by KAMA LA MACKEREL on OCTOBER 27TH, 2022
November 3–6, 2022
“A story about being and becoming, about creating vocabularies for yourself and stepping into them as you would a home”
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents an interdisciplinary solo by Kama La Mackerel
In Mauritian Kreol, “zom-fam” means “man-woman” or “transgender.” This intimate solo brings to the stage Kama La Mackerel’s award-winning eponymous poetry collection. Through dance, storytelling, spoken word, and ritual, the piece weaves together ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages, and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which grapple with the legacy of plantation servitude.
photo of Kama La Mackerel by Vanessa Fortin
Tuesday, November 1 // 8PM (preview)
Wednesday, November 2 // 8PM (preview)
Thursday, November 3 // 8PM (opening night)
Friday, November 4 // 8PM – followed by a talkback with Bilal Baig
Saturday, November 5 // 8PM – followed by a talkback with Kai Cheng Thom
Sunday, November 6 // 2PM*
*Relaxed Performance: The performance of ZOM-FAM on Sunday, November 6th will be a relaxed performance. Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including house lights being left on at a low level, more freedom to come and go from the space, and an alternate space to take a break from the show.
Kama La Mackerel // text, artistic direction + performance
Mathieu Leroux // dramaturgic advisor
Andrew Tay + Rhodnie Désir // choreographic advisors
Sophie Gee // external eye
Jon Cleveland // light design and technical direction
Evan Stepanian // sound design
Nalo Soyini Bruce // set design
Rachel Habrih // production management
Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy // associate lighting design
Co-produced by the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels)
ZOM-FAM has benefited from: the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) Vivacité grant; La Ruche production grant from the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels); Réseau AccèsCulture creation grant; Maison de la Culture Marie Uguay research and creation residency; and SummerWorks Festival research and creation residency.
Co-produced by the MAI.
Supported by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Kama La Mackerel is a multilingual writer, visual artist, performer, translator and educator who believes in love, transformation and justice. Their work ventures beyond the borders of disciplinarity and creates hybrid spaces from which to enunciate decolonial and queer vocabularies. Wholeheartedly invested in ocean narratives, island sovereignty, transgender poetics and ancestral healing, their body of work challenges colonial notions of time and space as these relate to history, power, language, subject formation and the body.
Find Kama on Instagram.
The performance of ZOM-FAM on Sunday, November 6th at 2PM will be a relaxed performance. Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including house lights being left on at a low level, more freedom to come and go from the space, and an alternate space to take a break from the show.
To view our show guide, click here.
Dates & Times
November 1 & 2
PWYC tickets available at the door on Sunday, Nov 6
For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your chance to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.
Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff to mask while in the space. Audience members will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at reduced capacity performances.
For more information on our COVID safety measures, click here.