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Donít Miss Special Dance Preview of Passage July 6 & 7
July 7, 2007

Watch CHEX TV's June 28, 2007 report on Passage.

Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) invites the community to attend a special preview presentation of Passage, a major new dance work under development on July 6 and 7 at 8:00 p.m. in NOZHEM: First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University.

Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) invites the community to attend a special preview presentation of Passage, a major new dance work under development on July 6 and 7 at 8:00 p.m. in NOZHEM: First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University.

This public presentation has emerged from a three-week creation residency supported by IPI as part of a two-year process to develop Passage by artistic d irector Christine Friday-O'Leary. Ms. Friday-O'Leary has been developing Passage since June 2006, a deeply personal dance piece which she describes as "a journey of discovering and defining one's true self."

"There are many traditional Anishinabeg stories that can be brought forward to the present time where an understanding of one’s own spiritual force and nature can become awakened. This new work will offer insight and an appreciation for teachings and oral traditions that complement both contemporary and traditional worldviews," said Ms. Friday O'Leary.

A highlight of the presentation is the music that Ms. Friday-O'Leary had especially produced for this new work. "I wanted the musical experience of Passage to be as powerful as the performance itself," she explained. "The music has been specifically composed for this piece by Edgardo Moreno along with three original compositions by Eddy Robinson and Gabe Gaudet, hand drum singers and will include a round dance song, an old man song and a straight song."

Ms. Friday-O'Leary is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Teme-Augami located in Northern Ontario. She has toured across Canada, Aruba and New York City with Desrosier Dance Theatre and with In the Land of Spirits. She is the recipient of numerous dance awards.

NOZHEM: First People Performance Space is located at 2510 Pioneer Road, on the east bank of Trent University’s Symons Campus. Directions can be found here.



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