INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCE, DESIGN AND VISUAL ART:
THEATRE-MAKING IN TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES AND ART MOVEMENTS AS HISTORY-TELLING
With this programming, we aim to provide teachers and students (Grade 7-12) with new ways of thinking about theatre through Indigenous performance, design and visual art.
Join multi-disciplinary 2spirit artist and educator
Jay Havens of Haudenosaunee - Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) - and Scottish/Canadian ancestry for these remote learning circles. Havens has over 17 years’ experience working across Turtle Island (North America) and internationally on projects for stage, public installation and exhibition. Their practice embraces re-learning the ways of their ancestors and un-learning ways which go against natural cycles as a lifelong challenge and journey.
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
May 4 7pm Art Movements as History-Telling
In this session, we will explore four distinct art movements: time immemorial, colonial, neocolonial and decolonial as a framework with which to engage with how artists shape and respond to social influences. We will consider ideas of traditionalism, indigenization and inclusion, and resilience in art-making practices within and outside of theatre and performance.
May 5 7pm Theatre-Making in Traditional Communities
In this session, we will examine ritual, ceremony, gathering, community, memory, repetition and storytelling. We invite you to interrupt the idea of ritualism in Indigenous performance as primitive and to disrupt the hierarchy attached to theatre (with Shakespeare erroneously viewed at the top) in order to recognize and celebrate all forms of theatre-making.
• Each session is Pay-What-You-Will (PWYW) with a suggested price of $10.
• Please note that registration closes at noon on May 4.
You can deepen the experience by booking a virtual student workshop in connection with either session. Each workshop will include discussion and some applied learning exercises.
• You must participate in the Teacher PD in order to book a student workshop. You may choose a half-hour student workshop connected to one or both events (depending on if you participate in one or both).
• Each student workshop is free-of-charge and will take place in May or June at a mutually convenient time.
• After registering for the Teacher PD, you can book these workshops if you wish.