By assembling theatre artists from around the globe, Human Cargo creates international theatre projects that explore some of the pertinent issues facing our world today. Take a look at our projects and come along on the journey!
|Afghan/Canadian Actor Kawa Ada and Artistic Director Christopher Morris in Herat – October, 2008.||
DUST (formerly 'Petawawa') is an international creation that explores how the war in Afghanistan is affecting the lives of women and children. The material for the play is based on interviews with Canadian, Afghan and Pakistani families who have been affected by the conflict in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Created in collaboration with Pakistan’s Ajoka Theatre, DUST has been developed by Canadian, Afghan and Pakistani actors, Canadian playwright Jonathan Garfinkel and Human Cargo’s Artistic Director Christopher Morris. Created over four years with workshops in Petawawa, Lahore, Kabul and Queen’s University/Kingston, DUST premiered at the Alberta Theatre Project’s 2013 Enbridge Playwright’s Festival. It will be touring to Toronto, Petawawa, Lahore, Islamabad and Kabul in 2014.
The lives of a Toronto anthropologist and 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24 hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Daniella is a scientist from the big city; Piuyuq is an Inuit girl with big dreams. As the two cross paths, their lives are changed forever. Created over three Arctic winters in Iceland and Nunavut, this work is presented in Inuktitut and English.
|Image courtesy SouthbankSteve via Flickr creative commons.||
The Runner is a theatre project created in Israel and is centered on a member of Z.A.K.A, an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force in Israel that collects the remains of Jews killed in accidents. In Judaism it's required that every part of a person’s body be buried by sundown the following day, and Z.A.K.A. members assist by collecting people's remains. The Runner explores how this religious calling affects one’s daily life, ethical foundation and perception of death. The Runner began in 2008 and to date playwright Christopher Morris has completed two workshops in Israel. The production will premiere in Toronto in March/2015 and tour to Israel in 2016. It will be presented in English and Hebrew (with English surtitles).
|Image courtesy of tosaytheleast (via Flickr creative commons)||
The China Project
The China Project is a theatre collaboration by Human Cargo in cooperation with a theatre company in Beijing, China. Exploring Canada's adoption of Chinese babies, The China Project will explore the lengths we go to as people to buy and sell life. Director Christopher Morris will spend four weeks in Beijing in September/2013 to meet Chinese theatre artists. This production will premiere in 2016 with Canadian and Chinese actors and be performed in English and Mandarin (with English surtitles).
|Graffiti - Paris (Photo courtesy of Roland Castro)||
Migration is a theatre project created by Human Cargo in collaboration with theatre companies in Scotland, France, Norway, Estonia and Turkey. From the Pakistani neighbourhood of Glasgow, the Algerian community in the Paris suburbs, Oslo’s “Muslim District” Gronland that’s threatening to become a Sharia State, the Somali community in Regent Park/Toronto, the trafficking rings of Estonia, and the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Migration will document the experiences of Muslim youth in the European Union and Canada. A playwright and director from a theatre company in each country will work with one local youth to document his/her experience. Migration will begin in March/2014 and the premiere will take place in Human Cargo’s 2015/16 season. It will be directed by Christopher Morris and will include the cast of 6 youth. Migration will perform in each country and be presented in English, French, Norwegian, Somali, Estonian and Arabic (with English Subtitles). For more information about this project, please contact us by email at email@example.com.