Weesageechak Begins to Dance celebrates the new work of emerging and established Indigenous artists from across Canada and around the world. The festival includes live theatre, dance performances, and staged readings.
The festival began with senior Indigenous artist Gloria Miguel’s Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue; Jani Lauzon’s I call myself Princess; and Paddle Song by Dinah Christie & Tom Hill featuring Cheri Maracle.
The second week featured eleven playwrights, six dancers, New Zealand’s Tawata Productions, and also four emerging playwrights from our intensive training program – Animikiig. Included Monique Mojica, Tantoo Cardinal, Daniel David Moses, Santee Smith, Drew Hayden Taylor, emerging playwright Cliff Cardinal, and more.
Full Festival Lineup
November 12, 14 @ 7:30pm
November 16 @ 2pm
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Gloria Miguel with Steve Elm. Performed by Gloria Miguel, and presented in partnership with Native Women in the Arts and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA).
Originally produced and created by Spiderwoman Theater.
Thursday, November 13 @ 7:30pm
I Call Myself Princess by Jani Lauzon
Friday, November 14 @ 1pm
Don’t Feed the Indians (A Divine Comedy Pageant) by La MaMa (from New York via live broadcast)
Saturday, November 15 @ 1pm
Spiderwoman Theater – A Retrospective & Panel Discussion with Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater
Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Monique Mojica, & Jill Carter
Tuesday, November 18 @ 7:30pm
Side Show Freaks and Circus Injuns by Monique Mojica
Victorian Secrets by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
The Last Few Steps to My Death by Keith Barker
Romanceship by Cliff Cardinal
Inua by Naja Dryrendom Graugaard
No Fixed Address by Tantoo Cardinal
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Photos by Scott Benesiinaabandan
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