Aanmitaagzi participating in ON THE EDGE Fringe’s 2022 Duality program

The Light in Us All
ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival – North Bay, ON

Thursday, August 11th @ 7 pm
Big Medicine Studio – 161 Couchie Memorial Dr.

As part of the ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival‘s 2022 Duality program, Aanmitaagzi and the participants of this year’s Summer Arts Program will present a reworked performance of The Light in Us All, which was first presented in Durham, ON last month as part of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film.

The performance is free to attend, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Sid Bobb or Penny Couchie at (705) 474-2227.

ASAP 2022 presenting The Light in Us All in Durham, ON

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.

CREDITS:

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 CreditLiz Lott Photography

Graphic Design – Daniel Couchie

ASAP 2021 culminating presentation this Friday

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.

 

Serpent People at Big Medicine Studio

Aanmitaagzi will be wrapping up its Summer Arts Program (ASAP) with a presentation of Serpent People at Big Medicine Studio on August 4, 2017 at 7 pm.

Our ASAP students and community members have been working hard all summer putting together and touring this production, and we’re pleased to be presenting it here in our community to mark the 10th anniversary of the ASAP program.

The event is free, however we gladly accept donations. Please note that this performance contains mature content.