ERIN BRUBACHER AND CHRISTINE BRUBAKER
From July 7th-August 6th 2015, Erin Brubacher and Christine Brubaker walked 700km. A stranger asked if they were walking to learn how to work and be together. This was certainly part of it. These two, politically left, Canadian women walked from Pennsylvania to Ontario through the American Bible Belt and were hosted by a series of people with whom they had next to nothing in common. They were welcomed into stranger’s homes and treated with the care of family. They questioned what conversations to enter and how far to go. How should a guest challenge a generous host? They are still unpacking it, and do so with each performance of 7th COUSINS, while navigating their own relationship, having faced the challenges of being with another person, on foot, for 32 days, all day and night.
7th Cousins is ERIN BRUBACHER AND CHRISTINE BRUBAKER with collaborators Christopher Stanton, Andrea Nann, Kaitlin Hickey and Erum Khan. The piece has been performed in a Legion, church, Islamic cultural centre, bar and in other spaces. It was first presented by Nightwood Theatre throughout their 2017/18 season.
Photos by Erin Brubacher
“…compelling, surprising and unpredictable…riveting to watch.”
—Valerie Hill, Waterloo Record
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