Savage Productions

Pacific
New Westminster, British Columbia

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Mandate: To tell original contemporary Aboriginal stories sourcing myth, tradition and contemporary Aboriginal perspectives.

Mission Statement: To be a modern Aboriginal voice, telling our own stories; endeavoring to positively affect awareness of the contemporary Aboriginal perspective by carrying on the tradition of Aboriginal storytelling through contemporary mediums of expression.

 
History
  • The Savage Society has operated as an unincorporated adhoc collective of theatre and film artists of Aboriginal descent since 2003.
  • As an emerging company The Savage Society produced several staged readings and studio performances of works in progress with support from the Canada Council, the City of Vancouver and the BC Arts Council.
  • In 2008 Savage Society collaborated with Western Canada Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre Company, Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts + Culture and Magnetic North Theatre Festival to develop and tour Kevin’s new play Where the Blood Mixes. We work shopped the script and toured it throughout the BC interior including Kevin’s hometown of Lytton BC where the play was set. After a week of previews at the Kay Meek Centre in North Vancouver in May we premiered it a week later in June at the inaugural 2008 at Luminato festival in Toronto. A week after that we opened in Vancouver at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival where it sold out the entire run. The play deals with a community and a family struggling with issues surrounding the fallout of the residential School system and opened in Vancouver on the day of the historic apology in the House of Commons for the treatment of Aboriginal children at the government run institutions.
  • This production of Where the Blood Mixes received several Dora and Jessie Richardson award Nominations, winning Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Script, Best Supporting Actress (large Theatre) and garnered Kevin a Syndey J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright. The play was subsequently published by Talon Books and won the 2009 Governor General Award for Literature.
  • Savage Society partnered with the Vancouver Playhouse and The Belfry Theatre to tour a remount of the 2008 production of Where the Blood Mixes in 2010. The tour started in Victoria at the Belfry, then the Fire Hall Arts Centre in Vancouver as part of the Cultural Olympiad of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, then it traveled to Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and finally to the Factory Theatre in Toronto. The tour lasted for approximately 4 months and played to rave revues and sold out houses.
  • July 2010, The Words of Our Chiefs - Savage Society was commissioned by the Spence’s Bridge First Nation to create, produce and present a new work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Laurier Memorial, a petition to then Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier, that was written by the Nlaka’pamux, Shuswap and Okanagan chiefs of the BC interior as an expression of their grievances in regards to colonization, Native rights, sovereignty and their claim to the land. Savage Society performed The Words of Our Chiefs at the unveiling of the Chief Tetlinitsa Memorial Arbour on the site where the three Nations met to write the petition to Laurier. It was later performed in Kamloops at the Secwepmc Pow Wow grounds on the 100th Anniversary of the meeting between the Allied Interior Tribes and the Prime Minister of Canada.
  • June, 2012, Where the Blood Mixes, in co-production with Gwaandak Theatre, Savage Society performed in Whitehorse at the Adaka Festival
  • June, 2012, New Play Creation, as guests of Gwaandak Theatre in Whitehorse, the company members of Savage Society participated in a series of new play development workshops of plays by Northern Aboriginal writers
  • 2013 Savage Production Society is incorporated under the Society Act of BC
  • July 29 – August 2, 2013 – Songs of the Land, Phase I in Lytton

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