June 21-25 | Tues-Fri 8pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | June 21 PWYC | June 23 Talkback
June 21-25 | Tues-Fri 8pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | June 21 PWYC | Post show talk-back June 23
O’wet/Lost Lagoon by Quelemia Sparrow
June 21 National Aboriginal Day celebration performance
Pre-Sale Tickets Currently SOLD OUT for Tues June 21st 8pm
PWYC (pay-what-you-can) TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, starting one hour (7pm) prior to the performance on a first-come, first-serve basis.
All regular performances $20* in advance | $25* at the door *plus service charge
$2 from every ticket will be donated to the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Show is apx 90 min.
“Some say your soul will leave your body during a terrible fright. You must journey to retrieve it.”– Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet/Lost Lagoon
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.
Written and Performed by Quelemia Sparrow
Directed by Marisa Emma Smith
Assistant Direction by Tai Amy Graumen
Dramaturgy by Heidi Taylor
Media Design by Candelario Andrade
Sound Design/Original Composition by Sandy Scofield
Set Design by Shizuka Kai
Lighting Design by Itai Erdal
This piece was originally commissioned by Full Circle: First Nations Performance as part of a larger work, and benefited from the work of the Full Circle Aboriginal Ensemble, including director Margo Kane, dramaturg Michael Springate, and Associate Dramaturg and Researcher Kwasuun Sarah Vedan.
About Alley Theatre:
“This excellent company makes every moment count”
– New York Times
– The Georgia Straight
Alley Theatre is an award-winning non-profit theatre company incorporated in 2011. As a company, they are interested in work that “makes the invisible visible” – whether that be through content, or in surprising, site-specific venue choices. Recent Firehall presentations of Alley Theatre’s work include Little One by Hannah Moscovitch and Kayak Jordan Hall.
Alley’s shows have received four Jessie Richardson Award nominations including the 2014 Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. The company is a winner of the Cultchivating Award and has received critical acclaim outside of Vancouver as well including from Time Out New York and The New York Times. For more info on Alley Theatre go to www.alleytheatre.ca