Tell us about Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land.
Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land is a very personal show to me. While it is not autobiographical, it draws on inspiration from several really pivotal moments in my life. It is a spiritual experience into healing anxiety and mental illness through the power of stories. It combines traditional indigenous stories with contemporary tales and places them in a constant dialogue with one another as young Nakota deals with his own health and mental illness.
Describe your show in three words.
Healing through stories.
Why should someone come see your show?
I have been told this show moves people. While I am one to fight for Indigenous stories inside theatres, this show takes a gentle and loving approach to the Indigenous storytelling perspective.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
A combination of Wolverine from the X-Men and a Raven.
Wolverine represents the childhood fantasies most children have about big, strong super heroes. There is an innocence to the admiration we have for the comic book heroes, and this is especially prevalent today.
However, we also forget the smaller heroes. Animals, that come to us when we least suspect it. Who try to teach us things, but we choose to ignore it. Raven is a powerful indigenous spirit who is said to breathe incredible messages of change into those he comes into contact with.
To me, this show does both of these things – there is a childlike innocence to the text, yet there is a deeper hidden grounding that is being ignored by the glamour and bravery demonstrated by today’s heroes. And that deeper sense of grounding comes from heroes who have been around a long time. On the other hand, both heroes also make an appearance in the show!
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s. I’ve never seen him perform, but I’ve heard he’s a phenomenal storyteller.
Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land
Venue: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
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The 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 6-16 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.