The Awakening of my People through Sweat Lodge
Writer/Performer, Marcel Gagnon
Director, Karen Jeffery
Cast: Zach Running Coyote
Stage Manager, Workshop: Amy Collisson
Stage Manager, Showcase: Leigh Robinson
"I don't know who you are my boy, but the drum is calling you home."
From Wolf to Raven to Frog and finally Beaver, Elder, of the Lheidli T’enneh Band and Juno Award Nominee explores the four rounds of life's journey from an Aboriginal youth come leader. Through story and song, Marcel Gagnon's main message is "The Awakening of my people thru Sweat Lodge" which is ‘The Womb of Mother Earth.'
AUDIENCE RESPONSE AND TESTIMONIALS:
"The work is a courageous and powerful offering that reveals the heart of reconciliation. Great respect for the artist. You will be deeply moved. Keep up the good work!"
Michael Margolick, BC Movement Arts
"Witnessing Awakening My People Through the Sweat Lodge was a powerful and informative experience. The level of honesty and passion with which Gagnon's story was delivered was an honour to witness and I would highly encourage anyone with the opportunity to experience this piece to do so."
Britt Meierhofer, Music Director, CFUR Radio UNBC
"I think my jaw hit the floor at the beginning and stayed there until the end. Beautifully voiced stories, gorgeous choreography and lighting, and songs I kept humming all night..."
Cass Chowdhury, Audience Member
"I highly encourage you to attend the Sunset Theatre's performance of Awakening My People Through Sweatlodge by Marcel Gagnon and developed by Karen Jeffery. The story telling is beautiful, awakening, humorous, and heart-wrenching. The music and singing reaches into your soul." BJ Bailey, Actor, Playwright