The Seventh Fire is a play by Lisa C. Ravensbergen that is filmic in nature and mythic in proportion, sourcing traditional, oral Anishinaabe stories and societal roles as a way to explore ceremony in the everyday. Set in the present, past, and future, it tells the story of a woman’s return to the Ojibwe community she believes has rejected her. She discovers her destiny is tied to prophesy when she becomes pivotal to the community’s survival. The Seventh Fire takes place in four time signatures, and above and below the earth, as sisters Daanis and Nimise, and grandmother Nokomis reach through time and space to be together where the horizon and land meet.
Written by Lisa C. Ravensbergen. Project Facilitated by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Laura McLean, and Christine Quintana.
In Video: Performed by Cheri Maracle, Sophie Merasty, and Quelemia Sparrow; Scenic Design by T. Erin Gruber; Sound Design by Mishelle Cuttler; Technical Direction by Debbie Courchene
In memoriam and with gratitude to Sophie Merasty who shared her gifts and her heart with us in our workshop process. She is loved and missed.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, and Neworld Theatre.