an odd stumble production in association with imago theatre

elsewhere

Co-created by Joy Ross-Jones and Cristina Cugliandro

 

written and performed by Joy Ross-Jones
directed by Cristina Cugliandro

 

january 24-27, 2019

with

Cristina Cugliandro

Joy Ross-Jones

written and performed by Joy Ross-Jones
directed by Cristina Cugliandro

 

creative team

Cristina Cugliandro (Direction) * Joy Ross-Jones (Writer and Performer) * Liv Wright (Set and Costume Design) * Amber Hood (Lighting Design) * HeatherEllen Strain (Stage Management) * Joel Gorrie, René Orea, Zachari Smith (Sound Design) * Myrna Wyatt Selkirk (Mask Consultation) * Mathieu René (Mask Design) *

 

To read the creative team’s bios click here.

 

single tickets

elsewhere

Show Dates

Thurs. Jan. 24 at 7:30pm

Frid. Jan. 25 at 7:30pm

Sat. Jan. 26 at 3pm & 7:30pm

Sun. Jan. 27 at 3:00pm

 

Tickets

 

“a must-see show…illustrating the impact of political unrest on individual people”

- Montreal Rampage

 “Ross-Jones is magical”
- Montreal Theatre Hub

 

A crisis isn’t a crisis when it is Elsewhere…

Elsewhere, written by a young Venezuelan-Canadian woman, is the story of six people’s lives — their hope, resilience, resistance and survival — amidst the chaos of the Venezuelan crisis.


Gritty, moving and personal, Elsewhere connects us to the day-to-day lives of Venezuelan people, revealing the strength and persistence of the human spirit.

In Elsewhere, a Grandmother reflects on her past, a Beauty Queen wonders how to feed her children, a Cop questions the violence around him, a Homeless Man begs God for food, a Teenager risks his life to join the fight for freedom and a Venezuelan-Canadian woman looks on from afar, struggling with what is happening in a country she calls home.

All seek a way to move forward, grasping at remnants of a life they once knew; a life interrupted and changed by scarcity, greed and corruption.The play points at the fragility of systems we put our trust in, while asking us to consider why a crisis is never a crisis when it is Elsewhere.

 

ABOUT ODD STUMBLE

Odd Stumble is a politically engaged theatre collective that produces new works and initiates projects that respond to current events. With a penchant for the odd, experimental and physical, the company works in collaboration with artists of various disciplines to present narratives that are inspired by feminist practices. Follow Odd Stumble on Facebook and Instagram (@oddstumble) and visit their website at www.oddstumble.com.

 

ABOUT IMAGO THEATRE

Imago Theatre is a catalyst for conversation, an advocate for equal representation, and a hub for stories about unstoppable women. Follow Imago Theatre on Facebook, Instagram (@imago.theatre) and Twitter (@ImagoTheatre514) for updates about the show and to keep in touch. If you want to spread the word about Elsewhere or let us know what you think about the show, tag us and use our hashtag #herside514.

You can also visit our website at www.imagotheatre.ca

 

ABOUT THE CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

In 2013, Venezuela’s economy collapsed alongside the international fall in the price of oil. This led to skyrocketing inflation, mass social unrest, police repression, violence, and a mass exodus estimated at four million people in 2018. The Venezuelan government’s facade of socialism has moved toward dictatorship. Residents struggle to find food and medical supplies, children become malnourished and infants die. Those who speak out against the government are at times abducted, tortured and, in certain circumstances, killed. On September 11th 2018, CBC’s The National reported on these issues in Venezuela as part of their top stories. On September 26th, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will be joining other South American countries to sign a formal request to the International Criminal Court for an investigation into Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro government.

 

Elsewhere is current and vital. It incites awareness and conversation about the descent of ‘Latin America’s richest country’ to ‘most dangerous country in the world.’ Elsewhere reminds us that we must never turn a blind eye.

 

Why this play? Why now?

A note from co-creators Joy Ross-Jones and Cristina Cugliandro

 

Joy Ross-Jones on the creation of Elsewhere

The Venezuelan crisis has been building slowly ever since I was a child in Caracas. It slipped into focus: more kids on the street begging for food, the price of lunch at school creeping upwards, the increased frequency of protests, and the wider spread of barrios (favelas, slums) on the mountains surrounding our city. And more and more, all that people talked about was politics. When I left the country to study here in Montreal, these things continued to get worse, and worse, and worse…until I thought it could get no worse without some sort of implosion, or CIA-backed coup, or civil war. And while I think we might now be closer to one of these options, the crisis continues seemingly impossibly, to worsen.

In 2013 the crisis exploded (imagine – starvation, skyrocketing inflation, record homicide rates, guns everywhere, fear, hate…). In 2016, spurred by the severity of living conditions in my home country, I asked Cristina Cugliandro, (Odd Stumble’s Artistic Director and an Artistic Associate at Imago), to direct what would become Elsewhere.

In Elsewhere we meet Venezuelans struggling to maintain positive dispositions under rapidly worsening conditions. While the characters are mostly able to find the hope and love they need to survive from day to day, the energy to hope and love, for some, is finite.

Venezuela is not the only country where people are struggling, and suffering, and dying. I want to give Venezuelans and people in Montreal from other countries in crisis a chance to express their grief and frustration.

Why Elsewhere? Why now? I had to do something.

A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR AND CO-CREATOR CRISTINA CUGLIANDRO

I am surprised at how comfortable and safe people feel in Canada, as though we are untouchable. We have seen, over and over, how easily and how quickly a stable and affluent country can fall. The crisis in Venezuela is yet another rude awakening. Many questions come to mind. What can I do? Why isn’t my country helping? How much can my country help? But foremost on my mind is this: Why do we continue to support and perpetuate certain social, environmental, and economic systems we now know lead us towards collapse? How can a democracy so easily turn into a dictatorship? What is it about our experience and position in Canada that imbues us with this false sense of security? Are we really that far away from Venezuela’s situation?

 

Elsewhere has held us captive over these last two years. Its continued creation is a result of this unfolding crisis. As we watch the rise, once again, of fascist ideologies around the world, Elsewhere questions our humanity, empathy, and what it means to survive. We are reminded that a crisis never only remains elsewhere.

 

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