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Discovering Native Mask Theater

WorkshopIn collaboration with the Conseil de Culture de l'Estrie
May 21, 2019 to May 23, 2019Salle l'ÉquerreYves Sioui Durand et Catherine Joncas - Théâtre Ondinnok (Montréal, Québec)70$ (prix subventionné pour artistes professionnels québécois; prix autres: 350$)


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Initiation workshop on the divining theater method developed by Ondinnok in recent years, using natural objects, bones, stones and masks which were created for our recent shows. We consider our masks to be our ancestors. We listen to them with respect and they give us images and messages that we use in our theatrical creations. We invite participants to enter into our universe and share this approach and get acquainted with Native Culture through this fragment of ritual theater of the Americas.

After the two-day workshop, participants will be invited to present their work to the public.



Conversation with Yves Sioui Durand and Presentation of his practice:

« All of my theater work is aimed at the repatriation of ancestral memories and ancient codes of representation in the great Native ritual theater of the Americas. This theater is no longer performed, presented or played on the Earth since colonization. The drums, musical instruments and masks were all systematically burned and destroyed. Ceremonies were forbidden. Chants prohibited. But the Earth remembers us and encourages us to continue our quest. I am a member of the Wendat Huron nation. In my nation’s culture, masks played an essential role: they were healers, entertainers, social regulators. Masks are strong characters and have been an integral part of my theater since my first creation: LE PORTEUR DES PEINES DU MONDE (The Carrier of the World’s Pain) in 1985. I will be presenting theatrical creations where masks played a determining role and the bond that they maintain with tradition, particularly in VOYAGE AU PAYS DES MORTS (Voyage to the Land of the Dead), LE DÉSIR DE LA REINE XOC (Queen Xoc’s Desire), RABINAL ACHI and UN MONDE QUI S’ACHÈVE (A World is Ending).

The great decolonizing and re-indigenation movement of the past years owes much to Native artists of all disciplines. I am proud to be a part of that movement and to present my work to you. »



Tuesday May 21st and Wednesday May 22nd 2019 at 5pm and Thursday May 23rd 2019. 2-hour open workshop at the opening of the festival (evening, time to be announced).

Training offered in partnership with the Conseil de la Culture de l’Estrie.

Take note that the 70$ subsidized price can only be applied to professional artists from Quebec; the real price is 350$.