The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Storyweaving
Aboriginal artists, elders, dancers, and members of the Downtown Eastside community come together to help an old man, The Old One, make his journey home in a new multidisciplinary performance called Storyweaving. The play co-written by Renae Morriseau, Rosemary Georgeson, and Savannah Walling is presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre and the DTES Heart of the City Festival at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 East Hastings Street) from May 11 to 13 and 18 to 20.
In Storyweaving, The Old One’s life journey includes ancestral memories of Coast Salish history, including the decline of the salmon fishing industry, the pain experienced by families broken up by the residential school system, and the loss of family members. Also included are powerful stories of resilience, including the founding of the Coqualeetza Fellowship and Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and what it means to be Aboriginal in an urban landscape.
Storyweaving features the work of Jeff Harrison, Bob Baker, Wes Nahanee, Loni Williams, Mike and Mique’l Dangeli, elders Woody Morrison and Marge C. White, Sue Blue, Brenda Prince, Steven Lytton, Priscillia Tait, Muriel “X” Williams, the Spakwus Slulum Dancers, and the Git Hayetsk Dancers.