Lara Kramer’s creation Native Girl Syndrome is a raw theatrical performance by Angie Cheng and Karina Iraola that dives into street culture.
Inspired by the experience of Kramer’s own grandmother, having migrated from a remote First Nations community into an unfamiliar urban environment as a young woman, the piece explores the effects of cultural disorientation, assimilation, and the self-destructive behavior she endured. In creating the work Kramer examined her Grandmother’s experience migrating as a young woman from a First Nations community into an urban mainstream culture.
In Native Girl Syndrome Kramer explores the context surrounding her grandmother’s experience in order to better understand the choices she made and the exterior pressures she faced.
Native Girl Syndrome creates a voice and awareness to larger issues surrounding the marginalization and victimization of Indigenous women and the effects of cultural genocide.
Thank you to the financial supporters, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Canada Dance Festival. Thank you to Espace Marie Chouinard for the creation residency and to the project pilote de résidences de création pour la relève dans le cadre d’ORAM (Outiller la relève artistique montréalaise) in collaboration with Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), Forum Jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal (FJÎM), Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ), and Cirque du Soleil for the creation residency and mentorship.