Performances and Events
(see the Schedule page for more details on times and locations)
All events are free and open to the public.
(Note: The House of Chow Mein, tickets $30 General, $25 Students/Seniors, $15 Children)
SALT of the Earth - by Kevin McKenzie Fifth Parallel Gallery Sept. 16 - 30
Sponsored by Sakewewak Artists' Collective and Performing Turtle Island
Curated by Dianne Ouellette
Opening Performance and Reception, Wed., Sept. 16, 4:00 pm, Fifth Parallel, University of Regina
The notion of SALT underscores something elemental to earth and water - to life, in general. It is a potently charged commodity of international trade and useful in health practice for cleansing wounds. An excellent preserver of foodstuffs, it also represents a current challenge to community health - we consume too much of it. SALT also begs the question: are you worth your salt?
Kevin McKenzie states: "The tides of time move slowly, the river of life winds swift, the pools of death are deep. The Salt of the Earth performance is inspired by the ancients, who left enigmatic signs of their existence. My approach to performance art is Primal, much like the sunset, it's entertainment and spectacle. In the end there is nothing but complete darkness."
Cree/Métis, born and raised in Regina, Kevin McKenzie is a descendent of the O'Soup family from the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan. He was enrolled in private art lessons as a child and excelled in traditional water colour techniques. Wilf Perreault, Kevin's high school art teacher, nurtured and encouraged his pupils to express their artistic aspirations. During Kevin’s formal training at the University of Regina, Art McKay was his most influential instructor.
In 2003 he received a Canada Council for the Arts production grant to produce a series of buffalo skulls cast in polyurethane resin. The cast resin skulls were painted utilizing flashy hot rod hues, racing stripes and flames. This body of work received international attention and was part of a group exhibition in New York City at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Kevin has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Indian Art Centre in Ottawa, and currently the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. His work is represented in the many collections, including the MacKenzie Art Gallery's permanent collection, and the National Indian Art collection at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
McKenzie is also represented at the National Gallery of Canada's permanent collection, the Manitoba Hydro Corporation's permanent collection, and in 2014 the Saskatchewan Arts Board acquired his work for their permanent collection. Kevin currently is living and working in Regina, where his multi-disciplined art practice is constantly evolving.
Screening of Antigone Film and Documentary
The original play of Antigone was written by Deanne Kasokeo. It is an adaptation of the Greek classic, set on a Saskatchewan First Nation. Addressing corrupt Native governance, the play debuted at Regina's Globe Theatre in 1998, and gained national attention when it was restaged in 2011 and was banned by the Poundmaker Band Council from being performed on the First Nation. The film adaptation brings the play to a new medium, and the documentary records the making of the film, including further attempts to censure its production. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the writer, director, and producers.
FNUniv Room 2002, Sept. 18, 4:00 pm
Sugar - by Amy Malbeuf Plain Red Gallery Sept. 17 - 30
Sponsored by Indian Fine Arts, First Nations University
Curated by Katherine Boyer
Opening Performance, Thurs. Sept. 17, 7:00 pm, Plain Red Gallery, First Nations University
This performance installation will consider the role and process of food in relation to women, the community, and the land (Turtle Island). The Earth is imbued with culture, language, and knowledge. As an embodiment of the Earth, the artist holds these ways of knowing within her body. Utilizing the movements and limitations of her body, she will conduct a series of actions through moving large quantities of salt, sugar, and other ingredients of bannock, presenting it as an instrument of communication and sustenance. This performance will leave a residue of sugar and alt around the perimeter of the gallery space.
Amy Malbeuf is a visual artist of Métis heritage from Rich Lake, Alberta. Malbeuf lives and works in Kelowna where she is working towards a MFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She holds a Native Cultural Arts Certificate from Portage College and a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design. Through utilising the mediums of caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, and performance she explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. Malbeuf has exhibited her work at such places as the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Kings ARI, Melbourne, Australia; Forest City Gallery, London; and Stride Gallery, Calgary. Malbeuf has participated in many international artist residencies including at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Labrador Research Institute, and The Banff Centre.
Strands of Knowledge - by Julianne Beaudin-Herney - FNUniv Sept. 18, 10:30 am
This performance is an innovative exploration of traditional teachings and institutional education: the combination of the two worlds that most are made vulnerable too, in their journey of self-discovery. The performance is an illustration of embracing challenges, growth, and rebirth -- an acknowledgment to forthcoming generations.
Julianne Beaudin-Herney is an emerging visual and performance artist of Mik'Maq and Cree heritage from Regina. She uses experiences in ceremony to influence her artwork. Her work has been recognized by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
The Birds, The Bees, The Berries - by Adrian Stimson and Lori Blondeau
FNUniv Sept. 18, 11:00 am
Giiwedin ShuBox Theatre, U of R, Sept. 18, 3:00 pm
Counterpoints: Indigenous Perspectives and Representations in Classical Music and Opera
This presentation will feature various excerpts from the opera Giiwedin and other select works by creative team Spy Dénommé‐Welch and Catherine Magowan. These excerpts and select works will be performed by local and established musicians, and will feature soprano Helen Pridmore.
Giiwedin is a two act opera that tells the story of a 150‐year‐old Anishnaabe woman, Noodin‐Kwe (mezzo‐soprano), and her resistance to colonialism in the Timiskaming region (northeastern Ontario/northwestern Québec) in the late 1800s. Giiwedin is scored for violin, violoncello, archlute, and harpsichord, and this orchestration brings unique and rich tonal qualities to support the telling of this story. This opera premiered in April 2010 at Theatre Passe Muraille in a Native Earth Performing Arts/An Indie(n) Rights Reserve co‐production. The production garnered two Dora Mavor Moore nominations in the categories of Outstanding New Opera/Musical and Outstanding Musical Direction. Giiwedin was remounted in 2014 as Opera Laurier’s mainstage production under the direction of Anne‐Marie Donovan and Les D’eath.
Dénommé‐Welch and Magowan have been collaborating composers since 2006, drawing on their musical backgrounds and interests to create new opera and musical work that explore topics such as Indigenous/Canadian history and contemporary realities, gender and sexuality, land‐based and environmental issues, among other topics. Dénommé‐Welch is a writer/composer and professor whose work examines interdisciplinary practice, Indigenous issues, and cross‐cultural collaboration. He plays guitar and fiddle. Magowan is a composer/musician who also draws on her background to explore collaborative creation. Magowan plays bassoon and has an extensive performance background, playing with various orchestras and ensemble groups. She is one of the founding members of the electric bassoon quartet DFM. Giiwedin is Dénommé‐Welch and Magowan’s first full‐length opera, and currently they are completing their second full‐length opera.
Following in the tradition of lecture‐recital, Dénommé‐Welch and Magowan will offer a short presentation and introduction for each excerpt and discuss core ideas surrounding their development.
Workshop: Meeting Ground - RC 176, U of R, Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:00 am
This morning session, led by Petra Kuppers, is a movement and storytelling workshop that brings people together in respectful greeting. All are welcomed, room 176 in the Theatre Department, University of Regina.
Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (www.olimpias.org). Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape(Palgrave, 2011, paperback 2013) explores The Olimpias’ arts-based research methods. She is the author of a new textbook, Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2014).
Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007) and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). Edited work includes Somatic Engagement (2011), and Community Performance: A Reader (2007).
Table Reading of Attawapiskat is No Exception - RC 175, Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:00 am
Attawapiskat is No Exception is a timely play about the housing and relocation in First Nations communities, in response to the housing crisis on the Attawapiskat Cree Nation in 2011.
Debuting in 2014 at Concordia's D.B. Clarke Theatre, the play is a collaboration between Floyd Favel and Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer, who will direct the table reading on Saturday morning, room 176 in the Theatre Department, University of Regina.
Indigenous Film Screenings - Fifth Parallel Gallery, Sept. 17-19 (see schedule for times)
Curated by Dianne Ouellette
Throughout the conference, films by the presenters on the Indigenous Film Production will be screened at the Fifth Parallel Gallery at the University of Regina. These include:
Land of Oil and Water, by Warren Cariou
Buffalo Calling, by Tasha Hubbard
A Windigo Tale, by Armand Ruffo
Backroads, by Candy Fox
Dad, by Peter Brass
The Owl Who Married the Goose, by Caroline Leaf
Dancing the Space In-Between, conceived by Lacy Morin-Desjarlais and made in collaboration with Michele Sereda, Editors Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart.
I Remember, by Brad Bellegarde (premier)
Berries and Bannock, a mispon production (premier)
I Am a Boy: Thomas Moore Keesick, by Louise BigEagle (premier)
A Musta Be: Maskihkiy Maskwa Iskwew (Medicine Bear Woman)
by Jane Heather and Old Earth Productions Shu-Box Theatre, Friday, Sept. 18, 8:00 pm
A Musta Be interweaves the stories of three Indigenous women at different ages and stages of their lives. Mary (67 in present day) is a residential school and TB clinic survivor. Mary spends several years in jail and is estranged from her daughter, Alice, when she is released. Alice (35) tries to distance herself from her mother and refuses to contact her. Nichole (19) carries the burden of child sexual abuse and foster care.
She is currently a sex-trade worker and discovered recently that her mother was a victim of mass murderer, Robert Pickton. All these women are touched and guided by Bear Medicine and the Bear appears in each of their lives as a woman who points them towards healing.
History of the Play: A Musta Be was sparked by a talk given by Yvonne Johnson in 2007. Yvonne has been incarcerated for murder in the Prison for Women in Kingston. She and Rudy Weibe wrote a book together called Stolen Lives. When she spoke in Edmonton in 2007 she particularly focused on Indigenous women in prison and what she saw happening to them and their daughters. Through the years, she saw young women come to visit their mothers and then end up in prison themselves. She issued a call to arms to break this cycle of violence so similar to other institutional cycles such as Residential Schools.
Old Earth Productions took up that call and began work (with Jane Heather) on a play about women and incarceration.
Family stories, community stories, interviews, and information from books, web sites, and newspapers all come to the table. Gradually the play began to expand to include the inter-generational impact of many different institutions on Indigenous women and their families.
The production is professionally produced and will be mounted in the Shu-Box Theatre at the University of Regina, Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:00 pm.
In Spirit - written and directed by Tara Beagan - Shu-Box Theatre, Sept. 19, 6:30 pm
Sponsored by Curtain Razors and the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
This play, performed by Saskatchewan actor Dakota Hebert (Dene) from Meadow Lake, is based on the true story of a 13 year old girl, Molly, kidnapped on her way home. After Molly’s remains are discovered 18 years later by forestry workers in June 1995, the play takes place the day the family and community gather to release Molly’s spirit. Molly herself tells the story of her passing and it is through this telling that she realizes she is deceased. Molly must let go in order to cross over, yet she can’t relay all of the facts of her death due to its violent and baffling nature. Can anyone let go when the mystery of a child’s murder has not been solved?
This is a story of the tragedy of a peoples systemically abused by an uncaring government. In contrast, it is also the story of a community who banded together to ensure their missing child is never forgotten. This play is an act of insisting it does not happen again.
This work is a result of designer Andy Moro’s and writer/director Tara Beagan’s holistic approach to theatrical storytelling. It fuses all design elements with the staging and text:
all production elements are in dialogue, just as they were created, resulting a high quality show, an honest, loving, and unflinching approach to the difficult subject matter, and therefore an indelible emotional experience.
Shu-Box Theatre at the University of Regina on Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30 pm.
The House of Chow Mein - by Edward Poitras - Presented by New Dance Horizons
Once upon a time in the West, a right hand and a wolf’s head etched in history did echo and were heard through the ages, beyond notions of race and time, beyond the a veil of words, a song of eternal life in death. Above the hubris of those who would make war. A western with no end, chasing its tail towards the setting sun in twilight's last trace before the night and the light of a new day.
From the archives of Honoré Jaxon and the blood, sweat, and tears of a small band of outlaws comes a dance in four or five acts beginning with the Battle of The Grand Couteau and ending on the streets of New York. A journey through time and space for the small fee of one hour of your time and some change.
Edward Poitras is a Métis artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan. A member of the Gordon First Nation and resident of Treaty Four Territory, he works in diverse media and extends beyond the borders of identity to consider the self in global terms. For Border Zones Poitras chose to look closely at structures of inclusion and exclusion within communities, whether geographically determined or across established boundaries. His installation, entitled Cell (2010), was initially inspired by the incarceration of Leonard Peltier, and suggests that political and personal borders may be both enforced and desired.
With Guest Collaborators: Charlie Fox, Jeff Bird, Robin Poitras, Tim Lilburn, William Hales
Featuring Guest Artists: Bille Coleman, Eloi Homier, Graham Kotowich, Krista Solheim, Marcus Merasty, Ray Ambrosi, Yvonne Chartrand.
For more information please visit: www.newdancehorizons.ca
University Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:00 pm - Tickets - $30 General, $25 Students/Seniors, $15 Children
Art Opening: WANTED - organized by Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum
Jack Anderson (Canada), Brett Graham (New Zealand), Marla Hlady (Canada), Darren Lago (UK),
Kevin McKenzie (Canada), John Noestheden (Canada), Manuela Ribadeneira (UK)
8:00 pm Opening Public Reception
9:15 pm Bus leaves Riddell Centre, University of Regina
9:30 pm Remarks and Curatorial Walk Through of the exhibition: