The Seventh Fire (Touring)

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The Seventh Fire (Touring)

The Seventh Fire is an immersive, in-the-round audio performance by Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen that sources traditional, oral Anishinaabe stories and societal roles as a way to evoke ceremony in the everyday. Audiences are asked to leave their belongings in the lobby before entering the space, where they’re free to stand, sit, lie down or move around.

The sound and the story are the somatic links to ancestral realms. The story takes place in the present, past, and future; above and below the earth. It follows disconnected sisters Daanis and Nimise, who reconnect on their ancestral territory. Their journey interweaves with that of Nokomis, their grandmother who raised them, as she lights her fires in the Spirit World.


A Neworld Theatre touring production. 

Originally produced by Delinquent Theatre and Full Circle: First Nations Performance, in association with Neworld Theatre.  Created with the support of the Push International Performing Arts Festival. and produced with the co-operation of the Union of B.C. Performers.



Created by Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen

Sound Design by Mishelle Cuttler

Associate Sound Design by Debbie Courchene

Collaborating Dramaturg Laura McLean

Collaborating Dramaturg Christine Quintana

Set Design by Reza Nik

Vocal Performances by Margo Kane, Tasha Faye Evans, and Lisa C. Ravensbergen and additional vocals by Renae Morriseau and Kaitlyn Yott.

Language Advisors: Walter Cooke Chiikishkiy; Vern Altiman – Mishiikenh






  • September 2010 Lisa C. Ravensbergen joins Playwrights Theatre Centre as an Associate to develop to September 2013 The Seventh Fire (Vancouver, BC)
  • September 2016, Lisa C. Ravensbergen joined Delinquent Theatre as a Playwright in Residence to August 2017 to develop The Seventh Fire (Vancouver, BC)
  • November 2017 Public reading at the Weesageechak Festival with Native Earth (Toronto, ON)
  • March 2018 Script and design workshop at Progress Lab 1422 (Vancouver, BC)
  • September 2020 Public reading at Performance Works, part of Ruby Slippers’ Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women supported by Playwrights Guild of Canada and Vancouver Fringe Festival (Vancouver, BC)
  • January 2023 Full production premiere at Lobe Studio, part of PuSh Festival (Vancouver, BC).
  • August 2023 First tour production at SummerWorks Festival (Toronto, ON).

Creative Team

Reza Nik – Set Designer
Mishelle Cuttler – Sound Designer
Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen
Lauren McLean – Collaborating Dramaturg
Debbie Courchene – Associate Sound Designer
Christine Quintana – Collaborating Dramaturg
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