Native Earth: Still Here
Now in its 28th season, Native Earth has come through some turbulence, some triumph, and a whole lot of drama to find itself on firm ground. Even amidst the chaos of our political, economic landscape it is still, here. Twenty eight years of stories charting untold histories of residential school, forced adoption, lost language and obscured tradition, amounts to a history of tenacious survival: we are still here. This season’s programming continues to assert this presence with stories new and old rendered in Native Earth’s expansive and inclusive style.
“The work we do here at Native Earth, the stories we tell, we do for all those who have come before and all those yet to come,” says Yvette Nolan, Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. “We cannot know the effect we will have on the world, so we must behave in this moment, in every moment, as if this is the last moment, the last act.”
This season’s legacy includes:
Almighty Voice and His Wife
Written by Daniel David Moses
Directed by Michael Greyeyes
Featuring Paula Jean Prudat and Derek Garza
Daniel David Moses’ seminal play about the legendary 19th century Saskatchewan Cree explores Almighty Voice as both accidental martyr and icon. After stunning British audiences at England’s Origins Festival 2009, Moses’ Canadian hero returns to tell his story in the colonies.
October 9 Toronto, ON – Dancemakers Centre for Creation
October 12 Halifax, NS – Onelight Theatre: The Prismatic Festival
October 15-18 Peterborough, ON – Nozhem Centre for Indigenous Theatre – Trent University
October 20-23 Edmonton, AB – Alberta Aboriginal Arts with Workshop West
October 25 Kingston, ON – Queen’s University
November 4-14 Winnipeg, MB – Theatre Projects Manitoba
November 17-19 Brandon, MB – Brandon University
Weesageechak Begins to Dance XXIII
Jan 26-29, 2011
The Theatre Centre
Single tickets 416.538.0988
Included as part of The Theatre Centre’s f.a.b. package here
The 23rd annual festival of new works stays true to its Trickster title with a mixed bag of tricks: theatre, dance, and something hot and fresh from the Young Voices emerging creators unit, among other delightful surprises. Full lineup announced in October.
Tombs of the Vanishing Indian
Co-produced by Native Earth Performing Arts and red diva projects
Written by Marie Clements
Directed by Yvette Nolan
Starring Michelle St. John
Three sisters and their mother are forced by the American government to relocate from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. As these four women try to reestablish connections to a new land, they each find themselves lost. Inspired by true events, Tombs of the Vanishing Indianis a poetic excavation of the lost stories of displaced Aboriginal people.
March 9-27, 2011
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Tues-Sat @ 8pm
Pay-What-You-Can performances Fri @ 8pm and Sat @ 2:30pm
Single tickets 416.975.8555
Info or group bookings 416.531.1402.