#CANADA 150 @ edinburgh

Santee Smith in the original iteration of DECLARATION, 2013

#Canada150 when will you end?

seriously, so many invitations to partake in your events.
so many brilliant colleagues roped into feeling complicit with these weird parties.

we’re in edinburgh now, proud to be the noted voice of dissent at Selfconscious’s canada hub. we’re doing a DECLARATION.  friend and fellow fiesty rabble-rouser michael rubenfeld contacted us about an available slot for Indigenous content, and we quickly suggested a handful of wonderful, relatively affordable shows colleagues have made. rubenfeld listened patiently (he’s good at listening and asking questions) and then asked us “what about you guys? i was thinking you could come and  for the month and just do whatever you want.”

we blinked and fluttered. we accepted. we planned. we gathered beautiful collaborators. we are blessed. and now we are here.
we’ll be welcoming santee smith, lee maracle, semiah kaha:wi smith and artists based in the UK such as abdul and shane from Fio as well as visiting artists of Hot Brown Honey!

hope to see you in august.

Reckoning MTL

at Onishka Prodcutions’ Indigenous Contemporary Scene, June 2017.
Centaur Theatre, Thursday, June 8 at 8 pm and Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m.
This production was made possible through support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Residency program.

featuring Jonathan Fisher, Marcel Petit, Tara Beagan, Julie Tamiko Manning and Andy Moro.
production assistance by Aurora Torok.

Photo of Jonathan Fisher in Part 3: Survivor by Adrian Morillo.

Reckoning

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“Healing always comes with wounds. They are inextricably linked. At its best, art exposes the latter to further the former and in doing so can mark a path for reconciliation. Reckoning from ARTICLE 11 does just this. As powerful, poignant and vital a performance as you will see this year, at a time when we need it most. ” Jesse Wente, Ojibwe. Film critic and Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

When the truth has been incinerated and reconciliation seems impossible, there is Reckoning.

Written, directed and designed by Tara Beagan – Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” and Andy Moro – Omushkego Cree / Mixed Euro

Featuring:
PJ Prudat – Cree/Saulteaux Métis and French/Scandinavian of Saskatchewan
Jonathan Fisher – Pottawattami, Mukwa Dodem, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Brandon Oakes – Ratsienhonoron, Mohawk from Akwesasne
and John Ng (Ottawa via Hong Kong)

Elder research collaborator Paul Chaput – Métis
choreographic collaborator Lina Cruz – Montréal via Bogotá
fight choreographer Casey Hudecki, 2007 winner of the FDC Paddy Crean Award.
composition by Melody McKiver – Anishinaabe

Created and produced by A11 founding artists Tara Beagan  and Andy Moro, Reckoning is an ode to the irreconcilable. A triptych in sound, movement, video and text, Reckoning is an incendiary theatrical presentation of three separate experiences with Indian Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the fallout that has already reverberated across the country.

at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West  for tickets visit the Theatre Centre Box Office or call 416.538.0988

Preview:

Wed & Thurs April 13,14 8:30pm

Opening:

Friday April 15, 8:30pm

Performances:

Saturday April 16 2:30, 8:30

Sunday April 17 2:30

Tuesday-Friday April 19-22 8:30

Saturday April 13 2:30, 8:30

Sunday April 24 2:30

Reckoning – Spring 2016

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RECKONING fbcover_fbcover JOHN

COMING THIS SPRING.

written, directed and designed by Tara Beagan – Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” and Andy Moro – Omushkego Cree / Mixed Euro

WARNING: language and content contains graphic historical and sexual violence

STARRING
PJ Prudat – Cree/Saulteaux Métis and French/Scandinavian of Saskatchewan
Jonathan Fisher – Pottawattami, Mukwa Dodem, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Brandon Oakes – Ratsienhonoron, Mohawk from Akwesasne
and John Ng (Ottawa via Hong Kong)

Elder research collaborator Paul Chaput – Métis
choreography collaborator Lina Cruz – Montréal via Bogotá
fight choreographer Casey Hudecki, 2007 winner of the FDC Paddy Crean Award.
composition by Melody McKiver – Anishinaabe

Created and produced by A11 founding artists Tara Beagan  and Andy Moro, Reckoning is an ode to the irreconcilable.

A triptych in sound, movement, video and text, Reckoning is an incendiary theatrical presentation of three separate experiences with Indian Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the fallout that has already reverberated across the country.

WHEN: April 13 to 24, 2016. Show dates and times to follow

 

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Dreary & Izzy

Western Canada Theatre . Gateway Theatre . Persephone Theatre . Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company |

This work introduced the Indigenous theatrical community to Tara Beagan (and vice versa) when Native Earth premiered it in 2005.
The play was intended to have a Western Canada debut in Alberta, in 2012, but was re-scheduled for early 2013. The possibility of production had to be pulled from the Albertan company, due to differing ideas of professionalism. Beagan was deeply saddened at missing the chance to have this play run in its home province, but was comforted to know she was sparing artists from mistreatment. She was also leavened by the interest of the four current producing companies and the artistic and professional integrity with which they operate.

Strong advocates of Indigenous direction and design on Indigenous plays, Beagan and Moro are honoured to be on the quadri-co-pro D&I team.  The duo who helm ARTICLE 11 were and are continually humbled by the dedication of the emerging Indigenous theatre artists in the cast (Roseanne Supernault, who many know from her film and TV work, Dakota Hebert, and Garret C. Smith), as well as the vet (Sharon Bakker) who guides them gently along their way.

The Play
1975, Lethbridge Alberta. When the Monoghan sisters lose their parents in a car accident, Deirdre remains as the sole caregiver to her older sister, Isabelle. Just as Deirdre is poised to enter university and begin exploring, for the first time, her own future and independence, she must choose how much of her own life she will sacrifice for the love of Isabelle. Deirdre is barely staying afloat under the strain of this reality when hope arrives in the form of gorgeous vacuum cleaner salesman Freddie Seven Horses. Both sisters find in Freddie a new world of unexplored emotions and ideas, where Freddie is a port in a storm.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Written and Directed by Tara Beagan

Dakota Hebert as Deirdre
Roseanne Supernault as Isabelle
Sharon Bakker as Mrs. Harper
Garret C. Smith as Freddie Seven Horses

Set Design: Ross Nichol
Lighting and Sound Design: Andy Moro
Costume Design: Cindy Wiebe
Stage Management: Sarah Wallin
Design Intern: Aaron Shingoose

Upcoming presentations – click for further detail:

Dreary & Izzy at Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC Sept 12-28, 2013

Dreary & Izzy at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC March 5-15, 2014

Dreary & Izzy at Persephone Theatre and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon March 26 – Apr. 6, 2014

In Spirit

photo by Juan Camilo Palacio

a Native Earth Performing Arts production |

“I don’t remember growing up. Not really. Do people remember that? Growing? Only when it hurts, maybe.”

Synopsis

Spring, 1979. A young girl is mere days away from celebrating her birthday. Her dad can’t keep the secret of her gift any longer, so proudly presents her with a new bike – well… new to her. Birthday girl and bike take their debut trip along the nearest paved road. Failing to return for dinner, a makeshift search party finds only the bike, tossed into some bushes at the side of the road. For years,  family and friends imagine their missing girl into adulthood. This play is told from the perspective of the missing girl, her own memory returning for the telling, only in shards.

This story is a fictionalized account inspired by all too many true stories. Through the perspective of one lone girl, it is the tragedy of a peoples systemically abused by an uncaring government, made intimate. This play is a plea that it never happens again.

Native Earth’s featured production is the much-acclaimed In Spirit (formerly Quilchena,) directed by former Artistic Director Tara Beagan. Created by Beagan and the original creative team, In Spirit is a fiercely haunting work. Production Designer Andy Moro returns with a fearsome videoscape along with the sound and lighting he conceived of in the SummerWorks production where “he seared our eyes and ears.” (NOW Magazine, ’07 Top Ten Theatre Artists of the year.) Actor Sera-Lys McArthur (Where the Blood Mixes, CBC’s Arctic Air, Hard Core Logo II) joins Beagan and Moro as the sole performer, rounding out the all-Indigenous creative team. The work will debut at the Talking Stick Festival before returning to the Aki Studio Theatre and Rutas Panamericanas.