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Weesageechak Begins to Dance XXV

As Native Earth enters it's 30th year of professional contemporary Indigenous theatre, we are excited to present the annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival in our new theatre, Aki Studio at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

Besides being our 25th year of showcasing exciting new work from Indigenous artists across Turtle Island, this year's festival will see alluring new works by Vancouver-based dancer/choreographer Daina Ashbee, a searing satire by new playwright Andréa Ledding, a provocative comedic drama by Drew Hayden Taylor and an enchanting collaboration by South Asian Canadian Sharada K. Eswar and Cree artist Rosary Spence.

We spark with eagerness and we know you do too to see the work from the participants of our Animikiig and Thundering Voices program. This festival is not to be missed.

Schedule

Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm – Dominion by Andréa Ledding
Thursday, November 15 at 8pm – Unrelated by Daina Ashbee
Friday, November 16 at 8pm – Animikiig/Thundering Voices Night
Saturday, November 17 at 2:30pm – When the Fish Met the Turtle by Sharada K. Eswar & Rosary Spence
Saturday, November 17 at 8pm – Heat Lighting by Drew Hayden Taylor

Ticket Prices

Regular ticket - $15
Weesageechak Pass - $30
Student ticket - $10
Elder ticket - $10
Group tickets (10 or more) - $10/ea.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

Performance

Weesageechak Begins to Dance XXV

As Native Earth enters it's 30th year of professional contemporary Indigenous theatre, we are excited to present the annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival in our new theatre, Aki Studio at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

Besides being our 25th year of showcasing exciting new work from Indigenous artists across Turtle Island, this year's festival will see alluring new works by Vancouver-based dancer/choreographer Daina Ashbee, a searing satire by new playwright Andréa Ledding, a provocative comedic drama by Drew Hayden Taylor and an enchanting collaboration by South Asian Canadian Sharada K. Eswar and Cree artist Rosary Spence.

We spark with eagerness and we know you do too to see the work from the participants of our Animikiig and Thundering Voices program. This festival is not to be missed.

Schedule

Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm – Dominion by Andréa Ledding
Thursday, November 15 at 8pm – Unrelated by Daina Ashbee
Friday, November 16 at 8pm – Animikiig/Thundering Voices Night
Saturday, November 17 at 2:30pm – When the Fish Met the Turtle by Sharada K. Eswar & Rosary Spence
Saturday, November 17 at 8pm – Heat Lighting by Drew Hayden Taylor

Ticket Prices

Regular ticket - $15
Weesageechak Pass - $30
Student ticket - $10
Elder ticket - $10
Group tickets (10 or more) - $10/ea.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

Theatre

Cafe Daughter

Café Daughter is a one-woman virtuosic performance, based on the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian-Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan. The story begins in 1957: 10-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children were forced into residential schools, provincial law forbade white women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggled to bring families to Canada. Will Yvette flourish in the face of adversity and embrace her full identity?

 

Schedule

Tuesday, January 15 at 8pm

Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm and 8pm

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm

Friday, January 18 at 8pm

Saturday, January 19 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Sunday, January 20 at 2:30pm

 

Ticket Price

Regular-$20

Matinee-$15

EldersGroups&Artists-$10

Aki Pass: $30 (Ticket for both Café Daughter & Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way)

 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

 

Cafe Daughter

Café Daughter is a one-woman virtuosic performance, based on the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian-Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan. The story begins in 1957: 10-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children were forced into residential schools, provincial law forbade white women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggled to bring families to Canada. Will Yvette flourish in the face of adversity and embrace her full identity?

 

Schedule

Tuesday, January 15 at 8pm

Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm and 8pm

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm

Friday, January 18 at 8pm

Saturday, January 19 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Sunday, January 20 at 2:30pm

 

Ticket Price

Regular-$20

Matinee-$15

EldersGroups&Artists-$10

Aki Pass: $30 (Ticket for both Café Daughter & Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way)

 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

 

Cafe Daughter

Café Daughter is a one-woman virtuosic performance, based on the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian-Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan. The story begins in 1957: 10-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children were forced into residential schools, provincial law forbade white women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggled to bring families to Canada. Will Yvette flourish in the face of adversity and embrace her full identity?

 

Schedule

Tuesday, January 15 at 8pm

Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm and 8pm

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm

Friday, January 18 at 8pm

Saturday, January 19 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Sunday, January 20 at 2:30pm

 

Ticket Price

Regular-$20

Matinee-$15

EldersGroups&Artists-$10

Aki Pass: $30 (Ticket for both Café Daughter & Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way)

 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

 

Cafe Daughter

Café Daughter is a one-woman virtuosic performance, based on the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian-Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan. The story begins in 1957: 10-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children were forced into residential schools, provincial law forbade white women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggled to bring families to Canada. Will Yvette flourish in the face of adversity and embrace her full identity?

 

Schedule

Tuesday, January 15 at 8pm

Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm and 8pm

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm

Friday, January 18 at 8pm

Saturday, January 19 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Sunday, January 20 at 2:30pm 

 

Ticket Price

Regular-$20

Matinee-$15

EldersGroups&Artists-$10

Aki Pass: $30 (Ticket for both Café Daughter & Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way)

 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

 

Cafe Daughter

Café Daughter is a one-woman virtuosic performance, based on the life of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. This family friendly show is about a Chinese Canadian-Cree girl growing up in rural Saskatchewan. The story begins in 1957: 10-year-old Yvette Wong helps out in her parents’ café. Her mother has charged her with a secret – to never tell anyone she’s part Cree. She’s incredibly bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but is put in the slow learners’ class because of her skin colour. This occurs at a time when Aboriginal children were forced into residential schools, provincial law forbade white women from working in Chinese-owned businesses, and Chinese-Canadian men struggled to bring families to Canada. Will Yvette flourish in the face of adversity and embrace her full identity?

 

Schedule

Tuesday, January 15 at 8pm

Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm and 8pm

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm

Friday, January 18 at 8pm

Saturday, January 19 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Sunday, January 20 at 2:30pm

 

Ticket Price

Regular-$20

Matinee-$15

EldersGroups&Artists-$10

Aki Pass: $30 (Ticket for both Café Daughter & Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way)

 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.nativeearth.ca or call the Box Office at 1-800-204-0855.

 

WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE XXVI

Join us this fall for the twenty-sixth installment of new Indigenous performance works in progress. With a focus on local artists, your diverse Toronto-based First Nations artists come together to support our shared creative excellence. This season is a celebration of home and community, a coming into ourselves.

Thursday, November 21st, 8pm Rutas Panamericanas sneak peek! with Aluna Theatre
Friday, November 22nd, 8pm Animikiig and Thundering Voices, featuring Heather Marie Annis
Saturday, November 23rd, 8pm We open with Jani Lauzon and conclude with playwright-in-rez PJ Prudat

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Photo of PJ Prudat by Juan Camilo Palacio

A SIDE OF DREAMS

Presented by Paper Canoe Projects

Play Written by Jani Lauzon

Jan 20 – Feb 1, 2014

Tuesday-Saturday @ 8pm Sunday @ 2pm

Loss of culture and generational trauma can silence the best of us. But as one single mother discovers, the spirit of the Dreamcatcher can be awakened with prayer and the ancestors you meet in the world of dreams may not be what you expected. For More information and to purchase tickets click here

CAMINOS 2015

Re-imagining Las Americas

Aluna Theatre is thrilled to present a new multi-arts initiative, CAMINOS, a week of performance experiments, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts. Fresh ideas come together from some of the most exciting local voices representing the Americas This week of performances also features: cabaret evenings; conversations on translation and cultural interpretation with artists, social innovators, and academics; and presentations of approaches to translation by Aluna’s bilingual ensemble.Aluna Theatre is thrilled to present a new multi-arts initiative, CAMINOS, a week of performance experiments, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts. Fresh ideas come together from some of the most exciting local voices representing the Americas. November 3-7, 2015

November 3-7, 2015 Single Tickets $15-$20 Festival Pass $50 Aki Studio & Ada Slaight Hall

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WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE 28

Native Earth Performing Arts Annual Festival of Indigenous Work

The 28th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival presents new works and works in development by Indigenous performing artists. Over two weeks in November, Weesageechak brings together emerging, mid-career and established artists to develop and showcase contemporary Indigenous theatre, dance and interdisciplinary creations for stage. The festival provides a platform that fosters mentorship through the exchange of skills and knowledge while simultaneously celebrating contemporary Indigenous performance through readings, workshops and productions. Festival audiences gain insight into the creation process and get a unique glimpse of new Indigenous works from around the world. Weesageechak 28 will include exciting and innovative works by artists such as Yolanda Bonnell, Jani Lauzon, Lara Kramer, Brian Solomon, Michelle Thrush, Kenneth T. Williams, Animikiig playwrights, and many more! See Photos from Weesageechak 27

November 11-21, 2015 Single Tickets $15 Festival Pass $60 Aki Studio Theatre

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