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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.

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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 : 60 minutes - no intermission

CREW : 2 performers + 2 support personnel

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

AUDIENCE SIZE : 75 to 150  seats

SET-UP : 12 hours

OUTREACH : Conversations with the artist after the show

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MARGUERITE: LE FEU-2022

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEATER

IN CREATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRITER AND DIRECTOR Émilie Monnet

CO-DIRECTOR Angelique Wilke

PERFORMERS Aïcha Bastien N'diaye, Émilie Monnet, Marie-Madeleine Sarr

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Letícia Tórgo

SET DESIGNER Max-Otto Fauteux

COSTUMES DESIGNER Eric Poirier

LIGHTING DESIGNER Julie Basse

VIDEO DESIGNER Caroline Monnet

VIDEO INTEGRATION Dominique Harvey

SOUND PERFORMER Laura Ortman

CONCEPTION ET MISE EN ESPACE SONORE Frédéric Auger

DRAMATURG Marilou Craft

SOUND MANAGER Annie Préfontaine

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Simon Riverin

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR Gestion Dumont St-Pierre

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT Machinerie

 

Marguerite: le feu is a project of Productions Onishka in coproduction

with Espace Go.

Balado - Marguerite: la traversée (FRENCH)

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**PLAY AVAILABLE ONLY IN FRENCH**

Marguerite Duplessis is one of the many heroines omitted from history books. She is, however, the first slave and the first Indigenous person in New France to have mounted a legal fight for her freedom. Inspired by the resistance and thirst for liberty that drove the struggle of this early activist, Marguerite: le feu draws powerful parallels between the slave trade of African women deported to Martinique, the enslavement of Indigenous women, and the violence they still endure today. 

Following extensive historical research, Émilie Monnet has created a play about collective amnesia, recovered memory and resilience, and delivers a vibrant tribute to this unsung heroine. The writer and director continues her residency and exploration of new dramatic forms with this choral text for three performers, an intimate blend of singing, acting, sound work and documentary theatre.

TECHNICAL AND CULTURAL OUTREACH INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER.  

WHERE TO SEE PRODUCTIONS ONISHKA NEXT

May 19 to 21 2022, Marguerite: le feu, Le Diamant, Quebec City, QC