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Living between cultures, with a legacy of secrets: Feast, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Feast (Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre) In Feast, you will see an Indigenous man in a T-shirt that says “You Are Living On Stolen Land” dancing gamely with a settler woman to ABBA’s The Winner Takes … Continue reading

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Making real space: péhonán, a venue for Indigenous artists at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The name, in Cree, means “meeting place.” That’s how Josh Languedoc explains pêhonân, the Fringe incarnation of the Roxy on Gateway (temporary home of Theatre Network). “And not just gathering…. It’s a waiting place that’s welcoming, … Continue reading

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How does it feel to have your face misrepresented? Whiteface, the play and now the film

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the outset of Whiteface, a smug chalky-faced couple chat over dinner about their culinary and entertainment options.“Here we go,” sighs the woman, overcome with ennui and exasperation. “We’re always the monsters….” The man rolls his … Continue reading

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From story to myth: Lake of the Strangers asks “how do we heal?”

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In Lake of the Strangers, the solo play that premieres this week at the Backstage Theatre, you’ll meet two Indigenous brothers, 10 and seven, on a mission out in the natural world. “It’s their last summer … Continue reading

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The quest to be a warrior: an Indigenous story gets a powerful telling in Redpatch. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the striking opening moments of Redpatch a masked prophet in a pyramid of light asks “what is life?” and then vanishes into mist. It’s a question with legs (and vast reservoirs of imaginative and aerobic … Continue reading

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From Nootka Sound to Vimy Ridge: Redpatch, an Indigenous soldier’s tale comes to the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You could do a lot of exhuming in the archives, in novels, diaries, war poetry, and never discover this striking and mysterious fact: more than four thousand Indigenous Canadians signed up to fight in the First … Continue reading

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Onstage: a weekend theatre update

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your weekend could include a musical. There’s a couple to choose from, and though both are a challenge (for very different reasons) for the form, they’re at opposite ends of the musical spectrum •One of the … Continue reading

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A coming-of-age play called Métis Mutt comes of age: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s always started with jokes. A lot of jokes. “What do you call an Indian on a bike?” And since the man onstage is remembering his time as a teenage stand-up comic, empowered by audience laughter, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare reimagined into Cree cosmology: Pawâkan Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Whenever you do indigenous theatre, it’s never just theatre,” says Reneltta Arluk. “It’s theatre and….” The Inuvialuit Cree Dene actor/ playwright/ director/ artistic director — and the Banff Centre’s new head of indigenous arts — is … Continue reading

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