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.
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.
Thursday November 5th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday November 19th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday December 3rd – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday January 7th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday January 21st – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday February 4th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday February 18th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday March 4th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday March 11th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday March 18th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday November 7th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday November 21st – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday December 5th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday January 9th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday January 23rd – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday February 6th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday February 19th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday March 6th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday March 13th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday March 20th – 12:00 – 4:00pm
Performance Saturday March 27th – 2:00pm
(schedule subject to change)
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.