“The ripples generated by Indigenous artists’ voices are gathering strength. They are deepening our understanding of society and the state of the world, while enriching the heritage of live arts.”
Today’s Indigenous contemporary scene is prolific, surprising, and diverse. Increasingly interdisciplinary, it highlights multiple facets of Indigenous artists’ identities, while drawing on distinct cultural and spiritual knowledge, as well as colonial experience. Inspired by pop culture, technology and new practices, Indigenous artists offer unique perspectives on today’s world and bear witness to the place they hold in it.
Envisioned by Émilie Monnet, Artistic Director of Onishka Productions, Indigenous Contemporary Scene is a platform for the dissemination of performing arts and installations by Indigenous artists. It offers unique spaces for dialogue, exchange and collaboration between artists from different disciplines. By producing Indigenous Contemporary Scene, Onishka brings together artists from different nations, incites new collaborations and celebrates Indigenous artists’ rich and abundant talent.
By engaging wider audiences, Indigenous Contemporary Scene contributes to shifting perceptions of Indigenous realities. Solid partnerships with festivals, museums, theatre venues, and other cultural institutions will allow for Onishka to regularly propose new happenings. In the long run, Indigenous Contemporary Scene thrives to become a reference in Quebec and Canada’s cultural landscapes.