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SEP 17-29

WORLD PREMIERE

Odile Gakire (Kiki) Katese, director, author and humanitarian, has been honoured around the world for her use of art to heal and inspire. In this groundbreaking collaboration with Ross Manson, one of Canada's most celebrated directors, Katese takes the audience on a remarkable journey of resilience and imagination. At a time when our world is racked with disharmonies, hatreds and struggle, The Book of Life offers hope, unlocking trauma, and finding a humane way forward full of joy.
 

“Volcano is one of those companies that every great theatre city needs – bold, experimental, and bubbling with ideas.”

– TORONTO STAR
 

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"I want to archive life."

What makes humans go to the edge of the abyss, and then step in? In Rwanda, in April of 1994, one million people were murdered in 100 days. A country devoured itself. The rivers literally ran with bodies. As has happened too many times in human history, something terrible turned in the collective unconscious of a people, and the unthinkable was suddenly commonplace.

But then what? What happens next – after the worst thing?

In Kiki Katese's new project, The Book of Life, she leads an audience through a remarkable journey – a kind of how-to guide to rebuild a deep understanding of life in the aftermath of incalculable loss. Kiki writes:

"We still have the possibility of undoing the genocide in some small way, to bridge the hole that’s been left, not with bones or the clothes they wore when they died – but with their lives. The dinners. The lovers. The dates. The joy. How do we undo the undo-able? We let them live again."

The play is based on Kiki's years-long project of accumulating letters written by survivors and perpetrators of Rwanda's genocide, ordinary people, addressed to those who are gone. It is infused with original music performed and sung by the internationally acclaimed Women Drummers of Rwanda.
Co-Created, Written & Performed by
Odile Gakire Katese
 
Co-created and Directed by
Ross Manson
 
Projection Design
Sean Frey & Kristine White
 
Projection Manipulation
Kristine White
 
Production Design & Management
Patrick Lavender & Kaitlin Hickey
 
Composer
Mutangana Moise
 
Music Performed by
Ingoma Nysha, The Women Drummers of Rwanda
 
Stage Manager
AJ Laflamme
Production Coordinaotr, Kigali
Ingabire Marie Louise
 
Production Assistant, Kigali
Amy Rutherford
 
Set Construction, Rwanda
Ntegerejeyesu William - Sewer
Mukanyarwaya Conselee - Weaver
Uuramahow Saverine – Weaver
 
Furniture by Kigali Modern Furniture Ltd.
Tuyizere Ernest, Managing Director
Uwimana Seleman, Technical Officer
 
Production Trainees, Kigali
Ingabire Diane
Kamariza Médiatrice
Munezero Honorine
Musabyemariya Christine
Sewase Gikundiro Arnold
Uwineza Sandra
Uwintije Clémentine
Uwizerwa Marie Noella
 
PHOTOS
Dahlia Katz
A VOLCANO THEATRE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WOMAN CULTURAL CENTRE, RWANDA AND WHY NOT THEATRE PRESENTED BY CANADIAN STAGE
THE BOOK OF LIFE IS UNDERWRITTEN BY SANDRA SIMPSON IN RECOGNITION OF HER GENEROUS GIFT TO CANADIAN STAGE'S TRANSFORMATION CAMPAIGN

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