Luminato Toronto: Ian Kamua's Loss June 14 to 18 2023

From a media release

Luminato Toronto:
Ian Kamua's Loss
June 14 to 18, 2023 

Luminato Festival Toronto presents Ian Kamau’s Loss, produced by The Theatre Centre. This unique theatrical production was developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre, with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario  Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Why Not Theatre, School without Borders, and TO Live.

Ian Kamau
Ian Kamau, Photo by Bryan Brock

At its heart is a live retelling of a family story that spans generations, as written by Kamau and his father Roger McTair. 

The multimedia performance begins with Kamau's story as he delves into a winter of depression. Bit by bit, he unravels the details of the mystery that surrounds the death of his paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers. 

Live music, video, and storytelling combine in a work that delves into grief in Afro-Caribbean communities. The experience is intended to be immersive, and the healing shared with the audience. 

Bruce A. Russell, Music Director & Composer of Loss
Bruce A. Russell, Music Director & Composer of Loss

Artist and designer Ian Kamau was the founding executive director of Nia Centre for the Arts. He holds a Bachelor and Masters in Design, a Masters in Environmental Studies, is an associate artist at The Theatre Centre and Why Not Theatre.

The live music for the show was composed by Bruce A. Russell, Ian Kamau, and Njo Kong Kie, and will be performed live by Bruce A. Russell on Piano, Dyheim Stewart on guitar, and Dennis Passley on tenor saxophone.