Sansei: The Storyteller

Dance, spoken word poetry, humour and compassion unravel one of Canada’s darkest decisions: the Japanese Internment of the Second World War.

3 thoughts on “Sansei: The Storyteller

  1. The show Sansei written and performed by Mark Kunji Ikeda, has the actor tell us multiple stories that are told through well immersive word, fantastic dancing, and impressive miming. The show is comedic and illusive since Mark is telling this story and creates images that pick with our imaginations, and it feels like everything Mark says, just illuminates right in front of you, on stage.
    This show, although talks about past calamities, the actor/writer was able to provide just enough comedy to keep audience members happy and drawn in without overwhelming the audience with unnecessary jokes.
    With each story told piece by piece, some people might get lost through out the play. However, Mark was able to tie each story together perfectly leaving the audience confusion free.
    The show was also able to include the audience, and was also able to include the backstage crew, something of which I’ve never seen. The flaw in the show, of which the character “forgets his lines” and asks backstage for the next thing to talk about. I believe it could be presented better, since it seems to be a part of the play. Granted, he the next time he talks to backstage, it works very well as it is quite entertaining.
    Overall I quite liked the show and everything it had to offer, since the performer really had me immersed into the stories. I would highly recommend watching the show as I know you would enjoy it, just as much as I did.

    -Teen Critic (RMTC): Jacky Pan

  2. This was a truly unique experience. The Japanese internment chapter of Canada’s history is too often overlooked given some of our ongoing injustices, but Sansei’s multi-disciplinary storytelling method was incredibly engaging and impactful, and the artist has an extraordinary energy.

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