Written and performed by Musqueam artist Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet 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).
Quelemia is collaborating with Indigenous filmmaker Amanda Strong, whose stop motion animation work similarly explores blood history and Indigenous ideology. With a sophisticated blend of cinematic and physical theatre, O’wet 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 make it possible for Quelemia and Amanda to collaborate on the elaborate process of creating stop motion film and explore the interplay between animation and 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
Premiering in Vancouver in January 2020 and Richmond, BC in March 2020