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a n X i e t y w o m X n. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

E T E R N I T Y : a theatre and production company at the crossroads of art, politics and social innovation

By Livia Belcea on July 18, 2017

Kelsey Rideout moved back to her hometown Ottawa from Toronto a few years ago to pursue her true passions: art, theatre and advocacy. By moving back to Ottawa, Kelsey saw not only an opportunity to reconnect with her family but also to create a unique theatre and production company, inspired by her personal experiences, social and political innovation and by Ottawa’s particular dynamic between art and politics. She launched her company E T E R N I T Y in the spring of 2017 on Earth Day, with a sold-out performance of original poetry and monologues at Origin Studio in the ByWard Market.

Performance at Origin Studio. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

Performance at Origin Studio. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, Kelsey brings a holistic vision to her theatre and production company and created a unique artistic hub. The three pillars of the company, artistry, education and innovation, aim at connecting and highlighting literary work, artistic performances, self-expression and creating a dialogue to address modern-day issues such as oppression, violence and the environment.

Kelsey explains that she has always been at a crossroad between her need to express herself artistically and her desire to be a source of positive change. During her International Development Studies, she had a keen interest in human rights and global crisis. But she soon discovered that in order to make a meaningful difference in the world, she had to turn her efforts inwards before being able to impact the world around her. She embarked on a journey of self discovery, healing, expression through art, theatre and performance, and redirected her energy and focus on creative writing and poetry. Kelsey is a published writer and has studied multidisciplinary theatre, spoken word and creative writing at various schools and universities, and attended a year-long fellowship in social innovation at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

anXiety womXn. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

anXiety womXn. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

Kelsey is spending her summer months putting the finishing touches on a short experimental film about her father titled Love Darryl, which she will debut at film festivals, and on anXiety womXn, a self expression piece which will she will perform at Planet Earth this fall. Kelsey is exploring adding piano improvisations in her theatre work and is attending a music lab at the IMontreal Contemporary Music Lab in August. She is also creating a dialogue between E T E R N I T Y and Ottawa’s artistic community and strengthening the company’s oversight by recruiting board members for her company. Those interested can keep an eye on E T E R N I T Y’s social media platforms for an official Board of Directors call-out.

Love Darryl. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

Love Darryl. Photo provided by Kelsey Rideout.

For Kelsey, the foundation of art is built through introspection of self. It was important to her that E T E R N I T Y not only be at the forefront of the discussions surrounding social issues, but also contribute meaningfully to an individual’s journey of self-expression and healing. Kelsey looks forward to securing a permanent space for E T E R N I T Y and collaborating with others in order to create a series of healing workshops for young women and non binary folks aged 18 to 23. Through physical, mental and spiritual well being, healing through self-expression and artistic nurturing and growth, the workshops will cultivate the inner artist and support multidisciplinary solo creations. Although the workshop format is still being developed, E T E R N I T Y hopes to launch their workshop program by the end of 2017.


Discover what E T E R N I T Y is working on by visiting their website and staying connected on Facebook and Instagram.