Teesri Duniya Theatre presents Untold Histories

Courageous life stories of making home anew in Montreal

From March 25th through March 28th, 2009 Teesri Duniya Theatre will present phase one of Untold Histories – a community engaged cultural project based on stories of genocide, displacement, and human rights violations as well as narratives of survival and adjustment – at the Centre culturel Calixa-Lavallée in the heart of Parc Lafontaine.

The Untold Histories event will include theatrical performances, storytelling, poetry, music, and films by artists from Armenian, Palestinian, Iranian, South Asian, Latin American and the First Nations communities indigenous to this region. Presentations will be followed by round-table discussions focused on issues related to these works including the Canadian colonial context i.e. the adoption of First Nations children into non-Native families; the legacy of the Armenian genocide; the socio-cultural impact of the Iranian revolution; and the struggle for Palestinian rights. What unites this multi-disciplinary program is the conjuncture of location: Montreal is home to a significant number of displaced peoples.

Presenters include: Sima Aprahamian – panelist of Armenian heritage, Shahrzad Arshadi – documentary filmmaker of Iranian heritage, Hourig Attarian – performer of Armenian heritage, Moe Clark – singer/songwriter of Métis heritage, Natasha Coulombe – filmmaker of First Nations heritage Lisa Gagné – filmmaker of First Nations heritage, Nasrin Himada – cultural theorist, Jacqueline Hayes – artist/life story presenter of Armenian heritage, Nellie Hogikyan – life story presenter of Lebanese-Armenian heritage, Nika Khanjani – filmmaker of Iranian heritage, Laith Marouf – panelist of Palestinian heritage, Meena Murugesan – dancer/choreographer of East Indian heritage, Masoud Raouf – filmmaker and animator of Iranian heritage, Kathia Rock – singer/songwriter of Innu heritage, Carmen Ruiz – performer of Colombian heritage, Rachael Van Fossen – panelist and dramaturge working with Hourig Attarian, Alan Whitehorn - poet of Armenian heritage.

The Untold Histories project, directed by Rahul Varma, has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Interdepartmental Partnership with Official Language Communities (IPOLC)" and is being presented in association with the Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and other Human Rights Violations Community University Research Alliance (CURA) project led by Steven High of Concordia University in collaboration with over 40 artists and community groups. Untold Histories will continue with interviews being conducted with individuals currently living in Montreal who have first-hand experience with forced migration – or whose parents / grandparents have had such experiences. This material will inspire the production of new cultural representations to promote intercultural dialogue.

Teesri Duniya Theatre is dedicated to producing socially and politically relevant theatre that supports a multicultural vision of society based on the cultural experiences of visible minorities living in Canada. The company is one of the few theatre companies in Canada, and the only one in Quebec, where promoting a diversity of artistic voices is foundational to the Theatre.

March 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, 2009
Centre culturel Calixa-Lavallée, 3819, rue Calixa-Lavallée
Presentations begin at 7:30 PM (to be followed by round-table discussions) 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM book table

For more information: Teesri Duniya Theatre http://www.teesriduniya.com
Life Stories CURA project http://www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca/

Contact: 514.848.0238
Maya Dhawan or Devora Neumark, Project Coordinators
1006 rue de la Montagne, Suite 111, Montreal, Qc H3G 1Y7