Having been a work-in-progress for over six years, MT Space is proud to finally premiere AMAL: How Did We Get Here? (formerly known as The Occupy Spring Project) in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo this October.

How Did We Get Here?

In 2013, MT Space began creation on a new piece that brought together a team of culturally diverse and Indigenous artists to explore global events that shaped and are shaping our current world, including the Arab Spring, Occupy, and Idle No More movements.

Now, five years later, the spring has turned into a harsh winter. As people flee their homes creating one of the most severe refugee crises in history, and the land now called Canada becomes home to a displaced Syrian population, resurgent Indigenous communities across Turtle Island are fighting for control of their lives and lands.

Through the story of a Syrian family being separated, we reflect on interconnected histories of displacement, colonization, and the imposition of artificial borders, raising the questions: what does it mean to occupy, to resist, to survive?


Production Credits

Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Text Development by Gary Kirkham
Dramaturgy by Ric Knowles
Scenography by Andy Moro
Costume Design by Adriana Fulop
Sound Design by Nick Storring
Stage Management by Cody Burns

Performed by Trevor Copp, Nicholas Cumming, Nigel Irwin, Jewels Krauss, Ahmad Meree, Nada Humsi, Gülce Oral, and Pam Patel

Created by Majdi Bou-Matar, Gary Kirkham, Ric Knowles, Trevor Copp, Nicholas Cumming, Nigel Irwin, Jewels Krauss, Ahmad Meree, Nada Humsi, Gülce Oral, and Pam Patel

We would also like to acknowledge the artists who helped to shape this piece through our workshops in 2013 and 2017: Tara Beagan, Ashley Bomberry, Heather Majaury, Zac Gungl, Badih AbouChakra, Tawia Ben M’Carthy, Monique Mojica, Brenda Pilatzke, Jennifer Jimenez, Alejando Valbuena, and Shelley Niro (Elder)

Production Details

October 12-13th 2018 | RUTAS panamericanas international performing arts festival
Aki Studio585 Dundas St E #250, Toronto

October 24-26th
Centre in The Square, Studio Presentation 101 Queen St. North, Kitchener

Running time: 80 minutes, no intermission

Warning: This show has coarse language and deals with mature content.

Production Tickets

RUTAS panamericanas international performing arts festival
advance $25 | $20 RUTAS 2018 SSAW

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Event Series | Oct 12 at 7pm | Oct 13 at 4pm

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