Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS) to hold its 4th edition June 1 and 2


Faithful to its mission of building bridges between creators from different Indigenous nations, fostering productive collaborations and promoting the work of these artists, Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS) is back again this spring for its 4th edition, taking place on June 1 and 2, 2018.

Founded in 2016 by interdisciplinary artist and artistic director of Onishka Productions Émilie Monnet, ICS is a platform for the presentation of shows, performances, and installations by Indigenous creators working in live arts. Every other year, ICS shifts away from the festival format and provides Indigenous Creators Exchange – a space for encounters, collaboration and training. As such, this year’s edition of ICS will take the form of a veritable laboratory of ideas, collective creation and critical reflection on issues of importance to Indigenous artists.

Running from May 26 to 31 under the theme of representation and self-representation, this new edition of ICS will propose, for the first time, Indigenous Creators Exchange in partnership with the Festival TransAmériques (FTA). Following this week of incubation, the public will be invited to attend a series of events – a performance, round-table, and a performative conversation – on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2, held in partnership with the FTA and OFFTA.

Photo courtesy of ICS


Focusing on representation and self-representation

Mis-representations of Indigenous peoples are the product of dominant colonialist discourse. Despite their persistence even today, Indigenous artists are deciding for themselves how to create, produce and disseminate their work. They are creating new models of representation and, in the process, they are constantly reinventing the Indigenous arts scene in their own voices.


Round-table panel discussion organized by FTA
June 1st at 5:00pm
QG du Festival (FTA Headquarters)
Agora Hydro-Québec, Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM
175 President Kennedy Avenue
English (with a whispered translation in French)
Free admission

Indigenous traditions and knowledge have the potential to influence the forms and expressions of modern-day theatre and dance. How can the traditional be expressed in the contemporary? After a week of Indigenous Creators Exchange organized by ICS in collaboration with the FTA, four artists from Canada and Australia share their visions of the future of their art.

Moderator Émilie Monnet
Guests Victoria Hunt (Sydney) + Lara Kramer (Montreal) + Nimikii Couchie (Nissiping/Montreal)


June 2 at 11:00 am
Espace vert (basement), Wilder, 1435 De Bleury Street
Free Admission

Over seven days, ten first nations creators will gather together in a process of dialogue, exchange and practice. Physical training will be rooted in body weather and the Maori concept of whakapapa and Mauri.

The public are invited to a sharing of process in which the artists convey their relationship to the culturally sacred, alongside issues regarding the exoticisation of indigenous cultures by both the coloniser and the colonised. This inspired critique works to lay bare the falsified objectivity that is not only an historical violence, but a deeply personal encounter. Representational and intimate at the same time, the viewer is implicated in the colonial gaze and in the construction of identity and representation as an always political act.

Victoria Hunt is an Australian-born artist working across the spheres of dance, the visual arts, performance art and culture. Central to her work is the incarnation of feminine knowledge and its integration with Maori philosophies of the earth and cosmology. Her work seeks to restore the power of Indigenous creativity and contemporary Native political thought in order to  create a nurturing space for audacious intercultural experiences that foster collective growth. Victoria Hunt is a descendant of the Te Arawa, Ngäti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata Maori, English, Irish and Finnish.

Directed by Victoria Hunt
Curators: Émilie Monnet & Patti Shaughnessy
With: Ivanie Aubin Malo, Catherine Boivin, Nimikii Couchie, Barbara Diabo, Waawaate Fobister, Victoria Hunt, Émilie Monnet, Mariana Medellin, Patti Shaughnessy, Brian Solomon, Leticia Vera
Elder: Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor


presented along with Magnéto’s Aalaapi
(Québécois-Inuit radio documentary laboratory)
June 1st at 8:30 pm and June 2 at 4:00pm
La Licorne, 4559 Papineau Avenue
An Electric Moose production, presented in partnership with OFFTA

THE NDN WAY has its roots in a radio documentary created in 1974 by Cindy Bisaillon after finding inspiration in the synthesis of the Cree world views by Ron Evans. Inspired by that original recording of the Cree storyteller, Solomon re-imagines, remixes and interprets these philosophies about medicine, death, sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies in a highly theatrical, visual art-warp collage.

For a third year, ICS is partnering with OFFTA to present avant-garde Indigenous artists from Montreal and elsewhere working in the performing arts.

By: Brian Solomon
With: Mariana Medellin, Brian Solomon

For more information on the event: ONISHKA.ORG

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