šxʷʔam̓ət (home)



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Tix $15 (plus service charge)


Theatre, Activism

Presented by Theatre for Living In Collaboration with Journeys Around The Circle Society
Directed by David Diamond
Associate Director Renae Morriseau

Live, Interactive, Global Webcast March 11 at 7:30pm
March 2: 2 for 1 Preview at 7:30pm

Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre) has a 36 year, multi-award winning history of creating cutting-edge, interactive theatre that challenges perceptions and creates social change.
This year, TfL’s legacy continues with šxʷʔam̓ət (home), for 11 performances at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Provocative and entertaining, this production is created and performed by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast, and asks us to imagine what reconciliation really means. If you want innovative theatre that is engaging and challenges your perceptions, this would be it.

The title of this production, šxʷʔam̓ət, is based on a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (a local Indigenous dialect) word used to reference home. This word has so many different meanings to all of us who are living on this land.

There’s a conversation happening in Canada about Reconciliation and how it is manifesting action in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across this country. The City of Vancouver has officially declared that Vancouver sits on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. But what do these initiatives really mean? If we are sincere about the desire for reconciliation, what kinds of shifts in perceptions and behaviours need to take place? What is the pulse of change each of us are shaping? How do we break down the walls of colonization that surround us all? Is Reconciliation possible without respecting promises and guarantees made regarding Indigenous consent for projects on Indigenous land?

šxʷʔam̓ət (home) will invite audiences to change the patterns of behaviour inside characters who are struggling with these issues – patterns that audience members recognize inside themselves – and rehearse true reconciliation.

šxʷʔam̓ət (home) will be workshopped, created and performed by a cast of seven original and relevant voices, from a diverse range of Canadian society.
Cast members are Asivak Koostachin (Inuk/Cree), Madeline Terbasket (Okanagan, Ho-Cak & Anishnabe), Mutya Macatumpag, Nayden Palosaari (Cree), Rev. Margaret Roberts*, Sam Bob* (Snaw-Naw-As/Coast Salish) and Tom Scholte*.

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