2017 WORLD PREMIERE AND NATIONAL TOUR:
★★★ – TORONTO STAR
“Moving, Beautiful, Resilient Storytelling"
The latest groundbreaking verbatim work from Project: Humanity, FREEDOM SINGER asks: can “vibrations of the past” bring us closer to the truths and freedoms we may be seeking today?
I SANG MY SONG TO THE RIVER IN THE VALLEY BELOW
IN THE HOPES IT MIGHT WASH AWAY MY SORROW
AND AS I WALKED AWAY I HEARD THE RIVER CLEARLY SAY
ROLL ON, MY SON, ROLL ON
Developed and produced by Project: Humanity (the award-winning company behind The Middle Place and Small Axe) in association with Crow's Theatre and Vancouver's Urban Ink, FREEDOM SINGER is the new documentary theatre piece inspired by the remarkable journey of singer-songwriter Khari Wendell McClelland (as featured on CBC's The National and Tapestry). In 2015, JUNO-nominated McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and – using contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – personalized the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery. In sharing this music, Khari is brought face to face with his own "unrecorded" heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad.