Chan Centre Dot Com Series

Sansei: The Storyteller

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Fri Mar 26 2021 7pm
Online

Tickets $0/$10/$20; Subscriptions from $60

A digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Watch online from Mar 26, 2021 at 7pm PT 

Read about the virtual experience here

 

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor triggered the internment and dispossession of tens of thousands of Japanese-Canadians. In a tale that is both illuminating and profoundly personal, Sansei: The Storyteller weaves together dance, narrative, historical audio, and family recollections in a moving work that CBC hailed as both “timely” and “uniquely beautiful.” With compassion and unexpected humour, Kunji Mark Ikeda shares his discovery of where he came from, how his family navigated their histories, and how the rampant racism of past generations has affected the Japanese community today.

 

Creator/performer Ikeda “dances, and says more with the movement of his fingers than many actors do with reams of dialogue” (Calgary Herald). The artistic director of Calgary’s Cloudsway Dance Theatre, Ikeda’s moving multi-disciplinary works inventively combine story, imagination, and choreography. Sansei: The Storyteller won Best of Fest honours at the 2015 Calgary International Fringe Festival in addition to garnering a Calgary Theatre Critics award nomination and two Betty Mitchell Award nominations for performance and choreography.

 

"The agony and ambiguity of the Japanese internment comes out as much in his dance as it does in his words – his movements are filled with a sense of a man under pressure"
Calgary Herald

 

Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in March 2021.

 

Buy tickets
Fri Mar 26 2021 7pm
Online

Tickets $0/$10/$20; Subscriptions from $60

Online from Mar 26 - May 31

Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT on Friday Mar 26 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

We've gone digital!

In order to keep our patrons, artists, and staff safe, we’ve temporarily moved Chan Centre-presented performances online for the 2020-21 season.

Have questions about this new format? Visit our FAQ section to read more about how you can access online performances for all of the great artists in our Dot Com Series.

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