NIGHT by Christopher Morris

January 24th – 26th, 2014
The Roundhouse
181 Roundhouse Mews

Fri Jan 24 8pm - Talkback
Sat Jan 25 2pm - Talkback
Sat Jan 25 8pm - Talkback
Sun Jan 26 2pm & 7pm

Into New Territory Panel Discussion - Sat Jan 25 11am - Free

Adult - $33
Senior - $29
Student - $27
All tickets +$2 at the door

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By Christopher Morris

The lives of a Toronto anthropologist and 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24 hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Daniella is a scientist from the big city; Piuyuq is an Inuit girl with big dreams. As the two cross paths, their lives are changed forever. Created over three Arctic winters in Iceland and Nunavut, this work is presented in Inuktitut and English.

"Night is an emotionally powerful play"
The Globe and Mail

"It is uncomfortable and dark but resonates with the ring of absolute truth; none of the problems facing Inuit people in remote communities is in any way glossed over."
The Toronto Star

Human Cargo is a Toronto-based theatre company dedicated to the creation and touring of new theatrical works. They bring together theatre artists from different cultural backgrounds to create original, multi-cultural productions. They see their role as theatre artists as exploring the extremes of the human condition and creating a safe environment for audiences to engage in a thorough and provocative discussion of ideas. The effect of Human Cargo's theatre is overt. They want to instigate social and political change.

Touchstone is very excited to be partnering with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance for a special panel discussion mapping the changing landscape of producing and presenting Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Join leading Aboriginal artists and some of Canada’s key presenters and producers for a consideration of some new inroads for Aboriginal performing artists, and how producing and touring organizations can work together to foster best practices in the face of change.
Saturday Jan 25 at 11:00AM at The Roundhouse


(MODERATOR) Chris Creighton-Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and critic, whose works have been presented across Canada and in India, Europe and the U.S.A. He is interested in the convergence of racialized identities within their cultural contexts - both host and diasporic - and technologies - both old and new - which simulate these relationships. His work in the area of racial equity has been internationally recognized. Chris is the co-author of Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today. He was the co- recipient of the first Audain Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Chris appreciates his audiences a lot.

Margo Kane A Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as a performing artist and community cultural worker. She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival and an Aboriginal Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, has toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. 

Lori Marchand is the general manager for Western Canada Theatre and a member of the Okanagan First Nation. She is extremely proud of the role she has been able to play in the development and production of First Nations work, including the commissioning and production of the world premiere of Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout by Tomson Highway and the development of the Governor General Award-winning Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring. Lori currently sits as a member of the British Columbia Arts Council.

Diane Roberts is an accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, who has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years. As Artistic Director of Vancouver BC’s urban ink productions, Diane has found a home to articulate, cultivate and realise a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression. Her celebrated Arrivals Personal Legacy process has birthed new Interdisciplinary works across Canada, throughout the Americas, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.


Production Credits

A Human Cargo, National Arts Centre English Theatre Co-production
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Christopher Morris - Playwright/Director
Elizabeth McDermott - Stage Manager
Gillian Gallow - Set and Costume Design
Michelle Ramsay - Lighting Design
Lyon Smith - Sound Design
Patrick Lavender - Technical Director

Reneltta Arluk
Tiffany Ayalik
Jonathan Fisher
Linnea Swan

Photo of Tiffany Ayalik by Chris Gallow