Sâkêwêwak Performance Art Mini-Festival

'murmur', Tanya Lukin Linklater; photo credit J Proctor and Marc Chalifoux

Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective invites you to our performance art min-festival taking place September 22-24, 2010.  Our ongoing performance art series provides the opportunity for diverse audiences in southeastern Saskatchewan to experience live performance and engage with our guest artists, representing a broad range of artistic experience, cultural traditions, and linguistic groups. 

Robin Brass
Wednesday September 22, 2010
7:30 PM
New Dance Horizons
2207 Harvey Street

"I have been working with the Nahkawe language as part of my art practice for the past few years. 'Mi Ima Ehkosit' is a phrase sometimes said when one comes to the 'end' of a story. However, the concept communicated is that the telling is only temporarily ceased, that the story is temporarily 'hung' as in hanging a drum on the wall. I wanted to enter this liminal space where the stories/narratives hang until they are picked up, if ever again. I was interested in this as a place of convergence of multiple narratives, interconnectedness & renewal, where a re-ordering of intention takes place prior to rebirth in new directions; which stories will be picked up again? How to tell them? Which stories will be left behind?" – Robin Brass

Robin Brass is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Regina and Peepeekisis First Nation, Saskatchewan. She completed her B.A. in Indigenous Fine Arts, First Nations University of Canada. Robin is co-founder of Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Circle Vision Arts Corp., Red Tattoo Theatre Ensemble, and the Sâkêwêwak Storytellers Festival. In 2006, she was awarded the Lynch-Staunton Award for performance art. Robin has taught for the First Nations University of Canada, Indigenous Fine Arts Dept., teaching on several Saskatchewan reserves. She has most recently been creating new works based in the Nahkawe language, further pursuing her true love of Indigenous orality.

Art Smash
Cecile Brass
Thursday September 23, 2010
7:00 PM
The Exchange
2431 8th Avenue

Art Smash is an evening of music, making stuff, and merriment. Anyone who is interested in being inspired and being an inspiration is invited to attend this evening of experimentation. You need only bring yourself and an open mind. Live music, to get the blood flowing, and paint, to make something beautiful together, will be provided. Let’s just get together and see what happens when we all decide to share ourselves.

Cecile Brass is a member the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan. She grew up in a large family headed by a man with the spirit of an adventurer. The family moved often and thus planted the seed for Cecile to travel often once on her own. She is the mother of two boys and is soon to be a mother of three. Cecile’s involvement in the arts began by performing with the First Nations theatre troupe, Red Tattoo Ensemble. She also danced powwow overseas as part of a dance troupe promoting First Nations culture. After Europe, Cecile was the cast member of a reality television series called, English Teachers in Taiwan. She ended up living in Taiwan for 5 years and became very passionate about the universal Indigenous experience and the effects of colonization. This passion has led her to become a student of Political Science at the University of Regina. Due her travels, both as a child and adult, she has always sought out the commonalities of all people. This search is reflected in her first performance art piece in March of 2009. The performance was entitled, “The Re-Birthing Project”. The piece was an exploration in the experience of childbirth and how each of our beginnings is so unique and extraordinary, yet is the most mutual.

aiya! 2
Tanya Lukin Linklater
Friday September 24, 2010
7:30 PM
New Dance Horizons
2207 Harvey Street

Tanya Lukin Linklater will create and exhibit ‘aiya! 2’, a sound performance utilizing her amplified voice. Her vocabulary draws on experimental song, gutteral sounds, and deconstructed words from Alutiiq language to create a soundscape emanating from her body.

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a practicing choreographer, performance artist, and writer currently based in northern Ontario. In 2010 she performed a site specific work at "Mapping Resistances" curated by Wanda Nanibush in response to the 20th anniversary of the Oka resistance;she also performed on frozen Lake Nipissing, in a train container, and railway station, and presented a new work at the 6th Annual Aboriginal Choreographers Workshop. Her performances in Canada and U.S. occur in reflecting pools, university campuses, Native villages, galleries and festivals. ikalluk.wordpress.com.

Tanya’s aristic practice centres often on memory, and she experiments with the relationship between the body, sound, song and narrative. Tanya studied at Stanford University, where she was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. In 2010 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by Ontario Arts Council. She originates from Kodiak Island in southwestern Alaska.