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Trent University to Host Indigenous Dance Performances


"Evening in Paris" and "Iskwew" to be Performed March 1-4

Monday, February 27, 2006, Peterborough

Raven Spirit Dance, in partnership with Indigenous Performance Initiatives and in association with the Native Studies Department at Trent University and Peterborough New Dance, is proud to present two great works, Evening in Paris and Iskwew, for four nights beginning March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Nozhem, the First Peoples Performance Space in Gzowski College at Trent University.  

Both Evening in Paris and Iskwew explore the passages and journeys of Indigenous women in the past, present and future.

Evening in Paris is a breathtaking new work created by Muriel Miguel, founding member and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theatre, and Michelle Olson, Raven Spirit Dance's Artistic Director. Inspired by the remarkable life of Molly Spotted Elk, this dance/theatre piece uncovers and honours the complexity of Aboriginal women's experiences.

Iskwew, which means "woman" in the Plains Cree language, is created and performed by Geraldine Manossa, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, and was inspired by the work of Anishinaabekwe (Ojibway) multi-media artist, Rebecca Bellmore. Iskwew explores the delicate, unspoken rhythms of womanhood. Manossa uses movement and stark metal sculptural elements to gently suggest the passages of womanhood but the central premise of the dance is much more sinister, exploring responses to the Pickton farm West Coast murders of predominantly First Nations women.

Evening in Paris and Iskwew will be performed March 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Nozhem, the First Peoples Performance Space, in Gzowski College at Trent University. Evening performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for Elders, students and the unwaged). To reserve a ticket, please contact 748.1011 x7466. Please note that these performances are not suitable for children less than 13 years of age.


For more information, please contact:
Barbara Rivett, Department of Native Studies, 748.1011 x7466


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