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

Native Women in the Arts’ Kwe Performance Series coming to Big Medicine Studio

Aanmitaagzi is very excited to host Native Women in the Arts‘ Kwe Performance Series featuring Ulali Project (Pura Fé + Jennifer Kreisberg).

On Friday, November 3, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali Project will present a free community workshop at Big Medicine Studio, followed by a community performance. Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg will perform and discuss hand drum songs, invite participants to join in, and answer questions.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 1 pm
Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, Nipissing FN
Admission: FREE (space is limited, so please contact Aanmitaagzi to reserve your spot)

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE
Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 7pm
Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, Nipissing FN
Admission: Pay What You Can (PWYC)

For more information, please visit the Kwe Performance Series facebook page, or contact Aanmitaagzi by phone at (705) 474-2227 or by email at aanmitaagzi@gmail.com.

You can also check out the NWIA Big Medicine Studio Flyer.

Serpent People heads to Toronto this week for Nuit Blanche 2017

Serpent People @ Nuit Blanche Toronto
Albert Street & James Street (behind Old City Hall)
September 30, 2017 – October 1, 2017
7 pm – 7 am

As part of Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement curated by Maria Hupfield, Aanmitaagzi is thrilled to bring Serpent People to this year’s Nuit Blanche in Toronto.

Building upon the stories of the Black Sturgeon from Nipissing First Nation, as told by Perry McLeaod-Shabogesic, and the previous Serpent People incarnations, Aanmitaagzi will present a series of community-engaged provocations that ask the questions:

  1. What are we eating that gives us power?
  2. What are we consuming that takes us away from who we are?
  3. What will bring us back to ourselves?

This durational live theatre provocation/intervention/interactive installation will ebb and flow from dusk to dawn, providing different encounters with the audience throughout the evening. Like stars dropped down from the sky, this work will be performed as an immersive performance at street level with a series of sculptural installations, performative interventions and a 15-foot puppet that explore our relationship to consumption.