Sharing Circle: A Celebration of Indigenous Culture

Feb 25, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023

Join us for a weekend celebrating Indigenous, multi-disciplinary artists and artisans from local communities. Co-curated by Barbara Diabo and Victoria May, this showcase will offer patrons a look at a variety of Indigenous arts including performances, visual, cinema and even culinary arts, introducing elements of Indigenous Modernism highlighting work outside of what is considered traditional.

This weekend features performances by traditional dancers Owen Mayo and Kwena Bellemare-Boivin, modern dancer Keenan Simik Komaksiutiksak, indie-rock and folk singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer, music by DJ Pøptrt, a reading of Jimmy Blais’ play Feather Gardens, and screenings of short films in partnership with Wapikoni Mobile

There will also be a Jewish-Indigenous food tasting provided by Chef Swaneige and Zera Café

Last but not least, there will be a small pop-up market of Indigenous artisans selling their crafts in the Lobby throughout. 



Calendar of events. Click the link for more details:

February 25

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Craft Market Lobby
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Vernissage feat. DJ Pøptrt (Free) ArtLounge
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wapikoni Short Films Screening (Free) CinemaSpace
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Performance Showcase Studio

February 26

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Craft Market Lobby
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Performance Showcase Studio
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Wapikoni Short Films Screening (Free) CinemaSpace
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. "Around the Kitchen Table" Tasting ArtLounge
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Feather Gardens play reading  Studio


Buy Individual Tickets or Save with a Weekend Pass!
Performance Showcase: $20/Regular $15/Indigenous & Student $18/Subscriber
Feather Gardens Play Reading: $15/Regular $10/Indigenous & Student $13.50/Subscriber
“Around the Kitchen Table” Tasting: $20/Regular $15/Indigenous & Student $18/Subscriber
Weekend Pass – See it all for 20% off! (Available by phone only) $44/Regular $32/Indigenous & Student $39.60/Subscriber


About the Curators

BARBARA KANERATONNI DIABO (Artistic Director/Choreographer A’nó:wara Dance Theatre)
Barbara is Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk)/mixed heritage from Kahnawake and now lives in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 30 years, she was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Danse de Montreal category Interprète (dancer) in 2021. She specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and other contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations. Barbara takes great pride in sharing her culture and her work has been seen across Canada and internationally, including the Banff Centre, National Arts Centre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Place-des-Arts, Prismatic Arts Festival, and Festival Quartiers Danses. She also works with various organizations, including La Danse sur les routes du Québec and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, help to educate, create safe spaces, and support Indigenous artists across Canada. Her goals are to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, educate, and increase communication.

 

VICTORIA MAY (Red River Métis-Michif)
Born in Ottawa, she began her dance training and early dance career at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and has performed with ballet and contemporary dance companies in Europe and Canada for over 30 years. She is a currently a PhD student in the INDI program at Concordia University in Montreal (Tio’tia:ke). Her current research creation ‘Kiwaapamitinaawaaaw’ is a poem, and love letter to her ancestors, about embodying Michif and the dances that guided her home. Victoria has received The Duke and Duchess of York Award (CA), Arnold Spohr Award (CA), The Young Performers Bursary Award (CA), Augustinius Fund (DK), Danish Actors Blankbandsmidler (DK), and the Toyota Fund (DK), as well as support from both the Canada Council and Conseil des arts et letters du Québec. Victoria’s Maternal grandmother, Irene grew up on the Road Allowance, in a place known as the Fox Farm (now called Nordale) outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation.

 

Keenan Simik Komaksiutiksak (they/them)
Keenan Simik Komaksiutiksak (they/them) is a two spirit Inuk artist from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Their passion for dance emerged at an early age, later gravitating towards dance and circus arts. Simik learned most of their dance training in Ottawa, and began learning circus arts in their teen years. Simik is a contemporary dancer and circus artist. They began touring and performing on AIDA cruises shortly after high school. Simik now works as a freelance artist residing in Tio’Tia;Ke (Montreal). Some of Simik’s Highlights include: Sept moments de joie video with Cirque Éloize, dancing for Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas at the North American Indigenous Games, Sky Dancers tour with Anowara Dance Theatre, is featured on APTN in the show PULSE. They are now in creation for their first production ANXIETY debuting in Tio’Tia;ke in 2024. Simik also works for the Arctic Rose foundation in the Messy Book Program, where they teach dance, creative movement, and expressive arts to youth from their home community of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut as well as youth all over Inuit Nunangat.”



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