Alley Theatre (Vancouver) | In association with Full Circle: First Nations Performance
May 8 – 12, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map link]
Winner of the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Writer
Winner of a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Lighting Design
Nominated for a Significant Artistic Achievement Award and Outstanding Original Script
O’wet (oh-wee): a verb colloquially used to denote propelling
a canoe. O’wet is also connected to a shaman’s canoe ride to
the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.
Lost Lagoon: A body of water in between Xway Xway (Stanley
Park) and downtown Vancouver that once flowed in and out
freely with the tides and now stands land locked.
O’wet/Lost Lagoon is a solo performance about reclamation and change that weaves real-life stories with the visceral experience of a spiritual canoe journey. Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow it grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world. With humour and truth, the story snapshots us through Quelemia’s life from her international modeling career – partying with the rich and famous – to fishing trips with her dad, her connection/disconnection to home; and her journey of healing through intergenerational trauma.
Sparrow will simply charm you… this is a voice that we have not heard before. It’s long awaited and exciting” — Jo Ledingham
May 8, 8PM: Preview
May 9, 8PM: Opening Night
May 11 – 12, 8PM
May 12, 2PM
85 Minutes, no intermission