Native Earth Performing Arts’ annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works in development produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company.
Each November, Native Earth selects dance, theatre and interdisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts in Canada and internationally to be presented or to receive development support and a workshop production during the two-week festival. We encourage performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.
Curated by a selection committee, each selected piece receives dramaturgical/directorial support, rehearsal time and a public showing. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*
● Artistic Merit
● Programming Fit
● Production Capacity and Viability
The 29th Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival
The W29 application process is now complete.
Thank you to those who submitted.
Look for a full festival line-up this fall.
Past participants include Monique Mojica, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Daniel David Moses, Ben Cardinal, Jani Lauzon, Drew Hayden Taylor, Cathy Elliot, Hone Kouka, Yvette Nolan, Margo Kane, Billy Merasty, PJ Prudat, Michelle Olson, Waawaate Fobister and many more.
Featured Photo from W27
L-R: Ed Roy, Cliff Cardinal, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Michaela Washburn,
Keith Barker, Jessica Lea Fleming, Ryan Wilkie;
Photos by Ed Maruyama
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