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Salt Baby: From Kitchener to Dawson City
Submitted by AmandaL on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:08am
MT Space is thrilled to present Salt Baby in Kitchener as part of their national tour. Director, Yvette Nolan, shares her thoughts on the journey:
"From Kitchener to Dawson City…
I just received a show report from Salt Baby in Dawson City, Yukon, where the production played last night to an audience of 112 youth and adults at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, almost seven years to the day that Salt Baby performed to its very first public audience in Kitchener at the very first IMPACT Festival…
What a journey this has been. After the auspicious beginning at IMPACT 09, the show went on to a run in Toronto, a rock concert show at Six Nations as part of Planet IndigenUs 2012, a run in NextStage Festival in 2013. The script was published by J Gordon Shillingford Publishing and we thought, okay, that’s it.
And then… the Globe Theatre in Regina wanted to produce the play in the Schumiatcher Sandbox series in 2015. A whole new generation of performers, prairie performers, are introduced to Salt Baby. The Globe team created a design that allowed us to tour, and the Globe most graciously loaned us the whole thing to take to Talking Stick Festival. Yukon presenters at Talking Stick saw the show and asked for it to come to their communities, which is why I am receiving show reports from Dawson City. There is a nice symmetry in bringing the show back to MT Space, seven years after we started there. Many things have happened in the world since then – Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to name just two – that have affected the way Canadians think about their relationship with Indigenous people, but somehow Salt Baby is still as relevant as it was seven years ago.
I think it’s funnier, too. How can that be? Falen and I sat the other night in Teslin (on Tlingit territory, in the Cultural Centre) and laughed ourselves silly watching the actors rehearsing. I know it’s bad form for the playwright and the director to laugh at their own jokes, but the play is funny, and the actors are brilliant, and I think, perhaps, the changing relationship, the increasing knowledge in the Canadian population, has allowed us to laugh a little easier, together."
Director, Salt Baby