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PRODUCTIONS
ONISHKA

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"Relearning Anishnabemowin becomes a way for me to regain a power, to nurture my connection to my family and my culture. It awakens something important deep inside of me. Like the feeling of activating a memory. Or rekindling a fire. It's an act of love and resistance at the same time."  - Emilie Monnet

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At the intersection of theater, performance and media arts, the practice of Émilie Monnet is most often presented in the form of interdisciplinary theater or performative installations. Her artistic approach favors collaborative and multilingual creative processes, and explores themes of memory, history and transmission.


As a committed author, actress and director, she founded Onishka Productions in 2011 in order to forge ties between artists from different Indigenous peoples, regardless of their disciplines. A graduate of the indigenous artist residency at the National Theater School of Canada, she has also been the resident artist at Espace GO for three years. Of Anishinaabe and French descent, Émilie resides between the Outaouais and Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang / Montreal.

OKINUM - 2018

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

TEXT, CO-DIRECTION, PERFORMANCE Émilie Monnet 

CO-DIRECTION Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams 

SOUND DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE Jackie Gallant 

PRE-RECORDED VOICES Véronique Thusky, Thérèse Thelesh Bégin 

SET DESIGN Simon Guilbault 

LIGHTING Lucie Bazzo 

COSTUMES Caroline Monnet 

VIDEO Clark Ferguson 

CULTURAL AND ANISHINAABEMOWIN LANGUAGE CONSULTANT Véronique Thusky 

TRANSLATION DRAMATURGY Maureen Labonté 

TECHNICAL DIRECTION AND SOUND MANAGEMENT

Guillaume Roberts-Cambron 

STAGE MANAGER Suzanne Crocker or Gaspard Philippe

DURATION 70 minutes (no intermission) 
CREW 2 performers + 3 technicians
SET-UP 16 hours (excluding pre-hanging)
WIDTH/DEPTH/HEIGHT

10m (33’) / 10m (33’) / 5m (17’)

(360° pentagone shaped stage)
AUDIENCE 75 to 150
OUTREACH 
- Talkbacks
- Tea sharing after the show
- Podcast

VIEW TECHNICAL RIDER

In Anishinaabemowin, “okinum” means dam. In deciphering a recurring dream about a giant beaver, writer, co-director and performer, Émilie Monnet, discovers how to break down interior barriers and trust in the power of dreams and intuition. Okinum is an ode to reclaiming language and reconnecting to one’s ancestors. 

A captivating combination of performance, live sound, and visual storytelling, the play is a circular and immersive experience that interweaves three languages: English, French and Anishinaabemowin. Featuring a score performed live by musician Jackie Gallant, this captivating monologue deftly combines elements of autobiographical fiction and documentary theater. Throughout the performance, dreams and memory flow into one another across time and space. 

Co-production of the English version: IMAGO theatre, Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal.

It’s hard not to be moved by this piece as an act of cultural reclamation and as a harmonization of body and spirit- Christian St-Pierre, Le Devoir, October 10th 2018

OKINUM - MAKING OF

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OKINUM TRAILER

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MARGUERITE - 2022

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

PERFORMERS Anna Beaupré Moulounda, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Émilie Monnet, Tatiana Zinga Botao

TEXT Émilie Monnet

DRAMATURGY Marilou Craft

STAGE DIRECTION Émilie Monnet, Angélique Willkie

STAGING COLLABORATION Mélanie Demers

MUSIC Laura Ortman, Frédéric Auger

SET DESIGN Max-Otto Fauteux

LIGHTING Julie Basse

VIDEO Caroline Monnet

SOUND Frédéric Auger

ÉMILIE’S SONG ARRANGEMENTS Dominique Fils-Aimé 

POW WOW SONG Black Bear Singers

COSTUMES Korina Emmerich, Yso

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Érika Maheu-Chapman

VOICE Dominique Cyrille

VIDEO INTEGRATOR Dominique Hawry

SOUND MANAGER Frédéric Auger

VIDEO MANAGER Marie-Frédérique Gravel

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Romane Bocquet

SURTITLES Elaine Normandeau

TOUR MANAGER AND SURTITLES MANAGER Élise di Pierro

PRODUCTION Dominique Sarrazin

 

PRODUCTION Productions Onishka  

COPRODUCTION Espace Go  

CONTRIBUTION TO THE CREATION Madeleine Sarr, Aïcha Bastien N’diaye, Letícia Tórgo, Soleil Launière

In 1740, the trial of Marguerite Duplessis took place in Quebec. Bought to be sold, she had to be put on a merchant ship bound for Martinique. This was the first time in the history of New France that an indigenous person took legal action. It was also the first time that a person who had been enslaved tried to have her right to freedom recognized. Inevitably, Marguerite lost her case and was taken to Martinique. What happened to her afterwards is unknown.


It is Marguerite’s fire that inspired this show. It is the same fire that burns in all the Marguerites, those of yesterday and today, who fight to have justice recognized. It is the fire of regeneration and recovered memory.

Marguerite was presented in the official program of the 77th Festival d’Avignon, on five sold-out evenings.

DURATION 70 minutes (no intermission)
CREW 4 performers + 4 tech crew members

+ 1 stage manager + 1 tour director 
SET-UP 16 hours (excluding pre-hanging)
WIDTH/DEPTH/HEIGHT

13m (43’) / 9.5m (31’) / 5.65m (19’)
AUDIENCE SIZE Medium venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks
- Podcast Marguerite: la traversée
- Dramaturgical files

VIEW TECHNICAL RIDER 

BALADO - Marguerite: la traversée (FRENCH)

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MARGUERITE TRAILER - FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON

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NIGAMON/TUNAI - 2024

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

IN CREATION

CO-AUTHOR, CO-DIRECTOR, PERFORMER Émilie Monnet
CO-AUTHOR, CO-DIRECTOR, PERFORMER Waira Nina
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Sarah Williams
VIDEO ARTIST Mélanie O’bomsawin
SOUND DESIGNER Leonel Vasquez
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGNER Frannie Holder
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER Wanderson Santos
SET DESIGN ASSISTANT Fernando Maya Meneses
DRAMATURGE Yohayna Hernández
SOUND ENGINEER Frédéric Auger

The words Nigamon and Tunai mean “the chant” in the Anishinaabemowin and Inga languages. NIGAMON/TUNAI is a poetic manifesto by Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina, inspired by the bonds of friendship and solidarity between them, and by the exchanges and collaborations they have been developing over the past twelve years between indigenous communities in the North and South.


At the crossroads of friendship and resistance for the protection of water and against extractivism in their respective territories, the two women invite us to a precious sharing nourished by the living knowledge, cosmogonies and struggles that link them. In Canada, mining and oil companies still thrive, while over there, in the Amazon, on the territory of the Inga people, they destroy entire living environments to plunder their resources - including copper, central to Anishinaabe culture. 


In NIGAMON/TUNAI, Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina experiment with their voices, their breath and their bodies. Interweaving immersive performance and audio documentary among indigenous knowledge and voices, this new theatrical work reveals fascinating resonances between territories.

WHERE TO SEE PRODUCTIONS ONISHKA NEXT

May 14th - 30th, 2024 - World Premiere :

Nigamon / Tunai, Espace GO, Montreal, QC

August 15 - 18, 2024 , Nigamon / Tunai , Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland

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