Mother Tree

Terry Hunter (Nang Gulgaa) + Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa)

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Mother Tree

Terry Hunter (Nang Gulgaa) + Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa)

Savannah Walling and Terry Hunter have been collaborating since meeting in 1971, nurturing the Vancouver Moving Theatre into a Downtown Eastside “mother tree.” Sharing resources, creating and producing, providing support and consultation, nourishing cultural practice, they are a seedbed for new creation and development across many cultural communities.

Co-founded in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 1983 by Savannah (Artistic Director) and Terry (Executive Director), Vancouver Moving Theatre transitioned to text-based creation and engaging with their home community after 16 years of touring drum-dance dramas. In 2003, they co-produced In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play. This transformative event launched years of community-engaged Downtown-Eastside centred productions, projects and cultural work. The company has co-produced (since 2004) the annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival with a host of community partners.

“From the start, we’ve incorporated aesthetic practices, values and forms outside the ‘high art’ gates. Experience has taught us that redefining the arts is a political and spiritual act.”

Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa/Supporter of All Things) is a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged artist and story-maker. She has lived and worked for 45 years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. She collaborates with artists of many genres, traditions, and cultures to develop repertoire (original and adapted) and support projects big and small that interweave localized content with accessible storytelling, visual imagery, live music, movement and/or living cultural practice (projects ranging from community plays to evolving galleries, from storytelling concerts to Chinese opera and beyond).

A resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since 1975, Terry Hunter’s (Nang Gulgaa/Industrious One) interdisciplinary and community-engaged artistic practice is built on the values of collaboration and partnership. His work focuses on artistic and cultural work by Vancouver Moving Theatre, and work that centres Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods, cultural communities, artists, cultural carriers, and knowledge-keepers, and low-income residents as well as their stories, concerns, hopes and dreams for the future.

“Most of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s creative journeys and projects have evolved via slow gestation, an evolutionary ethos, and multi-year collaborations nurtured over years, with learning journeys, research and exploration, relationship-building, and engaging with artists and cultural communities of the Downtown Eastside and beyond.”

In recognition of their leadership role in Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside and their ongoing support of Indigenous communities, Savannah and Terry were adopted by Hereditary Chief-in-Waiting Bernie Williams (Gul-Kitt-Jaad/Golden Spruce Woman) into the St'langng Laanas clan of Haida Gwaii.

Photo

Mark Montgomery 

L-R: Bob Baker, Savannah Walling, Woodrow (Woody) Morrison, Quelemia Sparrow, Sue Blue, Sam Bob, Wes Nahanee, Mike Dangeli, Nick Dangeli, Natasha Smith, Priscillia Mays Tait, Marge Ce. White, centre Loni Williams

From Storyweaving

Co-written by director Renae Morriseau with Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling, inspired by stories and memories from Greater Vancouver’s urban aboriginal community, and presented at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 11-20, 2012.

→  Vancouver Moving Theatre

→  Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 

→  Artists’ Statement #1: Reflections on Working on the Margins

→  Artists’ Statement #2: Honouring Indigenous Colleagues

→  Artist Biographies

Mother Tree

Mother Tree

Terry Hunter (Nang Gulgaa) + Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa)

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Savannah Walling and Terry Hunter have been collaborating since meeting in 1971, nurturing the Vancouver Moving Theatre into a Downtown Eastside “mother tree.” Sharing resources, creating and producing, providing support and consultation, nourishing cultural practice, they are a seedbed for new creation and development across many cultural communities.

Co-founded in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 1983 by Savannah (Artistic Director) and Terry (Executive Director), Vancouver Moving Theatre transitioned to text-based creation and engaging with their home community after 16 years of touring drum-dance dramas. In 2003, they co-produced In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play. This transformative event launched years of community-engaged Downtown-Eastside centred productions, projects and cultural work. The company has co-produced (since 2004) the annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival with a host of community partners.

“From the start, we’ve incorporated aesthetic practices, values and forms outside the ‘high art’ gates. Experience has taught us that redefining the arts is a political and spiritual act.”

Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa/Supporter of All Things) is a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged artist and story-maker. She has lived and worked for 45 years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. She collaborates with artists of many genres, traditions, and cultures to develop repertoire (original and adapted) and support projects big and small that interweave localized content with accessible storytelling, visual imagery, live music, movement and/or living cultural practice (projects ranging from community plays to evolving galleries, from storytelling concerts to Chinese opera and beyond).

A resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since 1975, Terry Hunter’s (Nang Gulgaa/Industrious One) interdisciplinary and community-engaged artistic practice is built on the values of collaboration and partnership. His work focuses on artistic and cultural work by Vancouver Moving Theatre, and work that centres Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods, cultural communities, artists, cultural carriers, and knowledge-keepers, and low-income residents as well as their stories, concerns, hopes and dreams for the future.

“Most of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s creative journeys and projects have evolved via slow gestation, an evolutionary ethos, and multi-year collaborations nurtured over years, with learning journeys, research and exploration, relationship-building, and engaging with artists and cultural communities of the Downtown Eastside and beyond.”

In recognition of their leadership role in Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside and their ongoing support of Indigenous communities, Savannah and Terry were adopted by Hereditary Chief-in-Waiting Bernie Williams (Gul-Kitt-Jaad/Golden Spruce Woman) into the St'langng Laanas clan of Haida Gwaii.

Savannah Walling and Terry Hunter have been collaborating since meeting in 1971, nurturing the Vancouver Moving Theatre into a Downtown Eastside “mother tree.” Sharing resources, creating and producing, providing support and consultation, nourishing cultural practice, they are a seedbed for new creation and development across many cultural communities.

Co-founded in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 1983 by Savannah (Artistic Director) and Terry (Executive Director), Vancouver Moving Theatre transitioned to text-based creation and engaging with their home community after 16 years of touring drum-dance dramas. In 2003, they co-produced In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play. This transformative event launched years of community-engaged Downtown-Eastside centred productions, projects and cultural work. The company has co-produced (since 2004) the annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival with a host of community partners.

“From the start, we’ve incorporated aesthetic practices, values and forms outside the ‘high art’ gates. Experience has taught us that redefining the arts is a political and spiritual act.”

Savannah Walling (hl G̱at’saa/Supporter of All Things) is a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged artist and story-maker. She has lived and worked for 45 years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. She collaborates with artists of many genres, traditions, and cultures to develop repertoire (original and adapted) and support projects big and small that interweave localized content with accessible storytelling, visual imagery, live music, movement and/or living cultural practice (projects ranging from community plays to evolving galleries, from storytelling concerts to Chinese opera and beyond).

A resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since 1975, Terry Hunter’s (Nang Gulgaa/Industrious One) interdisciplinary and community-engaged artistic practice is built on the values of collaboration and partnership. His work focuses on artistic and cultural work by Vancouver Moving Theatre, and work that centres Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods, cultural communities, artists, cultural carriers, and knowledge-keepers, and low-income residents as well as their stories, concerns, hopes and dreams for the future.

“Most of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s creative journeys and projects have evolved via slow gestation, an evolutionary ethos, and multi-year collaborations nurtured over years, with learning journeys, research and exploration, relationship-building, and engaging with artists and cultural communities of the Downtown Eastside and beyond.”

In recognition of their leadership role in Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside and their ongoing support of Indigenous communities, Savannah and Terry were adopted by Hereditary Chief-in-Waiting Bernie Williams (Gul-Kitt-Jaad/Golden Spruce Woman) into the St'langng Laanas clan of Haida Gwaii.

Photo

Mark Montgomery 

L-R: Bob Baker, Savannah Walling, Woodrow (Woody) Morrison, Quelemia Sparrow, Sue Blue, Sam Bob, Wes Nahanee, Mike Dangeli, Nick Dangeli, Natasha Smith, Priscillia Mays Tait, Marge Ce. White, centre Loni Williams

From Storyweaving

Co-written by director Renae Morriseau with Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling, inspired by stories and memories from Greater Vancouver’s urban aboriginal community, and presented at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 11-20, 2012.

→  Vancouver Moving Theatre

→  Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 

→  Artists’ Statement #1: Reflections on Working on the Margins

→  Artists’ Statement #2: Honouring Indigenous Colleagues

→  Artist Biographies

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Memory
Impulse
Immersion
Transmission
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Care
Edge
Corporeal
Expansion
All
Elusiveness
Memory
Care
Courage
Vulnerability
Ancestors
Vulnerability
Corporeal
Transmission
Expansion
Care
Courage
Invitation
Transmission
Ancestors
Courage
Immersion
Corporeal
Organic
Ancestors
Courage
Disruption
Opening
All
Memory
Care
Corporeal
Meditation
Expansion
Ancestors
Opening
Invitation
Curiosity
Expansion
Disruption
Ancestors
Invitation
Curiosity
All
Ancestors
Curiosity
Kinetic
Transmission
Expansion
Ancestors
Care
Curiosity
Meditation
All
Absence
Disruption
Opening
Transmission
All
Disruption
Care
Kinetic
Transmission
All
Care
Vulnerability
Edge
Opening
Corporeal
Absence
Memory
Invitation
Transmission
All
Disruption
Elusiveness
Courage
Edge
Expansion
Ancestors
Memory
Care
Courage
Transmission
Elusiveness
Impulse
Curiosity
Kinetic
Transmission
Disruption
Care
Opening
Transmission
All
Disruption
Ancestors
Care
Impulse
All
Disruption
Courage
Impulse
Edge
Organic
Ancestors
Memory
Invitation
Meditation
Expansion
Invitation
Curiosity
Immersion
Corporeal
Organic
Ancestors
Vulnerability
Invitation
Organic
Meditation
Ancestors
Care
Invitation
Organic
Meditation
Corporeal
Kinetic
Meditation
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