Bastard: the drama of identity

Bâtardes: du théâtre identitaire

“You come from where ? “This issue, Jade and Chloe Barshee have heard it more than once. As if their slanting eyes were inconsistent with a birth in quebec. In Bastard, the two sisters will try, however, to prove the contrary.

“What is it to come from a place ?” questions to turn Jade Barshee in a talk we can’t quebec.

The two girls were born in Montreal to a father of tibetan and a québécoise mother, grew up in Bromont and have studied in Cowansville. They have so many more clips and references to Quebec in the country of their father. Besides, Chloe and Jade have had very little contact with the culture of his father, says the younger of the duo. “Through the food and family celebrations, such as new Year’s day, tibetan “, she says. “My father was born in Tibet, but grew up in India. He arrived in Quebec at the age of 12 years. He has never spoken in the tibetan language “, she adds.

Yet, through remarks, sometimes innocuous, it has not ceased to remind them, that they seemed to come from ” somewhere else “. “The famous question, “do You come of where?” she comes around quite a bit when you’re of mixed origin “, explains she.

A quest for identity

It is in this quest for identity that the sisters Barshee have immersed themselves for their first theatrical production. Through anecdotes, monologues, poetry and archive video, they recount the trials and tribulations of people of mixed ancestry in a fiction directly inspired from their childhood, of their lives.

“There are two or three years, it is the parties in the process of searching for identity and creation. The purpose was not so much to find answers, we found many more questions. But it opened a lot of doors and dialogues with our family, ” says Jade Barshee.

She and her sister were even made in the company of their father and their grandmother in Dharamsala, India, home to the largest tibetan community in exile. They tell, moreover, of the passages of this voyage in Hybrid, which they augmented with information on the history of Tibet, the exile massif of its inhabitants and the loss of its independence.

“It looks super heavy and all that, but we worked to make our room super light, with humor and familiar language. People tell us it is great because in an hour, they laugh, they cry, and they learn a lot of things, ” says Jade.

This last does not hide have also referred to awareness-raising among the population in a context where multiculturalism is more and more present. “We do not necessarily define as the theatre has been committed, but it exposes a reality and we wish that it brings people to a discussion, mentions that he co-founded the Theatre Everest with Chloe.

Bastard has been presented five times in last spring at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). The room will be so again this Saturday, at the Maison de la culture de Waterloo after a year of break. “We are really happy to come and do it in the hometown where we grew up. In addition, it is as an exclusive in the region, since it will be repaired in the next few months in Montreal only. “

Bâtardes: du théâtre identitaire

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