The Light in Us All
Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film – Durham, ON
July 23, 2022 @ 7 pm
The Light in Us All is a presentation of the 2022 Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program and our multi-year project, ALL MY R(el)ATIONS. It is collaboratively created and performed by the Aanmitaagzi company artists and the program participants. It is an investigation and expression of an indigenous story shared by Monique Manatch. This is the way we heard it: A long time ago the light went out. Fear and distrust grew. Loved ones were lost. They all journeyed together to find the light. What fans your light? How do we protect the light? The Light in Us All shares and celebrates our stories and imaginings.
This is our 15th Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program. Our company and community have experienced great change. We are excited to look back at our repertoire and past participants: our elders, artists, and youth. We have been engaging with, dreaming of and developing our narrative sovereignty through art-making. We will re-imagine and re-envision our previous works in a new performance.
The Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program (ASAP) is a 6-week intensive in indigenous performing and visual arts. Now in its fifteenth year, the program faculty is led by award-winning and renowned professional indigenous artists and educators. Participants learn, share, express and create alongside our professional multi-arts team.
ALL MY R(el)ATIONS, our latest work-in-progress, explores our historic abundance in opposition to systemic oppression and poverty. How much of what we have now is a ration? A small shadow of what we once had. What are we entitled to? What dances, stories, songs and language are our birthright?
ALL MY R(el)ATIONS explores historically rooted ways in which we make a return to abundance by connecting to ourselves and all of Creation.
2022 Aanmitagzi Summer Arts Program Participants – Dan Babin, Ouske Couchie-Bobb, Abby Hopkins, Brad McDonald, Angel McLeod, Georgia Mianskum, and North Sutherland-Spence
Artist Leads / Facilitators
- Penny Couchie – Choreography / Direction
- Sid Bobb – Theatre / Direction
- Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey – Dance / Choreography
- Sherry Guppy – Visual Arts, Installation / Set
- Michaela Washburn – Theatre, Story-telling
- Tasheena Sarazin – Singing
- Blair Beaucage – Anishinaabemowin
Photo Credit – Liz Lott Photography
Graphic Design – Daniel Couchie
Misdemeanor Dream at the Abrons Arts Centre, February 2020. Photo by Sherry Guppy.
After months of hard work, Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater are proud to present Misdemeanor Dream at La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater in New York City. A multi-generational theatre project that brings together performers, designers, and cultural practitioners from across Turtle Island, Misdemeanor Dream uses storyweaving, text, movement, sound, video, and installation to explore current and traditional stories. languages, and identities through characters both of this world and of other worlds.
The show opens March 10, 2022 and runs through March 27, 2022. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit La Mama’s website.
Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program 2021
Culminating presentation of ALL MY R(el)ATIONS
Friday, August 20, 2021 from 5 – 7 pm @ Big Medicine Studio
Aanmitaagzi and the youth participants of the 2021 Summer Arts Program invite you to attend the culminating presentation of the works developed this summer as part of the ALL MY R(el)ATIONS project. The presentation will include a screening of the short film produced for the 2021 ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival (re-edited to include additional footage), arts installations, live performances, and more! Refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!
Aanmitaagzi wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Canada Summer Jobs Program for helping to make this year’s Summer Arts Program possible.