brief smash-up of our three DECLARATIONs to date. we give thanks to the artists we have collaborated with in these works: Michelle Latimer, Jesse Wente, Monique Mojica, Santee Smith, Digging Roots, Aanmitaagzi, Theola Ross, Cherish Violet Blood, Kitsuné Soleil, Tawiah M’carthy, Lee Maracle, Plex, Carlos Rivera, Rakesh Tewari, Ric Knowles, Denzel Blood, Herbie Barnes, Garret C. Smith, Brittany Ryan, Luca Caruso-Moro. thanks also to Robert Kerr & Heather Moore for programming the first two iterations and the TAC for funding the third. Special shout out to the late great Kevin Ryan for making it all happen in a good way at Ontario Scene, NAC.
One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre presents
as part of the 31st annual High Performance Rodeo
WHERE: Mohkinstsis/Calgary, January 25, 26 & 27 at 7pm.
Calgary Municipal Building, 800 McLeod Trail SE.
WHO: Core collaborating artists are
A11 co-founders Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux) and Andy Moro (Omushkego Cree)
Michelle Thrush (Cree, Nekaneet First Nation)
Justin Many Fingers (Kainai)
and Cris Derksen (North Tallcree & Mennonite)
Emerging designer Imajyn Cardinal (Tsuu T’ina & Cree) will work alongside mentor artist Andy Moro.
Guest collaborators change daily, as does the show. Check back for confirmation of when Alanna Bluebird (Tsuu T’ina), Shaneen Fox (Kainai) & Andrea True Joy Fox (Kainai) of Red Star Women, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi will guest in, jamming with core collaborators to create a 7pm showing.
WHEN: Each day begins with an in-depth artist talk, DECLARE, at 12noon. All are welcome.
The showing is created in open lab every day from 2 until 5:30, in the main lobby of Calgary City Hall. All are welcome.
The nightly shows welcome all people, too.
HOW MUCH: Admission is pay what you can.
Kitsuné Soleil in DECLARATION: Repatriation at Toronto’s ROM
DECLARATION is a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ right to engage to their fullest extent in the creation and development of arts and culture, as outlined in the 11th clause of the UN’s Declaration on Indigenous Rights. Join the sights and sounds of ARTICLE 11 and our stellar guest artists, for a demonstration, through practise, of our increasingly remarkable First Nations, Inuit and Métis oeuvre.
WHAT: DECLARATION is a durational work of sound and visual installation, tailored to the guest artists, the curation of its occurrence and the land it is being hosted on. The installation aspect is created by ARTICLE 11.
WHO: ARTICLE 11 invites artists, at times in conjunction with a given festival or curator, to profile an existing work or a work in development. Each guest artist is supported by the sound and video creations of ARTICLE 11. At times, the artists take wild risks of their own, trying different approaches to works that will soon debut, or experimenting with new collaborators.
WHY: This platform gives Indigenous artists the opportunity to show up and simply be artists – a rare treat for many of us self-producing types. It is also an opportunity to extend a work beyond its usual environment and typical performer/audience relationship, which is always informative and exciting.
WHERE: Absolutely anywhere. Regardless of location, the venue itself becomes animated and creative, transforming into a diversified environment.
Because of this, DECLARATION evolves, is highly amenable to tailoring, and ideal for festivals, events, and locations of every description.
ROM, Toronto, ON June 5 – 21
Featuring Guest artists Lee Maracle, Plex, Kitsuné Soleil, Theola Ross and Cherish Violet Blood.
Live event on June 5 ,with a video and living diorama installation running through to the 5th of July.
A tongue-in-cheek commentary on the Indigenous relationship to museums, collectors and our long history of being documented and displayed.
With thanks to the TAC’s Animating Historic Sites and Museums program.
Ontario Scene, April 29 – May 3
Featuring Guest artists Raven Kanatakta, ShoShona Kish, Aanmitaagzi, Michelle Latimer, Santee Smith, Monique Mojica & Jesse Wente
Each day is different, every event is free of charge.
Details available on the NAC’s Ontario Scene site.
September 21 & 22, 2013 . Fort York . On Common Ground Festival
Featured guest artists Michael Greyeyes, Santee Smith, Tawiah Ben-Eben M’carthy, Carlos Rivera Martínez, Rakesh Tewari.
Production support by Brittany Ryan.
For this debut, DECLARATION had guest artists programmed for 15 minute performance slots at one hour intervals. The sound and video existed full time.
Inclement weather resulted in a schedule scramble and a magnificent three-way improv with Santee Smith, Rakesh Tewari and Carlos Rivera. Audience members were dazzled and awed by the dynamism of this trio, who had never collaborated in this way – indeed the dancers (who had not planned to duet) met Rakesh that very day.
This festival, curated by Robert Kerr, marked the International Day of Peace and the Autumnal Equinox.