Reckoning: responses

“There is a growing canon of work, by Indigenous artists, that addresses Canada’s Indian Residential School System in truly sophisticated ways.  Reckoning by ARTICLE 11 is just such a work.  It defies simple categorization because it is trans-disciplinary, holistic in its viewpoint and begins its exploration at a demanding level.  Reckoning assumes you are a conscious and historically informed citizen and its 3-part structure reflects the multidimensionality of the trauma and our responses to it.”
– Michael Greyeyes, multi-disciplinary artist, Cree

“Its excellence sets the bar high: this work deserves a broad audience in Toronto and to tour widely.” Karen Fricker, the Toronto Star

Reckoning was provocative, aesthetically rigorous and really moving. Its complexity was a large part of its grace and at the end, I stood, not just out of a wish to celebrate the work, but as well because it felt like the only thing to do.”
– Sarah Garton Stanley, Artistic Associate at the National Arts Centre

 

Glen Gould as “Emmett” in Reckoning. Photo by Andy Moro

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Reckoning Elder Collaborator

Meet Paul Chaput. He is a lauded recording artist, an accomplished actor and filmmaker, and recently earned his PhD at Queen’s University. At seventy years of age, Métis marvel Paul just keeps getting busier and brighter. Paul worked with core ARTICLE 11 artists Moro and Beagan as an actor before they founded A11. He starred on screen in the multi-media project Foundlings, a piece addressing gaps in families, the resulting deracination and some questionable modern day solutions. Paul’s gifts as an empath and a scholar have been invaluable to the creation of Reckoning. His insights, after working as the Aboriginal consultant for the creation and the delivery of the curriculum to train 37 adjudicators (former judges and lawyers) for the Indian Residential Schools Resolutions Canada’s Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, are unique and profound.
We are grateful to have him with us.

We are grateful, also, to Canadian Stage who have sponsored Paul’s presence leading up to opening night of Reckoning. We thank Sherrie Johnson for initiating this support.

Paul will be with us and the Teens in Residence (a collab of Mammalian Diving Reflex and the Theatre Centre) at the Saturday April 16th 2:30 showing of Reckoning.

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DECLARATION is a work that ARTICLE 11 curates with Indigenous artists in your area.

  1. we take the context of your programming and fuse it with an unconventional venue. we design a creation space therein.
  2. we work with you to find kind, brave and political Indigenous collaborators from your region – musicians, dancers, actors, Elders and youth. we invite them to join us in the space we created with your event.
  3. we host a creation lab throughout the day and have performance offerings in the evening. this creates dialogue with the general population and the Indigenous artists on board, who are declaring their right to work and live in a good way.
  4. we share increased strength and celebrate the collaboration.

“A successful disruption.” Sarah Garton Stanley, Artistic Associate of English Theatre at the NAC, on witnessing DECLARATION at Ontario Scene.

“This is the way we should always work.” Monique Mojica, storied artist and DECLARATION collaborator

“Your exhibit left me physically chilled. It left me without words. Thank you.” Heather, audience member of DECLARATION at the ROM

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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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

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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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In Spirit in Saskatchewan

photo of Dakota Hebert by Sweetmoon, design by Andy Moro

ARTICLE 11 is proud to be partnering with Saskatchewan Native Theatre Co. to bring In Spirit to the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada’s Performing Turtle Island. “Performing Turtle Island brings together established and emerging scholars and artists in the form of a national symposium on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health.” (from their website.)

Sponsored by Curtain Razors and a host of supporters such as Sask Culture, SHRCC, U of R Fine Arts, this gathering is a celebration of our excellence in the arts across the continent.

The Globe Theatre Academy’s first ever Indigenous grad, Dakota Hebert (Dene) joins core team Beagan and Moro for a one-night only performance of In Spirit, 6:30 pm at the U of R’s Shu-box Theatre. Admission is sponsored, and therefore free to audience members!

On September 9, 2015, SNTC and A11 launched an indiegogo campaign to make up for the shortfall in federal granting monies that arose in this process. We could not create an SK-based production without the generosity of those who have given to our campaign. Huge thanks to you,
Jesse Wente
Sarah Garton Stanley
Christine Horne
Senator Lillian E. Quan Dyck
Merja Mansner

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Sera-Lys McArthur (photo by Shirin Tinati) stars in ARTICLE 11’s In Spirit

AUGUST 5 & 6 at Habourfront Studio Theatre, 8pm [no latecomers]
and
AUGUST 8 “On Location” under the Gardiner at Fort York south parking lot, 10pm

all performances have an artist/audience conversation to follow
all performances are free of charge. latecomers will not be admitted to the indoor August 5 & 6 shows.

“Beagan’s writing is detailed and lively, McArthur’s performance open and generous, subtly revealing the love that this child knows and shares. Just as important to the show’s success is Andy Moro’s production design: the hard but beaten metal backdrop, projections of imagery from the past and carefully placed sounds, including the bike’s bell. In Spirit, though perfectly straightforward, packs a cumulative emotional wallop”     -Jon Kaplan, NOW magazine

writer/director: Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux)
production designer: Andy Moro (Omushkego Cree)
production stage manager: Brittany Ryan (Métis)
starring: Sera-Lys McArthur (Nakota)