Productions Onishka with AnAku and KVS Production (Canada)
In this hypnotic monologue performance, Émilie Monnet interprets a recurring dream and transmits a message of empowerment to the audience. In Anishinaabemowin, the word “okinum” means “dam,” and the narrative of Monnet’s dream involves a giant beaver; the symbolism is rooted in Anishinaabe worldview and far-reaching in its significance.
Making creative use of live sound and visual storytelling techniques, Okinum is a vivid and immersive experience. No small factor in its power is the ambient, atmospheric live score by Jackie Gallant; it underscores Monnet’s words and gestures superbly. Mixing three languages–English, French and Anishinaabemowin–Monnet captivates our attention, demands understanding and grants catharsis.
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At the intersection of theater, performance and media arts, the practice of Émilie Monnet is most often presented in the form of interdisciplinary theater or performative installations. She founded Onishka Productions in 2011 in an effort to foster links between Indigenous performers of different disciplines, and has since created several theatrical performances as well as producing Indigenous Contemporary Scene, a nomadic platform for live arts made by Indigenous artists. Émilie is Anishinaabe and French, and she currently lives in both the Outaouais and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal.
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
- February 2 at 7:30; Online
- February 3 at 7:30; Online
- February 4 at Online
- February 5 at Online
Runtime: 65 mins, no intermission
Post-show talkback: Feb 2
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Live Description + touch tour on Feb 3
WRITER, TRANSLATOR, CO-DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER Émilie Monnet CO-DIRECTORS Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams SOUND DESIGNER AND PERFORMER Jackie Gallant SET DESIGNER Simon Guilbault LIGHTING DESIGNER Lucie Bazzo COSTUME DESIGNER Caroline Monnet VIDEO DESIGNER Clark Ferguson PRODUCTION Onishka in collaboration with AnAku
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