Iktomi © Audréane Beaucage

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. ICS brought together artists from many nations, active on the scene in Montreal or from Mashteuiatsh, Toronto, New York and Nipissing.

Program

Tsekan

Émilie Monnet

A creation at the confluence of theatre, music, and performance. Integrating poetry, multiple languages and technology.
Monument-National – Hydro-Quebec Studio (3 performances)

When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water ?

A live installation by choreographer Daina Ashbee presented over two evenings at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui.

An unabashed exploration of the feminine body and our perceptions of it.

Conversation Action

Maria Hupfield

A hybrid performance and conversation with special guest artist Alanis Obomsawin. An exchange about reconciliation, intergenerational transmission and healing (UQAM Gallery).

Landline:  from Mashteuiatsh to Montreal to Wendake

XOSECRET and Menuentakuan Productions

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.

Mix-Off

Cris Derksen, violoncelliste et la multi-instumentiste Frannie Holder (Dear Criminals)

A unique concert and inspiring collaboration between a Cree cellist and a non-Indigenous multi-instrumentalist (Émilie-Gamelin Park).

Iktomi-The Weavers

Soleil Launière, Pascale André, Ivanie Aubin-Malo

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.

Two Panels

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).

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TSEKAN © Gopesa Paquette
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When The Ice Melts
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TSEKAN © Gopesa Paquette
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Cérémonie d’ouverture © Jean-François Boisvenue
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Landline © Camille Légnron
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IKTOMI
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Conversation Action
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Table-ronde
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Médias

It is an encouraging and necessary initiative; one that will hopefully lead to sustained engagement with Indigenous artists and communities.
Fabien Maltais-Mavda,
ESSE, 6 juin 2016