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

                                                 

She founded Onishka Productions in 2011 in order to forge ties between artists from different Indigenous peoples, regardless of their disciplines. Since 2016, she produces Indigenous Contemporary Scene, a nomadic platform for the presentation of live arts and creative exchanges between Indigenous artists and communities. Five editions have been created to date. She was the artist in residence at Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui from 2018 until 2021 where she presented Okinum (2018) Kiciweok: Lexique de treize mots autochtones qui donnent un sens (2019) and developed a soundwalk for Marguerite. She is an associated artist to Théâtre de la Ville in Longueuil, as well as the new artist in residence at Théâtre Espace Go. Émilie is of Anishnaabe-Algonquin and French descent and currently lives in the Outaouais region and in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal.

Productions Onishka
Productions Onishka

Credit image: Meky Ottawa (illustration) and Meags Fitzgerald (graphic design

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Productions Onishka

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Productions Onishka
Productions Onishka

Crédit image: Meky Ottawa (illustration) and Meags Fitzgerald (graphic design

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Productions Onishka

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OKINUM - 2018

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRITER, TRANSLATOR, CO-DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER:

Émilie Monnet

CO-DIRECTORS: Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams

SOUND DESIGNER AND PERFORMER: Jackie Gallant

VOICE PERFORMERS: Véronique Thusky, Thérèse Thelesh Bégin

STAGE MANAGER: Luciana Burcheri

SET DESIGNER: Simon Guilbault

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Lucie Bazzo

COSTUME DESIGNER: Caroline Monnet

VIDEO DESIGNER: Clark Ferguson

DRAMATURGS: Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams

ANISHNABEMOWIN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CONSULTANT: Véronique Thusky

TRANSLATION DRAMATURG:  Maureen Labonté

SOUND AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Frédéric Auger

STAGE MANAGER: Simon Riverin

 

An Onishka production in collaboration with

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

A co-production with Imago Theatre for the English version of the play

Balado - Okinum (FRENCH)

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Teaser - Okinum

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In Anishnabemowin, “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.

‘’Beavers are the only species along with humans

to be able to leave a trace on Earth

visible from out of space.

An imprint on the earth

A dam to protect

But only visible from the Stars.’’

-excerpt from Okinum

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 Anishnabemowin. Featuring a score performed live by musician Jackie Gallant, this captivating monologue deftly combines elements of autobiographical fiction and documentary theatre. Throughout the performance, dreams and memory flow into one another across time and space.

Okinum, published by Les herbes rouges, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards in the Theatre category.

“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,

Okinum : un barrage contre le maléfique,

Le Devoir, October 10, 2018

DURATION   70 minutes - no intermission

CREW   2 performers + 2 technicians

STAGE DIMENSIONS  Width 10m / Depth 10m  / Height 5m

AUDIENCE SIZE   75 to 150  

SET-UP  16 hours

OUTREACH :

- Talkbacks

VIEW COMPLETE TECHNICAL RIDER

VIEW PRESENTATION DOCUMENT

VIEW PRESS REVIEW

Marguerite: le feu
Marguerite: le feu

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Marguerite: le feu

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Marguerite: le feu

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MARGUERITE: LE FEU-2022

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

 

 

 

 

 

PERFORMERS: Émilie Monnet, Aïcha Bastien N’diaye and Madeleine Sarr
PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR: Émilie Monnet
CO-DIRECTOR: Angélique Willkie
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Letícia Dal-Ri Tórgo
VIDEO DESIGNER: Caroline Monnet
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Julie Basse
COSTUME DESIGNERS: Eric Poirier

 

PRODUCTION Onishka, co-production with Espace Go

Balado - Marguerite: la traversée (FRENCH)

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DURATION  60 minutes
CREW  3 performers + 1 technical director + 3 technicians

            + 1 wardrobe
SET-UP 16 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS Width 12m / Depth 9.5m / Height 8m
AUDIENCE SIZE  Medium size venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks

VIEW TECHNICAL RIDER   ( French )

**PLAY AVAILABLE ONLY IN FRENCH**

In 1740, the trial of Marguerite Duplessis took place here in Quebec. This young indigenous woman initiated a trial to demand her freedom. Bought to be resold, she was to be sent immediately on a merchant ship to Martinique. This was the first time in the history of New France that an indigenous person filed a lawsuit. It was also the first time that an enslaved person tried to have her right to liberty recognized. Inevitably, Marguerite lost the trial and was sent to Martinique. What became of her is unknown.


The fire inside Marguerite inspired this show. This same fire burns in all the Marguerites of the past and of today who fi ght for justice. It’s the fire of renewal and rediscovered memories.

Inhabited by her story, I went in search of traces of Marguerite, two hundred and eighty years later. I trod the stone and volcanic rock, crossed the river to this place where the fresh water meets the sea, and listened to the wind in Martinique. I wondered if there were other ways to bring to light the memories and fi ll in the holes of her story.

- Emilie Monnet

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