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Weesageechak Begins To Dance

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.

Tasha Faye Evans, Andrea Patriau

W27: Tasha Faye Evans, Andrea Patriau

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.*

Selection Criteria:
● Artistic Merit
● Programming Fit
● Production Capacity and Viability


The 30th Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival
November 2017
Call for Submissions coming Spring 2017

W27: Norma Araiza

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


Supporters of the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival

  and The Chawkers Foundation


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Past Festivals

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 29

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 28

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 27

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 26

Weesageechak Begins To Dance XXV

Weesageechak Begins to Dance XXIV