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.
Deeply rooted in the cosmology and teachings of Sparrow’s Musqueam heritage, this adventure introduces never-before-seen Musqueam/Sto:lo visual storytelling and animation, as well as inter-Indigenous sound and puppetry. Imaginatively constructed and fiercely poignant, Skyborn invites the audience to bear witness to a reclamation of culture, land and self.
Based in Vancouver, Savage Production Society operates as a collective of theatre and film artists of Indigenous descent. They tell stories sourcing myth, tradition and the contemporary Indigenous experience: modern Indigenous voices, telling their own stories, endeavoring to positively affect awareness of the contemporary Indigenous perspective by carrying on the tradition of Indigenous storytelling through contemporary mediums of expression.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $160,000 supported an extended workshop process, allowing the creative team to collaboratively develop the visual design and animation and experiment with integrating projections with the live performance. The Fund’s investment also provided additional time for further script development and land-based dramaturgy.
Development Support: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.
Presenting Partners: The Cultch, Gateway Theatre
In-kind Development Support: Boca del Lupo, Urban Ink
January 23 to February 1, 2020: The Cultch (Vancouver), presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival