Archive for February, 2012


 TSF ’12: Opening Gala Tonight!

Celebrating Aboriginal Performance & Art

February 20-March 4, 2012


Talking Stick Festival 2012

Full Circle First Nations Performance is very excited to present the 11th Annual Talking Stick Festival from February 20-March 3, 2012. This vibrant citywide festival provides a stage for extraordinary Aboriginal artists; established and emerging, national and international, performing live music, dance, theatre, multi-media, storytelling and performance art.

The festival will have performances and workshops that will take place in the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, The Cultch, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Vancouver Downtown and Grandview School.

Since its inception, the festival has become a place to honour Aboriginal tradition in contemporary forms, the artistic wealth of the people, and the promise of their future in Canada. The festival is a smorgasbord of Aboriginal artistic expression including, but not limited to music, dance, and spoken word and provides a stage for emerging and established artists.

More information coming soon here on IPAA’s Events Page. Keep checking the website during the festival for updates, blogs, images, and videos!

Check out Full Circle’s website for details (and great images & videos from last year’s festival)

Tonight: Opening Gala

The festival kicks off with the traditional Gala Opening Exhibit and Celebration on Monday, Feb. 20th at 8pm the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year’s festival also includes three dynamic theatre pieces. The first is Metis Mutt on Feb. 21 & 22 for only three performances – you don’t want to miss this one man show by Sheldon Elter. The Edmonton Sun says “Elter’s is a skilled actor and storyteller, and his presence commands attention throughout. By turns screamingly funny and brutally honest, it’s a one-man show that blows all kinds of prejudices out of the water.”


 The Coastal First Nations Dance

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
March 8th – 11th 2012 at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC

The Dancers of Damelahamid produce the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America. The festival presents the rich cultural traditions practiced by dance groups from British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State as well as guest international artists and demonstrates that these traditions are very much alive, vibrant and relevant today.

The Dancers of Damelahamid have had the honour to present dance groups from the following First Nations: Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwakwakawakw, Gitxsan, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Haida, Tagish and Tlingit Nations. Guest artists from across Canada, as well as international groups from New Zealand & Australia, have been invited to share their traditions, allowing the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival to connect with a global community of Indigenous dance.

Tickets: Signature Evening Performances
Dates: Friday March 9 & Saturday March 10, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7PM)
Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology. Get Directions
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 students, seniors and MOA members

Advanced tickets available through Tickets Tonight or call 604-684-2787
Festival Stage Performances
Dates: Saturday March 10, 1-4 pm
Sunday March 11, 1-4 pm
Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Tickets: Saturday and Sunday performances included with regular museum admission $16.75; $14.50 students and seniors; $44.75 family (includes 12% HST)
Admission to MOA is free for persons of Aboriginal ancestry


 RSD @ TSF: On the Cusp

On The Cusp at the Talking Stick Festival: March 1st & 2nd 2012
Vancity Cultch Lab in Vancouver

Join us for 2 distinct evenings of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance featuring the work of choreographers from across Canada and the United States who will be joined by Vancouver’s talented local artists for an evening of thought-provoking new dance as we push the boundaries, perceptions and possibilities of our contemporary Indigenous dance practice.

Curated by Raven Spirit Dance ( in partnership with the 2012 Talking Stick Festival and complimented by a series of artist talks, panels, dance workshops and professional development opportunities.

Talking Stick Festival:

“The moment of an impulse is the collision of inherited world-views, traditional and urban cosmologies, and personal and collective histories.  From this place, one dances and creates and it is how one arrives at an expression that is a distinct reflection and response to our cultural selves.”  – Raven Spirit Dance Society

Read more for details!



 red diva projects

The SFU Woodward’s Audain Gallery presents:

As part of the exhibition Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Futureand in partnership with The Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence Program at Simon Fraser University’s English Department, the Audain Gallery is pleased to announce a series of events in the gallery featuring the work of red diva projects and their collaborators.

Jesus Indian (2010, run time: 8 minutes)

Film screening and discussion red diva projects will screen and discuss their short film Jesus Indian, produced by red diva projects and Frog Girl Films.

As part of red diva projects’ new creative initiative, the “Prison Chronicles”, Jesus Indian tells the “brown, down, and out” story of a jailed and dying “No-Name Aboriginal woman” and her fellow inmates, both real and spiritual. Together they embark on a “lyrical journey” towards “ultimate resurrection,” revealing and challenging the “experiences that continue to en-cage them.”

The Language of Love (2010, run time: 10 minutes)

A new documentary short by Marie Clements and Frog Girl Films about the life of Stephen Lytton, will also be screened and discussed.

The Language of Love is a ten-minute documentary featuring writer/actor/activist Stephen Lytton’s raw and poetic articulation of the fourteen years he endured in the residential school system—a child’s survival redefines itself as the artful embodiment of a man.



 Review: Almighty Voice at PuSh

Great review of NEPA’s Almighty Voice and His Wife at the 2012 PuSh Festival by the always excellent Peter Dickinson. Here’s an (extended) excerpt:

“… it is this last point that makes Moses’ play at once so groundbreaking and compellingly contemporary, for it accomplishes via its canny structure the double task of exposing both real and representational violence to us, theatricalizing Aboriginal stereotypes and then catching us in the act of succumbing to them. It is risky material, to be sure (think of some of the backlash and misinterpretation that accompanied Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled), and it takes very accomplished performers to bring it off successfully, capturing both the ironic comedy and the tragic drama underlying the jokes. Happily, the incredibly talented Derek Garza and PJ Prudat are more than up to the task, and kudos must go to all the artists involved in bringing this masterpiece of Canadian drama back to the stage.”

Dickinson’s blog covers pretty much all performances at the Festival. His reviews are thoughtful and comprehensive, and most certainly worth reading.

Check out the full review!

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