Multidisciplinary performance that explores the power of language and identity
Through powerful music, captivating movement, and poignant storytelling in Mandarin and English, Jasmine discovers her place within the legacy of her matriarchs. Yearning to reconnect with her late grandmother, she embarks on a transformative journey to relearn Mandarin and unearths lost stories of her grandmother’s past through intimate interviews with her mother.
This beautiful story will inspire you to rediscover and reclaim your mother tongue.
“Don’t wait to learn and don’t wait to ask. Whatever your language is, spoken or unspoken, it can bring you closer to who you are.” – Jasmine Chen
Running time is 40 minutes, followed by a talkback with the artist.
The Gateway offers a 50% ticket discount to VocalEye patrons. Call the Gateway Box Office at 604-270-1812 to purchase, and be sure to mention VocalEye.
Studio B is an intimate theatre space and there is a choice of seating options for this performance. Please specify your seating preference (a chair or a cushion on the floor) when you book your tickets.
Part of the Mother Tongue Project
Written and performed by Jasmine Chen
A rice & beans production in association with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Presented by Gateway Theatre
About Jasmine Chen
As a second-generation immigrant, Jasmine’s personal journey and background greatly inform her artistic expression. Her experiences and heritage shape the stories she tells, adding depth and authenticity to her performances and creative endeavours. With extensive experience as a Theatre, Film/TV, and Voiceover performer, Jasmine’s artistic endeavours go beyond acting and directing. She invites audiences to explore the complexities of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage through her work. She also delves into the creation of multilingual, interdisciplinary pieces that aim to bring linguistic and formal diversity to our stages while bridging cultural and linguistic barriers through the power of play and theatre.