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Jungle Flower Dragon Heart (Trailer)

Jungle Flower Dragon Heart

Sam Roi Yot, Thailand

13 years ago, Jungle Flower narrowly escaped a psychologically abusive relationship. After spending the last 7 years hosting community events where other people could share their stories of abuse, in January 2019 she embarked on a nine month solo journey through Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand to write and release her own stories. JUNGLE FLOWER DRAGON HEART is her homecoming show, a collection of travel stories, spoken word poetry and visuals which tell the tale of how she experienced, and is healing from, abuse.


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Jungle Flower, formerly known as Reesee Zigga Zagga, is a photographer, poet, interviewer, and humanitarian. During her almost 20 year career in the arts she has worked with Grammy Award winning artists Drake, Mya, Melanie Fiona, T.I., and Ciara, as well as Dr. Oz, actor Terry Crews and former NBA All Star Chris Bosh.


After escaping a psychologically abusive relationship, she founded Reclaim Your Voice in 2012, a grassroots organization which creates safe spaces where people who have experienced abuse can share their stories.  Since creating this movement in the name of peace and healing for all, she has hosted over 50 events of this nature, performed spoken word poetry at notable platforms including TEDxRougeRiver, and is a frequent guest speaker at schools where she reminds youth of their own capacities to be agents of change. She is the recipient of the 2014 Yinnergy Award for her work in the Malvern Community, the 2015 VolunteerToronto Legacy Award, the 2016 Roger Fisher Scholarship, and the 2017 Write Your Self Scholarship.

"Firefly" - written and performed by Jungle Flower, 2012.

What happens when our eyes finally open to who we truly are? A short film by Andreya Klobucar and Monica Thi

"A Great Man" - A poem about toxic masculinity, 2013

Excerpts [Trigger Warning]

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"In a relatively short period of time, he managed to get me to cut all the men out of my life. I knew that if I tried to maintain my friendships with them I would have to deal with his explosive anger. Cutting ties with them, as much as I didn’t want to, became the easier and safer option."

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"It usually began the same way. He would glare his eyes at me and softly say an incredulous 'What?', as in 'Are you really talking to me like that?' or 'Are you really testing me right now?' That was the warning sign. But sometimes it came without warning and he would suddenly explode over the smallest thing."

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"I’ve come to view this time as an opportunity to reclaim our sense of power and autonomy―two things that abuse can diminish. It is time to take the focus and energy off of the abusers and place it lovingly onto ourselves. We can prove to ourselves that we are innately deserving of understanding, kindness and compassion by showing it to ourselves. We can allow ourselves the space to feel how we are feeling. We can give ourselves the validation we are seeking, acknowledging and honouring both our pain and our strength."

SHOW INFO

THE SHOW

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Show starts at 7:30 pm

Innis Town Hall 

2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5, Canada

Barrier free venue with 4 wheelchair accessible spaces.

THE SPACE

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2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5, Canada

Innis Town Hall is located within Innis College on the University of Toronto‘s downtown campus, at the NW corner of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue, just south of Bloor Street. It is a five minute walk South from the St. George TTC Station.

There is limited street parking available on Sussex Avenue as well as St. George Street. Click here to view the closest parking garages.

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