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Weesageechak 26

Weesageechak Begins To Dance – 26
November 21-23, 2013
Join us as Weesageechak begins to dance for the 26th time. This year’s festival places a special emphasis on local Indigenous artists and their works in development!

Let’s Play.

Day One: Thursday, November 21 @ 8pm

Rutas Festival Preview *A Sneak Peak of our partnership with Aluna Theatre’s Rutas Panamericanas Festival featuring excerpts of:

What I learned from a decade of fear created & directed by Trevor Schwellnus in association with Aluna Theatre
La Maleta (The Suitcase) created by Bea Pizano
In Spirit created by Tara Beagan and the original creative team

Day Two: Friday, November 22 @ 8pm
Emerging and Veteran Female Voices *Playwright in residence PJ Prudat and Gemini Award winning artist Jani Lauzon bring to life the Aki Studio with text and music 

I Call Myself Princess: The Story of Tsianina Redfeather created by Jani Lauzon
Postcards created by PJ Prudat

Day Three: Saturday, November 23 @ 8pm
Animikiig and Thundering Voices Night *A showcase of new and exciting Indigenous voices featuring our partnership with the 3rd year talents from the Centre of Indigenous Theatre

Deadbeats created by Garret C. Smith
Aluasa’sit created by Cathy Elliot
Good Grief created by Lorrie Gallant and L.M. VanEvery
The Circle: Visions of a Hoop Dancer created by Tjay Henhawk
The Longest Way Around created by Heather Marie Annis

The festival closes with an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

Let’s Dance.


Each night is $15

 

The Circle: Visions of a Hoop Dancer

by Tjay Henhawk with direction & dramaturgy by Cole Alvis

A coming of age story about a young boy who must overcome many obstacles and negative influences. As he struggles through his journey will he find the true meaning of his visions?

Featured in the Animikiig / Thundering Voices night of the festival
Saturday, Nov. 23rd @ 8pm* 
Aki Studio Theatre

*Followed by an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

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Postcards

By NEPA playwright-in-rez PJ Prudat with direction/dramaturgy by Nigel Shawn Williams

A young Métis man, in search of his stolen roots, sets out on an enlightening journey to unearth his lost identity and find his blood family.

Day 2: Thursday, November 21st @ 8pm 
Aki Studio Theatre – 585 Dundas Street East

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The Longest Way Around

The Longest Way Around
by Heather Marie Annis
with direction & dramaturgy by Spy Dénommé-Welch

William Elias the child of two intersecting paths – that of traditional Ojibwa living and imported Christian values. At the epitome of a crossroads, what must he lose when faced with an ultimatum?

Featured in the Animikiig / Thundering Voices night of the festival
Saturday, Nov. 23rd @ 8pm* 
Aki Studio Theatre

*Followed by an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

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Aluasa’sit

by Cathy Elliot with direction & dramaturgy by Herbie Barnes

The Chenoo of Mi’qmak tradition is a monster of inconceivable proportions, consuming whole communities. This story is interwoven with a contemporary tale to ask: did Anna Mae Pictou Aquash fall to a similar beast?

Featured in the Animikiig / Thundering Voices night of the festival
Saturday, Nov. 23rd @ 8pm* 
Aki Studio Theatre

*Followed by an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

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La Maleta (The Suitcase)

by Beatriz Pizano with direction by Andrew Lamb in association with Roseneath Theatre

La Maleta (The Suitcase) is the story of Roca, a ten-year old refugee who escapes her native Colombia clutching her suitcase – inside of which she believes her grandmother is hiding. Struggling to adapt to a new city, a new school and a new way of life, Roca befriends Paz, a boy with a secret who is being bullied by their classmates.

Opening Night of the festival
Thursday, November 21st @ 8pm 
Aki Studio Theatre – 585 Dundas St. East

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Good Grief

Good Grief
by Lorrie Gallant and Lisa VanEvery
with direction and dramaturgy by Jessica Carmichael

Everybody deserves a fitting farewell, but if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.  Six friends come together to plan their own funerals in this surprisingly joyful comedy about their final farewell.

Featured in the Animikiig / Thundering Voices night of the festival
Saturday, Nov. 23rd @ 8pm* 
Aki Studio Theatre

*Followed by an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

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Deadbeats

Deadbeats
by Garrett C. Smith with direction & dramaturgy by Tara Beagan

The Blackfoot Nations have long been inventive survivors and creative trades people who found their strength in the Buffalo. Does losing the Buffalo mean losing our strength?

Featured in the Animikiig / Thundering Voices night of the festival
Saturday, Nov. 23rd @ 8pm* 
Aki Studio Theatre

*Followed by an Indigenous Networking After-Party sponsored by
the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance www.ipaa.ca

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What I learned from a decade of fear

What I learned from a decade of fear
by Trevor Schwellnus

A Karmic Accounting / Interrogation Ritual to explore how to own a decade of repression, war, and security paranoia.   Did we let them change the world in order to preserve it? Could it be incriminating, to have an average life?  What if we believe it, when we are told, “this was done for us?”

Opening Night of the festival
Thursday, November 21st @ 8pm 
Aki Studio Theatre – 585 Dundas St. East

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Native Earth Presents: Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way

By Monique Mojica
A Chocolate Woman Collective Production

January 29 – February 3, 2013

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way written and performed by Toronto actor/playwright Monique Mojica and performed with Gloria Miguel of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater is directed by renowned Guna theatre artist José Á. Colman.

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way layers the stories of a girl soldier, Daughter from the Stars, and Sky Woman Falling (First Woman) with retellings of cultural stories of the Grandmothers of Creation. The play weaves realities to create a daring, thought provoking performance. An embodied journey of reclamation rooted in the Guna cosmology, this performance animates the narratives encoded in traditional molas (textiles).

Chocolate Woman Collective reclaims Indigenous cultures through artistic process.

Remount Director: Jill Carter
Actor & Artistic Director: Monique Mojica
Elder & Master Actor: Gloria Miguel
Stage Manager & Producer: Gia Nahmens
Premier Assistant Director, Principal Spanish / English Translator: Alberto Guevara
Composer: Marden Paniza
Sound & Lighting Design: Michel Charbonneau
Set Designer: Oswaldo “Achu” de Leon Kantule
Dramaturg: Ric Knowles
Premier Director, Translator to Dulegaya & Cultural Consultant: José Á. Colman
Textile Designer, Costume Designer & C0-Set Designer: Erika Iserhoff

Photo of Monique Mojica by Juan Camilo Palacio

Aki Studio Theatre – 585 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON
East of Parliament Street, inside the Daniels Spectrum building

 

The show dates/times are:

Tuesday, Jan. 29th @ 12:30pm Student Matinee
Wednesday, Jan. 30th @ 8pm Opening Night
Thursday, Jan. 31st @ 8pm
Friday, Feb. 1st @ 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 2nd @ 8pm
Sunday, Feb. 3rd @ 2:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Evening Performances: $20
Matinee: $15
Elders/Group Rate/Arts Workers: $10

Box Office: 1-800-204-0855