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Enemy Lines

Choreographed by Mayumi Lashbrook

Produced by Aeris Körper

Enemy Lines is a live dance performance that looks at how a climate of fear led to the incarceration of Japanese Canadians. Held by curiosity, choreographer Mayumi Lashbrook looks back at the actions taken against her family during World War II.

Suddenly deemed a threat after the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941, over 22,000 Canadians of Japanese descent were forcibly removed from the coastline of British Columbia – their lives forever altered. Lashbrook seeks to understand these events in Canadian history and the curious hold it’s had on her life. Her work illuminates the cycles of fear based oppression and intolerant thinking that still afflicts us today. In Enemy Lines she elucidates our hardwired need for each other, and the way that disconnection can hinder our growth.

Enemy Lines is a tender reminder of the fractures of our collective past and the possibilities for our shared future.

Enemy Lines is produced by Aeris Körper, a professional dance company based in Hamilton. Aeris Körper brings people into their bodies through creation, presentation, and facilitation of dance that explores, questions, reflects and reveals connections across race, gender, sexuality, age, identity, ability and experience. Enemy Lines will be presented at the McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Hall from May 26 to 28, 2023 for Hamilton audiences.


Choreographer Mayumi Lashbrook

Dramaturg Denise Fujiwara

Rehearsal Director Gerry Trentham

Ensemble Brayden Cairns, Miyeko Ferguson, Michael Mortley, Mayumi Lashbrook, Denise Solleza

Understudy Nickeshia Garrick

Producer Rose Hopkins

Lighting Design Logan Cracknell

Projection Design Chimerik Collective

Sound Design Yobi Alan

Stage Manager Helin Gungoren

From May 12, 2023
to May 14, 2023

Tickets are $12.50 / $22.50 / $32.50


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

Friday, May 12 – 8pm

Saturday, May 13 – 8pm*

Sunday, May 14 – 3pm

*This performance will be followed by a talk-back

Tickets are available on a sliding scale. Ticket buyers should choose the option that fits best for them. Please feel free to contact [email protected] if you require different pricing.

This performance is 60 minutes, no intermission