Written and performed by Musqueam artist Quelemia Sparrow, Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey explores the intergenerational effects of colonialism, memory and the reclamation of land and self through a canoe journey of the soul, back to her ancestral land Xway Xway (now known as Stanley Park).
With a sophisticated blend of cinematic and physical theatre, Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey brings the multi-dimensional creation story of Vancouver to life.
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 will support 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 will also provide 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