Loss is a deeply honest, live retelling of an intergenerational family story, written by Ian Kamau and his father Roger McTair.
This multi-media performance begins as a mirror into a winter of depression, then slowly unravels the mystery surrounding the death of his paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers.
An orchestration of memories using live music, video, and storytelling — Loss is an exploration of grief in Afro-Caribbean communities, and an immersive experience towards healing shared with the audience.
Loss was developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre.
Ian Kamau is an artist, writer, and designer from Toronto. He has released seven music projects including the self-produced album One Day Soon (2011) and has published articles, short stories, and poems in publications by Vice, Coach House Press, and Book Thug. The son of pioneering filmmakers, he was the founding executive director of Nia Centre for the Arts, has a Bachelor in Design and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. His research includes cultural production, storytelling, and critical city building with a focus on mental health and actualization.
World Premiere: Luminato Festival Toronto presents Ian Kamau’s Loss, produced by The Theatre Centre
On stage June 14 — 18, 2023 at The Harbourfront Centre Theatre
- ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreted Performance will take place on Thursday, June 15, at 8pm
- Relaxed Performance will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 2pm
- Financial Accessibility: All tickets to Loss are “pick your price” starting at $15 inclusive of all fees and taxes.
- Just Us Event dedicated to Black audiences will take place Friday, June 16, at 8pm
“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage”
Toronto // The Theatre Centre (Premiere) // March 2014
Montreal // Usine C // April 2014
Calgary // High Performance Rodeo // January 2015
Vancouver // PuSh International Performing Arts Festival // February 2015
Mumbai // Mumbai Lit Festival
Luxembourg City // Fundamental Monodrama Festival // June 2016
Darwin, Australia // Darwin Festival // August 2017