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Q + A with Kim Villagante

Q + A with Kim Villagante

Kim Villagante, also known as K!mmortal, is an artistic force to be reckoned with. As a visual artist, singer-songwriter/emcee, and arts-based community organizer currently based on Coast Salish Territory aka Vancouver, Kim fuses her phenomenal artistic talents with her activism. In 2013, Kim's debut acting role in Sal Capone landed her a nomination in Montreal English Theatre Awards as "Outstanding Supporting Actress". In 2014, she released her debut album, "Sincerity" and represented Vancouver as the only Filipina emcee in 2015's Canadian Music Week. Her latest acting accomplishment was playing the lead in the one-woman play "Sister Mary's A Dyke" written by Flerida Peña and directed by Jan Derbyshire. Kim was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award in Community-Engaged arts in 2013, and is also the founder of "SHE", an annual East-Vancouver event celebrating indigenous, black, and women of colour in WORD and MUSIC (shefestvan.com). Her recent self-directed animated music video, "Brushing by heaven's shoulder", was selected to be screened at San Francisco's Queer Women of Colour Film festival 2016.

Kim is in the Yukon preparing to perform in Sal Capone: the Lamentable Tragedy of this weekend, but she took some time out of her busy rehearsal schedule to answer a few questions for us about art, touring, and herself. Read on to find out more about this amazing multitalented artist!

Q; What’s the best thing about being a theatre artist?

A: Theatre is a powerful medium that pushes me to use every single part of my being ... Theatre truly makes me feel more alive. In this hip hop theatre production, I use my voice, to not just say my lines, but to rap and to sing...I use my body to dance, to explore what it's like to walk in Jewel's body, to interact with other characters ... theatre is an all encompassing medium. It teaches me to be critical and intentional with every move I make and all in service to the story.

Q: What would you do if you were not a theatre artist?

A: I'm actually primarily a rap-soul singer songwriter and visual artist  before I am a theatre artist. The director of Sal Capone casted me after seeing me perform at a spoken word show. I was invited to read the part of the script one day and got a callback that I got the part. This was in 2013- So taking theatre seriously is actually a pretty new turn in my artistic career. I love it so much though and want to continue doing it.

Q: What is the most memorable response you’ve ever experienced to your work?

A: A few Filipino folks in the audience came up to me after and expressed how they were really happy to see me represent on a Canadian stage. It also means so much to me when people end up talking about racism, homophobia, sexism, and power imbalance in the system and how that connects to police brutality. All the characters in this production are intense and on the edge because the stakes are high and there's always someone in the audience that can see themselves in a character. The most memorable response was a funny one when a black audience member in Montreal told me that my language on stage wasn't okay because I was using racist language so much. I think he believed I was actually the character of Jewel so much that he needed to give me a talk.

Q: Are you excited about touring to Whitehorse?

A: Definitely can't wait to see the northern lights, and I love how the sun shines bright here. Very different then Vancouver!


Q: Without giving too much away, what can audiences expect when they come to the show?

A: Expect the unpredictable - this is not a typical theatre production. Nothing is safe about it. Playwright Omari wrote this story talking about real social issues that are happening today - we
are calling attention to current issues - the black lives matter movement, missing and murdered indigenous women, transphobia and homophobia in a world that works to straighten queer lines. Expect a relevant story, and of course dope hip hop music created and coordinated by professional sound designer Troy Slocum as well as original raps written by us actors who are also musicians.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of working on this show?

A: I got a couple: Meeting my cast mates who are each such passionate go getters and who have become family to me. It has been such a blessing in my life to work in a team to bring this story to life. Thru this show I had also realized my potential as an artist and what I am capable of.

Thanks Kim!

To learn about about Kim's art, check out this clip from CBC!

 


Be sure to get your tickets to Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of, running this weekend (March 18 + 19) at the Yukon Arts Centre! It promises to be an unforgettable, powerful production!

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective - Press Release

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective - Press Release

To honour the traditions of cultures that move on the land, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective - Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) is
centering the 2016 national gathering around a Northern fire. Kwä̀n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi (Sit by the fire with us - Ensemble autour du feu) will take place on the traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council in Whitehorse, Yukon at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, from September 28 - 30. The focus of this event is on North and South coming together to share and exchange ideas about Indigenous curatorial practices, cultural production and art-making. To this end, the programming is structured around Indigenous discursive principles and conversational models with respect to the protocols of the First Peoples on whose territory we are gathering. The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) is a national arts service organization composed of Indigenous curators and artists. This will be the 7th national gathering that the ACC-CCA has organized since its founding in 2006. The ACC-CCA would like to acknowledge the financial contribution of the Canada Council for the Arts and our partners in Whitehorse, without whom this gathering would not be possible. The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, the Yukon Arts Centre and the Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association have been integral to the successful elaboration of this event.

En vue de rendre hommage aux cultures nomades du territoire, le Collectif des commissaires autochtones – Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (CCA-ACC) concentrera les activités de son rassemblement national 2016 autour d’un feu nordique. Kwä̀ n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi (Sit by the fire with us - Ensemble autour du feu) se déroulera sur le territoire traditionnel de la Première nation des Kwanlin Dün et le Conseil des Ta'an Kwäch'än, au Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre de Whitehorse (Yukon), du 28 au 30 septembre. Nous tablons sur cette rencontre Nord-Sud pour partager et échanger des idées sur les pratiques commissariales, la production culturelle et le savoir-faire artistique autochtones. À ces fins, la structure de la programmation tient compte des principes discursifs et des modèles de conversation autochtones, en regard des protocoles des Premières nations qui nous accueillent.

Le CCA-ACC est un organisme de services national dans le domaine des arts qui regroupe des commissaires et des artistes autochtones. Il s’agira du 7e rassemblement de ce type organisé depuis sa fondation en 2006. Nous tenons à remercier le Conseil des Arts du Canada pour sa contribution financière ainsi que nos partenaires de Whitehorse, sans lesquels ce rassemblement n’aurait pas été possible. Le Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, le Yukon Arts Centre et le Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association ont aussi contribué fortement à l’élaboration de cet événement.

For further information on registration please visit: http://www.acc-­‐cca.com Inqui.ries may be addressed to Clayton Windatt, Acting Executive Director: coordinator@acc-cca.com.

Contact: Clayton Windatt,
Acting Executive Director, ACC-CCA
E-mail : coordinator@acc-cca.com
web site : http://www.acc-cca.com