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Dance Collaboration Residency for Passage Begins at Trent University


Indigenous Dance Presentation Readies for July 6 & 7
Performances at Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Peterborough

Media Invitation

Media are welcome to attend a dance rehearsal for Passage and to interview the performers.

When: Wed. June 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Nozhem, Gzowski College, Trent University, 2510 Pioneer Road

Please call 748-1011, ext. 5371 for directions

Indigenous Performance Initiatives and Pu-Kawiss Productions have launched a three-week collaboration on an exciting dance presentation entitled Passage from June 18 to July 9 in Nozhem: the First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University.

Under the artistic direction of Christine Friday-O’Leary and Professor Marrie Mumford, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Arts and Literature at Trent University, the goal of the residency is to begin a creative process that will transform Passage, which is now a 20-minute presentation, into a longer production. Passage will involve both professional Indigenous dancers and dancers from the local Peterborough area. The Canada Council for the Arts has provided Ms. Friday-O’Leary with a two-year grant to support the research and production phase of this project.

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 finding one’s true self.”

A highlight of the presentation is the music which Ms. Friday-O’Leary produced especially for this dance with Gemini-award winning sound designer Rob Bertola. “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 a group of hand drum singers and features a round dance song, old man song, and a straight song.”

Founder of Pu-Kawiss Productions, Ms. Friday-O’Leary is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Teme-Augami located in Northern Ontario. She has toured with several dance companies across North America and is a recipient of numerous dance awards.

Formally initiated in 2004, the Trent-based Indigenous Performance Initiatives supports Indigenous artists to tell their own stories through dance, music, theatre and video. The theme that guides Indigenous Performance Initiatives is the development of Indigenous performance practice that bridges traditional cultural practices and contemporary expression, to encourage enhanced access, professional development and performance opportunities for Indigenous artists.

Passage will be performed at Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University on July 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. This work-in-progress presentation is pay-what-you-can, however advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (705) 748-1011, ext. 7921.

For further information, please visit the official page.


For addition details, please contact:
Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer, (705) 748-1011, ext. 5371