Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
A panel discussion mapping the changing landscape of producing and presenting Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Join leading Aboriginal artists and some of Canada’s key presenters and producers for a consideration of some new inroads for Aboriginal performing artists, and how producing and touring organizations can work together to foster best practices in the face of change.
Into New Territory Panelists:
Chris Creighton-Kelly (Moderator): Artist, writer & critic
Chris’ works have been presented across Canada and in India, Europe and the U.S.A. He is interested in the convergence of racialized identities within their cultural contexts – both host and diasporic – and technologies – both old and new – which simulate these relationships. His work in the area of racial equity has been internationally recognized. He was the co-recipient of the first Audain Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Lori Marchand: General manager of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)
As a member of the Okanagan First Nation, Lori is extremely proud of the role she has been able to play in the development and production of First Nations work, including the commissioning and production of the world premiere of Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout by Tomson Highway and the development of the Governor General Award-winning Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring.
Diane Roberts: Artistic director of urban ink productions (Vancouver, BC)
An accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, Diane has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years. Diane has found a home at urban ink to articulate, cultivate and realise a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression.
Margo Kane: Founder and artistic managing director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance (Vancouver, BC)
Margo is a Cree-Saulteaux performing artist and community cultural worker, active in the community for over 40 years. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, has toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival and an Aboriginal Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver.