Week two (Mskomini Giizis Residency)

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Directors and design team discuss ideas

As we moved into week two of our Mskomini Giizis Residency with Native Earth Performing Arts we were very excited to begin working with our director, Moynan King, and our designers Jay Havens (sets), Samay Arcentales Cajas (projections) and Kinoo Arcentales (costumes), as well as our stage manager, Heather Kilner!

As a team we’re having a great time teasing out the dramatic and comedic elements of this opera, as well as envisioning how it could be presented in a full production. We are thankful for everyone’s contributions as they fearlessly explore the work and experiment with us.

Singers Joanna Burt, Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk and Alejandra Nuñez work on blocking

Week three will start to incorporate the instruments, as well as the design elements which, until now, have been in the planning and conceptualizing stages! 

One week down (Mskomini Giizis Residency)

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We have just finished our first week of the Mskomini Giizis Residency at Native Earth Performing Arts, and are so thankful to be able to work with such amazing musicians (and dogs)! Next week we will start working with director Moynan King, as well as our design team and stage manager on integrating the non-musical aspects of this opera.

Joanna Burt, Alejandra Nuñez, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk, Benjamin Stein
Dduk guk and Maeve

Native Earth to Present 30th Annual WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE

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Broadway World, article by BWW News Desk:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Native-Earth-to-Present-30th-Annual-WEESAGEECHAK-BEGINS-TO-DANCE-20171019

“Rounding out the first week, multi-disciplinary artists and Dora-nominated Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin) and Catherine Magowan of An Indie(n) Rights Reserve return with HATE MAIL and Irreconcilable Trolls, a piece that explores people who hide behind fake usernames, spoofed emails and anonymous comment boards which is presented as a sonata with contrabassoon and piano.”

We’re all tied up in it: Dance-opera Bearing aims to show we are all residential schools survivors

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CBC News, article by Nigel Hunt:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/bearing-dance-residential-schools-1.4171844

“The production features nine dancers (including three who are Indigenous), Indigenous opera singer Marion Newman, a chorus and an orchestra of classical musicians performing pieces by J.S. Bach, Claude Vivier and a new composition and libretto by Indigenous composer Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.”

Dance-opera Bearing makes art out of residential-school ashes

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The Globe and Mail, article by Martha Schabas:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/dance-opera-bearing-makes-art-out-of-residential-school-ashes/article35401964/

“It’s a work in three parts: The first is set to a Bach motet, the second to music by Québécois composer Claude Vivier and the third to a commissioned score by Anishinaabe co-composer and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch and composer Catherine Magowan.”