We invite members of the public, organizations and schools to join us for
Seven Visions – Reconciliation Through Theatre
- A reading of OUR HOME & native land by Jo MacDonald and directed by Heidi Malazdrewich
- An installation artwork by Jaime Black
- Community discussion
o Saturday, May 4th at 2pm
o Tuesday, May 7th at 1pm
o Wednesday, May 8th at 10am
o Thursday, May 9th at 7pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
(at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street)
venue is accessible and has gender neutral washrooms
Admission to this event is pay-what-you-can-afford
In May 2019 we will host a public launch as part of the first phase of a larger project. The project is guided by our Indigenous Advisory Committee. It involves seven organizations working with Sarasvàti Productions to offer a creative and safe space for youth. We will be using an artistic lens for Winnipeg’s Indigenous youth to examine how they interact with the world around them and how the world in turn interacts with them. This collaboration will bring together youth and elders, various artists and a broad audience over two phases.
The first phase includes consultation circles. Throughout April 2019 we will be undertaking Seven Circles, visioning sessions with youth. Partner organizations will host a chance for youth to brainstorm and decide the parameters for moving forward. We are grateful to Children of the Earth High School, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, The Knowles Centre, Manitoba Youth Centre, Marymound School, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc., and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag for their collaboration. At the project launch, visual artist Jaime Black will share what was heard in these visioning sessions through an art installation piece. We will also include a reading of Jo MacDonald’s OUR HOME & Native Land, winner of the 2017 FemFest Bake-Off. This comedic piece about treaty rights will help to frame discussion and encourage public input. There will be a chance for responses and discussion.
Ultimately, this is just the starting point for the project. From June to November, workshops will take place at partner organizations. Using storytelling, youth will share their experiences in different art forms. Then in May 2020 a full public performance of the resulting work will take place. As a true community collaboration, the final performance will come directly from the youth. The results and lessons learned from the project will also have a long-term impact with changes to Sarasvàti’s practices moving forward.
For more information on the project or how to get involved, contact Project Coordinator Nova Courchene at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to the Winnipeg Foundation for their support of this initiative.