Bears — Comically dark. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines

By: Bill Reid Gallery

We are pleased to partner with The Cultch as the community partner for their upcoming show Bears. Bears runs at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre from May 8-12. It is a fiercely political multi-disciplinary show with storytelling, dancing, projections, and an electronic soundscape. Created by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre, Bears follows the journey of a man, Floyd (played by Sheldon Elter), as he traverses the length of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountian Pipeline.

Photo by Alexa McKeown

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes – his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening…

Check out this promo video for Bears:

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Mêtis. She is co-founder and the artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and produces the annual Rubaboo Festival. Christine Sokaymoh Frederick plays the role of "Mother" in Bears. In this HuffPost video, she speaks about why indigenous arts matter.

Why Indigenous Art Matters

Co-founder and artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts Christine Sokaymoh Frederick says art is a way of "rebuilding."

Bears runs at the Historic Theatre May 8-12. For more information, and tickets, visit Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.