Category Archives: 2016/2017 Season

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Métis Mutt

Written & Performed by Sheldon Elter

Preview January 25
January 26 – February 5

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TORONTO PREMIERE

Sterling Award Winner for
New Work and Performance

Métis Mutt is a comedic, heartbreaking and unpredictable performance piece that recounts the journey of a young Métis man finding his way out of a destructive cycle.

In a performance the Edmonton Journal calls “intelligent and consistently inventive,” Elter expertly switches between storytelling, stand-up comedy, music and multi-character vignettes to expose the impact of family dysfunction, internalized racism and spiritual growth.

Directed by Ron Jenkins
Set & Lighting Design by Tessa Stamp
Projection Design by T. Erin Gruber
Sound Design by Aaron Macri
Stage Management by Tessa Stamp

This production has been funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Original production co-created with Kenneth Brown.

5-stars“Elter’s remarkable talent is wide-ranging” – See Magazine

5-stars“a role that is physically demanding and technically flawless” – VUE Weekly

4-5-stars“intelligent and consistently inventive” – Edmonton Journal


Running time is approximately 90 minutes
There is no intermission.

Trigger Warnings:
This play contains scenes of domestic violence,
substance abuse,  and offensive language.


TICKETS

Tickets $15-$25, available online.
Wednesday January 25 and Tuesday January 31st door tickets are pay-what-you-can. Advance tickets are regular price.
Purchases made online or by telephone are by credit card only.
At the door payments accepted by cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard.
For information on group rates, call the box office at 416-531-1402.

Box Office Telephone: 416-531-1402
Email: boxoffice[at]nativeearth.ca

More information on ticket pick-up here.


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SHELDON ELTER
Sheldon is an award-winning Métis actor, writer, stand-up comic, musician and director originally from Northern Alberta. As a stand-up comic, he has emceed and been host at both Breaker’s, and Dave’s Comedy Saloon, and has toured Western Canada twice as the opening comedy act for hypnotist, Marc Savard. Sheldon was also a Top 14 Finalist on Canadian Idol in 2006. In 2002 Elter and his work Métis Mutt won two Sterling Awards for Best Actor and Best New Work. More About Sheldon

Photos by Ryan Parker

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NIIMI’IWE

INDIGENOUS DANCE DOUBLE BILL

March 30 – April 1, 2017
Aki Studio
7 PM & 9 PM

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light breaking broken
a creative collaboration by
Margaret Grenier and Karen Jamieson

Peeling back the layers of the unknown, and forging a path to understanding, light breaking broken (formerly Light Breaking Through BROKEN) is the personal journey of two artists reconnecting with language, culture, and identity. With different cultural perspectives and individual histories, Grenier and Jamieson use their distinct dance styles to push each other’s boundaries and find an opening to the light. Read More

the ndn way 2the NDN way
a Brian Solomon Electric Moose production

Interpreted by Brian Solomon and Mariana Medellín-Meinke

In 1974, a budding artist created her first CBC documentary after finding inspiration in the synthesis of the Cree world views by Ron Evans. Inspired by the same original recording of the Cree storyteller, Solomon’s the NDN way re-imagines, remixes and interprets these philosophies about medicine teachings, pipe ceremonies, sweat lodges and death in a highly theatrical, visual art-warp. Read More


 

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A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event

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Meet Our Team

As we launch a season celebrating  transformations, it’s fitting that the team at Native Earth has also be shifting. This summer, we expanded our box office team and welcomed two new intern coordinators to assist with Weesageechak Begins to Dance 29.  With five new faces to introduce, we offer these get-to-know-you questions.

Let’s start with something simple. Where can you be found on a Saturday evening?

Annie MacKay (Patron Services Representative): “Seeing a play or making dinner with friends.”

Tyler Marsden (Marketing Coordinator): “In my backyard, jamming out on the ukulele with my roommates and friends.”

L-R: Ashley Bomberry & Tyler Marsden

Joelle Peters (Patron Services Representative): “Either at home writing and playing my ukulele, watching a show (live or on screen), or out with friends exploring the city.”

Looks like we have two ukulele fans here! Perhaps we’ll have a jam sometime in the office. Okay,  Ashley and Peter, tell us something on your bucket list. 

Ashley Bomberry (Festival Coordinator): “The number one item on my bucket list is to create art that changes minds and lives in some lasting and meaningful way.”

Peter Kelly (Patron Services Representative): “Own a theatre space!”

Sounds like you’re well on your way. Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?

Peter Kelly: “Yes. Dance is my life!”

Ashley Bomberry: “What I’m doing right now isn’t what I dreamt of as a child – I’m doing so much more than I could have dreamed. At the same time, I don’t feel like I’m as far as I should be or as accomplished as I’d like to be. But I have had a lifetime full of adventures and travel and friends along the way and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Annie MacKay: “Yes – finally!”

Joelle Peters: “Yes, 100%. Creating art and helping others do the same makes my heart happy.”

Tyler Marden: “I have always wanted to work within Indigenous arts and media. While my focus has not been theatre-related, I am excited to work alongside other Indigenous artists who share the same passion for creative storytelling as I do.”

Joelle Peters & Annie MacKay

L-R: Joelle Peters & Annie MacKay

How about long-term. What is your dream job?

Tyler Mardsen: “Executive Producer of a web and mobile Indigenous production company.”

Annie MacKay: “Actor-writer-plus-indefinite-number-of-hyphens.”

Peter Kelly: “An Artistic Director of an international dance company, organization or festival.”

Ashley Bomberry: “My perfect or dream job would be creating (writing, directing, producing) films and television programs to share Indigenous stories, values, perspectives and humour, which would otherwise go untold/unseen. I’d like to hold workshops in Indigenous communities around the world to empower the youth and provide an outlet for them to share their own stories, visions and dreams.”

Sharing Indigenous stories is what Native Earth is all about! So can you tell us an Indigenous artist whose work you enjoy?

Tyler Marsden: “I am a big fan of Drew Hayden Taylor’s work after first reading Me Funny front-to-back in university. (Shout out to the Occasions!)

Ashley Bomberry: “I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite play by I do love everything written by Daniel David Moses and Marie Clements. Their voices are so strong and so needed in today’s cultural landscape of race and gender politics, painful pasts, and promising futures.”

Peter Kelly: “Santee Smith.”

Annie MacKay: “I still can’t get Cliff Cardinal’s Huff out of my head!”

Joelle Peters: “Margo Kane’s Moonlodge.”

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Clockwise from bottom: Ryan Cunningham, Joelle Peters, Isaac Thomas, Peter Kelly, Annie MacKay, Jessica Lea Fleming, Kat Horzempa, Yolanda Bonnell

How about the big picture: if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Joelle Peters: “Currently, I’d love to go to Peru.”

Peter Kelly: “Europe.”

Tyler Marsden: “I would want to travel to Australia and New Zealand.”

Ashley Bomberry: “If I could travel to anywhere in the world, I’d go to Aotearoa and create some cross-cultural exploration work with Maori artists.”

Annie MacKay: “I have to pick? Spain and Turkey are both high on my list because I’ve never been, but I also want to go back to Vietnam! Hang En Cave specifically. Google It.”

Oh, we will. Finally, do you have a favourite quote?

Tyler Marsden: “Any man who must say ‘I am king’ is no true king at all” – George R.R. Martin

Joelle Peters: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” -Michael Scott, The Office

Peter Kelly: “You do you.”

Ashley Bomberry: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

Thank you and wachiya/welcome to you all!

To learn more about each of these new team members,
visit our staff page.

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RUTAS 2016
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Presented in partnership with Aluna Theatre
October 5-16, 2016, Aki Studio
Four-Show Deal $70

WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE 29
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS WORKS

November 9-19, 2016, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15, Festival Pass $60

MÉTIS MUTT BY SHELDON ELTER

Written and Performed by Sheldon Elter
January27 – February 5, 2017, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15-$30

NIIMI’IWE
INDIGENOUS DANCE DOUBLE BILL

Presented in partnership with DanceWorks
March 30-April 1, 2017, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $25, Double Bill $40

PAPRIKA FESTIVAL 2017

May 2017, Aki Studio


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