Hitting the Highway

Every two years we hit the road with an original, interactive performance for middle and high schools. Of course this year will look a little different. We won’t be renting a van and hitting the literal road. The digital highway will have to do this year.

Seven Visions will allow students to experience reconciliation. It will be a virtual experience, but a way that we can still share the insightful, powerful, and profound stories of over 70 Indigenous youth who worked with us over the last two years. In August we brought a socially distanced and livestreamed performance of Songide’ewin to general audiences. Since then, our youth consultants have helped to craft the original source material in to a new version of the script targeted to their peers. They also advised on how to make it interactive on video.  

Our team has also been working in consultation with teachers to find the best way to move forward during the ongoing pandemic. Some students will gather at school for a viewing party with tech support and facilitation by our team. Others will watch from the comfort of their homes as part of remote learning. All students will still have an opportunity to test out options for how to address the conflict in the play, virtually stepping into the shoes of a character and exploring solutions to the challenges they faced. This is a powerful process that encourages youth to use their voices.

Our past tours (like Home 2.0 pictured above) have shared the experiences of newcomer youth, mental health struggles, youth in foster care, racism, and explored how to deal with the lure of gangs. In 2018 we travelled all over rural Manitoba, to Brandon, and dozens of schools in Winnipeg with Home 2.0. Being in the room with students, meeting them, doing workshops, and getting them hyped with dance moves cannot be replaced in the virtual medium. However, a digital offering will allow us to share the work more widely to regions beyond our usual travel radius, with more performances than a live cast could manage, and to spark a dialogue about reconciliation with a greater number of students.

The virtual tour of Seven Visions will run from midNovember to the end of January. Spread the word to teachers, schools, and youth. For more information or to book a performance contact production@sarasvati.ca or call 204-306-5303.

To learn more about the process and the larger creation story check out an overview on our website.

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