Weaving Reconciliation - Our Way
VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE SOCIETY
WEAVING RECONCILIATION: OUR WAY
Dream Our Future. Understand the Present. Remember the Past.
Help us share with communities across Canada this play and cultural encounter about an indigenous family and their healing journey. Created in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is led and performed by Indigenous artists and cultural knowledge-keepers.
Lead creators Renae Morriseau, Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling have spent many years listening to stories from people of the Downtown Eastside and native communities about the personal impact of displacement from family, community and the land. Emerging from these years of research, workshops and presentations, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is about to tour across Turtle Island/Canada.
Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way brings to life the story of Old One and his struggle to reconcile with himself, his family and his community.
The dream-like healing journey of Old One unfolds as he opens himself to his memories: of the impact of residential school on his family; the effect of intergenerational trauma on his daughter; the decline of the fishing industry and the resulting loss of a working life on the water.
With the help of humour, games, songs and gifts of hope from Trickster and his Ancestors; and with unscripted cultural sharing by youth and cultural knowledge-keepers, Old One witnesses resilience and hope for the future.
Woven around indigenous storytelling, oral history and cultural teachings, this narrative has emerged from lived experiences and challenges overcome by the writers, cast, cultural contributors and their communities.
"Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is about our hopes for a good future, guided by the principles of our cultural past.” - Renae Morriseau (Director/Lead Writer)
“We’re like a windshield that’s been shattered. The script shows us shattering but pulling ourselves back together again. As native people we are finding our way back.” - Woodrow Morrison, Haida oral historian
Touring… Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is touring across Canada May-June 2018 in a series of week-long community-engaged residencies at four locations: * Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside/Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre); Penticton/Syilx Territory (En’owkin Center); Toronto/Treaty 13 (Aki Theatre, Native Performing Arts); and Winnipeg/Treaty 1 and Metis Homelands (Théâtre Cercle Molière).
Community sharing... In each touring location, the traveling ensemble will be joined onstage by local cultural knowledge keepers and a youth from the host territory with knowledge of his or her culture.
Digital Sharing... Video Documentation of the process is being produced by Lantern Films to broaden the project’s audience-reach.
Legacy... A printed booklet will be published with information and background on the project, Canadian/indigenous history and the theme of reconciliation. It will be distributed to audience, participants, partner organization, libraries, education systems and other outlets.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?
Vancouver Moving Theatre is very grateful for the support received to date to realize this vital initiative. While a large part of this project is funded, we continue to raise funds for a few select, yet vital aspects to the project:
Youth… In each community on the tour, we will co-host Seeking Voices workshops. Local youth and community participants will share in the production by working together. They will co-curate a pre-show slideshow of images of the local territory that reflect and support Youth Voice, and a song play-list that reflects the current and traditional pulse of Aboriginal thought and heart.
Your donations now, will go directly toward funding these youth workshops and honorariums for youth participants in each community.
Food… In many Indigenous cultural traditions, sharing food is an essential element for nourishing relationships, marking important events and sharing teachings. It is a gesture of respect when entering into a collaborative, community engagement process that is guided by Indigenous world views.
Help us provide cultural gathering/meal to thank and honour each host community on the tour.
Gifts… As a showing of respect, we will present gifts of artwork and crafts made by indigenous artists living in Vancouver’s downtown eastside to each host community on our tour.
Your donation will compensate a downtown eastside artist and help us pay respect to our host communities.
Founded in 1983, Vancouver Moving Theatre has a proven track record of achieving excellence in community-engaged theatre by combining professional theatre production with community process to achieve strong art. Productions are guided by culturally diverse artists who bring enthusiasm, humour, and compassion; expertise in production-specific arts disciplines and cultural traditions; and experience in collaborative creation and community-engaged practice.
Vancouver Moving Theatre is a recipient of the City of Vancouver Cultural Harmony Award. In recognition for their significant contribution to arts, community bridge building and cultural harmony, VMT’s Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling are recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the Vancouver Mayor’s Award – Community Art, and the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. www.vancouvermovingtheatre.com
Renae Morriseau - Lead Writer, Director and Cultural Ambassador (Cree/Sauteaux) | Rosemary Georgeson - Co-writer & Community-Engagement Liaison (Sahtu Dene/Coast Salish) | Savannah Walling - Co-writer & Project Artistic Director (American Canadian] | Terry Hunter - Project Producer
Sam Bob (Snaw-Naw-As/Coast Salish), Stephen Lytton (Nicomen Indian Band, Nlaka'pamux First Nation), Marge White (Huu-ay-aht First Nation), Tai Amy Grauman (Metis/Iroquois Cree), Jonathan Fisher (Pottawattami, Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve), Sophie Merasty (Dene/Woodlands Cree Nations), Latash Maurice Nahanee (Squamish Nation), Tracey Nepinak (Cree/Peguis First Nation), Tania Carter (Salish), Vern Bevis (Okanagan Nation)
Kathleen Flaherty - Dramaturg | Keith Barker and Ange Loft – Consulting Dramaturgs / Stage Manager - Dorothy Jenkins, Fibre Processing Animatour - EartHand Gleaners Society / Sharon Kallis, Costume Designer - Crystine Booth, Lighting Designer - Bryan Kenney, Bill Beauregarde – Props Master, Projections Designer - Chandra Melting Tallow, Sound Designer - Jason Burnstick, Projected Image Creation - Michelle Sylliboy, Filmmaker - Lantern Films (Jessica Hallenbeck), Staging Consultant - James Fagan Tait, Associate Producer - Marisa Emma Smith, Tour Production Manager - Kerriann Cardinal, Technical Director & Sound Operator - Debbie Courchene, VMT Community-engagement Intern - Julia Siedlanowska, Vancouver Publicist - Gwen Kallio, Graphic Design - John Endo Greenaway
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, (Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory), En’owkin Centre (Penticton/Syilx Territory), Native Earth Performing Arts and in association with Jumbles Theatre (Toronto/Treaty 13), Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg/Treaty 1 and Metis Homelands) and with development assistance from Playwrights Theatre Centre, Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, EartHand Gleaners, and Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival.