Earthbound supports artists, athletes, and activists in the creation of workshops and live shows that mix theater, wrestling, and other interdisciplinary arts.
Earthbound aspires to co-create community spaces and cultural moments that disrupt the status quo, ignite radical imaginations, and encourage revolutionary ways of relating and living on Earth.
Through its activities, Earthbound expresses values of social and environmental justice, the right to self-determination, and care for people, the planet and other-than-human kin.
EB is an inherently queer project that prioritizes marginalized groups but opens it’s doors to everyone
EB is committed to anti-oppressive practices and decolonization, recognizing that on-going learning, reflection, and repair is needed
EB prioritizes the safety and wellness of our physical and spiritual bodies, mental health, and emotional states
EB prioritizes self-care and community-care over productivity and product
EB aims to make events and activities accessible and to create safer-spaces, understanding that there is an ever evolving idea of what that means
EB has no tolerance for racism, sexism, ableism, body-shaming, homophobia, transphobia, and other hateful things
EB strives to be a playground without bullies. We believe it is possible to thrive, play, and create in settings that are free from the influence of exclusion, competition, and individualism.
The Four Pillars
Collectively, we are wrestling with the enduring legacies of oppressive supremacies, as we fight for intersectional justice and earth-centered futures. Wrestling is a fight with a greater purpose.
At Earthbound, we fight for a reason; we face conflict knowing that it can be generative. With embodied presence, we dance with the obstacles and opponents that cross our path.
Anyone can wrestle; we can rethink the ways bodies are welcomed into the ring. Inside the ring, we push ourselves towards safer practices, grounded in care, respect and adaptability.
Wrestling is the internal struggle of battling with our egos, the effects of trauma, or finding a radical life purpose.
Wrestling is also a performative choreographed fight, playful brawl, consensual competitive sport. It is play, pleasure and power from an explicitly queer perspective.
There is radical, alchemical power in friendship. It is fertile ground to organize, break rules, compost old worlds and build new ones.
Friendship transcends class, ethnicity, gender, species, time, space and borders - but it is not blind to these categories either.
Friends make mistakes, sometimes they hurt each other. But we choose to learn and hold each other accountable. We resist othering and remember our shared humanity.
Friendship is trust and vulnerability. It holds space and allows ones-self to be held; our whole, authentic selves are welcome.
Friendship is mutuality and kinship, a system of support. It reminds us of our interdependence; it is a space where the fluidity of connection is known.
🌟QUEERING THE HERO’S JOURNEY🌟
Popular myths tell of the Hero’s Journey: predictable tales of battle, competition, and conquering. Only the hero can overthrow the System and dismantle the Empire...or so we've been told.
It’s a story we all know. We’ve probably even aspired to fulfill this narrative, internalizing and replicating it. Our collective past and imagined futures are conditioned by the stories we tell.
Other stories are aching to be told: risky adventures of care and mutual aid; perilous journeys into kindness and collective grieving; dangerous tasks of repair and replenishing what has been broken, lost or stolen.
These stories occupy in the spaces beyond domination, control and supremacy. Spaces where radical imaginations can conjure up revolutionary new ways of living together on Earth.
What if the great call to adventure is noticing what is in front of us and bringing attention to what is overlooked? By honoring what has meaning and collecting little treasures of imagination we can slowly, joyfully move towards an unknown, utopian destination.
World-building is an enchanted practice. It is where imagined characters, science fiction stories and fantasy creations come alive. Where new myths are born and possibilities for more sacred and magical ways to co-exist reside.
It is seeing and feeling your surroundings in a new way; a re-visioning of political events and cultural currents. World-building is queer utopias, ecological consciousness, collective liberation, emancipated joy and belonging.
These worlds are manifested through the creative power of our thoughts, actions, and words. They threaten the authority of oppressive structures; they exist beyond the constraints of tyrannical social norms and economic expectations.
World-building is medicine, an antidote; it is survival for the future, knowing that the future is now and it is beautifully queer.
It is the call to be authors of our own different stories, characters in collective mythologies, and weavers of new worlds.
THE ORIGIN STORY
The seeds of Earthbound were planted in 2014, when those who are excluded from mainstream wrestling created the Montreal Chapter of the League of Lady Wrestlers. The League produced hysterical, gritty, and oh so queer community events across so-called Canada, until it’s disbandment in 2018.
In 2015,Earthbound split off as a small collective of performers who wanted to create high-production shows that merged wrestling and theater into a hybrid art form. Shows began as small backyard parking lot adventures, where multi-gender matches were framed by science-fiction storytelling and queer world-building.
EarthBound opened a space in 2016 where the wrestling ring could land and immersive shows could be produced. Lovingly dubbed the Sacred Square, some members of the collective also made this space their home. The shows were unforgettable extravaganzas featuring original soundscapes, projections of spectacular proportions and dozens of multi-disciplinary performers.
Performances explored issues like gender expression, technology, magic, resource extraction, corporate control, and interplanetary politics. In this creative playground, a cast of mythological characters began to form: the Spirit Sisters from Venus, a Diamond Being from a distant planet, a rogue human scientist working for The Family Corporation, and other strange and sometimes dangerous cosmic wrestlers.
Events garnered 250+ audience members and publicity from CBC, La Presse, VICE, CultMTL, among others. With ambitions still high, Earthbound also wrote a web-series screenplay and a short demo video was produced to capture the last days of this epic space before it’s doors were closed in late 2017.
The need for spaces where queer and other marginalized folks can wrestle, create and play together became more and more clear. Many folks approached EB, curious about how to get involved, where to train, and eager to integrate other art forms with wrestling.
In 2019, the collective decided to incorporate as a non-profit, as part of a decision to return to it’s origins of community-building through collective play, wrestling, and creative expression. EB started giving workshops across Quebec and was involved in community arts festivals such as Shazam and Bicolline.
Continuing with this dream, EB now seeks to open a multi-purpose studio space, modeled after the beloved Sacred Square but with a focus on both arts creation and event production as well as training and skill-building through workshops and classes. EB wishes to share tools and offer space that enable others to unlock their own transformative power of storytelling and wrestling for a higher purpose.