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TSEKAN

2016
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And if our visions of the  future are rather echoes of a past long gone?

In the not-too-distant future, a giant, turtle-shaped starship lands on Earth. Nanabush, creator of Turtle Island, appears to remind us that the coming times will be critical for the survival of the human species. Indigenous peoples have been prophesying about this for a long, long time. What kind of future awaits us? If any exists at all?

Tsekan is part of a cycle of creation initiated in 2013, for recompose at the Phenomena Festival in Montreal. Divided into thirteen scenes, which mirror the thirteen moons in a year, the concept of time and space in Tsekan is inspired by the lunar cycle. The boundaries between past, present, and future are continually blurred.

Combining poetry, indigenous languages and technology, Tsekan offers 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 lm-like soundtrack, spectators are taken on a voyage into the boundless time of the prophecy.

The project’s collaborators come from different indigenous nations and artistic practices. Together, they create a unique theatrical language immersed in technology, yet anchored in secular mythology.

 

TSEKAN (2016)
Co-presentation with OFFTA, May 31, June 1 and 2, 2016 at the Monument-National (Montreal).

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“This year, OFFTA is drawing attention to indigenous people’s creations, most notably in Tsekan, a fantasy drama by Émilie Monnet about a spaceship that lands on Earth to remind us about the need to treat our environment with respect. Monnet and Waawaate Fobister perform to music by Cris Derksen and Geronimo Inutiq. ”
THE GAZETTE, Victor Swoboda

 

“Here, in “Tsekan” are the elaborations of (counter-) myths as alternative cosmologies to our present global Western visions of where we are, where we are going, and how we can act [… ] Necessary ceremonies in critical times. ”
DEEP CUTS, CKUT’s Art and Culture Blog, James Oscar

 

 

ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND DIRECTION: Émilie Monnet
COLLABORATION ON ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Charles Koroneho
WRITING OF SCENES: Émilie Monnet with Cris Derksen, Waawaate Fobister, Geronimo Inutiq, Charles Koroneho, Caroline Monnet and Sabrina Ratté
INTERPRETATION: Waawaate Fobister and Émilie Monnet
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN: Cris Derksen and Geronimo Inutiq
SOUND DESIGN (NARRATION): Alexander McSween
VIDEO DESIGN: Caroline Monnet and Sabrina Ratté
ADDITIONAL IMAGES: Sonny Assu
LIGHTING DESIGN: Gonzalo Soldi
SET DESIGN: Charles Koroneho and Émilie Monnet
COSTUME DESIGN: Swaneige Bertrand
TECHNICAL DESIGN AND VIDEO INTEGRATION: Hub Studio / Thomas Payette, Gonzalo Soldi and Hugues Caillières
TECHNICAL DIRECTION: Maxime Bouchard
PRE-RECORDED VOICES: Joy Blacksmith, Véronique Thusky, Sylvia Cloutier and Delbert Sampson
CULTURAL AND ANISHNAABEMOWIN CONSULTATION: Véronique Thusky
ILLUSTRATION: Amanda Strong

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1-3 © Gopesa Paquette, 4-5 © Joni Louka, 6-7 © Dayna Danger (photos taken in residency)