The Wedding
Part 1, 2  and 3

A celebration of multiculturalism, an invitation for self-reflection on how wedding ceremonies can trigger different emotions, and an exploration of the emotional roller coaster of wedded life.

Short film series

The Wedding - PART III

The Wedding - PART I

The Wedding - PART II

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND CREDITS

"The Wedding" is a three-part project that invited professional artists and members of The Esplanade community to explore what a mixed-culture wedding looks like (PART I), what are the emotional triggers of wedding ceremonies (PART II) and the emotional roller-coaster of wedded life (PART III). Part I was filmed in June, Part II in July and Part III in October - all filmed as a one-shot, at the heart of The Esplanade community - David Crombie Park.

 

With Part I of this wedding you will see, we explore different ceremonial traditions, based on the artists and participants' own cultures. Amongst other traditions, we brought together a Brazilian procession, a Chinese tea ceremony, an Indigenous blanket ceremony, and an Albanian shami burning dance. Even though it is now considered normal to recognize each other’s cultural heritage, do we actually celebrate and acknowledge intercultural mixing, and if so, how? Can we bring our cultures together while retaining our cultural traditions, our sense of identity and uniqueness?

"The Wedding" is an invitation to explore these questions, together.

Produced and presented by:

Jamii Esplanade

A PROJECT SUPPORTED AND FUNDED BY:

Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Heritage

Ontario Arts Council

Government of Ontario

ShowLoveTo - City of Toronto

Canadian Stage

St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association

Concept and Direction by: Isorine Marc

Jamii Team: Isorine Marc, Jasmin Linton, DeeAnn Sagar, Cynthia Cella Ruso Mira Ghabiel.

jamii.ca -@jamiiesplanade

Filmed in The Esplanade neighbourhood - Toronto, Ontario

Photos: Omer Yukseker

CREDITS - THE WEDDING

PART I (June 2021)

 

Co-created by:

Alejandra Higuera

Aline Morales

Ana Maria Higuera

Carmen Romero

Indrit Kasapi

Isorine Marc

Jim Adams

Jonelle Sills

Kaitlin Torrance

Leen لين

Ryan Graham Hinds

Yvonne NG Peck Wan

 

Filmed and Edited by:

Alejandra Higuera

Ana Maria Higuera

 

Sound by:

Amye Sagar

Performed by:

(alphabetical order)

Aela Kuria -  Aline Morales - Amye Sagar - Carmen Romero - Danilo Caribé - Erina Aurora-Tran - Indrit Kasapi - Jim Adams - Jonelle Sills - Juanita Garces Restrepo - Kaitlin Torrance - Karen Lam - Leen Hamo - Mira Ghabiel - Omer Yukseker - Pierre Gravel - Raecheal Goddard - Raquel Romero - Ruthmarie Williams - Ryan Graham Hinds - Susan Cuthbert - Yvonne NG Peck Wan - Zelia Kuria

 

Music and Vocals by:

Aline Morales

Jim Adams

Jonelle Sills

Leen Hamo

CREDITS - THE WEDDING

PART II  (July 2021)

 

Co-created by:

Alejandra Higuera

Aline Morales

Ana Maria Higuera

Indrit Kasapi

Isorine Marc

Jim Adams

Jonelle Sills

Leen لين

Lua Shayenne

Ryan Graham Hinds

Yvonne NG Peck Wan

 

Filmed and Edited by:

Alejandra Higuera

Ana Maria Higuera

 

Sound by:

Amye Sagar, Isorine Marc, Darwa Naim

Sound design and audio mix by:

Matthew Maaskant

Performed by:

(alphabetical order)

Aela Kuria -  Aline Morales - Chloe Henderson - Cynthia Cella Ruso - Erina Aurora-Tran - Indrit Kasapi - Isorine Marc - Iris Unlu - Jennifer Ramsay - Jim Adams -  John Abou Chacra - Jonelle Sills - Karen Lam - Leen Hamo - Lua Shayenne - Nicole Ramsay - Omer Yukseker - Ryan Graham Hinds  - Khatra Haji - Yvonne NG Peck Wan - Zelia Kuria

Music and Vocals by:

Aline Morales

Jim Adams

John Abou Chacra

Jonelle Sills

Leen Hamo

CREDITS - THE WEDDING

PART II (July 2021)

Co-created by

Alejandra Higuera , Aline Morales, Ana Maria Higuera, Carmen Romero, Edz Gyamfi, Gina Tantalo, Isorine Marc, Jonelle Sills, Lauren Barnett, Katy Moonbean, Maysam Khreibeh, Paulina Anthony O’Kieffe, Rachana Joshi, Tangi Lion, Veronica Lee, Yvonne Ng

 

Filmed and Edited by: Alejandra Higuera and Ana Maria Higuera

Sound by: Dawar Naeem

Sound design and audio mix by: Matthew Maaskant

Lighting design: Dawar Naeem, Isorine Marc, Matthew Maaskant

 

Performed by: (alphabetical order) Aela Kuria, Aline Morales ,Angel Narick, Carmen Romero, Edz Gyamfi, Eman Hillawi, Erina Aurora-Tran, Gina Tantalo, Jim Adams, Jonelle Sills, Juanita Garces Restrepo, Karen Lam, Katy Moonbean, Lauren Barnett, Maysam Khreibeh, Mikhael Bornstein, Paulina Anthony O’Kieffe, Rachana Joshi, Raquel Romero, Ruthmarie Williams, Tangi Lion, Tim Wong-Ward, Veronica Lee, Yvonne Ng, Zelia Kuria, Zhenmei Wong-Ward.

 

Spoken word poetry “Return to Love” by: Maysam Khreibeh, Paulina Anthony O’Kieffe

Music and Vocals by: Aline Morales, Carmen Romero, Gina Tantalo, Katy Moonbean, Jonelle Sills, Lauren Barnett, Rachana Joshi, Tangi Lion, Veronica Lee

Original songs: Spanish Gitano Oral Tradition interpreted by Gina Tantalo, “Squeeze Your Love” by Katy Moonbean, Original music by Tangi Lion, “Float” by Lauren Barnett

Dance choreography: Carmen Romero, Edz Gyamfi, Isorine Marc, Rachana Joshi, Yvonne Ng

Aerial Choreography: Eman Hillawi

 

Lumin Puppets: Clay and Paper Theatre Puppet and movement coach: Alexa McDougall

 

Props: Amye Sagar

Props Assistants: Afnan Yakot, Ammar Salem, Anhar Salem, Asma’a Salem, Juanita Garces Restrepo, Usama Mohamednur

Photos: Jae Yang.