útszan means “to make things better” in Ucwalmictws.
útszan is also the name of a brand new Canadian Indigenous play – a one-woman show that will have its world premiere in Whistler, from September 19-21.
Billed as a compelling one-woman show, útszan uncovers Indigenous knowledge, humour, strength and resilience through language reclamation.
Written and performed by Lil̓wat7úl artist Yvonne Wallace , útszan (to make things better) is a passionate story about how language informs identity.
As Canadians grapple with the brutal legacies of colonialism and how to forge a new way forward through the Truth and Reconciliation process, útszan provides a forum for cultural learning, understanding and reconciliation that will resonate with all audiences.
Join us with your families, friends and community to come together as neighbours, learners and bridge builders, and help shape a kinder future through the experience of útszan.
EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS:
— Performance Dates:
Sept. 19, 20, 21, 22 at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)
Sept. 19, 20 Matinees at 1:00pm (Doors at 12:15pm)
— Price: $5.00/person
— Age restrictions: 13+ (not suitable for elementary school-aged children)
— Q and A sessions: Facilitated Q and A sessions following each performance will provide a forum for important questions and lay the foundation for greater understanding and compassion—both integral to forging a path of healing, reconciliation and friendship.
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PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH:
Arts Whistler is honoured to present this new work in collaboration with the project working group: Whistler Community Services Society, The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Community Foundation of Whistler, Lilwat Nation, Dream Makers Literacy Coalition and Whistler Blackcomb.
Contributions from the working group have made the “útszan” premiere accessible to everyone with tickets offered at $5/person. We are grateful for additional financial support from BC Hydro, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the Fairmont Foundation.