After 451 days lost at sea, a wayward group lands on an unknown shore. As they begin to piece together the circumstances that brought them to where they are now — as well as what will become of them in this new, unfamiliar place — one by one, they are taken.
Inspired by a large Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon 15 months after an earthquake and tsunami struck the northeastern coast of Japan, Wild State explores the plight of the many invasive species on the dock that survived what should have been a fatal journey. Following one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history, the tsunami dock traveled 5000 miles across the Pacific, out on the open ocean, carrying over 100 different plants and animals, arriving to a hostile reception. Using this story as an analogy for layering personal narratives of invasion, xenophobia and the unnatural, Wild State ultimately points the finger at the most invasive species of all.
This was a development presentation of a new work made by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts theatre performance students in collaboration with Maiko Yamamoto, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement. Wild State was an all weather project, and performances took place in the courtyard outside of the SFU Woodwards campus.
Photos by Maiko Yamamoto
Created & Performed by: Kimi Clark, Jessica Del Fierro, Amanda Sum, Eddy van Wyk, Johnny Wu and June Fukumura
Directed by Maiko Yamamoto
Assistant Direction by June Fukumura
Visual Design by Leah Weinstein
Sound Design by Emma Hendrix
Design Team Gillian Hanemayer and Candy Wang
Stage Management by Karen Chiang
Assistant Stage Management Rachel Shim & Margery Liu
Technical Direction by Jocelyn Kim
Produced by SFU School for the Contemporary Arts