Following the performance of Serpent People during Coleman, Lemieux & Compagnie‘s Bright Night’s performance series at The Citadel on June 15 – 17, 2017, Molly Johnson wrote a review of the show for the dance current magazine. You can read her review, “The Shape-Shifting Serpent”, here.
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament St. (Parliament & Dundas), Toronto, ON
$25 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Artists
CLC Box Office: 416.364.8011 ext. 1 or Purchase Tickets Online here
Proudly presented by Coleman, Lemieux & Compagnie
Serpent People is an interactive community-engaged live theatre performance. Grounded in historic Anishinaabe stories of the Black Sturgeon from Nipissing, Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition.
Co-Directors: Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb
Storyweaving Director: Muriel Miguel
Choreographer: Penny Couchie
Composer: Edgardo Moreno
Assistant to the Composer: Gerald McComb
Voice & Acting Coach: Imelda Villalon
Lead Set and Installation Designers: Sherry Guppy and Megan Paulin
Set & Installation Assistant: Thaila Sarazin
Costume Designer: Meri-Lee “MJ” Helmer
Costume Assistant: Sylver Waukey-Chisel
Lighting Designer: Jennifer Jimenez
Film and Video Installation: Daniel Couchie
Multi-media: Clayton Windatt and Jacob Dayfox
Production Manager: Deborah Ratelle
Production Co-ordinator: Stephanie Fehr
Darien Benjamins, Jossée Bernier, Sid Bobb, Miigwan Buswa, Penny Couchie, Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey, Jacob Dayfox, Carol Guppy, Gabriel Guppy, Casandra MacDonald, Darren Nakogee, Mckenzie Ottereyes-Eagle, Tasheena Sarazin, and Jodi Taylor
We’ve got a busy summer ahead at Aanmitaagzi! Our Summer Arts Program is now in full swing, and we’ll be putting everyone to work over the next few weeks as we develop and prepare the latest incarnation of the Serpent People project. Then we’ll be hitting the road to tour this dynamic collaboratively-created performance all across Ontario.
Grounded in historic Anishinaabe stories of the Black Sturgeon from Nipissing First Nation as told by one of Aanmitaagzi’s founding artists, Perry Mcleod-Shabogeesic, Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition. What are we consuming that gives us power? What are we consuming that is toxic? What has taken us away from ourselves and the essence of who we are? What would it take to transform us, and what transformations have we already undergone in our lives? Serpent People investigates these questions and explores our ability for self-reclamation and to transform for the positive.
Our first presentation will be at The Citadel as part of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s Bright Nights performance arts series from June 15 – 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Artists, Students, Seniors, and can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 1-416-364-8011 ext.1.
Following that, Serpent People will be in Ottawa for the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, performing on June 25 at 3 pm at Vincent Massey Park. Admission is free and paid parking is available.
The last stop on our summer tour (unless we squeeze in a few more!) will be in Red Rock for the Live From the Rock Folk Festival from August 11 – 13. Camping sites are available for $20, and festival passes can be purchased at the gate or online.
Hope to see you on the tour!