Thursday November 23

by Brefny Caribou

“What are you? No, I mean, where are you from originally?
What is Cree? Well, you’re practically white anyways…”

Using storytelling, humour and her drum, Bad Indian invites you into the heart of Indigenous/Canadian identity politics through a young woman’s quest to understand where she belongs in the paradox of Canada’s “national identity”.

Brefny Caribou is a Cree-Irish performer from Toronto, Ontario, and has performed on the stage across Canada and internationally. She has worked with many notable companies: Signal Theatre (Toronto), Debajehmujig Theatre (Manitoulin Island), and Bread and Puppet Theatre (Vermont, U.S.A.) Brefney holds her M.F.A. in Acting from York University.
Learn more about Caribou here.

Dramaturge Keith Barker

by Olivia Shortt

Combining saxophone, electronics, spoken word, and dance, Echoes is a personal reflection of discovering your genealogy.

Who are the voices that make up a person’s history? Sometimes, looking back can reveal not only the good, but the dark and the more curious aspects of what makes up a person’s bloodline.

Olivia Shortt is a Toronto-based saxophonist (Anishinaabe-Irish) from Nipissing First Nation. She has performed with Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq as a member of the Element Choir, opened for Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld in the Dialectica Saxophone Quartet, and recorded Robert Lemay’s Fragments Noirs with her duo Stereoscope two kilometres underground in a Neutrino Lab (SnoLab). Learn more about Olivia Shortt here.

Composer & Saxophonist Olivia Shortt
Choreographer & Dancer Kathleen Legassick

by Kristy Janiver

As leaves fall, trees rot and fungus grows, Forest Floor takes us on a journey through environmental decay – a natural part of life cycles – reminding us that we too will leave our bodies so they can be returned to the earth.

Born and raised in Flin Flon, MB, Kristy Janvier is an actress and dancer of Dene, Irish, and Ukrainian descent. Recently she had the opportunity to explore her research on water, rivers, bloodlines, and healing with the Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg. She has performed at the Aberdeen Culture Centre in New Brunswick, for a solo work-in-progress with Free Flow in Saskatoon, and touring with Dancers of Damelahamid this fall. Learn more about Janvier here.

Dramaturge Penny Couchie

Thursday November 23 @ 7:30 PM | Aki Studio | Tickets $15