Material Witness

Material Witness May 12th - May 29th

Material Witness May 12th - May 29th

-Chicago, IL, USA-

May 12 - May 29, 2016

Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
First Floor Theatre | 74a East 4th Street

Buy tickets here
Adult [$18.00] & Student/Senior [$13.00]; Limited $10 tickets

In Material Witness, Spiderwoman Theater, regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities. Weaving together the real-life experiences of a multigenerational cast that also includes Native actors from Canada, the collaborative piece celebrates courage and generates healing. Stalwarts of the downtown performance scene, Spiderwoman, cited for their “rollicking humor” by The New York Times, are marking their 40th anniversary.

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 Popcorn Elder closes Sunday

Popcorn Elder

Popcorn Elder

-Saskatoon, SK & Meacham, SK-

A co-production with Dancing Sky Theatre. Inspired by the Arizona sweat lodge incident of 2009, the theme of this provocative play is the practice of plastic shaman and elders in the Indigenous community.
For ages 12 and up.
Buy tickets here

April 29 – May 15, 2016
Harvest Hall
Meacham, SK
Admission $20.00-30.00

May 19-29, 2016
Studio 914-914 20th St. West
Saskatoon, SK
Admission $25.00
Matinee $18.00



 Don’t miss the BC premiere of...

Flicker May 25- June 7

Flicker BC Premiere May 25th -29th & Ottawa Premiere June 7th

-Vancouver, BC & Ottawa, ON-

Dancers of Damelahamid & The Cultch present the BC & Ottawa premiere of Flicker:

Vancouver Premiere at The Cultch
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
May 25 – 29
produced by Dancers of Damelahamid & The Cultch
May 25: 8PM Opening
May 26 – 28: 8PM Show
May 29: 2PM Matinee

Tickets on sale now:

Ottawa Premiere at The National Arts Centre
53 Elgin St, Ottawa
June 7th
7 PM Show
produced by Dancers of Damelahamid & Canada Dance Festival

Tickets onsale now:

Facebook Event

Flicker is created in collaboration with multimedia artist Andy Moro and with dramaturgy by Charles Koroneho.

Flicker is an innovative multi-media dance piece that combines graphic design with vividly rich imagery that represents the mystical realm portrayed through coastal masked dance. Just as light shimmers, Flicker represents the moments through which one can cross space and time, as the dancers journey in and out of the ‘spirit world’ of their ancestors.

The Flicker, as embodied in the main character in this piece, represents our duality. This dichotomy illustrates how we access our true self; one’s self without limitations. The journey is a learning process by which one acquires the ability to attain their ancestral gifts and strengthens their capacity to create change.

It is through continual and diligent practice that Indigenous dance endures as non-static and relevant to current innovation, influence, and insights. Flicker bridges artistic practices, including coastal, powwow, and contemporary Indigenous dance. Through these intersections, Flicker explores the diversity of dance and reflects the complexity of contemporary Indigenous identities.

Flicker is commissioned by The Cultch and co-produced by the Canada Dance Festival, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, and the Vancouver Foundation.


 Red Ride Tour rides again!

revRedRideTour_Poster (updated)

- Canada, ON & BC  -



 Annual Festival of New Dance –...

Festival of new Dance - Submission deadline May 27th

Festival of new Dance - Submission deadline May 27th

-St John’s, NL-

Submission May 27th, 2016

The 27th Annual Festival of New Dance
St John’s, NL
(October 3 – 8, 2017)

Download PDF – FND 2017 Application Checklist

We are interested in work that stimulates, inspires and challenges. We welcome installation, site specific, and main stage works.

The goal of our festival is to present a range of contemporary dance that appeals to a broad audience.

We are interested in full evening works, as well as shorter pieces for mixed programming.

We are also interested in outreach opportunities that are geared for both experienced and emerging dancers and community members. Outreach proposals should have a clear and obtainable engagement objectives.

Please include ALL of the following information with your submission. *In complete packages may not be considered.



 Book launch: A Two-Spirit Journey

 Ma-Nee Chacaby. Book launch: A Two-Spirit Journey - May 20th, 2016

Ma-Nee Chacaby. Book launch: A Two-Spirit Journey - May 20th, 2016

-Toronto, ON-

Ryerson University
99 Gerrard st E
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre – Ryerson University (Room EPH 222)
May 20th, 2016

Glad Bookshop
598a Yonge St
May 25th, 2016

University of Manitoba Press invites you to the launch of A Two-Spirit Journey:The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, by Ma-Nee Chacaby and Mary Louisa Plummer. Ma-Nee will be signing books and speaking about her new book. Come and celebrate this moment with us! With special thanks to Ryerson School of Social Work, Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, and Glad Day Bookshop.

“A compelling, harrowing but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery.” Afterward by Mary Louisa Plummer.

**ASL interpretation. Wheelchair accessible**
Please advise ahead of other access needs. Thank you!


 Now booking – Project Eagle...

When they took the children workshop bookings

When they took the children workshop bookings

-Contact Tammy Lynn Elder to book a workshop in your area-

Can you imagine growing up not knowing who your real parents are? How would that affect you? your life? your own children? Wouldn’t you want to know why?

“Together we shall make a difference.”
E-mail tammylynne533[at] or Call Tammy Lynne at 604-588-2250 to book a workshop in your community!!
“Let the healing begin!!”

What if you found out that your parents are not your real parents, and the family you are in is not the family you belong to…? And the people you belong to are themselves all victims of genocide in one form or another? Can you imagine being “”stolen”" as a child, to be forcibly removed from one’s home, family, friends… just because that child is an “”Indian”" and the Government has its own agenda…?

WHEN THEY TOOK THE CHILDREN is a two hour workshop where I introduce myself & the subject of the film to our audience, followed by a one-hour questions-and-answer period. This presentation is most suitable for youth or adults who are potentially struggling with similar themes in their personal lives, with the hope that this workshop can bring answers & services to support their healing process. It is also designed to expose non-Indigenous audiences, perhaps for the first time, to explore the larger socio-political implications that genocide creates for our national identity, and how we choose to heal & move forward.

Due to the film’s painful subject matter being the legal abduction of small children from their families and the far-reaching scope of The 60s Scoop, we intend to invite trained elders to assist with any conscious or unconscious emotional wounds or triggers that this film may evoke.

Hello, my name is Tammy Lynne Elder



 Call for submissions: The Mush Hole...

The Mush Hole Project: Call for submissions

The Mush Hole Project: Call for submissions

-Submission deadline June 19th-


Mush Hole Project:
An Invitation to Aboriginal Artists for Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects

Call for Submissions (Open now through June 19, 2016)

Important Dates
Call for Submissions: May 1 – June 19, 2016
Notification Date: June 30, 2016
Event Dates: September 16 – 18, 2016

Mush Hole Project
Contact: Andy Houston
Email: houston[at]
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 37029

Submissions must include:
Project Description: applicants should describe the proposed art work, project, or performance including title, medium, dimensions, duration, spatial and technological requirements
Selection of Images: 2-3 images of the art work, project, or performance (if it is an existing piece)
Artist’s CV: current, maximum 3 pages
Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document — with the subject line “Mush Hole Project” — in care of Greg Campbell:

The Mush Hole Project is an immersive, site-specific art and performance installation event taking place at the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) from September 16 to 18, 2016. This project aims to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and to preserve, query, and reveal the complex personal, political, and public narratives around Canada’s residential school system, in general, and the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (at the Woodland Cultural Centre) specifically, through the art of contemporary Aboriginal artists.



 Indigenous Music Creators Project...

Indigenous Music Creators Project - The Great Lakes Project

Indigenous Music Creators Project - The Great Lakes Project

-Toronto, ON-

Call for submissions

Indigenous Music Creators Project – The Great Lakes Project

Statement: A brief statement as to why you want to be part of this program and your expectations and goals of the program (200 words maximum).
Resume: A resume of your previous musical activities and/or accomplishments (one-page maximum).
Sample: A sample of work in digital audio such as an mp3, CD format (5-15 minutes in length), or web link (ie, youtube).
Fee: Cheque for $25 for workshop fee payable to Red Sky Performance.
Indigenous Music Creators Project, Red Sky Performance, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 420 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


Upcoming is the Indigenous Music Creators Project, an innovative, music-driven initiative that supports Indigenous music creators that seek to create and/or score music for dance, theatre, and hybrid performance forms. This project provides a stimulus to Indigenous musicians, singers, music creators and composers in a highly interactive and intimate learning environment.

Red Sky’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and Array Music Director Rick Sacks collaborate and share resources to realize Laronde’s vision of this program.

Our focus remains on creators, and those who wish to accelerate the growth of contemporary Indigenous music composition in Canada. This intimate peer-to-peer environment will also include movement-based work, stills, video and film as it relates to music composition.

When: June 13 – 18, 2016, with a 2 pm public presentation on Saturday, June 18th at 6:45 pm, Music Main Stage @ Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.

$5 admission, children 12 & under admitted free with adults.

The concert night program on Saturday night, June 18 includes The Great Lakes Project at 6:45 pm, Indian City at 8:00 pm and Derek Miller at 9:15 pm. Come and enjoy this evening of extraordinary Indigenous music!


 Rez Sisters goes to Greenland

Rez sisters goes to Greenland

Rez sisters goes to Greenland

-Nuuk, Greenland-
The National Theatre of Greenland
June 17th-19th, 2016

For tickets:
Email: nuis[at]
Tel.: (+299) 38 13 70

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In “Arrnatsialaat/Rez Sisters” we meet 7 women – all related to each other either by birth or marriage. They all live in a small fictitious settlement called Serfalik, a mundane, dull life until they hear about “the biggest bingo in the world” that will happen in Nuuk. They all decide to take part in it.
The play contains all genres in theatre: tragedy, action and not least comedy and is perfect as a graduation piece for our 4 actor students – all women. They have been joined by 3 professional actors, so we see 7 fabulous women + 1 man on stage.

Isiginnaagassiami “Arnatsialaat/Rez Sisters”-mi pineqarput arnat 7, tamarmik arlaatigut imminnut ilaqutariittut. Nunaqarfimmi piviusuungitsumi Serfalimmi najugaqarput, inuunerallu assigiiaaginnarmik ingerlasoq aalaterneqarpoq tusaramikku “nunarsuarmi bingut annerpaat” Nuummi pilersoq, aalajangerlutillu ilaaffiginiarlugu.
Isiginnaagassiap suut tamaasa imarivai: ilungersunartut, tupannartut minnerunngitsumillu quujanartut, taamaalillunilu aamma ilinniartunut naammassissutissatut piukkunnaavilluni. Isiginnaagassiami isiginnaartitsisartunik 3-nik ilaqarput, taamaalillunilu arnatsialassuit 7-it angummik 1-mik ilallit isiginnaartitsisut takuneqarsinnaallutik.



 Storyweaving with Muriel Miguel: June...

Storyweaving with Muriel Miguel: June 16-18

Storyweaving with Muriel Miguel: June 16-18

-Whitehorse, YT-
-Registration deadline is May 20th-

Professional Development Workshop
Storyweaving with Muriel Miguel
June 16-18

Registration deadline is May 20th – Click here to register
Please download and complete the registration form below and return with payment to Hazel Venzon, Industry Producer, at

Muriel Miguel, founder and director of Spiderwoman Theatre (New York, NY) and grandmother of Indigenous theatre, will facilitate a three-day workshop on Storyweaving. Storyweaving is a process that Spiderwoman Theatre uses to create their work, layering and weaving stories, images, sound, movement, dance and music; creating a three-dimensional tapestry embodied in space. Their approach to creating a performance rises out of an Indigenous aesthetic, a deeply cultural place where the elements of cultural life are always an integral part of the whole.

This workshop will expand one’s writing, performing and storytelling skills. You will learn exercises on building ensemble, breaking down barriers through Laban technique, expressing words and phrases in different ways and personal and traditional storytelling. Incorporating the exercises that have been learned in the workshop, the participants will collectively build a performance of the stories which they will then present.

Storyweaving is open to everyone and accessible to all levels of artistry: beginner, intermediate and advanced. All participants must be 18yrs+. No previous acting experience required.

Registration Deadline: May 20, 2016
Workshop Dates: June 16-18, 2016 from 10AM-5PM
Location: Whitehorse, YT
Cost: $150 CAD (Covers cost of materials needed, and lunch on both days)



 CWS featuring Kenneth T. Williams

Kenneth T. Williams in Tkaronto

Kenneth T. Williams in Tkaronto

-Toronto, ON-

Kenneth T. Williams comes to Tkaronto as part of the Canadian Writers’ Summit (CWS)
June 16th & 17th, 2016

Lakeside Play Readings
See facebook event here
Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:30pm 9:30pm

Indigenous Writers Panel
Friday, June 17, 2016
3:00pm 4:00pm

Read more about Canadian Writers’ Summit (CWS)

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