Emergence: Krystal Cook

Written & performed by: Krystal Cook
Dramaturged & directed by: Lina de Guevara
Soundscape by: Enrique Rivas
Masks by: Miles Lowry.

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Emergence is the journey of poet Krystal Cook, a Kwakwaka'wakw woman from the Namgis territory of Alert Bay. She uses movement, mask, sound and spoken word to explore and celebrate the emergence of voice. Drawing from her life story, she reflects on and shares poignant experiences that have shaped and influenced her world view.

Emergence examines Krystal's role as a poet. The journey takes her from a tribal fishing village to the big city and investigates the spiritual tests and victories she encounters in her desire to become whole amidst colliding world views. The play speaks to and questions her experience with the residue left behind from Residential School.

Emergence is the poet’s humble love offering to create sacred space for people to stand in their beauty and magnificence. A glorious space to just be where we are, not carrying the heartbreak and tragedy. It is the exciting opportunity to acknowledge the rich characters, oral history, and spirit words that live in our lifeblood.

Emergence is a step towards creating and affirming earth-based theatre that honours ancestral forces and connections to spirit, land and family.

Production of Emergence as part of the Meli Festival (March 2007)

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Performed & written by: Krystal Cook

Announcer's voice: John Campos

Artistic Direction & Dramaturgy: Lina de Guevara

Soundscape: Enrique Rivas

Lighting Design: William Mackwood

Masks: Miles Lowry

Stage Manager: Rebecca Mulvihill

Staging Consultant: Barbara Poggemiller

Producer: Marianne van der Meij


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