INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCE, DESIGN AND VISUAL ART:
THEATRE-MAKING IN TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES AND ART MOVEMENTS AS HISTORY-TELLING
With this programming, we aim to provide teachers and students (Grade 7-12) with new ways of thinking about theatre through Indigenous performance, design and visual art.
Join multi-disciplinary 2spirit artist and educator
Jay Havens of Haudenosaunee - Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) - and Scottish/Canadian ancestry for these remote learning circles. Havens has over 17 years’ experience working across Turtle Island (North America) and internationally on projects for stage, public installation and exhibition. Their practice embraces re-learning the ways of their ancestors and un-learning ways which go against natural cycles as a lifelong challenge and journey.
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
May 4 7pm (EDT) Art Movements as History-Telling
In this session, the artist will cover an overview of four art movements: time immemorial, colonial, neocolonial and decolonial as a framework with which to engage forms of Indigenous art-making and history-telling. We will explore ideas of traditionalism, indigenization and inclusion by looking at the resilience in art-making practices within and outside of theatre and performance.
May 5 7pm (EDT) Theatre-Making in Traditional Communities
In this session, we will examine notions of gathering, ceremony, community, memory and storytelling. We invite you to breakdown archaic ideas of Indigenous performance and disrupt the hierarchy attached to theatre (with Shakespeare erroneously viewed as at the top) to recognize and celebrate diverse forms of theatre-making.
• Each session is Pay-What-You-Will (PWYW) with a suggested price of $10.
• Please note that registration closes at noon on May 4.
You can deepen the experience by booking a virtual student workshop in connection with either session. Each workshop will include discussion and some applied learning exercises.
• You must participate in the Teacher PD in order to book a student workshop. You may choose a half-hour student workshop connected to one or both events (depending on if you participate in one or both).
• Each student workshop is free-of-charge and will take place in May or June at a mutually convenient time.
• After registering for the Teacher PD, you can book these workshops if you wish.
These sessions and the associated student workshops are almost sold out. To register, please contact email@example.com and we will accept registrations for the few remaining spots on a first come, first served basis.