Presented as part of the rEvolver Festival | presenting partner Neworld Theatre
— I know you’ll stand in solidarity with me, but how close are you willing to stand?
Part lecture, part meditation, and part threat, The Only Good Indian takes a radical look at where our similarities begin and where they end. Each night a different performer straps themselves into a suicide vest – and struggles to rationalize such an “irrational” decision.
After the recent Canadian National Tour of Daughter – including a presentation at PuSh 2018 – and a sold-out extended run of the world premiere of Take d Milk, Nah? (★★★1/2 out of 4, Toronto Star | ★★★★, NOW Magazine), The Only Good Indian marks Pandemic’s debut at the r...Evolver Festival.
THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN is designed for a different performer each night – half pre-written, and half created by the artist who takes the stage. Through a system of guided questions, these artists delve deep into their own lived experience to present a radical, vulnerable, and disturbing tapestry of occupation, resistance, and what “Indianhood” can mean.
Created by 2017 Siminovitch Prize nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, 2015 Governor General’s Award nominee Tom Arthur Davis, and 2017 Ken McDougall Award winner Jiv Parasram, this incarnation of The Only Good Indian recruits local artist, Jessie Award winner Adele Noronha, to step into the radical headspace of a suicide bomber.
Each individual performance (30-40 minutes) is followed by a long table* discussion, giving space for the audience to enter into conversation with each other to discuss their own experiences. (Total time span of event is 75 minutes)
“…fiery and thought provoking…personal and powerful. ★★★★” – Now Magazine
“Compelling… Unsettling.” The Slotkin Letter
“Remarkable, almost hypnotic.” Mooney on Theatre
Wednesday May 23 — 8:30pm — Jivesh Parasram
Thursday May 24 — 7:15pm — Adele Noronha
Friday May 25 — 7:00pm — Jivesh Parasram (ASL interpretation)
Saturday May 26 — 4:30pm — Tom Arthur Davis
Saturday May 26 — 9:00pm — Donna Michelle St. Bernard
Sunday May 27 — 5:00pm — Adele Noronha
Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch)
1895 Venables Street
About the company:
Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company mandated to create, develop, and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives that engage social and political themes.
We strive to create spaces where political discourse is not only possible, but also encouraged.
Our work is to challenge audiences, artists, and communities to engage and question the role of aesthetics in ideology. To do so ethically, critically, and in the spirit of solidarity.
We have worked throughout Canada and internationally, including: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nova Scotia, Vancouver, Calgary, Kingston, Ottawa-Gatineau, and Sibiu (Romania).
Another world is possible.
This project is funded by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.