Co-presented with the OFFTA from May 30 to June 8, 2016 in Montreal, the very first edition of Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS) focuses on the vitality and effervescence of Aboriginal artists’ practices and draws from the fields of performance, dance, theater, music and sound.
This inaugural edition focuses on the urgency to create and the survival of Aboriginal artists: coined by Anishinaabe writer Gerald Vizenor and formed from the words survival and resistance, this term designates a presence that is both political and festive.
This special program with the OFFTA offers 6 performative activities.
Post Performance / Conversation Action by Maria Hupfield invites the public to a conversation with Alanis Obomsawin about artistic practice as a method of community building. Daina Ashbee explores female sexuality in the performative installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water? Soleil Launière, Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Pascale André create the outdoor performance Iktomi – Les Tisserandes and Émilie Monnet presents the work-in-progress of Tsekan, an interdisciplinary proposal around the theme of prophecies and the interconnections between the past and the future.
OFFTA MixOFF invites two artists who have never worked together to create a scenic proposal at the intersection of their respective practices. The performance links Cree cellist Cris Derksen with the composer and multi-instrumentalist Frannie Holder.
Created by XOSECRET and Menuentakuan Productions, Landline From Mashteuiatsh to Montreal to Wendake pairs people in Montréal with people in Mashteuiatsh or Wendake through their cell phones; together they take an audio-guided tour of the local territory.