Spiderwoman Theater 40th Anniversary

LU! LU! LU! LU! An Evening Celebrating Spiderwoman Theater’s 40 Years
September 19, 2017
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
Festivities begin at 7:30 pm; Afterparty at 10:30PM to 12:30AM

Aanmitaagzi is hitting the road again. This time they are headed to the Big Apple to perform at Spiderwoman Theater‘s 40th Anniversary bash! The celebration takes place at La Mama Theater’s Ellen Stewart Theatre in Manhattan’s Lower East Side starting at 7:30 pm and will feature performances from Aanmitaagzi, Alessandra Belloni, Bloolips, Carmelita Tropicana, Coatlicue Theatre, Josephine Tarrant, Kevin Tarrant and the SilverCloud Singers, Lacey Hill, Laura Ortman, Leaf Arrow Theatre, Louis Mofsie, Monique Mojica, Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Soni Moreno, Split Britches, Talking Band, Taylor Mac, Thunderbird Sisters, A Tribe Called Red, and Spiderwoman Theater!

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.spiderwomantheater.org.

Material Witness heading to the Harbourfront Centre July 27, 2017

Material Witness performers (clockwise from top-left) – Donna Couteau, Cherish Blood, Ange Loft, Gloria Miguel, and Penny Couchie.

Aanmitaagzi will be back in Toronto next week to present Material Witness, Co-produced by Spiderwoman Theater, at the Living Ritual: International Indigenous Performing Arts Festival taking place at the Harbourfront Centre from July 25 – 27, 2017.

Material Witness, is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary performance/installation project that explores stories of violence, healing and renewal in the lives of Indigenous women. Incorporating stories re-worked and refined by the performers (pictured above) through storyweaving sessions led by Director Muriel Miguel, and set/installation elements developed through the Pulling Threads workshops and Aanmitaagzi’s community-engaged artists, Material Witness will be presented in the Fleck Dance Theatre along with Thomas E.S. Kelly’s (MIS)CONCEIVE starting at 8:00 pm on July 27, 2017.

Tickets for the Thursday evening performances are $20.00, and can be purchased from the Harbourfront Centre on their website or by calling the box office at 416-973-4000.

For more information about the Living Ritual: International Indigenous Perfroming Arts Festival, or to obtain festival passes please visit www.kahawidance.org/living-ritual.

Pulling Threads Workshop Tour


Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater are excited to present a new series of Pulling Threads Fabric Workshops as part of their ongoing Material Witness project.

Material Witness explores violence, healing and renewal in the lives of Indigenous women through the development of a multi-generational performance. The backdrop and set for the performance is comprised of a “story-quilt”, a layered landscape of fabrics, heaps, piles and bundles that holds its own collected stories and supports the stories of the women on stage.

Through the Pulling Threads workshops, community participants are invited to come in and create a piece of the “story-quilt” based upon their own experiences, exploring not only the stories of violence that have shaped their lives, but also the hope and transformative possibilities that arise from them. The created pieces will then be sewn or woven into the larger quilt and will travel with the production wherever it goes.

Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome, and counsellors will be on hand to offer support as needed. All materials will be provided, however participants may bring in their own materials to donate to the project as well.

Come and enjoy some food, some talk, and some laughter while pulling threads with us!

Workshop Dates:

April 10, 2017          True Self – Debwewendizwin Employment and Training       
10 am – 4 pm          239 Main Street East
                                North Bay ON  P1B 1B2
                                www.trueself.ca

April 21, 2017          Minwaashin Lodge – The Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre
10 am – 4 pm          1155 Lola Street
                                Ottawa, ON  K1K 4C1
                                www.minlodge.com

April 27, 2017          N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
1 pm – 5 pm            110 Elm Street
                                Sudbury, ON  P3C 1T5
                                www.nfcsudbury.org

April 28, 2017          Debajehmujig Storytellers
10 am – 4 pm          43 Queen Street
                                Manitowaning, ON   P0P 1N0
                                www.debaj.ca

April 29, 2017          Nimkii Naabkwagan – Batchewana Family Crisis Shelter       
10am – 4 pm           180 Gran Street
                                Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 5K9

May 1 & 2, 2017      Pic River First Nation Community Centre
6 pm – 9 pm            78 Pic River Rd.
                                Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0

For more information, please contact Penny Couchie – (705) 474-2227.