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The Nisei & The Narnauks

Paul Van Dyck - Persephone Productions (Montréal)

5 — 22 fév.

The Nisei are the second generation of Japanese Canadians, whose lives were
marked by deportation and internment during World War II, while a narnauk is a
supernatural creature that transforms into an animal by putting on the skin of that animal. In The Nisei & The Narnauks, a child of Japanese descent encounters the compelling mythology of the First Nations on Canada’s West Coast. It follows the journey of Kimiko, a Nisei girl who sets out from an internment camp in the Slocan Valley in search of her grandmother. As she crosses British Columbia, Kimiko sees the myths of the Haida nation come to life through puppetry, masks, and live music.

Written and directed by Paul Van Dyck, and narrated on stage actress Stefanie Nakamura, Nisei & The Narnauks is produced by Montréal’s Persephone Productions. It reveals a little-known period in Canadian history and raises a fundamental question: how can mythology help us overcome hardship?


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