The Study/Repast

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Debajehmujig Storytellers and the National Arts Centre: English Theatre invite you to attend

#STUDY/REPAST May 14th – 16th, 2015

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The Study/Repast took place in Ontario at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre on Manitoulin Island May 14 – 16th, 2015.

This process began nearly two years ago co-curated by Past IPAA Board President Yvette Nolan and NAC: English Theatre Associate Artistic Director Sarah Garton Stanley.

The first stop was The Summit hosted by The Banff Centre featuring 12 Indigenous leaders speaking about the state of Indigenous performance.

The Study was a 10 day intensive exploration that will be opened up to artistic leaders on the final days called The Repast. Each day participants will focussed on diverse aspects of the plays, performance styles, and history of Indigenous performance.

Here are some Tweets with the hashtag #StudyRepast that represent our time together on Manitoulin Island:

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A core company of 6 Indigenous performing artists and 9 Indigenous performance students worked with Indigenous performance specialists and other artists from the community to look back at where we began and inspire where we might go from here.

Acting Company
Reneltta Arluk
Herbie Barnes
Tara Beagan
Margo Kane
Justin Many Fingers
Quelemia Sparrow

Student Acting Company
Samantha Brown (York University – Toronto, ON)
Brefny Caribou-Curtin (Concordia – Montreal, QC)
Darla Contois (Centre for Indigenous Theatre – Toronto, ON)
Nick Nahwegahbow (National Theatre School – Montreal, QC)
Joelle Peters (Seneca College – Toronto, ON)
Deneh Thompson (Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC)
Jesse Wabegijig (Debajehmujig Theatre Group – Manitowing, ON)
Aaron M. Wells (Canadian College of the Performing Arts – Victoria, BC)
Kieran Wilson (University of Victoria – Victoria, BC)

Resident Designer
Andy Moro

Yvette Nolan recently stepped back from her role as co-curator choosing not to join us for The Study / The Repast. IPAA would like to acknowledge her vision and contribution to the Indigenous performance community through this initiative that will see the NAC and artistic directors from across Turtle Island seeking tools and knowledge to better program Indigenous performance on their stages.

Chi Meegwetch, Yvette!

In her absence an artistic advisory has formed including Marie Clements, Jill Carter and Joseph Osawabine.

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These individuals join IPAA Vice President / Producer for The Repast Corey Payette and Sarah Garton Stanley in the final planning stages prior to this exciting event.

These Specialists will attend various sessions throughout The Study to share their knowledge on specific aspects of Indigenous performance.

Indigenous Performance Specialists
Keith Barker
Charles Bender
Cliff Cardinal
Jessica Carmichael
Sylvia Cloutier
Ryan Cunningham
Mique’l Dangeli
Spy Denomme-Welch
Cris Derksen
Cathy Elliot
Sheldon Elter
Meegwun Fairbrother
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Michael Greyeyes
Alanis King
Jani Lauzon
Kevin Loring
Monique Mojica
Daniel David Moses
Muriel Miguel
Drew Hayden Taylor
Troy Emery Twigg
Audrey Wemigwans
Gordon White

IPAA Staff Brittany Ryan and Lena Recollet will join Executive Director Cole Alvis to document this event in order to share the knowledge we collect with the Indigenous Performance Network.

Please join us for The Repast on Manitoulin Island from May 14 – 16th, 2015. Artistic Leaders will be joining us for this 2.5 day event to see the outcomes of The Study and we hope to see you there too.

Download a Repast-Information-April-2015.pdf (1.18 MB) for travel and accommodation details.

Check out the information package and get in touch with IPAA if you have any questions:

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