This is a virtual performance open to Iowa educators and their students. Teachers and parents may request access to view the performance at their leisure during the viewing period.
Best Suited for Grades: 2nd-8th
Duration: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts
Study Guide: Access the complimentary study guide HERE.
An unforgettable story of reconciliation, MISTATIM is about the taming of a wild horse and the truest of friendships. Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation, but in many ways the two 11 year olds are worlds apart... That is, until a wild horse named Mistatim turns both of their worlds upside down.
This theatre and dance performance uses mask work, image projections, and movement to create an action-packed drama about two young people finding their own strength and place in their families. At first, Calvin tries to “break” the horse to impress his father, but Speck takes a different approach, working gently to gain the animal’s trust. As Speck and Calvin bond over Mistatim, the boundaries between their cultures fade. Calvin learns the history of Speck’s people, many of whom were separated from their families and put in residential schools. In sharing this past, we see Speck begin to heal and Calvin experiences a greater awareness of untold stories around him.… A delicate friendship is born between the three. And eventually, they are able to ride Mistatim and experience the freedom that comes from trust.
In this moving story, themes of environmental care, responsibility, and empowerment are expressed through the sharing of Indiginous values and perspectives. A collaboration between Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in association with Crow’s Theatre, the digital version of MISTATIM features music co-created by Indigenous music creators and TSO musicians.
Produced by Red Sky Performance from Toronto, Ontario