The true story of a Niagara artist reclaiming his ancestral voice
Niagara born-and-raised theatre artist Joseph Recinos has always been from many places at once.
Guatemalan-Canadian theatre artist of Mayan descent, he has been involved with the issues of indigenous peoples in both Central America and Canada.
Blood Lightning addresses our region’s unique role as a border community but at the same time, it tells a kind of story that is very rarely heard: the story of people whose lives do not conform to traditional notions of borders.
This uplifting autobiographical performance uses traditional storytelling, hip hop, movement and poetry, and guides us through the complex terrain that has taken Recinos from Canada to Guatemala to the Standing Rock protests. He emerges offering a deep, optimistic, and affirmative knowledge of the interconnections between diverse people.
WORLD PREMIERE: BLOOD LIGHTNING
Created by Joseph Recinos & Colin Bruce Anthes
Produced by Essential Collective Theatre
Thur 4, Fri 5, Sat 6 Oct 8pm
Sat 6, Sun 7 Oct 2pm
Wed 10, Thurs 11, Fri 12 Oct 8pm
Use of candles, incense and a smudging ceremony are part of these performances.
At FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in Robertson Theatre.
250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA.
REGULAR & MEMBERS: $30
UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5
Directed by Colin Bruce Anthes
Set, Lighting and Projections Design by James McCoy
Wardrobe & Props Designed by by Crystal Zettle
Sound Design by Classic Roots
CAST Joseph Recinos*
Stage Manager – Jessica Campbell-Maracle
Production Manager – Rebecca Walsh
Photography by – Phoenix Rising Studio
Graphic Design by – Lila Bata-Walsh
* Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association