Onishka Productions is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary arts organisation that creates bridges between indigenous peoples worldwide while honoring their diversity, richness and resilience. Founded by Emilie Monnet, Onishka Productions creates and presents performance-based productions and collaborations. ONISHKA means ‘wake up!’ in Anishnabemowin. In this spirit, we believe that indigenous cosmologies provide pathways towards sustainable communities. Through artistic expression, we can challenge and transform the world we live in.
With her Montreal-based company, Émilie Monnet aims to create innovative bridges between the Francophone and Anglophone indigenous artistic communities in Quebec, Canada, and across the globe. She favours collaborative and decolonising processes of creation to infuse the dialogue with new perspectives and to pose challenging questions about our world today. With ONISHKA, Émilie explores the potential of creative works to act as catalysts in collective and individual transformation, and to protect indigenous worldviews.
While drawing inspiration from ancestral knowledge and the rich symbolism of dreams and visions, ONISHKA synthesizes technology to create a powerful and innovative visual signature in its productions. Technology renders the invisible, visible, and enables expansive experimentation in new modes of storytelling.
By creating unique performances that reflect the varied medley of voices today—a far cry from clichés and folklore— ONISHKA hopes to contribute to the dissemination of indigenous performing arts.
Intergrating theatre, performance art and technology, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice explores themes of identity, memory, co-existence and transformation. Her creations draw on the symbolic of dreams and mythology—personal and collective—to tell stories that question today’s world. In 2016, Émilie founded Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a critical and artistic manifestation of live-arts by indigenous artists. A small version of ICS was organized in Buenos Aires in March 2017 and brought together indigenous artists from Quebec and Argentina. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal. Her artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America as well as community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal yout