ISTOTSI

Immerse Yourself

Learn the practice of performance creation through indigenous knowledge transfer

FREE WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG AND EMERGING ARTISTS

Artists aged 18-29 of all cultures and backgrounds are invited to participate.

From November 2020, through to the end of March 2021, Making Treaty 7 will be hosting a series of online and COVID-regulated in-person workshops. These bi-weekly classes will include Indigenous knowledge sharing from Treaty 7 Elders, along with practical workshops in storytelling, poetry, song, music, dance, movement, mask, puppetry, voice, design and theatre practice. Facilitated by Making Treaty 7 Artist Alumni, and other guest artists, the workshops will be Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, and culminate with a showcase presentation of the participants’ created works. Participants will then be invited to use their self-created performance pieces to audition for the MT7 Company as we begin creating Istotsi – Mohkinstsis for summer production.

View our Livestream workshops on our Facebook page

ISTOTSI (Blackfoot) "to immerse yourself and gain experience in something, to practice and attain skill."

Every MT7 show was created by artists from all cultures coming together to share, listen, and learn, and then create together. Our process is Indigenous-led, settler-supported, and it has been transformational for artists and audiences alike. With “istotsi” at the root of what we do in this project, we will always be looking at how we learn from experience. We grow an awareness of what we take away when we immerse ourselves in new artistic practices, and how we can apply new knowledge to create something truly immersive and transformational for our audiences. We want them to walk away with new knowledge in the same way we do.

The Istotsi Workshop Series brings together young and emerging artists of all backgrounds to learn various indigenous and artistic processes from MT7 Elders, Alumni and special guests. Participants will be challenged to use what they have learned in these workshops to create a short performance piece of their own by filtering the stories of the Elders through the artistic practices of their choice, to be presented at the end of the workshop process.  Istotsi participants will be asked to add their own real truths to each piece, providing authentic interpretations and a modern context of both our Treaty and our relationship to this land we call Mohkinstsis.

The Istotsi Workshop Series provides MT7 with the opportunity to recruit, train, and empower a larger roster of young, fresh, Indigenous performers, designers and creators for our stage. At the same time, we invite young and emerging artists from the settler and new comer communities to participate, learn and expand our circle of allies with interest in indigenous culture and practice.

Updated ITSOSTI Schedule

Saturday January 30 12-2pm

Jamie Konchak and Liz Ferguson-Breaker  – Character Building

Thursday February 4th 7-9pm

Alanna Black Rider Onespot & Wakefield Brewster – Spoken Word

Thursday February 11th 7-9pm

Blake Brooker, Michelle Thrush, and Garret Smith – The Making of Making Treaty 7

Thursday February 18th 7-9pm

Jane MacFarlane and Pura Fe, with Telly James – Voice and Song

Thursday February 25th 7-9pm 

Ariel Curtis and Imagyn Cardinal  – Young Voices in MT7

Thursday March 4th 7-9pm 

  Pam Tzeng and Kunji Ikeda  – Masks and Movement 

Thursday March 11 7-9pm 

  Nova Lea Thorne and Jolane Houle with Marshall Vielle – Wardrobe and Stage Management 

Thursday March 18th 7-9pm and Saturday March 20th 12-2pm 

Denise Clarke – OYR Mini Lab 

Saturday March 27th and Sunday March 28th 

ISTOTSI AUDITION WEEKEND

ISTOTSI Mohkinstsis - Summer 2020 Tourism Project

Making Treaty 7, in partnership with Alberta Indigenous Tourism through Indigenous Services Canada, is creating a new summer production with a focus on providing an “authentic, immersive, and transformational Indigenous experience” for visitors. Starting with Mohkinstsis, each year, we will creating a new production that features stories about the land on which it is performed. Each year the production will have a 3-4 week run at a specific historical site in Treaty 7. Each year will welcome a new site to explore in this context, and new young artists sharing new stories, naturally keeping the show fresh. 

The cycle begins each year with the Istotsi Workshop Series, training and immersing artists in new practices in order to build a large pool of trained artists to choose the company from. The Istotsi Workshop participants take what they have learned and present their performance creations to the artistic leadership of the company for inclusion in the summer production. The summer production would involve commitment to a creation residency of several weeks, plus the commitment for rehearsal and the full run of performances in the summer. These will be paid positions, providing a large number of young artists the chance to grow their skills and expertise in performing arts, while spreading truth, healing and understanding to the greater community. 

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