Tuesday November 21


To celebrate the final stages of the 2016-2017 Animikiig Training Program, we welcome you to witness the works of a next generation of creators for a two-evening special from November 21-22, featuring dance, opera, and other multidisciplinary theatre works!

by Ian Cusson

Ruby Comfort is a nineteen-year old Indigenous woman living in small town Manitoba in the early 1970’s. She is an outsider in a hostile and unforgiving community – a dreamer in a world where opportunity is scarce.

Ruby Comfort is an opera-in-development, and the first of the two acts will be read at Weesageechak 30.

Ian Cusson is a librettist and composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French Canadian descent, his work explores the history of the Métis people, and the hybridity of mixed-racial identity. Ian is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Composer & Librettist Ian Cusson
Director & Dramaturge Marjorie Chan
Special Thanks to Marion Newman
Company Brefny Caribou, Brendan Chandler, Gordon White, Samantha Brown, Tyler Sloane, Jani Lauzon

by Sarah Gartshore

Set at a gathering and protest for missing and murdered Indigenous women, Survivance shares the stories of three generations of women who are grappling with what roles they will play in this time of truth telling and shaping of reconciliation. What is needed for their hearts to beat in a rhythm that feels right – feels forgiveness?

Survivance has been in development for three years with the generosity of Pat The Dog Theatre Creation, Native Earth Performing Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Sarah Gartshore is an Ojibwe theatre creator and teacher from St. Joseph Island who lives in Sudbury. Gartshore’s work shines a light on voices from the margins, Her play ArmHer will be shown at Jumblies Theatre, Nuit Blanche, and in Sudbury in 2017.

Creator Sarah Gartshore
Director Muriel Miguel
Other Dramaturgial Support Lisa O’Connell,  Matthew Heiti
Other Creative Support Lois Apaquash, Bill Sanders, Lanna Moon, France Huot, Natalie Lalonde, Darcy Trudeau, Naomi Nebonaionoquet
Company Gordon White, Jani Lauzon, Jenn Forgie, Kaitlynn Tomaselli, Samantha Brown, Quelemia Sparrow

Supported by

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones

Tuesday November 21 @ 7:30 PM | Aki Studio | Tickets $15