Watch the Video: https://vimeo.com/344835720/44aad11dff
This performative art presentation was indeed a community and team effort! We knew we wanted to create a show that celebrated diverse local talent, but also one that challenged current beliefs and questioned community barriers to meaningful inclusion.
Trusting that people would be willing to share their experiences, we put a call out for stories that spoke of their inter-relationship to place and people — the only caveat was that the stories needed to be honest and to make us feel something. We understood that work like this could be seen as provocative and create some discomfort, but without it, we knew we couldn’t begin to imagine a social way forward.
What you see in this multidisciplinary presentation are artists being courageous enough to speak their truth. This ICA project, funded by Victoria Foundation, is a partnership with Raino Dance and its Artistic Director, Monique Salez, whose creative vision was crucial in bringing the production to life. We’d also like to thank Krystal Cook and Asha Mehrabi for being an integral part of the Creative Team.
Paulina Grainger, Manager – Arts & Community Engagement, ICA
This production has been a salve, a much-needed creative medicine to tell stories that often can’t find a home. Stories of place/displacement, belonging/longing, connection/disconnection across diverse voices: Indigenous, settler, refugee, and immigrant. Through the process, it became clear that these stories were both newborn and hungry to be seen, as well as ones that were old and homeless… until now.
Together, we stepped into this creative relationship and found our places of service to each other and to the whole. I was grateful for the incredible cast of creators who brought forward their voices and embodied them with such generosity, encouraging me to do the same.
Monique Salez – Owner & Artistic Director, Raino Dance
Public Performance: July 13, 7 pm, Glenlyon Norfolk School, 800 Block Richmond Ave.
Ticket: $15 Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/imprint-tickets-63407391214
Photos by Gavin Andrews