The Indigenous Performance Network (IPN) evolves through
meaningful engagement with our community of artists across Turtle Island and beyond.

We connect artists, organizations and allies to Indigenous communities
during our Intertribal Gathering.

This annual gathering builds relationships in various regions in order to:

~ showcase the local artists,

~ address unique challenges of creating performance in the region,

~ connect local artists to national presenters of Indigenous performing arts.

2013 Toronto, ON
2014 Saskatoon, SK
2015 Toronto, ON
2016 Dakwäkäda [Haines Junction, Yukon],
traditional and self-governed territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.


Indigenous Body Of Work

Another example of the IPN building relationships in community is
The Study/Repast (May 2015).

This collaboration with the Debajehmujig Storytellers brought us to
unceded Odawa territory on Manitoulin Island, ON.

Along with our partners National Arts Centre English Theatre
and over 40 Indigenous performing artists we participated in an
exploration of Indigenous theatre that led to the Indigenous Body Of Work.

IPAA collaborates with CAPACOA


A Network for Indigenous artists by Indigenous artists.

IPN Report photo

At the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver (Feb. 2015)
the community gathered for an Industry Series.

We began with a workshop on Indigenous protocols
and performance facilitated by Mique’l Dangeli.

Out of this came the formation of the
Indigenous Performance Network (IPN).


IPAA Network Coordinator Brittany Ryan documented the work
at the Musqeum Cultural Centre.

The Report includes personal commitments made by those present
for the formation of this Network.

With the facilitation of France Trépanier and Chris Creighton-Kelly
IPAA took the helm of the IPN supported by
a subcommittee of motivated artists and artistic leaders:

Tracey Kim Bonneau – En’Owkin Centre
Alana Cook – BC Arts Council
Ryan Cunningham – Native Earth Performing Arts
Dr. Mique’l Dangeli – Git Hayetsk Dancers
Terreane Derrick – Independent Artist
Margo Kane – Talking Stick Festival
Brittany Ryan – IPAA Network Coordinator

Joahnna Berti – Debajehmujig Storytellers

Michele Emsley - Yukon Arts Presenters Summit
Joanna Maratta – BC Touring Council



We are developing the IPN by collaborating
with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association CAPACOA
and ensuring Indigenous world-views are at the centre of our gatherings.

We do this by engaging the traditional protocols of the diverse communities
that host our gatherings across Turtle Island.

There is much ground to cover and we accept this challenge.

Join us as we shine our spotlight on Indigenous performance
in local communities and on national stages.

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Upcoming events

New Brunswick – Critical Mass
June 17, 2017
Indigenous Performance Reaches Critical Mass - New Brunswick -Dieppe, NB- Indigenous Performance Reaches Critical Mass conversation this Friday, June 17th 1:30pm – 3:30pm in Dieppe, NB Confirmed local leaders include:...
Indigenous Performance Reaches Critical Mass
June 6, 2017
  -Montreal, QC- Indigenous Performance Reaches Critical Mass Monument National June 6 11am – 1pm Witness a conversation between emerging and established Indigenous performing artists as they grapple with aesthetics and...
2017 Paprika Festival
May 22, 2017
2017 Paprika Festival May 22 to 28 at the Aki Studio in Regent Park, in Partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts LOCATION All Festival performances take place or begin inside...
The Witch of Niagara
May 4, 2017
The Witch of Niagara Where: Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St. George StreetWhen: May 4 to May 7, 2017Show times: May 4 - 7:00PM             ...
April 28, 2017
Ktahkomiq 27 April  | 7 pm  at the Maison de la culture Frontenac 28 April  | 8:00 pm at the Maison de la culture Frontenac  4 May  |  8 pm at the...