By Erin Brubacher and Christine Brubaker
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Activity Room (lower level), Ismaili Centre Toronto
Registration: 2:00 pm
Performance: 3:30 pm (pre-performance tour at 2:30 pm)
With each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to experience an informative 30-minute tour of the beautiful Ismaili Centre.
Please register here if you are interested in taking the tour.
Nightwood Theatre and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto present a 7th Cousins production.
From July 7- August 6, 2015, Erin and Christine walked 700km from Pennsylvania to Ontario. A stranger asked if they were walking to learn how to work and be together. This was certainly part of it. 7th Cousins is ultimately about co-existence and being together; exploring how we live with our different versions of our shared pasts and presents.
When we first met five years ago, a shared Mennonite ancestry and cursory knowledge of each other in the artistic community was all we had. We wondered what we might make together based on no more or less than a shared name. We later discovered that our ancestors, Abraham and John Brubacher, fleeing religious persecution, emigrated together from Switzerland, on the same boat in 1754. In the early 1800s, their descendants travelled on foot from Pennsylvania to Southern Ontario. In 2015, we traced this journey together, walking over 700km in 32-days.
Written and performed by Christine Brubaker and Erin Brubacher
Collaborators: Christine Stanton, Andrea Nann, Kaitlin Hickey and Erum Khan
Read about the cousin’s journey in this piece in CBC Arts by Lise Hosein
Ticket Price: $15.00