The very first edition of Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS) was co-presented with OFFTA Festival, between May 30 to June 8, 2016. Six performances and two panels were integrated to eleven days of OFFTA’s programming, offering exceptional exposure. ICS’s programming was a great success, for both the public and the media. Audacious, rich, and stimulating, ICS gathered artists from many nations, active on the Montreal scene and elsewhere, from Quebec, Toronto, New York and Nipissing. Performances were sold-out and panels were well attended.
A ceremony acknowledging Indigenous territory marked the opening of the festival, including a Welcoming Address,
along with traditional songs and dance (Emilie-Gamelin Park).
A creation at the confluence of theatre, music, and performance, integrating poetry, Indigenous languages, and technology.
A dreamworld take on world issues. Monument-National – Hydro-Quebec Studio (3 performances)
Three sisters come together to reconstruct a narrative from the broken fabric of their shared History.
An endurance performance presented all day at Parc de la Paix.
An original intercultural performance spanning two days. Using a smartphone, a Montreal participant is paired up with a person in Mashteuiatsh or Wendake, for a friendly exchange and an experiential audio-guided tour of the land.
An unabashed exploration of the feminine body and our perceptions of it.
A hybrid performance and conversation with special guest artist Alanis Obomsawin. An exchange about reconciliation, intergenerational transmission and healing (UQAM Gallery).
A unique concert and inspiring collaboration between a Cree cellist and a non-Indigenous multi-instrumentalist (Émilie-Gamelin Park).
Resurgent Indigenous Arts and Indigenous Performance Reaches Critical Mass in collaboration with IPAA – Indigenous Performance Arts Alliance. Indigenous catering on site. (Café du Monument-National).
For its tenth edition, the OFFTA has placed an emphasis on contemporary Indigenous art production. Entitled Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ISC) this element of the festival, in which Ashbee’s work is included, was produced by interdisciplinary artistic organization ONISHKA, and collaboratively created with curator Emilie Monnet. It is an encouraging and necessary initiative; one that will hopefully lead to sustained engagement with Indigenous artists and communities.
ESSE, 6 juin 2016
« People have been voicing and creating work for a long time. I just think that now there are more spaces for artists to express and there has been great groundwork of other indigenous artists that have paved the way for us so that it is easier now for us to take our place. I think it is important to recognize what these past artists and activists have brought to us. […] We just attended the opening of the festival with a traditional welcoming, an indigenous welcoming. We had various indigenous communities, drums songs, dance, and I think people are actually moved by that. People should see that (these ceremonies) more often. We are on native land. »
Entrevue avec James Oscar,
CKUT Culture Blog, 30 mai 2016