Immigrant Lessons is a Vancouver- based, international collective created to promote cultural pluralism utilizing: dance, music, fashion, media, and visual design. Founded/directed by Kevin Fraser, It's current members include: Sharon Lee, Sophia Gamboa, Sevrin Emnacen-Boyd, Joshua Cameron, Tegvaran Singh, Simran Sachar, and Ronald Li. This diverse collective is comprised predominantly of first and second generation immigrants. IL incorporates their extensive street dance background, experimental practice, theatre and voice, to give visibility to marginalized and oppressed communities. Through; performance, activism, outreach, curation, and facilitation. The collective strives to become beacons of hope for future generations, whilst paying homage to their ancestors.
NEW ARTIST for 2020-21 School Year
Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45 mins.
Tech Requirements: access to electrical outlets, soundsystem, mic
Fee Range: $1545-$2445 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Immigrant Lessons': "101" is a piece that integrates fashion, theatre, music, and dance to tell the story of a predominantly first and second generation immigrants from different backgrounds navigating "Canadian" culture. This group of individuals will take the audience on a colorful and emotional journey of curiosity, love, and at times animosity of being exposed to each other's different cultures and how they as individuals, and as a group fit into "Western" society. It is the story of the pressure to assimilate while not sacrificing their own cultures and backgrounds. It is the story of added heaviness also of realizing the land that gave them refuge, is the same land that was stolen from people of many different tribes, rich cultures all their own. It is a story of the ongoing struggle to really learn how to cohabitate and celebrate these different cultures. It is the Immigrant Experience.