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Selena Couture

My research concerns indigenous performance with an interest in the use of language and historiographic methods. My dissertation is focused on indigenous and settler cultural performances near the former Coast Salish village of χʷayχʷ əy (aka Brockton Point in Stanley Park). The place's performance history is remarkably complex. On the one hand, it includes potlatches described in oral history accounts; an "Indian Village" run by Skwxwú7mesh Chief Joe Mathias in 1936, as well as a 1943 performance by Mathias and August Jack Khahtsahlano at the rededication of Stanley Park and the current project, Klahowya Village. On the other hand, it includes the Nine O’Clock gun, sporting events, the 1946 Jubilee Show that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the city with an historical pageant, and efforts to import a Kwakwaka'wakw village in the early 1900s, which resulted in an iconic totem pole display still popular with tourists.

Theatre History Podcast #53
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Theatre History Podcast #53

Rediscovering Sheridan’s Smash Hit Pizarro with Dr. Selena Couture & Dr. Alex Dick

10 January 2018

Dr. Selena Couture and Dr. Alexander Dick discuss their new Broadview edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's landmark 1799 melodrama Pizarro.