Join Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring Community Dance Workshops & Performance
When: Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, 7pm-9pm. Participants are encouraged to attend a minimum of one workshop per week.
Where: Artspace (378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough)
Cost: Free. Open to people of all ages and abilities. No previous dance experience is required.
To sign up for the Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring please contact: Eva Fisher, Administrator, email@example.com
Performances: Oct.19th & 20th at 6pm
Public Energy’s fall Artist in Residence, Brian Solomon, is leading a 6-week community-engaged workshop/rehearsal series culminating in two public performances. Nogojiwanong: Rite of Spring is a re-envisioning of the iconic 1913 early modern ballet Rite of Spring via a contemporary Indigenous lens. Solomon is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy. The public performances of Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring will take place outdoors at the Anishinaabe burial site on Brock Street. The public is invited to join Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring workshop/rehearsal series and performances which are open to people of all ages and abilities. No previous dance experience is required. Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring is partnered with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University.
Workshops: Brian Solomon will be leading workshops/rehearsals for community members on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm at Artspace. In these workshops, community members will collaborate with a professional choreographer and dancers, and can discover a state from which the body can work and move that is 'awakened'. Participants will gently build core strength, increase mobility and postural awareness, and stimulate/exercise the mind in the rehearsal/workshop process. The first two workshops in the Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring workshop series on Sept.13th & 14th will be featured in the Borderless Music & Arts Festival which aims to build relationships between various art communities.
During Brian Solomon’s six-week residency at Public Energy, in September and October, he will be teaching workshops with the
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. He will also lead an additional six movement workshops for community organizations in Peterborough, including: Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, Yes Shelter For Youth And Families, LOFT Downtown Youth Space, and the New Canadians Centre in partnership with Voice of A Nation.
Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Trent University, The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.