Company: Urban Indigenous Theatre Company, Winnipeg, MB
Genre: Storytelling / Spoken Word
Venue: 13 - Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (UofW)
What recommends this above average Fringe fare is the hope and optimism expressed here. It’s impossible not to be infected by their energy.
This production by the Urban Indigenous Theatre Company (made up of
students from MTYP's Aboriginal Training and Mentorship program)
explores the story of residential schools not by looking at the past,
but at the present - and what our present says for the future.
And if these young performers are any indication, there may actually be some hope.
Under Phillip Duncan and Columpa Bobb's direction, the troupe presents a
series of vignettes using a range of theatrical techniques - choral
speaking backed by hand drumming, video projection, song, poetry, and
dance - to explore what it is to be young and Aboriginal in our society.
It's not always a pretty picture - there's a lot of bleakness here, but
also the hint at the end that we may have a better future to look
forward to collectively.
This is not the most polished show you'll see at the Fringe. Some
performers are more advanced than others, they don't always sing on key
together, and the odd scene is downright perplexing in its meaning.
But what recommends this above average Fringe fare is the hope and
optimism expressed. And it is impossible not to be infected by their
It is, indeed, moving.