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Ivanie Aubin-Malo — Yaliyat cocahq (travelling spirit in Wolastoqey)

March 18th to 22nd, 2024 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate : $70
Drop-in class rate : $20
(available one month prior)
Language of instruction : French
Questions can also be asked in : English
Open to all



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This training receives financial support from Compétence Culture’s Intervention-Compétences programme and is offered in collaboration with the Conseil de la formation continue Arts et culture de l’Île-de Montréal.

In her current research, Ivanie Aubin-Malo explores movements symbolically linked to Wabanakiak oral narratives, sometimes relating them to certain ancient Innuat stories. The Wabanaki confederacy includes the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Abenaki First Nations. Ivanie, being Wolastoq, will share some Wolastoqey words that describe important aspects of this culture, which participants will be invited to translate into movement. In relation to the conception of time in the territory, with the portage route and certain giants such as Kollu, Cinu, Koluskap or Apotamkin, the group will refine its link with space, the anatomy of a canoe and the invisible, at the same time as exploring the incarnation of other entities. Jumps and undulations of the body will be solicited in the research, as well as nuances in the density of the body and its globality (radiating movement from the navel). Each individual may be invited to interpret these concepts in movement and voice. As the principle of interrelation is very important to the research, participants will develop a heightened sensitivity to the group’s shared movements, reminiscent of the synergy of waves.

The workshop could potentially suggest exercises with contact and voice. Movement exercises can be adapted to the participants abilities. Open to artists of all disciplines and to non-artists.

Ivanie Aubin-Malo
, Wolastoq and Québécoise choreographer, performer and curator, invests in projects that reflect on ecology and human ethics in relation to the environment. Her artistic research invites the body to reconnect with the beauty of the Wolastoqey language in relation to the land. In 2020, she initiated the MAQAHATINE series of events supported by Tangente and L’Agora de la danse, bringing together indigenous movement artists to break isolation, cultivate inspiration, facilitate knowledge sharing and dare certain collaborations. She then contributed to the conceptualization of recurring events such as OHAKWARONT (Centre chorégraphique O Vertigo) and Nikak Tagocniok (Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault). Alongside Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine, Ivanie creates a performance on the Wolastoqiyik and Innuat giants, reconnecting the oral histories of the two Nations. Recently based in L’Islet (QC) in the Wolastokuk, she dreams of a Wolastoqey cultural center in the region to enable members to reconnect with their community through cultural and artistic events.