Producer, text, performer: Lua Shayenne
Music: Cécé Haba
Director: Karine Ricard
Dramaturgy and educational consultant (2022 production): Lynda Hill
Translation Dramaturgy: Djennie LaGuerre
Costumes: Rachel Forbes
Backdrop Design: Quentin VerCetty
Lighting : Logan Raju Cracknell
Stage Management: Joey Lau
Costume Sewer: Carlyn Rahusaar Routledge
“Once upon a time in a not so distant past, somewhere in a village in a land far away
there lived a young girl named Yassama.”
Yassama and the Beaded Calabash is the story of a young girl who, with the help of the old Baobab tree, saves her village from drought and delivers a powerful lesson about the importance of respecting and honouring Mother Earth.
Rooted in African oral tradition and created especially for very young audiences, acclaimed artist Lua Shayenne invites children into storytelling as active participants through rhythmic language, lively song, engaging movement and dance accompanied by live drumming and a rich percussive score.
For 3+ yrs old
Yassama and the Beaded Calabash was commissioned and developed with the support of the WeeFestival of Arts & Culture and Théâtre Français de Toronto.