic risks, experiment with ideas, and try things you’ve been imagining. The professional facilitators guide the group in the creation of the entire project, from early ideas to final presentation. The work created by the Creators Unit is shared at the Paprika Festival.

This program is presented with support from Tarragon Theatre.



xLq is a queer performance duo comprised of Jordan Campbell (STARLIGHT) and Maddie Bautista. We are electro-punk popstars, we create interactive theatrical playgrounds, complicit audience experiences and radical performance rituals. xLq works in a queer pop aesthetic, using drag, fashion, music, theatre and dance.

Their original performance creation 4inXchange received Nightswimming’s 5×25 Commission and won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award at the 2018 SummerWorks Festival, then proceeded to tour to the rEvolver Festival 2019 (Vancouver, BC), FEM FEST 2019 (Winnipeg, MB), the Grand Theatre (Fergus, ON), Registry Theatre (Kitchener, ON), and Waterford Old Town Hall (Waterford, ON).

xLq is currently in residence with Nightswimming Theatre, where they are developing a new large-scale interactive performance called Are You The One?

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