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Trent University Presents "Anishinaabe Maanjiidwin" - Celebrating Indigenous Dance & Theatre

On March 31 and April 1, 2005, at 7 p.m., the Native Studies Department at Trent University will present an evening of student dance and theatrical investigation at the First Peoples House of Learning performance space in Peter Gzowski College at Enweying on the east bank of the Symons Campus.

All are welcome to attend the performances. Admission is by donation.

The program, under the direction of Prof. Marrie Mumford, Canada Research Chair and Daystar/Rosalie Jones, visiting professor and guest artist from New York State, celebrates the research and practice of Indigenous performance.

The evening's program includes new choreography inspired by Intertribal Dance forms and contemporary dance selections such as "Wolf: A Transformation" and "The Smallpox Dance" from the Daystar Dance Company repertory. The Indigenous theatre class will present excerpts from Daystar/Rosalie Jones's "No Home But The Heart", as well as Margo Kane's "Moon Lodge" and Monique Mojica's "Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots".

"Anishinaabe Maanjiidwin" honours the gifts, the creativity in music, dance and spoken word that the Creator has given the students. The student presentations have been fostered through intensive work with seasoned performers and mentors. Prof. Mumford was the artistic director of the Aboriginal Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts from 1995 to 2003. Her career spans over 40 years in professional theatre in Canada and the U.S. She has worked in theatres such as Native Earth Performing Arts Inc., the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and the National Arts Centre.

Daystar/Rosalie Jones, former Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer and educator. She is the first Native American to receive a two-year NEA Choreographer's Fellowship in recognition of twenty-five years of pioneering the early development of "native modern dance" in the USA. Ms. Jones developed her innovative teaching methods over the past 30 years of teaching in Native American schools, communities, and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also the artistic director and choreographer of her own company, Daystar: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America.

For further information, please call (705) 748-1011 ext. 7906.

Posted March 30, 2005

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