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A live streamed virtual play by Broadleaf Theatre: co-created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman and dramaturgy by Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray.
This theatrical performance will be performed LIVE and livestreamed from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, ON and co-presented by The Rose Theatre in Brampton, The Oakville Centre and Grand OnStage.
The Chemical Valley Project is part of Brock University's THEATRE IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CRISIS: A weekend of performances and discussion of the intersections between climate change, theatre and activism.
The Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve, located in Sarnia, ON, and its 900 residents are smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Siblings Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray have dedicated their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future.
In The Chemical Valley Project, theatre makers and friends Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong document Vanessa and Beze’s vital activism and journeys as land defenders and water protectors. Through an innovative blend of projection design, object puppetry, and solo-performance, Wong (Honourable Mention for Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award, SummerWorks 2017) writes and performs this documentary theatre work.
The Chemical Valley Project seeks to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights and Indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values. Receiving praise for its visual magic, surprising theatricality, and vital message, the play has toured through Ontario, British Columbia, and Germany after successful workshops (including Summerworks 2017) and had its World Premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2019.
Conversations with Kemi King: Broadleaf Theatre’s The Chemical Valley Project
Enjoy an artist-to-artist conversation with the artistic team from Broadleaf Theatre’s The Chemical Valley Project hosted by local theatre practitioner Kemi King, the first in our Conversations with Kemi King series. This talk will feature Broadleaf Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors, Land Defenders, and Artistic Collaborators Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray as they discuss their unique multi-media storytelling and small scale spectacle exploring reconciliation and environmentalism in Canada, The Chemical Valley Project.
Kemi King (she/her) is a writer, director, performance artist, and devisor. Some of her work has been produced by Obsidian and Canadian Stage. She has created and performed works with Soulpepper Theatre and as a part of the Paprika Festival. She has participated in Fringe Festival as an actor, devisor, and director. She continues studying and exploring performance at Queen’s University with a major in theatre and a minor in gender studies. She is one of the co-founders and Artistic Director of YIKES a Theatre Company founded in her second year of undergrad. Kemi is always excited for a learning opportunity with different types of artists and collaborators. Kemi is passionate about the arts and the way it can be used to help shape social consciousness. Kemi is one of Nightwood Theatre's 2020-21 Young Innovators.