Winter Solstice Newsletter
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Oki, Ske:kon, Taan-shi, Boozhoo!

It’s the longest night of 2014. 

This year, IPAA continues to grow welcoming new Administrators Brittany Ryan, Lena Recollet and Membership Coordinator Janet Antone.

We have partnered with national organizations such as Banff Centre for the Arts, Luminato and the National Arts Centre working towards The Study to be hosted by Debajehmujig in their Creation Centre as well as advocating with 
Playwrights Guild of Canada for Equity In Theatre (EIT).

We were thrilled to see new Executive Director of Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) Sara Meurling demonstrate her support of Aboriginal and culturally diverse arts at the National Arts Service Organization meeting in Ottawa.

IPAA is actively creating partnerships across Turtle Island with our marquee event the Intertribal Gathering hosted most recently by Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Stand by for the announcement of the community we will visit in 2015.

Congratulations are in order for these stellar Indigenous women: 
Jessica Lea Fleming is an Artistic Associate at Native Earth Performing Arts, Jessica Carmichael is now Artistic Director of Carousel Players and Ange Loft has received Metcalf funding to be the Assistant Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre
Way to go, ladies

Eager to work in Indigenous performance?
Check out the IPAA site for calls for submissions and employment opportunities:

Next year is gearing up to be an industrious one for Indigenous performance.
Here is a recap of recent happenings:


Maura Garcia Dance held a Contemporary Indigenous Dance Workshop at the University of Kansas and Jack Dalton performed Light: Returns – New Stories of Hope from Village Alaska in the Syndey Laurence Theatre in Anchorage, AK.

Check out this video of SNTC's Nicimos: The Final Rez Christmas by Curtis Peeteetuce featuring Dakota Hebert and Corey Dallas Standing

Dillan Chiblow & Cathy Elliot performed in Voices of Hope a community concert for World AIDS Day, Aqua (who recently released her first album), Cole Alvis, Cliff Cardinal, Ryan Cunningham and Yvette Nolan participated in the Wrecking Ball political theatre event, Cris Derksen was one of the headliners in the #MMIW inspired Basement Review concert and Cathy Elliott was featured for her work with Art Bridges – ToileDesArts”

Reneltta Arluk, Tiffany Ayalik, Tantoo Cardinal, Tasha Faye EvansMarie, Waawaate Fobister,Cheri Maracle, Tracey Nepinak & Lisa C. Ravensbergen made up the wonderful cast of Belfry Theatre's revival of The Rez Sisters by Thompson Highway
Reviews here: Video , Article

Neechi Commons featured a reading of Indian's Don't Cry by George Kenny as well as the
 abORIGINAL Student Co-op Art sale, and Urban Indigenous Theatre Company had two productions: Jumping Mouse by Columpa C. Bobb & Marion de Vries along with Fabric of the Sky by Ian Ross

Happy Winter Solstice!

Featured Artist

Cliff Cardinal is IPAA's newest member and is in his final year of Playwrighting at the National Theatre School. In 2015, he is on tour with his solo show Huff and Native Earth Performing Arts (in partnership with Culture Storm) are presenting his play Stitch in Toronto.

Welcome to IPAA, Cliff!

Know someone who would like to join IPAA? It's free!

Congratulations to Akipik Theatre on its fantastic new website!

Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, AKPIK THEATRE, established itself in 2008.

IPAA members Sarain Carson-Fox and Aria Evan are featured in lead roles in A Tribe Called Red’s first music video from their award winning Nation II Nation album.

IPAA's Executive Director Cole Alvis deep in thought at last year's Intertribal Gathering.

Native Earth Performing Arts Theatre Creators Reserve Congratulations to the 2014 TCR recipients!

IPAA's Executive Director Cole Alvis deep in thought at last year's Intertribal Gathering.

Dancing Earth is selling its 2015 calendar

Featuring 30 high quality photos of your favourite dancers!

IPAA's Executive Director Cole Alvis deep in thought at last year's Intertribal Gathering.

Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) is an incredible new music platform, featuring the most talented Indigenous musicians from across Turtle Island & beyond.

Check out their site for the latest in Indigenous music:



Signal Theatre in residency at The Banff Theatre Playwright’s Colony

Artistic Director and playwright Michael Greyeyes will re-examine his dance-theatre piece Nôhkom in collaboration with director Yvette Nolan and two fellow performers. 


The 6th Annual Rubaboo Aboriginal Arts Festival in February 2015

Rubaboo: A Metis Stew; Full of Life & Feeds the Spirit!
A Celebration of First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art. 

Edmonton Arts Council Aboriginal Art Symposium ​
May 27-29
Edmonton, AB ​


The Caravan Farm Theatre presents The Contest of the Winds
Featuring Alex Twin, Reneltta Arluk, Renae Morriseau, and Cheri Maracle.

Dec 11-Jan 4

Cavern Farm Theatre
4886 Salmon River Rd


The Road Forward
created and directed by Marie Clements

Feb 7, 8, 9th
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
300–640 West Broadway

Talking Stick Festival returns in Vancouver Feb 17 - Mar 1, 2015 featuring the next Indigenous performance Touring Network meeting

Get in touch with IPAA for more details.

Photo Credits Derek Dix

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

March 3-8, 2015
Museum of Anthropology
6393 N.W Marine Drive

Photo Credits Derek Dix

Raven Spirit Dance: Pow Wow Bootcamp

Sunday Feb 1 – March 8, 2015
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street (Kraul Studio)

Photo Credits Derek Dix

Yvonne Chartrand in creation of Eagle Spirit

January 2015
Compaigni V'ni Dansi

With the inspiring dramaturgical work of renwoned dance artist, Lee Su-Feh, Yvonne is exploring themes of death and rebirth in this contemporary dance work inspired by the passing of her mother.


This is My Drum by Heather Majaury 
February 4th to 8th, 2015

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St


Métis Mutt by Sheldon Elter
April 9th to 11th, 2015

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St


Agokwe by Waawaate Fobister
June 11th to 13th, 2015

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St



NAC in partnership with IPAA invite you to attend The Repast at Debajehmujig Creation Centre - May 15-16, 2015


Alice Through the Looking Glass featuring: 
Herbie Barnes & Darrell Dennis

December 9 - January 3, 2015
National Arts Centre

DECLARATION by Article 11
NAC Ontario Scene - April/May 2015
Royal Ontario Museum - June 2015

Featuring: Santee Smith, Monique Mojica, Digging Roots and Aanmitaagzi


Ondinnok’s 30th anniversary event Un Printemps autochtone d’Art DEUX Montréal​, QC 28 avril au 9 mai 2015 à la Maison de la Culture Frontenac



A Side of Dreams
Paper Canoe Projects
January 20 - February 1st, 2015
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E

Equity in Theatre Symposium
April 27th, 2015
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W

                                                       NATIVE EARTH PRESENTS:

The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan
March 14 - April 5, 2015
Factory Theatre Mainstage
125 Bathurst Street 

God and The Indian by Drew Hayden Taylor
May 2 - 17, 2015
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E

Stitch by Cliff Cardinal
June 3 - 14, 2015
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E


The Playwrights Guild of Canada presents Tara Beagan reading at the University of Regina’s ShuBox Theatre.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 20:00

University of Regina: ShuBox Theatre
3737 Wascana Parkway


wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program

The Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan is proud to announce an innovative new program of study—first of its kind in Canada— wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program. 

ATP is a Two-Year Arts and Sciences Certificate program delivered over six consecutive semesters of study for Aboriginal students.


Actor Scenes Study Workshop
Jan 31 + Feb 1-2, 2015
Yukon Arts Centre Studio

Movement for Performers Workshop
March 10, 2015
Yukon Arts Centre Studio

Paradise by Patti Flather
March 24-28, 2014

Adäka Cultural Festival will take place June 26 - July 1, 2015

At its idyllic location at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on the Whitehorse waterfront, the Adäka Cultural Festival shines with awesome energy, arousing inspiration, pride, and excitement in the thousands of artists, visitors, and supporters who attend the Festival each year.


IPAA membership is free. We work hard to represent you and the interests of the Indigenous performing arts and are grateful to the Canada Council for their support.

Now we're reaching out to you.

In lieu of membership fees,
please consider making a donation to IPAA by mailing a cheque to:
Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
PO Box 97023 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON M6R 3B3

Gitchi Meegwetch to these fine members for their donations:

Alberta Aboriginal Arts
Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Jill Carter
Magnetic North
Native Earth Performing Arts
Raven Spirit Dance
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Centre
Spiderbones Performing Arts
Theatre Projects Manitoba
Yvette Nolan


Is there an Indigenous performing arts event we missed?

Drop us a line and send along any events, announcements and posts we should include online and in social media:

Cole Alvis, Executive Director,
Charlotte Calon, Website Administrator,
Lena Recollet & Brittany Ryan, Administrators,

Janet Antone, Membership Coordinator,

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