"Thread Bound" Dance-Theatre
Co-choreographed/danced by Kathleen Rea and Suzanne Liska
Lighting/dramaturgy - Tristan Whiston
Movement coach - Maxine Heppner
Stage Manager - Michael Haltrech
INTERGALACTIC ARTS COLLECTIVE (STUDIO 103), Artscape Young-place, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
DATES & TIMES:
8:00 pm, Thursday October 3, 2019
8:00 pm Friday October 4, 2019
8:00 pm Saturday October 5, 2019
7:00 pm Sunday October 6, 2019 (RELAXED SHOW - print out of text provided ahead of time, music played slightly lower, description of possible trigger done prior the show, people can come and go as they please).
After each show audience is invited to sit in a circle with Suzanne and Kathleen and talk with them.
$25 Artist rate advanced sales
$30 Advanced sales
$35 at the door (cash, debit and credit cards)
Kathleen Rea, also a former psychotherapist, explains inherited ancestral trauma: "We pass on biological information to our children. Stress, trauma and malnutrition modify our genes, sending chemical signals turning them on or off. This changes the way we see, feel, taste and hear and deal with stress through up to five generations, getting less and less until the effect fades. The imprint of our elders and all they experienced before we were born lives inside us."
As a creator and dancer in Thread Bound, Suzanne explores the impact of the forced internment of her Japanese Canadian family during World War Two. Kathleen explores her family’s Eastern European World War Two experience which involved fleeing the Gulag concentration camps due to persecution for religious beliefs. Both Kathleen and Suzanne have been engaged in the life-long project of re-owning stories that they had been protected from when young. Thread Bound is the culmination of this process. Both artists are bound together in the search for these thin yet powerful threads. Thread Bound brings these stories and the imprint they still have on us into the public consciousness. To remember and express what has occurred in the past is relevant work in the face of rising worldwide forces that seek to persecute and disenfranchise based on religion and race.
Thread Bound premieres amidst a national movement this year in 2019 calling for redress by the B.C. Government to expand on its 2012 apology for acts of racism again Japanese Canadians that "culminated in the province’s critical role in the forced removal, internment, confiscation of property, forced labour and exile of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during 1942 to 1949. " Many are asking for the provincial government to assume greater responsibility for the past injustices. They have also asked that Japanese Canadians be consulted to provide the community with a voice in developing recommendations for redress.
“How can we process embodied knowledge from our ancestors who have experienced transnational traumas? Suzanne and Kathleen embark on this internal journey as a way to connect with each other. They have created a love letter to their matriarchal lineage that speaks to global experiences of fighting for life and dancing in celebration of inter-generational survival.”
Lo Bil Performance Artist, M.A.