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Trent University Alumna Returns to Perform Own One-Woman Play


Written and Performed by Amy White, Keweyani will be presented on Thursday, March 16

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, Peterborough

Amy White, a graduate from Trent University's Native Studies Program, will return to her alma mater to perform Keweyani, a one-woman play about the life of Marguerite Riel, on Thursday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Nozhem, the First Peoples Performance Space in Gzowski College on the Symons Campus.

Keweyani, which means home in Michif, is a reflection of the love Marguerite Riel (wife of Metis Leader, Louis David Riel) had for her family, her community, and the land on which she lived. It reveals the impact that the Dominion of Canada and colonization had on a people as well as the inherent strength that comes from tradition.

"The story, as I interpret it, has affected me in many unusual and unexpected ways," says Ms. White, who has written and will perform the piece. "It's almost indescribable, how enriching and fulfilling this process has been. If I can inspire one heart the way Marguerite has inspired me, then I will be satisfied."

Ms. White, who is currently a third year student at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre, has spent the past year working on this piece as part of a practicum in The Centre's full-time theatre training program. Trained in dance and theatre at the Aboriginal Arts programs at the Banff Centre, some of Ms. White's theatre credits include: Dead White Writer on the Floor (Centre for Indigenous Theatre), The Dreaming Beauty (Debajemujig Theatre Group), and The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler).

The performance, presented by the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in partnership with Indigenous Performance Initiatives, is open to the public. There is no cost for tickets, although donations will be accepted at the door. For ticket reservation, please call 705.748.1011 x7466 or 416.506.9436.

Based in Toronto, The Centre for Indigenous Theatre offers post-secondary performing arts training to people of Indigenous ancestry. The purpose of the program is to develop contemporary performance art from a distinctively Indigenous cultural foundation. The training program springboards from Indigenous culture and contemporary theatre techniques, working to ensure students will receive a uniquely Indigenous beginning to their performance arts careers.


For more information, please contact:
Deepa Kanai, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, at 416.506.9436 or dkanal@indigenoustheatre.com

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