We would like to acknowledge that Repercussion Theatre is located on unceded Indigenous land. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, this land on which we work and create, is the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and has been a dynamic convergence point between nations, peoples, and traditions for millennia, including but not limited to the Abenaki, Anishinaabeg (Algonquin) and Huron-Wendat.
Creativity and storytelling have flourished here since long before settlers arrived and Shakespeare wrote plays. The Kanien’kehá:ka have been the custodians of these lands and waters since long before we, as a theatre company, started performing those plays. As a company that performs much of its art outdoors, on the land, we honour those whose strong connection and claim to this land is not always acknowledged — and often actively erased.
As a company whose work centers around Shakespeare, we acknowledge the ways in which his work has been used as a tool for cultural imperialism. We recognize that the “privilege” of doing Shakespeare has not always been extended to all. We understand that we stand at a charged crossroads of past, present and future, and we welcome the honest reflection that such a position requires.