Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.
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First Nations Hockey in Canada. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Important for any notion of cultural hybridity is that of code-switching. An engaging, flowing re Highway’s play is rich with meaning, but not the kind that can be boiled down to a few sentences. The action of the play is very frantic and scattered at times. This moment of communal wailing underlines the potential of wailing to express, or give voice to, the inexpressible.
Interesting mix of characters and symbolism, but I hated its treatment of Christianity. Rather, in refusing to make the language familiar to the non-Native audience, he argues for the strength and autonomy of First Nations culture and art, allowing those who speak Cree unique access to this too section of the play.
Jan 30, Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: This was assigned reading for a Sports Literature class; that being said I found it to be a very interesting and authentic read. You are commenting using your WordPress. Nanabush kaapuskasing with a bustle. I hate that Tomson Highway seems to think that girls farting while looking coy is something that kips be utilized more than once.
Generally, I did not enjoy reading this brutish play and would probably not recommend it to anyone except in rare or specific cases.
The story is dream-like, chaotic and without order. I really enjoyed the Rez Sisters when I read it years ago and expected I would like this just as much. Humour here and elsewhere in the play relieves the tension caused by violent conflict; it allows the audience to laugh rather than mourn, and there is the sense that laughter is lups more kapuskqsing place than sorrow.
The audience, sharing the same conceptual space as the hockey arena, is encouraged to recognize that Dry Lips is a call for action— a cue, an arrow, and not a victory. As Highway has pointed out in an interview:.
“Voyeurism and Gendered Violence in Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” by Erica Parnis
In dryy respect, Highway frames hockey as a vehicle of resistance against the patriarchal and colonial systems that oppress First Nations women. I think Highway is an exceptional playwright. I didn’t enjoy it — it is extremely disturbing and depressing at points — but it is authentic and well-written.
Moreover, as a sport that has been adopted and adapted by First Nations communities, hockey provides an ideal reflection of what Highway is doing with Euro-Canadian dramatic conventions, on a micro-scale, and with colonial traditions and powers, on a macro-scale.
I picked up on the symbolism but to be honest most of the time I have no idea what the heck is going on. And as it turned out, the entire play HAS been a dream.
Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing
A lot of events crammed into a short play. Filewod argues that it is tempting for non-Native audiences to interpret Native plays as representations of authentic Nativeness, especially when encountering the stark differences between their cultures. This inversion of tragedy as comedy is prevalent in Native writing: Mar 09, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing.
He regards himself as the Rez stud, but he is completely irresponsible, denying his paternity of Dickie Bird Halked, and blaming the women for his powerlessness. There is simply kapuskasinng much going on in this piece.
Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
Mar 25, Julian Simpson rated it really liked it. This may not be a play for the casual reader or even a good introduction to Canadian drama. As with Trickster, then, change comes with the ability to disrupt and to create. In Junethe Canadian Association for Theatre Research held a panel at their annual conference on sports and performance theory.
First Nations Theatre and Trickster
So reading Dry Lips was a pleasure to see some of the male characters, who had been mentioned throughout the earlier play. He currently resides in Toronto.
However, with Dry LipsHighway seems aware of these temptations and attempts to derail their possibilities; just as the Wailerettes recode the game of llps for their own purposes in order to provide for a better fit for themselves, Highway employs the Trickster, Nanabush, to disrupt conventional Western play aesthetics. Funny and Emotional, but so worth the read. Articles Revolution Night in Canada: Ougnta is a fast-paced story of tragedy, comedy, and hope.
I hate that half the time the only female roles are to wear absolutely nothing.
But from the first couple bits of dialogue I was going oooh boy, here we go again on another mindfudge trip. May 24, Mina rated it really liked it Shelves: These hockey tournaments and games become fodder for storytelling, providing enough drama and humour to create narrative There is a sense of healing, but it is unfinished.
Throughout the play, the action takes place under that watchful eye of Nanabush — the Trickster, the Christ-esque creature that is often omnipresent in Native literature.
Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention. Grateful to have read this and really hope to see it performed one day. Despite its horrific events, the end of the play bespeaks hope for the future, as we learn that Zachary, a community member who hopes to bring some degree of economic stability to the reserve by opening a bakery, has dreamt the whole thing.
Mar 23, Benjamin Louter rated it it was ok.