/ Red Night
Nuit blanche à Montréal | Montréal en lumière
In the spirit of friendship and sharing, and in keeping with the theme of the 16th edition of Nuit Blanche, The Future, Le Café at the Monument-National will host an evening of indigenous stories and a collective beadwork creation. The National Theatre School of Canada invites the public to an intimate gathering where performance, song and collective creation meet, challenge and feed off one another.
“The future of storytelling is the origin of storytelling.” Drawing inspiration from a statement by Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre, NTS presents a night of performances curated by our indigenous residents: Jimmy Blais (Cree, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, SK), Sylvia Cloutier (Inuit, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik) and Soleil Launière (Innu, Mashteuiatsh). Storytellers in their respective disciplines, the invited artists and their creations will be at the heart of Nuit Rouge.
The evening will also revolve around the idea of bridging indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Todd Houseman (Cree, Paul First Nation) and Wahsontí:io Kirby (Kanien'kehá:ka, Kahnawáke) will reprise Whiteface (2016). The two NTS students use masks, physical theatre and film to comment on cultural appropriation, colonization and the search for identity in a traumatic context. Throat singer Sylvia Cloutier will pay tribute to the Inuit territory. Geronimo Inutiq (Aboriginal Canadian of Inuit and French origin) will DJ throughout the evening’s festivities. Nico Williams (Ojibwe, Aamjiwnaang First Nation) will host a beading workshop where the public will have the opportunity to add beads to his works in progress. Once completed, the pieces will be connected in a large 3D sculpture. Traditional drum and song by the indigenous women’s collective ODAYA (Émilie Monnet (Anishnaabe/French), Dayna Danger (Métis/Anichinabe (Saulteaux), Manitoba) and Nahka Bertrand (Dene, Acho Dene Koe, Northwest Territories)) will punctuate the evening.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Nahka Bertrand, Sylvia Cloutier, Dayna Danger, Todd Houseman, Geromino Inutiq, Wahsontí:io Kirby, Soleil Launière, Émilie Monnet, Nico Williams
March 2, 2019, 11 p.m. (Doors: 10:30 p.m.)