A cartoon of an older person and a young person among colourful decorations. Text on top of the image reads "Mixed Company Theatre presents 春明 / Spring Moon An Intergenerational Play"

Project Description

Spring Moon was a milestone production of our InterGEN Project. It was the result of an exploration of Chinese intergenerational relationships in Toronto and featured community performers and emerging artists from across the GTA. The show was created with the input of Chinese youth and seniors from Eastview Community Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre, Broadview Manor, The Phoenix Arts Academy, the Markham youth and Toronto Community Housing.

Four people standing with their right arms reaching up during a workshop for "Spring Moon."
Photo of Mikaela Cordero, Susan Chou, Betty Chou, and Shasha Huo by Yuli Scheidt.

The Production

Based on the real-life experiences of the Toronto Chinese community, Spring Moon told the story of a resilient immigrant peoples through the eyes of three Chinese grandmothers who survived hardship and crossed oceans to give their granddaughters a better life. Although separated by differences of language, culture, and distance, the unconditional love that exists between grandmothers and their granddaughters is a connection that cannot be broken.

Spring Moon revealed to us that to find out who we are, we will have to understand where we come from. Spring Moon was performed through 5 shows at the The Citadel in Toronto ON and was presented in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and French with Chinese and English surtitles.

An older adult smiling with her left arm raised up and her right arm beckoning forward, in a performance of "Spring Moon".

After almost a year of workshops, readings and rehearsals, the three seniors who played the grandmothers – who had never been on stage before – asked us “When do we get to do this again?” This, by far, was the biggest moment of the entire project for Mixed Company Theatre! We hope to bring Spring Moon to you soon again!