IPAA’s 10th Anniversary

IPAA turns 10!

The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance turns 10 this year!

Come celebrate with us on Sunday March 15th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.).

Join us for a look at our new website designed by Archer Pechawis along with the first draft of IPAA’s Smudging Document.

This resource is for members of our community to quickly and easily educate performance venues about the constitutionally protected practice of Smudging as it relates to performance.

We look forward to sharing what we have been working on and to hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

Following our event, please join us for a preview performance of The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan. Discounted promo codes will be available to those who attend our anniversary celebration.

This event is pay what you can (pwyc).


 They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They?

Troy Emery Twigg and Ryan Cunningham’s They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They? will be part of dance: made in canada / fait au canada August 13 – 16, 2015 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.

This will be the Toronto premiere for They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They?. This is a contemporary piece for three dancers that uses mask reminiscent of traditional dances and ceremonies. The physical narrative is expressed through the perspective of the wild Buffalo; the masks, choreography and performance embody the evolution of the wild Buffalo in North America.


 The House You Build

HYB-posterIPAA Executive Director Cole Alvis dramaturges a new play by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (2011 Governor General’s Literary Award finalist) for the Circle of Voices program at Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon.

Loss is often hard to bear: a parent, a child, a language, a connection. Joey and Mushom are trying to find their way back to each other across a gulf of grief, silence and misunderstanding. Their distance is amplified when Joey meets Dan, a fervently traditional youth whose interest in Mushom becomes territorial.

February 25th – March 4th, 2015

Click here for tickets


 Casting Call, Downstream

Casting Call for Aboriginal Actors/Actresses! DOWNSTREAM is a short Aboriginal horror flick produced by Canada Council for the Arts through the Aboriginal Media Arts program. Filming on Mar 1.

Filming 1 day of interiors in Cobourg, ON. Transportation will be provided. Paid acting gig!

LYNN (18-25): Aboriginal woman who is trying to save her father from the effects of the polluted water. Lives a traditional life and enjoys the rez. Defends herself against her infected father. Lots of makeup and gore.

BIG JAY (40-65): Aboriginal father, recovering alcoholic who is trying to live a good life. Transforms into a creature and attacks his daughter. Lots of makeup and gore.

Multiple roles for Aboriginal Actors/Actresses ages 18-65 for 3 day shoot in May. Experience not required.

See here for more information!


 Indigenous Dance, Michelle Olsen

Raven Spirit Dance

Raven Spirit Dance

Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival presents “Indigenous Dance: Claiming Space and Finding our Voice”. Feb 24 @ 11:00am-2:00pm, Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown.

Moderated by Michelle Olson (Raven Spirit Dance)

Our Indigenous dancing body claims space and in this space we can protest, rebuild, heal and remember.

The foundation of Idle No More is the round dance which inhabited public spaces and places across Canada. In response and protest, people danced. This panel of choreographers will examine and share how they view dance in their own lives and how their choreography is a response to the world around them.

Pay What You Can

See here for more information!




The Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCADU is hosting a spring gathering / symposium called re:ACTIVATE, Mar 7 (Toronto).

re: ACTIVATE is a community gathering that will bring together Indigenous artists whose practice has initiated artistic interventions of social engagement interwoven across multiple communities and spaces. re: ACTIVATE makes space for a discussion at the intersection of resistance, advocacy, imagination and witness as a site to recuperate personal and collective power that invigorates communities. Each artist will discuss their work within the matrix of reaction and interaction stirred from their encounters, facilitating a conversation to motivate the spirit of creative activism.

Featuring artists Christi Belcourt, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Peter Morin and members of the BOLD As Love collective – Jamaias DaCosta, Cris Derksen and Melody McKiver.

See here for more information!


 Submissions, In Your Pocket: Shame

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for RT Collective’s IN YOUR POCKET: SHAME. Deadline: Jun 9.

The third edition of IN YOUR POCKET comes in time for and as a response to Toronto’s World Pride. For SHAME, RT Collective’s curatorial motivation is the question of LGBT inclusivity – who is included in and excluded from the LGBT community. The name of the program references the Pride parties organized by artist and activist Will Munro, whose work engaged with ideas of community building and inclusivity.

Selected works will screen over June 23, 2014 at Videofag Gallery.
Selected artists will be paid CARFAC fees for the screening of their work.

See here or below for more information!



 Celebrating Friends and Colleagues,...

Native Performing Arts has organized a potluck at the Aki Studio for a celebration of our friends and colleagues who passed this week: Michael Green, Michele Sereda, Lacy Morin-Desjarlais and Elder Narcisse Blood.

The potluck feast begins at 3pm. There will be food but it is not mandatory to bring something – just your presence is most welcome. NEPA will be live streaming the celebration of Michael Green’s life at 4pm live from Calgary.

See here for more information.


 Convergence, Talking Stick


Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival presents Convergence: Currents of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance III. Feb 24-26.

Convergence occurs where two strong ocean currents meet, merge, and transform. Propelled by opposing forces, their movement and strength increases as they intersect and coalesce. Two main currents of contemporary Aboriginal dance, one more deeply rooted in ancient dance practices and the other more firmly grounded in contemporary dance, are once again reaching a crucial moment of convergence.

Presenting: Brian Solomon, Git Hayetsk , Justin Manyfingers, Maura Garcia, Olivia C. Davies , Troy Emery Twigg

See here or below for detailed information!



 Children of God, Corey Payette

children.of.god Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival presents CHILDREN OF GOD, a new musical by Corey Payette, as a Work in Development and Conversation. Feb 21 @ 8:00pm (with talk-back)

CHILDREN OF GOD is developed in partnership with Raven Theatre, Urban Ink, Arts Club Theatre, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and in collaboration with English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Children of God is a musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were sent to residential school. It takes place in two time periods twenty years apart, and examines how the effects of our past are directly related to our future. This play was written as a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ never-ending cultural spirit that blends the traditional and the contemporary, providing a new perspective to this story. It shares in what was lost, and the pain and anger that still exists in many families from wounds that will not heal.

See here for tickets and more information!


 IPAA at Rhubarb Festival

Cole Alvis for Buddies in Bad Times

Cole Alvis for Buddies in Bad Times

Check out Executive Director Cole Alvis’s piece for Buddies in Bad Time’s Rhubarb Festival. Here’s an excerpt for our members:

“As the Executive Director of the arts service organization Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance I don’t often get to don heels and a bald cap for provocative black and white photo shoots, but I do get to promote the work of Indigenous artists. It is my pleasure to celebrate the incredible contributions of ​IPAA members​ in the Festival. The lineup includes work by Aboriginal Music Award winning cellist Cris Derksen (who kicks off the Festival at our rocking opening night party), What’s Left of Us is a new dance piece from Justin Many Fingers and Brian Solomon, a video performance by Cherish Violet Blood featured in The WOW Project​ Comes Out​ and Tara Beagan is directing Kumari Gile‘s YCU performance.”

See here for more information! We’re busy getting our hands on some pics from the Week 1 Performances!


 Directing as a Craft, Talking Stick


Talking Stick Festival presents “Directing as a Craft: What does it have to do with inequity? A conversation.” Feb 20 @ 7:00-9:00pm.

This open dialogue and Artist Talk will address the challenges of cultural and gender equity in the performing arts, as well as the aesthetics of devised theatre and the craft of directing. It will be an examination of the differences, and the creative conflicts that ensembles and directors sometimes face in the process of devising original work. This 2 hour session will include a short documentary that features the work of Pangea World Theatre’s pilot directing institute, featuring interviews with colleagues and key leaders (especially women and people of colour) from the United States in the field, as a starting point for dialogue and exploration, leading to an embodied understanding of how we can activate equity. Feel the power of this exchange by participating in Institute exercises, and engage in dialogue about equity and aesthetics critical to our field.

Led by Meena Natarajan, Executive / Literary Director, Pangea World Theatre and Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater and Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director, Full Circle: First Nations Performance.

Presented in partnership with Granville Island Cultural Society (GICS) and CMHC Granville Island.

Banff Summit 2014
Twelve Indigenous artists, including several IPAA board members, members, and staff, were invited to attend the Banff Summit 2014, April 21-24.

Banff Summit Report - Cole Alvis, IPAA Executive Director.

Indigenous Body of Work - an uncomprehensive list started at the Summit; please add in the comments section.

The Medicine Project

grunt magazine looks at Aboriginal notions of medicine and how they influence the lives of First Nations people and artists today.

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