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Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement curated by Maria HupfieldSerpent People, 2017

Serpent People (Shanel Lazarus), 2017
Photo: Sid Bobb

Aanmitaagzi Company - Nipissing First Nation, Anisinaabek/Canada

What are we consuming that takes us away from who we are? What will bring us back to ourselves? This series of epic decentralized theatrical performances is grounded in Anishinaabe Intelligence and stories of The Black Sturgeon from Nippissing First Nation, North Bay area, as told by Aanmitaagzi artist Perry Mcleod-Shabogesic.

Staged as a series of provocations this community engaged production asks the question what are we eating that gives us power? In the spirit of storytelling and oral tradition Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition. This durational effort ebbs and flows from dusk to dawn, providing different encounters with the audience throughout the evening. Like stars dropped down from the sky, this work is performed as an immersive performance at street level with a series of sculptural installations, performative interventions and a 15-foot puppet that explore our relationship to consumption. 

Aanmitaagzi Company is co-founded by Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb in Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. 'Aanmitaagzi' is an Anishinaabe translation for ‘he/she speaks’. Dedicated to supporting a thriving arts community in Nipissing and their Canadian neighbours, projects range from wild meat processing to community theatre. They focus on nurturing well-being, relationships with the land, and adapt intergenerational methodologies with elders and youth.

Live Theatre Provocation, Intervention, Interactive Installation


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Albert Street & James Street (behind Old City Hall)

Suitable for all ages

Penny Couchie (Choreographer, Co-Director, Co-Creator/Performer); Sid Bobb (Co-Director, Co-Creator/Performer); Edgardo Monero (Composer); Meri-Lee "MJ" Helmer (Costume); Megan Paulin (Lead Installation Designer); Sherry Guppy (Set Design); Daniel Couchie (Film and Video Installation); Clayton Windatt (Multi-media); Jacob Dayfox (Multi-media, Co-Creator/Performer); Darien Benjamins (Co-Creator/Performer); Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon (Co-Creator/Performer), Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey (Co-Creator/Performer); Carol Guppy (Co-Creator/Performer), Darren Nakogee (Co-Creator/Performer); Tasheena Sarazin (Co-Creator/Performer)

This project is outdoors.