April 2-5, 2020
Aki Studio

Cancelled until further notice.

The Anishinaabe of Grassy Narrows are resilient. They are stitching their fractured landscapes back together from the impact of mercury poisoning.

Using dance, movement, sound, and storytelling, the Dora-award winning Waawaate Fobister embodies Omaagomaan, a two-spirit being, and a manifestation of the earth and man-made poisons that have seeped into the earth’s crust. A fierce shape-shifter inspired by Anishinaabe mythology, Omaagomaan forces us to reckon with the ways the maanaadizi (ugly) and the onizhishi (beautiful) collide.

Developed at Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival in 2018, Rhubarb Festival 2018, and Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity: Indigenous Arts.

Choreography & Performance by Waawaate Fobister
Direction & Dramaturgy by Troy Emery Twigg
Sound Design & Composition by Marc Meriläinen
Costume Design by Sage Paul

from Rhubard Festival by Dahlia Katz
from Buddies in Bad Times’ Rhubarb Festival by Dahlia Katz

“Fobister is a dynamic, engaging performer, and you owe it to yourself to listen to his story.” – Mooney on Theatre

“[A] magnetic performer, and his storytelling and characterizations are richly textured.” – The Georgia Straight


Thursday April 2  |  8:00 PM – Opening
Friday April 3  |  8:00 PM
Saturday April 4  |  8:00 PM
Sunday April 5  |  2:00 PM – Relaxed


Weekday General  |  $25
Weekday Senior, Student, Arts Worker  |  $20

Weekend General  |  $30
Weekend Senior, Student, Arts Worker  |  $25

Co-presented with 



Header Visual by Mariah Meawasige