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ineradicable voices: narratives toward rerooting


Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 17:00 to 19:00

Please register via this link: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcO-hqDosE9eoIIUBxcGcBi...

"ineradicable voices: narratives toward rerooting” is an online performance, the outcome of an Individualized Ph.D. research-creation of Zeina Ismail Allouche, INDI program, Concordia University, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth fast, Dr. Steven High, and Dr. Ursula Neuerberg.

The research-creation process is informed by Indigenous Methodologies where authority is shared and approaches are decolonized.
Based on oral history interviews with individuals who experienced transracial and/or intercountry adoption, 17 persons collaborated to create a special Zoom edition performance that carried the ethics at the heart of the process.
The creation process was informed by the listening sessions to the individual's story that aimed at holding a safe space for deep discussions 
All our decisions were made collectively and the voices of those who shared their life stories of being adopted guided us towards the best ethical way to represent their perceptions and views.

It is not a story, it is their real-life experiences that were not sufficiently heard.

While acknowledging both the limitations and opportunities of the online platform, we are happy to present to you our Zoom format of “ineradicable voices; narratives toward Rerooting”

Performers (Audio-Verbatim)
Chloé Germentier (kimura*lemoine), Emma Harake (Annie), Hiba Sleiman (Brent), Ibtissam El Assaad (Krista), Jad Orphée Chami (Daniel), Jen Cressey (Vicky), Sandy El Bitar (Amandine), Sarah Attalah (Jennifer), Yasmine Chami (Anonymous)

Embodied response
Jen Cressey, Louise Bédard, Stella Sylvest, Victoria May

Original Musical Theme
Jad Orphée Chami

Zoom Visual Design
Zeina Ismail- Allouche and kimura byol-nathalie lemoine. In collaboration with Amandine Gay, Annie Lafrance, Brent Mitchell, Daniel Drennan ElAwar, Jennifer Mitchell, Haiti (Anonymous), Krista Visser, and Vicky Boldo (Individuals who experienced transracial and/or intercountry adoption). Emma Harake, Ibtissam El Assaad, Jad Orphée Chami, Jen Cressey, Louise Bédard, Mona Merhi, Vitoria May, Wissal El-Assaad, Yasmine Chami

Dramaturgy for Zoom
Zeina Ismail-Allouche with the support of Mona Merhi

We gratefully acknowledge the licensing of the above photograph (‘untitled’ from “Up in the Sky”, Tracey Moffatt, 1997) via a Creative Commons non-commercial/non-derivative license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/) by the Tate in London, England. All rights to this image and its use are reserved by the Tate, London. Link to image: https://www.tate-images.com/preview.asp?image=P7810

The narratives of transracial and or intercountry adoption reveal harsh circumstances. Self-care is recommended.

Dr. Catherine Richardson and Vicky Boldo will be ensuring cultural safety as part of their commitment to psychological and cultural safety. Their presence will help people enter into a "flow state" of the collective experience and then to transition out of it back to equilibrium. If anyone needs support in processing this experience, they can debrief with Dr. Richardson and Vicky Boldo right after the performance.

Please note that this event will be recorded. The video will only be used for research purposes. By attending this event, you understand that it will be recorded. Participants who do not consent may turn off their camera and mute their microphone. 

COHDS/ALLab is located on unceded Indigenous lands. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community


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