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Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6
Urban Ink is thrilled to present FREEDOM SINGER, a new documentary theatre piece featuring Khari Wendell McClelland, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver October 7-18, 2017. We'd like you to join us, and possibly help spread the word! Read on for details…
In 2015, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter (and Juno Award nominee) Khari Wendell McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great-grandmother Kizzy. Using contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul, he personalized the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery. In sharing this music, Khari is brought face to face with his own «unrecorded» heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad.
FREEDOM SINGER is a new documentary-style theatre piece that blends McClelland’s original music with 1850s freedom songs, verbatim interview excerpts, and first-hand stories. It tells of McClelland’s journey to find the music that would have accompanied his great-great-great-grandmother, an escaped slave who walked to Ontario, lost her legs to the cold, had two children with a British-Canadian, then returned to Detroit after emancipation.
McClelland is joined on stage by acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker and Juno Award-nominated soul singer Tanika Charles resurrecting these songs for contemporary audiences.
The show is directed by Andrew Kushnir of Project: Humanity, a Toronto theatre company that uses journalistic research and verbatim texts to explore social issues.
The production premiered on stage in Toronto in February 2017 and is now on a cross-country tour, with a stop in Vancouver this fall at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.
The latest groundbreaking verbatim work from Project: Humanity, FREEDOM SINGER asks: can “vibrations of the past” bring us closer to the truths and freedoms we may be seeking today?
“A sweet reminder of our history"
★★★ – TORONTO STAR
FREEDOM SINGER was originally developed by Project: Humanity in association with Urban Ink Productions and Crow's Theatre, with support from the NAC’s «The Collaborations»
October 7-18, 2017
[Sponsored by The Georgia Straight]
Tues – Saturday evenings @ 8pm
Sat. & Sun. Matinees @ 2pm
Oct. 8 2pm — Pay What You Can (admission at door)
Oct. 10 8pm — ASL Interpretation AND Talkback
Oct. 17 8pm — Talkback
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
On sale through BMO Theatre Centre’s ticket partner: vancouvertix.com/buy-tickets/freedom-singer
This presentation of Freedom Singer is made possible with the generous support from:
BC Arts Council
City of Vancouver
Web page: Urbanink.ca/freedom-singer
All dates and cities of the fall 2017 tour: projecthumanity.ca
*Thanks for helping us spread the word by sharing this event with people who like theatre or music or history or moving human interest stories.*
[Photo credit: Dahlia Katz]