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.
At the intersection of theatre, performance and media arts, the practice of Émilie Monnet centres on questions of identity, memory, history and transformation. Her works privilege collaborative processes of creation, and are typically presented as interdisciplinary theatre or immersive performance experiences. As a playwright and director, she is the artist in residence at Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui until 2021. This Time Will Be Different, her most recent installation performance co-created together with choreographer Lara Kramer, will be presented at FTA this coming June. Since 2016, she produces Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a nomadic platform for the presentation of live arts and creative exchanges between Indigenous artists and communities. ICS’s upcoming edition will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, next August. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French and and she lives in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang / Montréal.