O’wet/Lost Lagoon (2016)

By Quelemia Sparrow

“Some say your soul will leave your body dur­ing a ter­ri­ble fright. You must jour­ney to retrieve it.”– Quelemia Spar­row, O’wet/Lost Lagoon

O’wet (oh-wee): a verb col­lo­qui­al­ly used to denote pro­pelling a canoe. O’wet is also con­nect­ed to a shaman’s canoe ride to the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.

Lost Lagoon: A body of water in between Xway Xway (Stan­ley Park) and down­town Van­cou­ver that once flowed in and out freely with the tides and now stands land locked.

O’wet /​ Lost Lagoon is a solo per­for­mance about recla­ma­tion and change that weaves real-life sto­ries with the vis­cer­al expe­ri­ence of a spir­i­tu­al canoe jour­ney. Writ­ten and per­formed by Quelemia Spar­row it grap­ples with the iden­ti­ty of a mixed-race abo­rig­i­nal woman in a present-day, col­o­nized world. With humour and truth, the sto­ry snap­shots us through Quelemia’s life from her inter­na­tion­al mod­el­ing career – par­ty­ing with the rich and famous–, to fish­ing trips with her dad, her connection/​disconnection to home; and her jour­ney of heal­ing through inter­gen­er­a­tional trauma.

Writ­ten and Per­formed by Quelemia Spar­row
Direct­ed by Marisa Emma Smith
Assis­tant Direc­tion by Tai Amy Grauman
Dra­matur­gy by Hei­di Taylor
Media Design by Can­de­lario Andrade
Sound Design/​Original Com­po­si­tion by Sandy Scofield
Set Design by Shizu­ka Kai
Light­ing Design by Itai Erdal

This piece was orig­i­nal­ly com­mis­sioned by Full Cir­cle: First Nations Per­for­mance as part of a larg­er work, and ben­e­fit­ed from the work of the Full Cir­cle Abo­rig­i­nal Ensem­ble, includ­ing direc­tor Mar­go Kane, dra­maturg Michael Springate, and Asso­ciate Dra­maturg and Researcher Kwa­su­un Sarah Vedan.


$20* in advance | $25* at the door
***$2 from every tick­et will be donat­ed to the Van­cou­ver Abo­rig­i­nal Friend­ship Centre***


Tues­day, June 21st — Fri­day, June, 25th, 2015 @ 8 pm
Sat­ur­day, June 25th @ 2 pm & @ 8 pm


June 21st, 2015 is a Nation­al Abo­rig­i­nal Day Cel­e­bra­tion Per­for­mance. Price is Pay-What-You-Can. Tick­ets avail­able at the door start­ing one hour (7pm) pri­or to the per­for­mance on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Post show talk-back June 23



Show is approx. 90 mins