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“An Indigenous Theatre Conference” featuring Reneltta Arluk, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Joshua Languedoc and Kenneth T. Williams
March 31 @ 12:00 am - April 8 @ 12:00 am EDTFree
About this Event
Harnessing the liminality of pandemic life we have the opportunity to look back and reflect on past movements and practices, and to look forward and describe the road that lay ahead of the Indigenous theatre community. This conference serves as a digital gathering place for Indigenous theatre-makers, scholars, practitioners, and intellectual-kin to exchange knowledges, stories, techniques, and other gifts.
Jo-ann Archibald’s “Indigenous holism” begins with the self at the center and moves concentrically through the larger and larger networks of family, community, and nation. In this way our attentions are drawn to our responsibility to each of these spheres and encourage conference participants, organizers, and viewers consider the responsibility that comes from the circle, from reciprocity, and from relationality. Archibald uses holism as one of the seven pillars of her storywork methodology, extending the notion beyond the self to consider the greater community’s wellbeing, each aspect progressively to including larger relational circles. It is with this framework in mind that we invite you to hold the circle with us. Come join us as we hold the circle and look back, and look forward.
Schedule of Events
Keynote address from Maria Campbell: March 31st, 6PM
Talkback following presentation of Gordon Winter: April 1st, Approx. 9:30PM
Featuring Playwright Kenneth T. Williams (University of Alberta), Director Deneh’Cho Thompson (Universtiy of Saskatchewan), and Actor Chris Krug-Iron
Panel – Indigenous Theatre Education: April 3rd, 12:30PM
Featuring Deneh’Cho Thompson (University of Saskatchewan), Carol Greyeyes, Carlos Rivera (University of Ottawa), and David MacMurray Smith
Panel – Indigenous Dramaturgies: April 3rd, 3PM
Featuring Dr. Lindsay Lachance (NAC), Reneltta Arluk (Banff Centre), and Ken Williams (University of Alberta), Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch (Western U)
Online Social Event – Games and Hangs: April 5th, 6PM
Come play some online games with your peers, or just hang out and socialize with some friends. Welcome to all.
Panel – Artistic Sovereignty: April 6th, 3:30PM
Featuring Desmond Hassing (San Diego State University), Joshua Languedoc (University of Alberta), and Kirsten Lindquist (University of Alberta)
Panel – Programming During a Pandemic: April 7th, 3:30PM
Featuring Jenn Bishop (GTNT), Margo Kane (Full Circle), Lisa Ravensburgen, and Bruce Naokwegijig and Brian Fox (Debajehmujig Theatre Group)
Shadows among the Prairies by Jenn Bishop Play reading (Play TBA): April 8th, 6PM
A reading of a local play in development featuring a mix of student and professional artists.
Register for FREE here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-indigenous-theatre-conference-tickets-144534339099