X and da spirit

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Company
Deconstruction Productions
Creator
Donovan Hayden
Runtime
60 minutes

'X', an unassuming Black man, encounters 'da spirit of the struggle', an entity that transmits the knowledge of Black resistance through a mural in Toronto. Having received centuries of knowledge in seconds, he must find his role while learning the personal consequences of activism.

The show is a celebration of Toronto Blackness and activism using rap, dance, spoken word, and graffiti. Come feel "da spirit" with us.

Follow us on Instagram @xanddaspirit for updates and to learn more.


Credits

Director
Rais Clarke-Mendes
Cast
Donovan Hayden
Trinity Lloyd
Producer
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Stage Manager
Nilanka Nisalagel
Sound Designer
Mohamed Ahmed
Set Designer
Chris Leal
Lighting Designer
Emily Pople

More about the show experience

This show will have a late call.

 

Performances

  Date Time
6th July 4:15pm  
7th July 9:30pm  
9th July 6:30pm  
10th July 8:15pm  
12th July 8:45pm  
15th July 5:30pm  
16th July 1:15pm  
17th July 9:45pm  

Venue

9 : Native Earth's Aki Studio

585 Dundas Street E
Toronto
Ontario
M5A 2B7

Access

Level of Physical Access
Accessible

Covid-19 policy

Self-screening form
No
Masks
Yes
Proof of vaccination
Yes

Facilities

Air Conditioned
Yes
Washrooms
Yes
Outdoors
No

Accessibility information


More about the show and company

X and da spirit was created and will be performed by young-in-craft racialized artists. Our priority is to present a show that centers Black experiences of resistance and is accessible to Black, Indigenous, Racialized, low-income, and non-traditional theatre audiences.

If cost is a barrier for you to attend the show please reach out to us on Instagram or at deconstruction.productions416@gmail.com.


Land acknowledgement

This production was created in Tkaronto also known as Toronto. The traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples.

Our team is comprised of settlers and the descendants of enslaved people. It is important, we recognize that the struggles for Black and Indigenous liberation are inextricably linked. May we all be good ancestors.


Content advice

Parental guidance advisedGunshotsAbrupt cuesAudience participationMature language

Performance deals with themes of police violence and anti-Black racism. Loud gunshots are heard.

Audience participation details

Audience members will be asked to respond to characters in the show through call and response.

Some audience members may be asked to directly interact with the actors. Actors will ask for volunteers. Audience members will not be called on and will not have to go on stage or perform.

Sensory description

X and da spirit relies heavily on audio-visual elements. The show may be difficult for people who are blind, vision impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing to enjoy.


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