After several weeks of rehearsals and prep, Spiderwoman Theater’s Misdemeanor Dream is hitting the stage in South Dakota! From February 20 – 24, the company will be at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, presenting a series of workshops in addition to two evening performances on Friday and Saturday in the campus’s Knutson Theatre. South Dakota is the first of three stops on Spiderwoman’s three-week midwest tour.
Misdemeanor Dream is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary theatre project which brings together Indigenous performers, designers, and cultural practitioners from communities across Turtle Island. Weaving uncomfortable conversations with irreverent humour, it sheds light on personal and community stories of chaos and reclamation, of tricksters and spirits, of journeys through the star worlds and the between worlds.
Aanmitaagzi has been working on this project with Spiderwoman since the beginning, and our Co-Artistic Director Penny Couchie, who is the choreographer for Misdemeanor Dream, travelled to New York City earlier this month to be part of the rehearsal process. After briefly returning home, Penny and other members of the company are now in South Dakota to help with the production, including putting up the installation & set pieces that were developed at Big Medicine Studio and helping to facilitate the workshops.
Here are a couple of images of the installation at USD, the set being built, and the storyweaving workshop facilitated by Muriel Miguel, Penny Couchie, and Imelda Villalon.
Aanmitaagzi would like to acknowledge and thank everyone that has supported and been a part of this project over the years. It has been an amazing project to work on and we are thrilled to continue to be a part of it.
To celebrate the season and our All My R(el)ations project, Aanmitaagzi will be hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration at Big Medicine Studio on December 15th from 5 – 8 pm. The evening’s festivities will include a community dinner, art making stations, a display of works developed through our Fall & Winter Workshops, as well as presentations of songs, stories, poetry, and comedic improv. There will also be an opportunity for you to share through the open mic portion of the evening. This event is free to attend, and all are welcome.
For more information, please contact Penny or Sid at (705) 474-2227 or email email@example.com.
Please join us for another House Concert & Open Mic event featuring Migizi Country (Leland Bell, Dan Commanda, Tyler Dokis, and Dave Miner) on Saturday, December 9th from 1 – 4 pm. Bring your songs, stories, poems, and dancing shoes for an afternoon of music and fun! Admission is free but we will be collecting non-perishable or cash donations for the local food bank.
For more information please contact Sid Bobb at (705) 474-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aanmitaagzi is happy to be joining Christine Friday, Waawaate Fobister, Tasheena Sarazin, and Beany John as well as special guests Dr. Deb and Peatr Thomas at Friday Creeations’ Saasaa’Ikwe from June 30th to July 1st to present land-based performances in Bear Island’s Southside Bay.
Aanmitaagzi is pleased to present ALL MY R(el)ATIONS, a large-scale multi-structure installation and performance on February 10, 2023 at 7 pm. The performance will take place as part of the Opening Night festivities of Ice Follies 2023. ALL MY R(el)ATIONS is part of our multi-year project, All My R(el)ations, a multi-disciplinary project of gathering, reflecting, and dreaming that explores the themes of relationality and resource capacity.
When developing this work we looked at stories around the abundance that was present when the first person arrived at this world, contemplating this abundance and our role within it. We explored stories of the rationing of our culture, language, traditional territory, and ourselves. The installation and performances were created collaboratively with our artists and community members through our ongoing weekly winter workshops series.
We are also excited to co-present Paper Canoe Projects’ Prophecy Fog, created and performed by award winning theatre artist Jani Lauzon. The performance will take place over two nights at Big Medicine Studio on February 16 & 17 at 7 pm.
Ice Follies is a site-specific biennial festival that takes place on frozen Lake Nipissing (Nbisiing) near Shabogesic Beach (Shaabgiizhig Jiigbiik). The 2023 theme “Thin Ice” (Nbagzi Mkwam) looks at our shifting landscapes and communities, including our changing relationships with our environment and each other. This is Ice Follies’ 10th Edition, and they are celebrating this year with free performances, large-scale art installations, community engaged artworks and activities, and a curated look-back at the history of this one-of-a-kind festival.
For more information, please visit www.icefollies.ca or contact Aanmitaagzi at email@example.com or (705) 474-2227.
*Note: Shabogesic Beach was formerly known as Marathon Beach.