How do you talk about dark subject matter? Therein lies the magic of live theatre. TheatreOne proudly presents “Sansei: The Storyteller”, which uses the magical elements of live performance, dance, and humour to tell the story about one of Canada’s darkest decisions and how rampant racism from past generations has affected the Japanese community today. Three different stories will be told by Mark Ikeda, “a terrific stage presence [and] a natural-born storyteller” according to the Calgary Herald. In these stories he explores the many hardships and social climates when the Ikeda family was labelled as enemy aliens. The silver lining is that if not for his internment, Mark Ikeda would not be alive to tell the story.
There’s one story about a 15th-century Japanese man who marries a woman and tries to sire an heir. There’s the story of the internment from when Pearl Harbour was bombed in 1941, transformed into an agonizing and violent dance by Ikeda. The same internment is also experienced through his aunt and uncle, who we hear in audio as they recollect what it was like to be rounded up and shipped off to live in small, crowded conditions with no privacy. Genuinely stunning information is gleaned from the history of these events as Ikeda digs deep into them.
This theatre presentation will coincide with this year’s 75th anniversary of the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbour, and the registration of Japanese Canadians. “Sansei” is an award-winning, socially conscious performance that has toured across Canada, educating and instructing its audiences while examining fundamental Japanese Canadian ideologies that recommend a positive and peaceful reconcilliatory response.
Come and see what Laurie Fife of the Ottawa Storytellers Society calls “storytelling at its finest; sophisticated, meaningful, moving, and humourous.”
Event Name: TheatreOne Presents: Sansei: The Storyteller
Date: Thursday, November 23 to Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 7:30pm Thurs.-Fri.; 2pm matinee Sat.
Location: Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University, 900 5th Street, Nanaimo
Contact: Nadine Wiepning
Official website: https://www.theatreone.org/