BY SHAISTA LATIF
Shaista Latif is a perpetual guest.
She has been invited to tell a story.
Shaista Latif is a storyteller.
Shaista Latif is a story.
“Bold, funny, and inspiring... her delivery and stage presence feels fun and captivating. NNNN” – NOW Magazine (Jordan Bimm)
"I learned things—interesting, wonderful, and upsetting things. I’m not sure there’s any higher praise I can give than that: this show made me laugh, made me think, and made me just a bit wiser. Within five minutes of leaving the theatre I’d told two people to see it." - Apt 613 (Mer Weinhold)
"She asked the audience, 'Who’s brown?' and I felt my arm tense, uncertain of which direction to take it. I marvelled at how unapologetically and uncomplicatedly she identified as a person of colour. I can’t relate to that feeling of belonging that she seems to have, even as she mounts a show about the complications of it all. For my part, I do not think of myself as white, nor do I think of myself as a person of colour. If pushed, I would say I was olive-skinned. And Shaista’s show pushes. It pushes you to ask yourself how you locate yourself, or not. In my view, identity(ies) is a kind of construction and performance. The Archivist made me look at the reality of those constructions and performances." -More Than Food Mag (Sophie Afriat)
To mark her position and her eventual disappearance she creates a live archive to test the enduring value of her existence. Using childhood mementos, music, videos and found objects, Latif boldly questions who has the right of preserving a history.
In this compelling and hilarious documentary performance, Latif invites the audience to help her preserve what is at the risk of being erased and forgotten.
REGULAR: $30 // HOT TICKET MEMBERS $25
UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE: $25 // HIGH SCHOOL: $5
Shaista Latif would like to continue the conversation, by inviting responses and reviews from audience members of colour.
Complimentary tickets are available, if you are interested in participating in this initiative please email Annie Wilson at awilson (AT) stcatharines (DOT) com