Artscape Youngplace organization The Centre for Indigenous Theatre is pleased to announce our annual Storyweaving Presentation, The Portkey, January 31 and February 1, 2014 at Native Earth’s Aki Studio Theatre. This annual production is a collaborative effort between our senior students and a team of talented professionals led by Muriel Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater including Penny Couchie (Choreography & Movement); Glenn Davidson (Set and Lighting Design); Leida Englar (Costume Design), and Voice Coach Imelda Villalon.
“A portkey is an object enchanted to instantly bring anyone touching it to a specific location. This production explores different kinds of portals through the character of trickster: things we don’t recognize as portals that take us to a different reality.”
Renowned actor, director, writer and choreographer, Muriel Miguel (Spiderwoman Theater, New York) is a pioneer in the development of an Indigenous performance methodology. She guides the students through this collaborative and creative process to help shape and lift their stories to the stage. Muriel works as an instructor of Indigenous Performance at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and is the Program Director for the Summer Program.
The Storyweaving process is a theatrical technique that helps to develop and enhance one’s skills and ability to express oneself creatively. The student explores the transformation of the mind, body and spirit through the integration of sound and movement along with exercises to develop ensemble skills. This process brings the students’ individual stories together, weaving them to create a rich theatrical tapestry, resulting in a presentation.
This is CIT’s first presentation at Native Earth Performing Arts new Aki Studio Theatre. Aki is the Anishnaabemowin word that encompasses “earth, land, place.” This beautiful black box, convertible, creation/rehearsal/performance space is located in Regent Park. Situated on the Dundas Streetcar line at 585 Dundas East (Dundas at Sackville), Aki is accessible and easy to get to, situated in a hub of arts and cultural activity in the Daniel Spectrum Building.