A woman crouches at the edge of the sea.
“In the very earliest time,
When both people and animals lived on earth,
A person could become an animal if she wanted to
And an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
And sometimes animals
And there was no difference.”
For its tenth season, theatre KAPOW is developing an original piece of theatre rooted in the legends, archetypes, and arts of the First Peoples. The title of this piece, A Story That Cuts Like a Knife, is derived from an Alaskan Yupik storytelling device, a knife made of bone or ivory or wood that is used by women as an assist in dancing a story or drawing the story in snow or sand. A good story, it is said, cuts like a knife. This approach to making theater offers an opportunity to integrate layers of experience – of nature, the human, and the divine – and to open up ancient and elemental opportunities for storytelling. Shakespeare called this "the art that nature makes."
A Story That Cuts Like a Knife promises spirits, sacrifices, foolery, quests, and transformations, and it opens June 29th at the Derry Opera House.