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HERO-arika_episode4_IMG_4351-small-620x500ZONG! MEETS GARRISON
AUGUST 10 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Creators : Story by poet/griotte Setaey Adamu Boateng with M. NourbeSe Philip and Audience, Directed by M. NourbeSe Philip

Zong! There is no telling this story; it must be told.

Zong! meets Garrison is at the intersection of memory and forgetting, where the waters of the buried and erased Garrison Creek cross Queen Street and are “straightened” by History. Environmental, participatory and ritualistic, Zong! meets Garrison calls on audience participants and performers to immerse themselves collectively in the amnesia of history to reclaim the river, the noise of memory and the silence of those whose voices were lost.

Bring your voices! Blankets, cushions or chairs also. Wear white if possible.




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About the Author

M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright and former lawyer who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. Author of five books of poetry, one novel and three collections of essays, her most recent work, Zong!, is a genre-breaking, book-length poem which engages with law, history and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Winner of many awards including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships and the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award, she is also a Dora Award finalist for her play Coups and Calypsos.