After the death of her mother, Mimi’s entire life begins to unravel. Between the arrival of a mysterious friend from her parents’ past, her boyfriend’s revelations about his feelings for another woman, and learning that her mother was once a celebrated dancer, Mimi’s world has become foreign even to her.
Set in present-day Scarborough, Singkil tells the story of the Perez family, from the separate lives Mimi’s parents led in their native Manila to the lives they adjusted to together once they moved to Canada. Bridging the Perez’s past and present is the Singkil, the dance of a Muslim Filipina princess who cleverly escapes the debris left after a violent earthquake. Caught in the relentless grip of the past and forced into the unfamiliar terrain of forgiveness, Mimi must find her own way out of the tangled mess her life has become and gracefully step into a new one, making her way back to the land of the living by facing the mysteries held by the dead. Catherine Hernandez’s play illuminates the page with gentle grace, bringing the Perez family to life through the rich steps of the Singkil.
Catherine Hernandez is a writer and theatre practitioner. As a past columnist for the National Post and the former head of Factory Theatre’s Education/Outreach/Publicity program, she has also worked as a marketer/publicist/educator for Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, bcurrent, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and others. Singkil, which premiered as part of Factory Theatre’s 2006/07 season, has garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore award nominations, including Best New Play, Independent Division. She is currently working on her newest play, Kilt Pins, and presenting her one-woman puppet show, Eating With Lola.