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JAN 23–FEB 01, 2020 | Historic Theatre


About the Show

A Land Reclamation Odyssey

A black hole, hungry ghosts, a Grandmother wolf—Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn is an epic odyssey grounded in Indigenous ancestral knowledge. Guided through the universe on a river made of stars, Sparrow makes a journey by canoe to recover her lost soul from the land of the dead. This adventure is deeply rooted in the cosmology and teachings of her Musqueam heritage. It invites the audience to bear witness to a reclamation of culture, land and self.

Skyborn is imaginatively constructed and fiercely poignant. It introduces never-before-seen Musqueam/Sto:lo visual storytelling and animation, as well as inter-Indigenous sound and puppetry, but at its heart is the simple, irreducible force of human presence: Sparrow is a natural performer, endowed with grace and magnetism. This work is her gesture of liberation.

“When a person had a spirit sickness, it was said that their soul had left their body. In Skyborn, we use theatre to embody a ritual that is a personal and familial odyssey of reclamation of self, and land, and blood memory.” —Quelemia Sparrow

Presenting Companies
Quelemia Sparrow (Vancouver)
Savage Society (Vancouver)
PuSh: International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver)
Show Warning
Water-based fog
Strong language
Flashing lights
Venue Location
Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Running Time
90 minutes, no intermission
Jan 23, 7:30PM: Preview
Jan 24, 7:30PM: Opening
Jan 25, Jan 28–Feb 1, 7:30PM
Jan 25–26, Feb 1, 2PM
Accessibility Performances

ASL Interpreted Performance:
Jan 28, 7:30PM

Live Audio Described Performance (in Partnership with Vocaleye):
Feb 1, 2PM

More info about Accessibility at The Cultch

Post-show Artist Talkback
Jan 26, 28
Box Office
Phone: 604.251.1363
Address: 1895 Venables St.
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Press & Reviews

“Art leads, again. Politics, language, history: all play a part in playwright and actor Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn: A Land Recla­mation Odyssey” —Georgia Straight



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Show Credits

Playwright/Performer: Quelemia Sparrow
Fire Creator/Director: Kim Senklip Harvey
Indigenous Framework Consultant: Lindsay Lachance
Dramaturg: David Bloom
Set Designer: Andy Moro
Video Designer: Emily Soussana
Costume Designer: Evan Ducharme
Lighting Designer: Itai Erdal
Illustrations: Chief Lady Bird, Chrystal Sparrow, Carrielynn Victor
Sound Designer/Sound Team Lead: Mishelle Cuttler
Song Creators/Musicians: Christie Lee Charles & Russell Wallace
Puppet Designer: Stephanie Elgersma
Puppeteer: Kelsey Kanatan Wavey
Stage Manager: Lois Dawson
Apprentice Stage Manager: Brody Halfe
Soundscape Vocals: Renae Morriseau, Chelsea Rose Tucker, Kaitlyn Yott
Production Manager: Matt Oviatt
Construction Manager: Andrew Pye
Technical Director: Conor Moore
Props: Jennifer Stewart

Partner Restaurants

Grabbing a bite before or after the show?
You’ll receive 15% off your total food bill from the following restaurants when showing your same day ticket or receipt:

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria |1380 Commercial Drive
Havana Restaurant |1212 Commercial Drive
La Tana and Vini Volpe | 635 Commercial Drive
Storm Crow Tavern |1305 Commercial Drive