Photo Credit: Ange Loft, Talking Treaties Dish Dances workshop with Centre for Indigenous Theatre
Photo Credit: Ange Loft, Talking Treaties Dish Dances workshop with Centre for Indigenous Theatre

ANGE LOFT — Indigenous Island

May 1 to 5, 2023 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate:
 85$ with Services Québec support / 320$ regular rate
*Drop-in class rate: 
22$ with Service Québec / 66$ if non-eligible 
Language of instruction: English
Capacity: 23 people, priority for full week attendance
Open to artists of all disciplines

* Payment by credit card or e-transfer on site the morning of, if capacity allows (no reservations).

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Combining interdisciplinary art-making with historical indigenous context, Indigenous Island seeks to provide context for settlement sites, burial practices and long term land grievances connected to the city of Montreal. Drawing on research from the development of “Stone and Bone Spectacular” for Centaur Theatre, Talking Treaties Collective’s “A Treaty Guide for Torontonians and the Canadian Centre for Architecture “Visibly Iroquoian” exhibit, participants are guided through a deep delve into the visual, symbolic, and language based hints at indigenous presence on the island. Arts based research supports a gentle learning experience, incorporating theatrical, musical and movement based activity. 

Connecting buried rivers and corresponding settlement sites, urban archeology and ancestral remains, a timeline of habitation is laid out, supported by history documentation including that of the Two Dogs wampum belt of Kanesatake, land historic land grievances in Kahnawake. Finishing with a theatrical quick creation process, a low-stakes theatrical outcome is generated and debriefed. 

Ange Loft (Kanien’kehá:ka, from Kahnawà:ke, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada)is an interdisciplinary performing artist. Her collaborations use arts based research, wearable sculpture, theatrical co-creation and Haudenosaunee history to facilitate workshops and community-engaged spectacle. She is also a vocalist with

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan.

Recent engagements include: Artist in Residence  at OISEE/ JHI (2021), Artist in Residence at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre (2021-22), Indigenous Research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2022) and advisory roles at advisory roles with Native Women In the Arts (2021) and OCAD University’s Indigenous Education Council (2021). Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre (2015-2022) and instructor at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (2020-present).