A play first commissioned in 2016, Skyborn is a dreamlike canoe odyssey by Quelemia Sparrow, guided by the spirit of her Great Grandmother. The story dives deep into the intergenerational effects of colonialism, memory and the reclamation of land and self.
This new play by Tai Amy Grauman was a workshop presentation at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster in October 2019. It follows two souls in five different Indigenous love stories at five different distinct periods in history. Through alternate forms of theatrical structure, the piece explores ancestor’s history and the ways in which a young woman inherits trauma from the matriarchs in the family.
Savage Society and the Massey Theatre Society joined their artistic forces in 2018 and launched the inaugural Indigenous multi-disciplinary arts program: The Skookum Indigenous Arts Series. The program consists of original plays, dance, film and mixed arts utilizing the theatrical resources of a colonial institution to help make Indigenous talent visible, raise awareness of the talent, and foster cultural exchange and dialogue. This series was made possible by a three-year grant from the Vancouver Foundation.