A black hole, hungry ghosts, a Grandmother wolf—Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn is an epic odyssey grounded in Indigenous ancestral knowledge. Guided through the universe on a river made of stars, Sparrow makes a journey by canoe to recover her lost soul from the land of the dead. This adventure is deeply rooted in the cosmology and teachings of her Musqueam heritage. It invites the audience to bear witness to a reclamation of culture, land and self.
Skyborn is imaginatively constructed and fiercely poignant. It introduces never-before-seen Musqueam/Sto:lo visual storytelling and animation, as well as inter-Indigenous sound and puppetry, but at its heart is the simple, irreducible force of human presence: Sparrow is a natural performer, endowed with grace and magnetism. This work is her gesture of liberation.
Live Description on Feb 1 at 2pm / Touch Tour after the show
Content Note: Includes use of scents, smoke/haze and flashing lights.
PLAYWRIGHT AND PERFORMER Quelemia Sparrow DIRECTOR Kim Senklip Harvey DRAMATURG Lindsay Lachance SET DESIGN Andy Moro VIDEO DESIGN Emily Sousanna COSTUME DESIGN Evan Ducharme LIGHTING DESIGN Itai Erdal ILLUSTRATIONS Chief Lady Bird, Chrystal Sparrow, Carrielynn Victor SOUND TEAM Mishelle Cuttler, Christie Lee Charles, Russell Wallace PUPPET DESIGN Stephanie Elgersma
SUPPORTED BY National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund FURTHER FUNDING FROM Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, British Columbia Arts Council, The First Peoples’ Cultural Council, City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, Boca del Lupo.