representation and self-representation

Mis-representations of Indigenous peoples are the product of dominant colonialist discourse. Despite their persistence even today, Indigenous artists are deciding for themselves how to create, produce and disseminate their work. They are creating new models of representation and, in the process, they are constantly reinventing the Indigenous arts scene in their own voices.

May 26 – June 3

For the spring 2018 edition, Indigenous Contemporary Scene will present the first Indigenous Creators Exchange in partnership with the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), bringing together Indigenous creators from Ontario and Quebec, both Francophone and Anglophone. This exchange will foster dialogue and critical reflection around the theme of representation and Indigenous self-representation in live arts.

We want to acknowledge that we are currently on the traditional unceded and shared territories of indigenous peoples, amongst which the Kanien’kehá:ka and Anishinaabeg people who designate these territories as Tio’tia:ke and Mooniyaang respectively. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka  (Mohawk) people who continue to care for this land.
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Day of Invigilation / The NDN Way


First Nations Art: The Contemporary Ancestral

June 1st – 5:00 pm

Agora Hydro-Québec
Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM ▪
175 President Kennedy Avenue
In English (with a whispered translation in French)

Round table panel
FTA activity

Indigenous traditions and knowledge have the potential to influence the forms and expressions of modern-day theatre and dance. How do traditional and contemporary interweave? After a week of Indigenous Creators Exchange organized by ICS in collaboration with the FTA, four artists from Canada and Australia share their visions of the future of their art.

MODERATOR: Émilie Monnet
Victoria Hunt (Sydney)
Lara Kramer (Montreal)
Nimikii Couchie (Nipissing/Montreal)

Day of Invigilation

June 2 – 11:00 am

Espace vert, Wilder
1435, De Bleury street


Performative conversation

Over seven days, ten First Nations creators will gather together in a process of dialogue, exchange and practice. Physical training will be rooted in Body Weather and the Maori concept of Whakapapa
and Mauri.

The public are invited to a sharing of process in which the artists convey their relationship to the culturally sacred, alongside issues regarding the exoticisation of Indigenous cultures by both the coloniser and the colonised. This inspired critique works to lay bare the falsified objectivity that is not only an historical violence, but a deeply personal encounter. Representational and intimate at the same time, the viewer is implicated in the colonial gaze and in the construction of identity and representation as an always political act.

DIRECTED BY: Victoria Hunt
A performative conversation on representation
CURATORS: Émilie Monnet & Patti Shaughnessy
WITH: Ivanie Aubin Malo, Catherine Boivin, Nimikii Couchie, Barbara Diabo, Waawaate Fobister, Victoria Hunt, Émilie Monnet, Mariana Medellin, Patti Shaughnessy, Brian Solomon, Leticia Vera
Invited elder: Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor

Victoria Hunt is an Australian-born artist working across the spheres of dance, the visual arts, performance art and culture. Central to her work is the incarnation of feminine knowledge and its integration with Maori philosophies of the earth and cosmology. Her work seeks to restore the power of Indigenous creativity and contemporary Native political thought in order to create a nurturing space for audacious intercultural experiences that foster collective growth. Victoria Hunt is a descendant of the Te Arawa, Ngäti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata Maori, English, Irish and Finnish.


June 1st – 8:30 pm
June 2 – 4:00 pm

La Licorne
4559 Papineau Avenue

Electric Moose production, co-presented with OFFTA

THE NDN WAY has its roots in a radio documentary created in 1974 by Cindy Bisaillon after finding inspiration in the synthesis of the Cree world views by Ron Evans. Inspired by that original recording of the Cree storyteller, Solomon re-imagines, remixes and interprets these philosophies about medicine, death, sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies in
a highly theatrical, visual art-warp collage.

For a third year, ICS is partnering with OFFTA to present avant-garde Indigenous artists from Montreal and elsewhere working in the performing arts.

BY: Brian Solomon
Maria Medellin
Brian Solomon

Double feature
Presented along with Magnéto’s Aalaapi (Québécois-Inuit radio documentary laboratory)

Indigenous Contemporary Scene

Indigenous Contemporary Scene is produced by Onishka
Présenté en partenariat avec le FTA, le offta et l’Agora de la danse
Artistic Director: Émilie Monnet
Guest Curator for the Encounters with Native Artists: Patti Shaughnessy
Production Manager: Erika Kierulf
Technical Director: Timothy Rodrigues
Coordinator: Sage Wright
Videographer: Mélanie O’bomsawin
Communications and press relations: Bénédicte Jutras, RuGicomm
Graphic artist: Sébastien Aubin
Performances & Events
June 1-2, 2018
Indigenous Creators Exchange May 26 to June 3