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The Chemical Valley Project

PROTEST. PERFORMANCE. RECONCILIATION. 

In Sarnia, Ontario, an Indigenous community of 800 residents, is smothered by the Canadian petrochemical industry. Two siblings from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray, have dedicated themselves to fighting environmental racism and to protecting their community’s land, air and water.

A breathtaking blend of documentary-theatre, innovative projection design, a charismatic script and playful solo-performance engage and implicate audiences in The Chemical Valley Project. This urgent production delves gracefully into difficult conversations on Indigenous treaty rights, the nature of contemporary Canadian identity and values, and Canada’s notorious “chemical valley”.

 Kevin Matthew Wong performs  The Chemical Valley Project  at the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering. Photo by Michael Tol.

Kevin Matthew Wong performs The Chemical Valley Project at the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering. Photo by Michael Tol.

 An air quality monitoring station on the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Reserve.

An air quality monitoring station on the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Reserve.

ABOUT

The Sarnia Chemical Valley is a petrochemical processing hub located in Southern Ontario. The Valley is home to numerous factories that process petrochemicals into consumer goods. It also acts as a terminal for several oil and gas pipelines that traverse North America. Completely surrounded by the Chemical Valley, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation's Reserve is directly impacted by industry. 

Learn more about Aamjiwnaang at:
aamjiwnaangsoldiarity.com

THE TEAM

Playwright/Performer/Creator/Concept: Kevin Matthew Wong
Production Design/Creator: Julia Howman
Dramaturgy and Advisement: Vanessa Gray
Dramaturgy and Advisement:  Lindsay Beze Gray
Music: Minha Lee and Michael Henley


The Chemical Valley Project Touring History

  • January 2017 - Art in Solidarity: Performance in Protest, Toronto, ON
  • February 2017 - FOOT Festival, Toronto, ON
  • August 2017 - Summerworks Performance Festival in Toronto
  • September 2017 Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering in Aamjiwnaang
  • January 2018 - Theatre Passe Muraille BUZZ, Toronto, ON
  • March 2018 - The Registry Theatre in Kingston, ON
  • May 2018 Intrepid Theatre, UNO Fest, Victoria B.C.
  • May 2018 Ignite Youth Festival, The Cultch, Vancouver B.C.
  • June 2018 Festival Theaterformen in Braunschweig, ON
  • June 2018.- foldA by SpiderWebShow in Kingston, ON

Upcoming:

  • November 2019 - Festival of World Religions, Toronto ON
  • April 2019 - Theatre Passe Muraille, 2018/19 Season, Toronto, ON
  • Available for national and international touring. Contact broadleaftheatre@gmail.com
 Kevin Matthew Wong in rehearsal for "  The Chemical Valley Project  ." Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Kevin Matthew Wong in rehearsal for "The Chemical Valley Project." Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Book the Show:

The Chemical Valley Project is available for touring nationally and internationally.
For inquiries please email Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong at broadleaftheatre@gmail.com


DEVELOPMENT

The Chemical Valley Project was the winner of Theatre Passe Muraille's fall 2016 Crapshoot! It has also been shown at the 2017 FOOT Festival at the Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance Studies and "Protest in Performance: Solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames." The work has been generously supported by Theatre Passe Muraille and the Ontario Arts Council through the Theatre Creators' Reserve Program. The Chemical Valley Project was then developed at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival, where the project was a NOW Magazine Critics' Pick. The Chemical Valley Project is being developed as part of Theatre Passe Muraille's 2018 BUZZ Series, supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.

Post-BUZZ Development of The Chemical Valley Project has been supported by Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators from Studio 180 and Theatre Gargantua.

Contact broadleaftheatre@gmail.com for booking details and our show package.

 

REVIEWS & MEDIA

Mooney on Theatre:
"I highly recommend seeing this show for the important reality it exposes. To its diligent creators: thank you."

NNNN - Now Magazine Critics' Pick
"Wong has a warm, generous and fully present delivery style, and Howman's imaginative production design goes beyond a slide presentation to create something with a grassroots, humane feel....

Wong is sensitive to the idea of cultural appropriation, and so he lets the siblings talk for themselves in audio interviews; in a video clip, he even shows them the work in progress and asks for suggestions, which he then implements"

alt theatre magazine
"I left The Chemical Valley Project with a sense of the value in stories, and with a model for what it takes to really listen and come to understand others’ lived experience... earnest, accessible, and very well told."

Janis Lacouvee:
"The Chemical Valley Project
is moving and disruptive theatre, a call to action beautifully told and executed, and a must see for any modern Canadian."

 

 The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

 
 Kevin Matthew Wong, performer/creator Heather Majaury, facilitator/academic Amy Smoke, water protectors and Broadleaf collaborators Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray, and Julia Howman at  The Registry Theatre.

Kevin Matthew Wong, performer/creator Heather Majaury, facilitator/academic Amy Smoke, water protectors and Broadleaf collaborators Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray, and Julia Howman at The Registry Theatre.

SEE THE SHOW

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