A World that Comes to an End – Lola



Presented as part of the Aboriginal Spring of Art TWO

Here name was Lola Kiepia. She was the last surviving Selk’nams, the Aboriginal people of the Tierra del fuego, exterminated by the colonisation at the end of the 19th century. Her world was destined to be forgotten when one woman, Anne Chapmen, took an interest. Fifty years later, eleven dancers and actors from across the Americas have given life to the mythological imagination of these ancestors from the far south in a work directed by Yves Sioui Durand and by Mexican choreographer Leticia Vera.


In 1964, at Lake Fagnano in Tierra del fuego the American anthropologist Ann Chapman meets Lola Kiepia and Angela Loij. Lola sings; Angela translates; Anne records and becomes the keeper of this culture. In 2004, in the Museum of Mankind in Paris, Yves Sioui Durand and Catherine Joncas meet Anne Chapman. There began a quest – a quest for the origins of time when the Sun wanted to kill the Moon.

Engraved in Ondinnok’s tradition of mythological theatre, this production plunged us into the heart of the brutal, grandiose nature of Patagonia, the last place where European men took possession of the earth, of animals and of women in the name of advancement and progress. Through song, dance and above all masks, A World that Comes to an End – Lola pays homage to those survivors and all those women victims of rape, of murder, of disappearances – those Lolas, those Angelas, those Annes from all of the Americas.

The text encourages us to examine the inhumanity in each of us. It also feeds the hope that our consciousness has more tools today than two centuries ago to fight against stupidity and atrocity.

On May 5, 2015, a performance conference took place at the Maison de la culture Frontenac accompanied by images, music and visual archives – elements that allowed the discovery of the real story behind A World that Comes to an End – Lola. As well the public, including academic, community and linguistic groups, was invited to meet the creators and performers after each performance to explore the content of the piece and to deepen the artistic development of the company.

Performance Dates

2015    April 30, 8:00PM – Montreal, Maison de la culture Frontenac

May 1, 1:00 & 8:00PM – Montreal, Maison de la culture Frontenac

May 2, 2:00 & 8:00PM – Montreal, Maison de la culture Frontenac

The Team

Playwright/Director: Yves Sioui Durand

Movement Director: Leticia Vera

Assistant Director: Clément Cazelais

Actors: Charles Bender, Paola Carinah, Marco Collin, Ximena Ferrer, Catherine Joncas, Soleil Launière, Jorge Martinez, Yves Sioui Durand, Citlali Trevino, Lesly Velasquez & Leticia Vera

Lighting Designer/Operator: Guy Simard

Costume & Props Designer: Julie-Christina Picher

Sound Designer & Operator: Nicolas Grou

Video Designer: Philippe Larocque

Mask Designer: Claude Rodrigue

Technical Director/Video Operator: Geoff Levine

Production Director: Amélie Girard

Communications Director: Myriam Baril-Tessier

Media Contact: Olga Claing


Producer: Ondinnok