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Quelemia Sparrow / Savage Society (Vancouver) / Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

JAN 23–FEB 01, 2020

Historic Theatre

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

Jan 23, 7:30PM: Preview
Jan 24, 7:30PM: Opening
Jan 25, Jan 28–Feb 1, 7:30PM
Jan 25–26, Feb 1, 2PM

ASL Interpreted Performance:
Jan 28, 7:30PM

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

Post-show Artist Talkback:
Jan 26, 28

Part of the Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences.


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