Written by Ian Kamau and his father Roger McTair, Loss is a 75-minute, live-arts, multi-media performance and installation that explores the trauma of loss in Afro-Caribbean communities. This intergenerational family story begins with Ian’s own winter of depression in and slowly unravels of the mystery surrounding the death of Ian’s paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers.
Ian Kamau is an artist and designer. He has released music projects, published writing, and was the founding executive director of Nia Centre for the Arts. He holds a Bachelor and Masters in Design, a Masters in Environmental Studies, is an associate artist at The Theatre Centre and Why Not Theatre, and currently works as an innovation designer. His interests include actualization, arts and culture, critical city building, strategy, and psychology.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $100,000 makes it possible for Ian and the creative team to develop a more ambitious design for the work, with production values that are more commonly found in large-scale concert experiences. This includes a more immersive and dynamic integration of Tiffany Hsuing’s film, and additional development of the show’s accompanying installation.
Loss is being developed as a part of The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program.
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
BMO – Through The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund
Premiering in 2023.