spanish on her tongue (en dos lenguas) is a one-womyn show by queer feminist latina visual artist and writer janet romero-leiva.
this coming of age story begins in 1983 chile during the military dictatorship and centers around the migration of a little girl and her family to the working class neighbourhood of chalkfarm - in north york. we follow her through her excitement of learning a new language, while also re-living the shame of losing the language she was taught to love in.
as she struggles with her role of translator to her family, lacking words in spanish to authentically interpret situations too mature for her age, her english vocabulary expands, placing her in between two worlds she cannot fully embrace.
during her adolescence she stumbles upon her queerness, allowing us to be with her during her first crush, first love and first heart break. throughout her stories we catch glimpses of her indigenous roots, and as we are invited to delve deeper into her life we witness the impact of colonialism, and understand - through her questions, confusion, and pain - the complexities of indigenous identity.
JUNE 1 - JUNE 5, 2011
Kapisanan Centre, 167 augusta avenue
we regret this venue is not wheelchair accessible
$12 - $17 sliding scale
advance tickets at the toronto women's bookstore, 73 harbord street
wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday @ 7:30pm
saturday , *sunday ($16) @ 2pm (*this performance has a fixed price of $16, which includes once, the traditional chilean tea time consisting of canela tea and home-made treats)