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Human Cargo (Toronto, Canada)

January 24–26
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews

8:00PM (Jan 24–25)
7:00PM (Jan 26)
2:00PM (Jan 25–26)
(75 min, no intermission)

PuSh Conversations:
Post-Performance talks presented with Tides Canada: January 24–25


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Originally produced with Canada’s National Arts Centre

In Night, the lives of a Toronto anthropologist and a 16-year-old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24-hour darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Daniella is armed with good intentions and the bones of Piuyuq’s grandfather that have been sitting on a museum shelf for decades. She imagines a momentous repatriation, and instead discovers a web of cascading tragedies that haunt Piuyuq and her family.

A cross-cultural theatre creation, written and directed by Christopher Morris, and performed in English and Inuktitut (with surtitles), Night is a poetic and dramatic exploration of the clash between Inuit and colonial culture. Created over a three-year process in the arctic darkness of Pond Inlet and Akureyri, Iceland, Night turns southern tropes about the north upside down as it examines themes of ancestry, intention and darkness.

Human Cargo is a Toronto-based theatre company that brings together theatre artists from different cultural backgrounds to create original, multilingual productions. As theatre artists they explore the extremes of the human condition and create a safe environment for audiences to engage in a thorough and provocative discussion of ideas. The effect of Human Cargo’s theatre is overt: instigate social and political change.

>> … There’s enough heart and soul here to make this a Night to remember for audiences of any age. [Four stars] << Toronto Sun


Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23

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Playwright & director: Christopher Morris | Performers: Reneltta Arluk, Tiffany Ayalik, Linnea Swan, Jonathan Fisher, Spencer Naqitarvik (voice) | Set & costume designer: Gillian Gallow | Lighting designer: Michelle Ramsay | Sound designer: Lyon Smith | Stage Manager: Elizabeth Mcdermott | Technical director, production manager & associate lighting designer: Patrick Lavender | Scene artist & head of props: Anna Treusch | Assistant set & costume designer: Nadine Grant | Dramaturges: Peter Hinton, Paula Danckert

Production co-produced by National Arts Centre English Theatre; Supported by Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture, Language, Elders And Youth, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Embassy of Canada to Iceland