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From May 30 to June 7, 2016 -  Onishka Productions, under the artistic direction of Emilie Monnet, will present Indigenous Contemporary Scene at OFFTA Festival this year. An eclectic mix of emerging and established Indigenous artists all working at the convergence of the past, the present, and the future - defying boundaries with their multidisciplinary arts practices. Interdisciplinary artist and artistic director Emilie Monnet will present TSEKAN, a combination of poetry, Indigenous language, and technology. In the not-too-distant future, a giant, turtle-shaped starship lands on Earth. TSEKAN reminds us what is at stake in today’s world asking what future awaits us, if any exists at all? Maria Hupfield is jarring in her hybrid performance and conversation with Alanis Obomsawin, a form of intergenerational community building, in Post...

April 13 to 17, 2015 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) is a membership organization which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment by facilitating professional networking. More than 500 member organizations come from about 50 countries, and from some of the world’s most significant performing arts companies, presenting theatres, producers, festivals, research and resource centres, and supporting institutions. Emilie Monet was part of the Canadian delegation to the IETM 2016 Spring Plenary in Amsterdam. Coming from across the country, these individuals work in contemporary theatre, dance, inter-arts and contemporary circus art and were selected based on recommendations made jointly by the Audience and Market Development Office, Theatre, Dance and Inter-Arts Sections at Canada Council...

From April 4-14, 2016 -  Unique in Canada, the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency invited 6 playwrights from across Canada to participate in a 10-day playwriting retreat in Norris Point, Newfoundland and was headed by two national new play development centres: Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (PWM) and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD). Writers Sarah Berthiaume (QC), Emma Haché (NB), Michael Mackenzie (QC), Émilie Monnet (QC), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (ON)  and Step Taylor (NL) were joined by Emma Tibaldo (PWM) and Elizabeth Bourget (CEAD). A place to create The selected playwrights spent 10 days in April at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, writing, dreaming, sharing and creating exciting new plays for the Canadian and international stage. This residency created lasting links between theatre artists from across the country and generate discussion around the work being created in Canada. photo credit: Elizabeth Bourget...

From February 20-27, 2016 - For the first time, a formal exchange program between Indigenous artists and professionals from Australia, New Zealand and Canada took place at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), February 20 to 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. APAM is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. The event welcomes over 600 delegates and provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, develop collaborations and network with national and international presenters, agents and influencers. As a complementary activity to APAM, the Australia Council for the Arts hosted two capacity-building programs for Indigenous theatre and dance artists and professionals from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Both capacity building programs delivered market development skills in the context of cultural protocols and Indigenous arts production. The Boot Camp program (21 & 27 February 2016) was...

February 8-12 2016 - Un nouvel atelier intensif d'une semaine pour le projet Corps-Sanctuaire avait lieu à l'hiver 2016. Quatre participantes, anciennement résidentes du Foyer des femmes autochtones de Montréal, ont rejoint les artistes Reena Chang, Melissa Morris, Dayna Danger et Émilie Monnet pour approfondir leur réflexion sur la notion de sanctuaire et comment accéder à cet état à l'intérieur de soi. Cet atelier intensif mettait l'emphase sur la voix et le son et incluait plusieurs sessions d'enregistrements en studio. L'atelier comptait également sur la présence de l'artiste métis JoJo Rideout, professeure de voix à l'École nationale de théâtre du Canada, ainsi que du preneur de son dene Travis Mercredi. Corps-Sanctuaire est un projet artistique interdisciplinaire qui a débuté en 2014 entre quatre artistes en danse, théâtre,...

February 02-06, 2016 Une nouvelle étape de création pour le spectacle TSEKAN avait lieu à Montréal au courant de la première semaine de Janvier. L'équipe de création était accueillie par le théâtre Aux Écuries à Montréal. In light of the Seven Fires prophecy, Tsekan looks at pressing, even alarming, issues such as the destruction of the environment, contaminated water in First Nations Territories, and the epidemic murder and disappearance of indigenous women. Combining poetry, indigenous languages and technology, the protagonists in Tsekan offer a dream-like vision of what is at stake in today’s world. Projections skillfully overlaid on an ingenious set design reinforce the breadth of the performance, plunging the spectators into a timeless, often mysterious atmosphere. Enhanced by a film-like soundtrack, spectators are taken on a voyage into...

On December 14-15th 2015, Emilie Monnet and Waira Nina were invited to participate in the Performing Embodied Oralities in the Americas working group, in Bogota Colombia. Together, they presented the history of their ongoing collaboration and the artistic process behind the creation of Nigamon/Tunai. This gathering of scholars, artists and activists explored the multiplicity of oral practices in the Americas, giving attention to the performative aspects of testimony, storytelling, word circles and other forms of verbal exchange in different contexts including Indigenous and Afroamerican communities, those living with disability, and those affected by mass violence. The working group addressed various questions: What are the critical issues in relation to our methods and ethics of engaging with oral practices—such as questions of community ownership, protocols, embodied difference, literate biases, contentious...

Novembre 11, 2015 Onishka was one of the four laureates to be awarded the Jeunes Mécènes pour les Arts 2015 award. These awards are made up of personal donations from a group of young professionals in Montreal committed to support emerging creators that are innovative in their approach and artistic disciplines. Montreal Arts Council preselected 10 applications from the 80 applications received. These preselected applications were then sent to the Jeunes Mécènes for a final decision. The Jeunes Mécènes pour les Arts initiative reunites more than fifty men and women from the business community in Montreal. Together they develop a philanthropic action to financially support Montreal creativity, its blossoming and presentation. photo: Alex Paillon...

October 13 to 23, 2015 – Mooniyaang, Anishinabemowin name for Montreal, is one of Onishka's upcoming projects about the History of this territory. Indigenous perspectives on the History of Montreal are still difficult to access. As artists, how do we make use of our artistic sensibilities so as to question and transform the dominant historical discourses? How do Indigenous languages, through their sounds and the meaning of their words, offer us a better understanding of the land from which they originate, and as such, deepen our connection with the territory? This project is a collaboration between artists Scott Benesiinaabandan, Émilie Monnet and Pohanna Pyne Feinberg. A first week of research took place in September where artists researched monuments around the city, and drove around the island following the river. A second...

September 17-19, 2015,  University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada  – Performing Turtle Island brings together established and emerging scholars and artists in the form of a national symposium on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health. THEME: As Canada approaches its 150th birthday, the nation prepares to celebrate its place as a home to people from all over the world.  At the same time, we ask: where does Indigenous identity and community fit in to the construction of the country’s identity?  Indeed, what do we mean by Indigenous identity, and, given the proliferation of newcomers, what do we mean by Canadian identity?  In the face of growing international mobility and a radically changing Canadian demographic, it is important to...