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This article was published 5/7/2018 (1122 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Whiteface is a biting commentary about appropriation of Indigenous culture, colonization and the search for identity amid a backdrop of trauma, and if that’s not enough to sell you on it, it is also hilarious!
Created and performed by Todd Houseman and Lady Vanessa Cardona, Whiteface reminds all of us that we have a long, long way still to go to heal from the trauma of genocide in this land currently known as Canada. Sharp satire mixed with visceral mask and movement work combine to generate a heavy but totally necessary conversation, and puts settlers on notice in a way that mainstream theatre is often afraid to do.
As one performer movingly expresses, the conversations in Whiteface are not the conversations Indigenous and people of colour want to nor should be having, but they are often the only conversations where we we are seen and where our voices are heard. Whiteness, as the norm, is free to speak about everything, while for so long, the rest of us were unable to speak about anything.
Winnipeg needs more work like this, and work like this deserves to be seen.
— Frances Koncan