In the fall of 2017 at Nuit Blanche Toronto, Aanmitaagzi presented a large-scale installation series with accompanying interactive performance events. From sunset to sunrise, thousands of audience members engaged with Serpent People. The performance and installation was much anticipated and was chosen as part of “Must See” spectacles at the 2017 Nuit Blanche event. Serpent People was also chosen as the “Best of Nuit Blanche” by blogTO.
Ice Follies / Mikwamiike
February 9 – 20, 2018
Opening – Marathon Beach, February 9 at 5 pm
Aanmitaagzi has once again teamed up with the Near North Mobile Media Lab and White Water Gallery to present Ice Follies 2018. Ice Follies is biennial festival of contemporary and community-engaged art on frozen lake Nipissing. Audiences are invited to engage with works situated off shore from the North Bay waterfront (Marathon Beach) and along the shores of Nipissing First Nation. This year’s theme is Exposing to Strengthen:
The creation of ice roads requires the clearing of snow to expose the ice to the cold. The snow is cleared well beyond the used roadway to ensure safe ice thickness from the center to the edges of the used portion of the ice road. What do we bring to light, allow or expose so a strengthening can occur?
For this year’s Ice Follies, Aanmitaagzi will present a series of installations from their ongoing Serpent People project alongside artists Aylan Couchie, Reece Terris, Chris Kosloski & Andrew Ackerman, and others. For more information, please contact Aanmitaagzi or visit www.icefollies.ca.
Aanmitaagzi invites artists, arts enthusiasts, and community members of all abilities to participate in their Winter Workshop series as part of their ongoing Serpent People project. The weekly workshops are free to the public and take place at Big Medicine Studio. Hope to see you there!
January 15 – April 25, 2018
Tuesday 3:30 – 5:15 pm Kids Multi-Arts Workshop
6:30 – 8:30 pm Pow Wow Jam!
Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 pm Adult Contemporary Dance
January 22 – February 15, 2018
Thursday 1:30 – 5:30 pm Open Studio Art-Making for Ice Follies
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:
- What are we eating that gives us power?
- What are we consuming that takes us away from who we are?
- 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.
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.