Pe kiyokake ekwa achimoostahwinahn - an Indigenous Theatre Conference

Posted on 2021-03-08 in Events
Mar 31 - Apr 9, 2021

ᐯ ᑭᔪᑲᑫ ᐁᑿ ᐊᐨᐃᒨᐢᑕᐦᐏᓇᐦᐣ

Pe kiyokake ekwa achimoostahwinahn - An Indigenous Theatre Conference

March 31st-April 8th



Featuring a keynote address by Elder Maria Campbell

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 [1]. In this way our attentions are drawn to our responsibility to each of these spheres and encourage conference participants, organizers, and viewers to 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, join us as we look back, and look forward.

[1] Archibald, Indigenous Storywork.


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, and David MacMurray Smith

Panel - Indigenous Dramaturgies: April 3rd, 3PM

Featuring Dr. Lindsay Lachance (NAC), Reneltta Arluk (Banff Centre), Ken Williams (University of Alberta), and 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 TBA

Panel - Programming During a Pandemic: April 7th, 3:30PM

Featuring Jenn Bishop (GTNT), Margo Kane (Full Circle), and TBA

Play reading (Play TBA): April 8th, 6PM

A reading of a local play in development featuring a mix of student and professional artists. 

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