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“Being Salmon, Being Human” Storytelling Performance

January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Artwork by April White www.aprilwhite.com
With permission from Chelsea Green Publishing.

This January, a unique storytelling performance from Norway is coming to Toronto called BEING SALMON, BEING HUMAN. Inspired by Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book by the same name, this tour combines traditional tales, original music, and contemporary philosophy.

The performance draws upon the salmon stories of Sami and First Nations peoples of Scandinavia and North America and takes us on a journey through the extraordinary lives of wild salmon — sentient beings who are born in rivers, traverse the oceans, and return towards the end of their lives to spawn in their birth rivers and gift forward more life.

What becomes of this awe-inspiring creature when surviving our dams, diseases, and fish farms, and through this process, what becomes of us? More so, how do salmon survive their erasure from the ancient and reciprocal cycles that have fed humans with nutrients, ritual, and storytelling since time immemorial?

By interweaving old and new stories against a powerful backdrop of traditional song and contemporary sound art, BEING SALMON, BEING HUMAN offers surprising and evocative insights into the vital relationship between humans and the larger living world.

To follow, founder of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, Alan Colley will mediate a discussion on Indigenous knowledge and the local relationship to land, water and environment, making connections to teachings and themes found throughout the performance.

Refreshments will be provided, including cedar tea and smoked trout cream cheese and bannock, courtesy of Alan.

The tour is supported by Performing Arts Hub Norway. Created by philosopher Martin Lee Mueller, renowned Sami Joiker and composer Torgeir Vassvik, Norwegian-British storyteller Georgiana Keable, and Norwegian storyteller Tiril Bryn. When on tour in Canada, performed by Martin Lee Muelle, Torgeir Vassvik, and Canadian dancer and storyteller Elisha MacMillan.

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PWYC and $20 suggested donation welcomed.


George Ignatieff Theater, University of Toronto- St. George Campus

15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto, ON M5S 2C8

Co-Sponsors for this event include:

Water Allies



Great Lakes Commons




Environmental Humanities Group





January 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


George Ignatieff Theater
University of Toronto- St. George Campus, 15 Devonshire Pl
Toronto, ON M5S 2C8 Canada
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