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Artistic Diversity Discussion

Indigenous Artist Residency

Ange Loft and Talking Treaties Tiohtià:ke Collective

A year-long residency by Talking Treaties Tiohtià:ke Collective that explores historic treaties that transformed the Indigenous people and landscape of Tiohtià:ke

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo Prix de la danse de Montreal 2021 Catégorie Interprête
“Our work is hard hitting, vibrant, and overwhelmingly fun, with a contemporary approach grounded in artistic excellence and historic accuracy. It celebrates the resilience, resistance and resurgence of Indigenous thought.”
Ange Loft

About the Residency

Ange Loft and the Talking Treaties Tiohtià:ke Collective, consisting of Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo and Iehente Foote, inaugurate Centaur Theatre’s first Indigenous Artist Residency.  The Collective will develop a new site-specific theatrical performance that traverses the Centaur Theatre and surrounding grounds, incorporating historic research, music, Kanien’kéha language, large scale imagery/puppetry, verbatim text, and traditional Indigenous, as well as contemporary, dance. With years of historical and archeological research and a vast network of Indigenous creators and performers connected to the collective, Ms. Loft intends to share content and artists, extending aspects of the work into Kahnawake and other Indigenous communities.

View the online Saturday Salon (Jan. 22, 2022)

Article: The Eastern Door, Marcus Bankuti ‘Talking Treaties’ with Talented Local Ladies (January 14, 2022 )

Read the press release (April 20, 2021)

The Collective

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Iehente Foote
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Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
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Ange Loft

Talking Treaties

The residency builds on the momentum that began in 2015 with artist and historian-led interviews with Indigenous knowledge keepers, resulting in Jumblies Theatre’s Talking Treaties, a multidisciplinary theatre initiative directed by Ms. Loft for Toronto’s 2019 Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York.

For this residency, the Collective will focus on pre-contact governance symbolism and alliance patterns of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations). These agreements and other significant events played key roles in the transformation of the Indigenous landscape of Tiohtià:ke.