Co-produced by Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops), Persephone Theatre & Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre (Saskatoon), and The Cultch (Vancouver), in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre (Ottawa)
Sept 25 – Oct 06, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map]
Very strong language. This political, feminist, and daring comedy contains mature topics and profanity.
Written and directed by Kim Senklip Harvey
Come along for the ride to Kamloopa, the largest powwow on the West Coast. This high energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster who face the world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. How do you discover yourself when Columbus already did that? Bear witness to the courage of these women as they turn to the ancestors for help in reclaiming their power.
Kim Senklip Harvey explores the fearless love and passion of Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, ancestors, and stories through her exciting approach to Indigenous theatre.
This story, this ceremony is for our Indigenous peoples, it is to give voice and illuminate the power of Indigenous women. It is about our unwielded power and unsuppressed Settler supremacy for the entire journey of the artistic ceremony. That is the power we are reclaiming over our storytelling ceremony with Kamloopa.”—Kim Senklip Harvey, read more here
It is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are Indigenous or not” —Kim Senklip Harvey, read more here
Target Audience: Those who see themselves in the work and those who want to witness” —The Georgia Straight Fall Arts Preview, read more here
Kim Senklip Harvey acknowledges the assistance of the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab – a partnership between the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Canada Council for the Arts.
120 minutes, plus intermission
Sept 25, 8PM: Preview
Sept 26, 8PM: Opening
Sept 27 – 29, Oct 02 – 06, 8PM
Sept 30, 2PM
Post-show Artist Talkback: Sept 27 & 30, Oct 02
Stay behind after the show and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists; all are welcome.
Talking Circle: Saturday, Sept 29 & Thursday, Oct 04*
*For Indigenous community members who see themselves in the work: Moms, Aunties, Sisters, Elders, Children, Matriarchs, Wisdom Keepers, Scholars, etc., we invite you to respond to Kamloopa. Join Kim Senklip Harvey after the performance, and be a part of the ceremony.
Indian Friend Number 1, Edith: Yolanda Bonnell
Kilawna: Samantha Brown
Mikaya: Kaitlyn Yott
Playwright/Director: Kim Senklip Harvey
Assistant Director: Jessica Schacht
Dramaturg: Lindsay Lachance
Set/Lighting Director: Daniela Masellis
Costume Designer: Samantha McCue
Sound Designer/Composer: Cris Derksen
Projection Designer: Emily Soussana
Stage Manager: Madison Henry
Apprentice Stage Manager: Michelle Chabassol