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Story Weaving Workshop at Trent: January 26, 2005

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre presents a Story Weaving Workshop with Muriel Miguel at Trent University's First Peoples House of Learning performance space on January 26 from 1 to 5 pm in association with Trent's Native Studies Department.

Muriel Miguel's career as an actor, director, writer and choreographer has spanned over forty years and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the work she does. She is a founding member of New York's Spiderwoman Theater, whose name comes from the Hopi goddess Spiderwoman, who taught the people to weave and said, "There must be a flaw in every tapestry so that my spirit can come and go at will."

The exercises presented in the workshop, will concentrate on developing a story from scratch through improvisation. The goal is to give participants a taste of the story weaving process that Ms. Miguel takes students through during The Centre's Summer School. This process involves the development and intertwining of stories produced by participants resulting in a presentation of a staged piece, which brings the three-week program to a close.

The Summer program returns to Trent University for the third time in partnership with the Native Studies Department. The program this year will run from July 4th to 24th at the University's First Peoples House of Learning performance space. In addition to story weaving, the program focuses on acting, voice, movement, traditional dance and cultural teachings. Complementing the core courses are planned cultural activities in the Peterborough area.

Based in Toronto, The Centre for Indigenous Theatre offers post-secondary performing arts training to people of Aboriginal ancestry. The Centre's programs promote and foster an understanding of Indigenous theatre while providing the highest calibre arts training to Aboriginal students from across Canada. The Centre for Indigenous Theatre also offers a Summer School in Yellowknife, NWT in partnership with Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre as well as a three-year, Full-Time Program in Toronto.

The Centre's programs are made possible through the support of The Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training, The Cultural Human Resource Council and The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.

To register for the workshop please call (705) 748-1011 ext. 7612.

Posted January 25, 2005

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